My boyfriend and I traveled to Costa Rica through a company called G-Adventures. We were on a 2 week trip with a group of 14 other travelers from all over the world. The 3-day overnight white water rafting trip on the Pacure River was the first thing we did and highlight of our trip!
It started with early morning transportation from San Jose and breakfast upon arrival at base camp. There we met our guides and loaded the rafts. Johnny, Louis, and Ricardo were fabulous the entire time! They showed us and shared information about their country with us as well as safely and successfully navigating us through Class I-IV rapids. We couldn't have asked for better!
Half-way down the river on the first day we stopped for lunch. Our guides, Johnny, Louis, and Ricardo whipped it up in no time and it was great by any standards, but even more impressive on the side of a river bank in a remote area! We made a few more stops along our way to visit waterfalls or take a swim. It was nice to be able to raft at this pace, not being rushed through by guides that just want to get the trip done.
The first afternoon we arrived at the Rios Tropicales on the banks of the Pacure River. The lodge was absolutely gorgeous! It was so remote and serene and turned out to be the nicest accommodation of our entire 2-week trip! Again, Johnny, Louis, and Ricardo prepared our meals there. The food was excellent the entire time.
On day 2 Johnny, Louis, and Ricardo took us on a short hike to a waterfall and swimming hole. They gave us 2 options: the boring way - to walk around the waterfall, or the fun way - to walk up the waterfall. It was like natural canyoneering, for free! I had never done anything like this before in my life and was quite timid and hesitant. Johnny, Louis, and Ricardo gave you just enough encouragement to overcome your fears and assistance to make it fun for everyone! They helped to push each individual person in our group just a little bit out of our own comfort zone to accomplish the task - it was a blast!
On day 3 we rafted the final leg of the river through the largest rapids. A safety kayak and photographer came with us on the journey. We still had time to stop and enjoy the view as well as jump off cliffs into rapids and enjoy the views. Photos were made available to us at the end for a very reasonable price.
Overall the trip was one of the best experiences of my life! I would highly recommend it to anyone! Thanks Johnny, Louis, and Ricardo for an amazing adventure!
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