White Water Rafting in the Amazon Basin

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

We came to Tena for its famous rapids. It had been raining heavily the last few days, so much that the river was on the verge of being too dangerous to raft. When we arrived at the river, our guides were staring at it for a few minutes, unsure whether to go in or not. This didn`t fill me with confidence but once the decision to go ahead was made, there was no turning back. As per usual in South America we didn`t get much of a briefing, we just hopped in the boat and let the river take us. It was the most scary thing I have ever done; the boat flipped over on two occasions, throwing all of us under the water. If it weren`t for my life jacket I`d be long gone!
Once we floated back up to the surface we would have to try and swim towards the boat whilst our guide had the harder job of flipping the boat the right way up. On the second flip Ed and Jamie couldn`t make it back onto our boat and had to get picked up by a boat from another company.
When we got to the end, 2 hours later, I was happy to be back on dry land. I cleared my lungs of all the water I had swallowed and felt happy to be alive. A bit over-dramatic I know, but believe me I`d rather go sky diving then do that again, which so happens to be the next on the list of thing I need to do before I come home.
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