Here is the letter I wrote to the company the day after our trip. It says it all.
I wanted to thank Quepoa Expeditions - you, Scott, and Ronnie - for showing us one of the highlights of our Costa Rican vacation. Thus far, we have been to the hanging bridges in Arneal Volcano area and in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, have had guided tours in Monteverde and Manuel Antonio, explored deserted beaches, and zip-lined in Monteverde. Still, our rafting adventure down the Savegre with your crew yesterday was a highlight of our trip. I read the great reviews on Trip Adviser - with a bit of skepticism. A few seemed so over-the-top complimentary that I thought they may have been exaggerated.
When my girlfriend and I saw a mare escorting her young foal across the river (with a postcard background), however, I was convinced. When our guide, Scott slowed the raft and gently steered us away so that we would not spook them, I admired how a very cool and fun guide could also be as considerate as a wildlife biologist. I was also impressed when Scott took the time to point out to us that the mare was standing upstream to make an eddy in the water so that her foal would have an easier time crossing. Throughout the trip, he shared his knowledge of the flora and fauna while ensuring our rafting was exciting yet safe. Scott was a rare mix of laid-back cool with the highest degree of professionalism. For instance, during our safety instruction, he was respectful yet firm about safety. Because of my girlfriend's small size, she struggled with paddling in the beginning. Scott patiently helped her improve and made our river adventure a fantastic experience.
I wanted to mention that the two stops during the trip that you selected were so good that they were memorable in and of themselves.
The scenic waterfall not only looked spectacular, it was even better to swim with the small fish in the cold waters under the waterfall. Thanks, Ronnie for cool outdoor romantic pictures of Eurome and me.
Had I not read the reviews, I would have said that the lunch was the biggest surprise of the day. We would not have had the courage to stop off at a local place like the one where we had lunch. Yet, of all the meals we have enjoyed here, it was one of the best - and the biggest.
For sure, last night we had our best sleep in Costa Rica after yesterday's adventure! And, we'll have some of the most scenic and action-packed pictures of our trip.
John and Eurome
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.