Departing the Pier of Puerto Limón and heading towards the south, you will pass Cieneguita, the oldest part of Limón. The province of Limón covers an area of 3,583 square miles with a population of 432,000. Many are black descendants from Jamaica originally brought here by Minor C. Keith to build the railroad that proved almost impossible. Many of these Jamaicans stayed in the area after completion of the railroad to work on the cacao and banana plantations. Their houses were built on stilts, as the conditions of coastal swamps, landslides, flooding, jungle fevers and heavy rains made for hard-won battles. Continuing your journey, you will pass Limón International Airport, banana and cacao plantations, and beautiful vistas of the Caribbean Sea from a coast adorned by palm trees. Keep an eye out as you may spot white egrets, blue herons, kingfishers, pelicans, iguanas, flycatchers, roadside hawks and black-shouldered kites. During the tour, you will be able to visit a banana-processing plant to see how bananas are selected, cleaned and packed for export. After your visit to this small banana village, a short stop will be made at Colon Caribe, a large shopping plaza, where you can purchase local souvenirs to take home.