Turrialba - rain and rafting

Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
Trip End Dec 17, 2008

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Cartago,
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Escaped from San Jose to Turrialba for my whitewater rafting day on the Rio Pacuare - actually I was starting to quite like San Jose - it was definitely growing on me, no matter what anyone else says :) The scenery on the bus from San Jose was wonderful again - this heartland of Costa Rica the Meseta Central really is picture postcard stuff. Until Thursday Id been really lucky so far in Costa Rica with the weather as May is supposed to be the rainy season but it had been sunny with only a couple of light rain drops on one day. On Thursday, however, the inevitable change happened and it bucketed it down in the afternoon in Turrialba. I holed up in the internet cafe to stay dry and took the opportunity to upload a ton of old Mexico photos Id been meaning to get posted up on here. When the rain cleared I had the chance to take a wander around Turrialba - its a pleasant & seemingly quite thriving small town in scenic surroundings without many tourists. Friday was my whitewater rafting day and it was all very good fun, allbeit not particularly adrenaline-charged as the rapids werent that big and we all stayed in the boat (until it was time to swim) ... certainly nothing like as hardcore when I went rafting a few years ago on the Zambezi when we kept tipping over and people were being thrown in all over the place. The scenery down the Rio Pacuare national park area is really fantastic and we had a nice group of people in our "crew" - three friendly American guys, a sweet Spanish couple and me. We rafted for a few hours, had a couple of swims along the way and then stopped at a cabin on the riverside for lunch - all very pleasant. Another two hours rafting in the afternoon was coupled with another swim and an exciting leap from a high rock into the water. It turned out that the Spanish couple, Juan and Cristina, were heading on to Cahuita in their hire car, thus passing straight through my next destination, Puerto Limon. They kindly offered me a lift which was great of them and certainly saved the time and hassle of getting the bus.
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