Sunday, September 25 – Pacuare River, CR
Early the next morning, transportation arrived to take us to the Pacuare River for our two-day white-water rafting excursion with Adventure Costa Rica. Shan found this lodge on the river that is only accessible by white water raft. No electricity. No hot water. And – thank goodness – no telephones or beepers calling her for consults! We couldn’t wait.
We shared a raft with three fabulous women – Karen and Tauna from Pheonix and Monica from Denver. They travel everywhere together and the five of us bonded immediately. It was so much fun! The white-water trip was spectacular, and not just because our guide (Esteban) loved us to death. I swear he guided us into rocks to purposely throw us out of the raft… unless he did it just to me because I kept yelling “Faster! Faster Esteban!!!” LOL
A shot of the rapids.
We all arrived at the Pacuare Lodge in time for lunch (and good thing, because we were starving!). The Lodge was located 4K down the river and had a number of beautiful and comfortable little huts surrounded by gorgeous gardens. The one Shan and I had two beds, a private bath, and a lovely little porch.
Shannon getting fitted for her harness
Shannon rapelling down a tree
Karen, Shannon, Monica, Moi, and Tauna on our canopy tour
Tauna – demonstrating the zip wire with perfect form
Heidi and Shannon high in the treetops
We were terribly muddy from our climb through the rainforest, so Esteban took us on a little nature hike to a water fall and swimming hole, where we frolicked like the little girls we truly are. 🙂
That’s Esteban on my lap – probably wondering how he’d gotten himself into this mess.
Dinner, btw, was phenom. The chef trained under a Swiss chef and could work wonders on his propane-powered stove