White water rafting rocks!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Cartago,
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Before our 8am pick up for the rafting, we luckily found a little soda (small cafe) that was open where our fellow rafting crew were already eating. Some friendly ticos served us up some hearty scrambled eggs, rice & beans with fried plantain, tomato and the very yummy salsa ingles (a kind of black pepper sauce). They also have a delicious and refreshing drink called tamarindo which is tamarind pulp with water added. With full tummys we set off in the bus with our rafting company Tico's (http://www.ticoriver.com/pacuare.htm). We were headed for the lower Pacuare, a stunningly beautiful river. On arrival, we were split up into two groups with 4 people plus guide in each boat. In our boat was a lovely young couple from India. In the other boat was a friendly American couple and their German friend who have been travelling in South America for a few months. Our guide spent a few minutes coaching us on exactly what was required but without detailing this ad verbatum it basically boiled down to paddle hard and fast!

Each set of rapids had its own name and character. Zooming down into them was both scary and great fun. Sometimes it looked like we were heading for some seriously large boulders but our expert boat captain's steering combined with our valiant paddling efforts always got us out of trouble and back on course. After each set of rapids we did a big high five with our paddles! During calm stretches, we had time to enjoy the beauty of the place. The river plunges through a series of spectacular canyons, towering hundreds of metres above, clothed in virgin rainforest. Every now and then a blue morpho butterfly would flutter overhead and we passed a number of waterfalls cascading from the canyon sides. In one canyon, we jumped out of the boat and floated along on our backs.

I had the waterproof case on our Canon so I took a fair few photos. Tico's also had an experienced photographer who paddled on ahead in a kayak and took photos of us all as we went through the rapids.

That night we were both pretty exhausted following the physical exertion of paddling all day and so after a nice dinner of fried fish with palm heart salads we both slept peacefully for a good 10 hours. It also rained during the night which drowned out a lot of the usual noise of the town.

Tomorrow we head off to Park Nacional Los Quetzales for 5 nights. After that we head to Drake Bay to visit Corcovado National Park, and then on to Golfo Dulce and probably Zanacudo before crossing the border into Panama at Paso Canoas. We're unsure if any of the next places we are visiting have any internet access so we're not sure when our next blog entry will be, possibly not until we reach Panama in June.

Signing off for now...

Mog & Frog

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faith.mortimer on

Were the rapids as big and exciting as those that we tried down the Zambezi?

Dom Diddly on

This seems far more hairy and adventurous than the Isere river below me in Montchavin- even though that too can be full of thrills and spills!

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