Costa Rica on a Shoestring - Day 7: San Jose

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The van was scheduled to pick us up at 6:30AM for a full day of white water rafting on the Pacuare River.  We drove to the base camp where we stored our luggage and had a really good breakfast.  We all loaded back into the vans and drove to the top of the river where the rafts and guides were waiting for us.  When we arrived, we got all our gear and split up into rafting groups of 6. The first rapid was a Class I called Welcome.  The rapids gradually got higher and rougher from Class I to Class IV.  The Pacuare River was even better than the El Toro River.  The scenary and landscape was a lot lusher and prettier with amazing waterfalls flowing into the river.  The rapids and drops were also a lot rougher, our guide told us to get down a lot (probably because we weren't rowing well as a team).
  On one of the Class IV rapids, a raft flipped over.  You could see the look of panic and fear on all their faces while they were floating in the rapid.  We were the closest raft to them and became the rescue boat.  We managed to pull 2 people out of the water and into our raft.  The others were clinging on to the sides of the safety kayak, practically for dear life.  I've never seen a raft flip over like that before, it was pretty intense.  There was another section of the river where we went under one of the waterfalls, which was cool.  There was another section where the canyon surrounded us and we were allowed to jump into the water in the calm river sections.

We stopped for lunch at a campsite along the river.  All the guides worked together and put a lovely lunch together, it was cute.
  Lunch consisted of a sandwich bar with lunch meat and vegetables.  There was fresh fruit and juice, along with River Cheesecake (cracker with a slice of cream cheese and topped with jam).  After lunch, we continued down the river for a few more Class IV rapids.  The surrounding views just kept getting better and better.  We finally reached the end and walked back to the base camp, which was right next to the river.  Showered off, changed, and loaded our things into the van that was headed to San Jose

We arrived back at the Centro Colon hotel and got ready for our goodbye dinner. We had dinner at a nice Peruvian Restaurant.  It was a great dinner, everyone was pretty tired and sore from the day of white water rafting.  We got back to the hotel and said our goodbyes to the people who had early flights tomorrow and scheduled to meet the other for breakfast.  This tour around Costa Rica was really fun as well.  I was able to see a green turtle lay eggs, mate, awesome sloths, and white water raft one last time in Costa Rica.  Everything was absolutely amazing, I didn't want it to end. 
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Lunch buffet
Lunch buffet
San Jose
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