Your adventure begins when you walk up the gangway to board a comfortable, air-conditioned, 6X6 “Monster Bus” all-terrain vehicle, complete with panoramic windows. Your ride begins going west, passing small towns, and down along a winding road near the Banano River, with its majestic views and lookout points. Alongside the riverbank, a Costa Rican-style picnic (weather permitting) will be set up and you will be treated to seasonal fruits, soft drinks, bottled water and “bizcocho” (cake) snacks with a tasty local condiment — Lizano sauce. You will then become immersed in the rainforest during a light stroll with your naturalist guide; sighting poison dart frogs, monkeys and birds is common. After this experience, you’ll then reboard the bus and ride past several small creeks and scenic rural areas to arrive at a small valley with a banana plantation — a great opportunity to learn about how bananas are grown. At the end of the tour, you’ll return to the ship via a scenic coastal drive.