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PHOTOS: Tour of Limón province showcases region’s human and natural diversity

February 27, 2018

The Tico Times recently joined a two-day tour of the province of Limón sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) to look at the development of tourism here.

We explored various sites near the coast that draw tourists to this province, including a visit to the Port of Limón, a bird conservatory, the Jaguar Rescue Center, and a first-ever bird festival highlighting this region’s importance as a corridor for migratory birds.

The Limón province covers the entire eastern side of Costa Rica’s coast. Home to the highest populations of Afro-Latino, indigenous, and Chinese people in the country, it’s a culture rich in history, language, and music that is celebrated in this photo gallery.

A guitar player singing calypso music at a festival in Puerto Viejo.

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Dancing to calypso music at the Caribbean Festival.

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Cruise ships lined up at the Port of Limón.

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Alfonso is one of the locals in Limón who has been hired to work at the increasingly busy port.

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A baby monkey is held in the hands of Encar García Vila, who owns the Jaguar Rescue Center, home to orphaned and injured animals.

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Two parrots at a conservatory in Puerto Viejo.

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A group of boys play in the water on the shores of Puerto Viejo.

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Two girls walk together in the first-ever Parade of the Birds.

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Children dress up as birds in costumes designed by naturalist artist Luis Entique to highlight their importance to this coast.

Erin Skoczylas/The Tico Times

A child removes her bird mask in the Parade of the Birds.

Erin Skoczylas/The Tico Times

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