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First part:  Costa Rica. P.1. Final mooring of our cruise was  Puerto Limon  in Costa Rica. The diversity of tours was not offered here: the country is agricultural, tourism is focused on the environmental component, which is diluted by the tours of the plantations of...
The distance from Panama to Costa Rica we went through pretty fast, and in the morning got on the roads of  Puerto Limon . The town and the port were not visible because of the morning haze. But we saw the sunrise in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, it became a daylight and we saw quite...
© petr lovigin,'Cartagena', 2012 Leaving the most "Delicious Colombian" for later, we arrived in  Cartagena.  It seems to be woven from one house, stretched along all the streets, from one flower pot, replicated on all balconies, from one stout African American woman, who fed...
It is nice in Colombia in January - 95 degrees (+35C). To get a heat stroke on the second day of arrival - done! Complete with the change of time zones and unknown to the body food, it turned out 'quite well'. We flew Lufthansa Airlines through the city airport in Frankfurt, we got cheap...
Founded by the Spaniards in Colombia, this  Cartagena  seems much more Spanish than  Cartagena  in Spain. It is an extremely pleasant, clean, positive, sunny town. However, calling it a town is, of course, incorrect. Cartagena is the fifth largest city in Colombia....
Onboard the ' Celebrity ' liner. The distance between the southern Caribbean Islands that the cruise line follows is short, just 80 - 150 miles, a definite advantage because it allows passengers to see more of what the Caribbean has to offer. The  Celebrity Summit departs from...
Cartagena is one of the most popular cities in Colombia. It is located on the Caribbean coast of the country. Cartagena  was founded by the Spanish in 1533, in the midst of searching for the treasure of the Incas and other South American peoples. The city served as a transit point for...
Originally  Cartagena  made, um... an unexpected impression. Really, what kind of picture do you expect to see when arriving in a city founded by the Spanish in the sixteenth century? That's what we saw. Nothing like the view of the old town with castles, cathedrals, and rich history...
The official nickname of  Houston  is ‘Space City’ because The  Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center  is situated there. In general, the city has a dozen of nicknames: ‘The Big Heart’ (because of the evacuation to  Houston  of 150,000 residents of neighboring...
San Juan  is the capital of Puerto Rico, as well as housing the biggest civic center.  We spent one night in  San Juan . We didn't go around the  city  since we had already visited the main points of interest during our last trip.  The Ritz-Carlton hotel was...
Cozumel, meaning "Island of Swallows" in Mayan,  is the largest island in the Caribbean and belongs to Mexico. It is located 11 miles (19 km) East of the Yucatan Peninsula and 37 miles (60 km) from Cancun.  Sculptures of swallows on the waterfront of Cozumel Island . San Miguel...
Cozumel  island is home to several beautiful beaches which is amazing since the Island is so small! The entire coast is lined with deserted beaches divided in half. One side is like a ghost town while the other is part of the all-inclusive resort package where most people come on...
A guide to one of the newest vessels of the  Celebrity Cruises Company (sub-company of Royal Caribbean) – the  Celebrity Eclipse . The liner was established in January 2009 and left the building berths in February 2010. It is 1023 feet (312 meters) tall and 219 feet (67 meters...
We arrived from Ponce and stopped near the quay along the Atlantic Ocean. We still have time – one and half an hour – till the boarding on the liner (at 14 pm). We will walk along the quay. Here's a quay under our feet. We are going from there. And in that direction. Ocean is from one side...
Today we’ll start our cruise. Boarding on the liner will be at 14 pm. We’ve got half a day of free time! Let’s go to the Botanical Garden . After having breakfast, we checked up all details at the reception desk and took the map. Public transport doesn’t go to the Botanical Garden . We...
So, we came out to the pond. Ducks flung to us at full speed. The had such unusual coloring! Heron was sitting absolutely securely! We’d got ring-shaped cracknels with us. We crumbed a little. They are so praying! Heron was just looking at this! We went further, they followed us. We...
We still have time till the sunset (it’s gets dark at 18 pm), but we haven’t got any energy for walking. That’s why we decided to drive around the city in the tourist train. Moreover, it’s for free. We went to the stop near Fort San Cristobal . It’s good when it’s warm. Everything blooms...
Here's some info from Wikipedia: ‘The Capitol of the territory of Puerto Rico is the place for gathering of two-chamber legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico – the island territory, being under the rule of the USA’. Here's the Capitol and statues of several American presidents opposite it....
Since the morning, we've already had a small walk around the city and visited two remarkable forts:  Fort San Felipe del Morro  and Fort San Cristobal . It's time to eat. And we went in the restaurant. If there is no any opportunity to plant trees, you can make the street...
Fort San Cristobal has a main part and distant defenses.  While being on the viewpoint of the main part of the fortress, we saw those buildings and went to them. First along the underground tunnels, then along the lawns.  Here's a view from the main part of the fortress. We are...
Fort San Cristobál  was built in that place, where the eastern gate to the Old Town used to be. This Fort defended from the attacks not only from the sea but also from the land. The Fort was being built in 1634-1790, but it also was completed later.  The fortress was the...
So we are going down. Here is the museum. This is the entrance to San Juan Bay . But we'll visit the museum later, before leaving the fort, and now we are going down. And we are going to this viewpoint. We are going down to the next level. Different rooms used to be here....
Fort San Felipe del Morro  was built by the Spaniards and named after the Spanish king Philip II. A mighty fortress (6 levels, dungeons, barracks, warehouses) protected the Old Town and the entrance to San Juan Bay.  This Fort was built and completed within 1539-1765. But...
This is the continuation of a small photo report about visiting San Juan , the capital of Puerto Rico.... After a short walking, the track led me to a small field in front of the Fort: I'm really not quite understood if it is so on every week-end day or only on special holidays, but on the...

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