Costa Rica – Pura Vida! Part I

Jungle Camp on the Pacuare River

Jungle Camp on the Pacuare River

I’m back home for two days from 17 days of sensory overload in Costa Rica. Still sorting it all out & will not do justice to a  wonderful experience. I miss the bright colors, dramatic terrain, rich smells, great fruit and friendly Ticos.

OUR ITINERARY: January 24 – travel with Dave W. to  San Jose, Costa Rica.  Two days at Hotel Don Carlos & we meet up with our friends Bill, Maryl & Karan for Idaho Rivers United’s Week of Rivers with Costa Rica Rios outfitters.  Seven days & three whitewater rivers for our group of 14. Follow up the week of paddling with a week at house near the beach in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast.

Dome in Morrazan Park - a landmark

Dome in Morrazan Park – a landmark

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OUR EXPERIENCE: Costa Rica Rios is based in Turrialba, about 65 km from San Jose.  It’s a community of 60,000, accessible to mountains, rivers & it’s own volcano.  From there we traveled by tour bus to paddle the Pejibaye, Serapiqui & Pacuare Rivers.

Pejibaye River

Pejibaye River

DSCF0060Our group came from far and wide: Quebec, Alberta, CA, ID, OH, NJ, VT.  It was fun to hear Spanish, French and English interspersed in conversations. The Costa Rica Rios Team took great care of us & provided an experience that exceeded expectations. Our guides were fantastic.  ‘This rapid’s no big deal.  Middle, middle, middle right.’ Bonus: they were good cooks and dance instructors.

Joan canoe

In  addition to the beautiful rivers with challenging whitewater and good people, exotic flowers, plants and birds kept us in a permanent state of wonder.

Red Ginger

Red Ginger

Bird at Serapiqui Lodge

Bird at Serapiqui Lodge

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Dressing for happy hour at Jungle Camp - a two night stay on the Pacuare

Dressing for happy hour at Jungle Camp – a two night stay on the Pacuare

Jungle Camp

Jungle Camp

For me, the scary highlight of the week was the Canopy Tour in the jungle  near our camp. Given that heights are not comfortable for me, it took a lot of positive self-talk. Ziplining at 100 feet plus and rappelling??? I was always afraid to do the high ropes course at our camp, but this experience was to much of an opportunity to pass up. It worked & I actually enjoyed it. Would I do it again?  Maybe.

Zipline

Zipline

Rappel

Rappel

Canopy cable walk

Canopy cable walk

"I'm on the beach, I'm on the beach, I'm..."

“I’m on the beach, I’m on the beach, I’m…”

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