White water rafting, hiking, natural waterslides
San Martin Travel Blog› entry 15 of 16 › view all entries
June 27th, 2006 – by: smhirsch
The rafting was AWESOME...kind of short, but it was a lot of fun. My raft, self-named "Cool Runnings," was a bunch of us from Kekoldi and then one of the turtle guys. We even had a chant "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's rafting time...Cool Runnings!" which was yelled as we survived rapid after rapid on the Rio Pacuare. I've been white water rafting in Watertown, NY every year that I've gone to Syracuse University, but this was my first time sitting in the front.
Our guide's name was Juan and he made us purposely flip three times. It would have been four but I didn't end up going over and neither did Britt. I had ended up under the raft for a few seconds after we flipped the third time just as another raft rammed into us from behind and I wasn't really in the mood not to be able to breathe again. It was a lot of fun though, even though we really only did 2's today with maybe three category 3 rapids mixed in (I'm used to 4's and 5's).
Once again, the lodge is even better than the last place we were (the Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero). It's just really cool. After a very short walk up from the Rio Pacuare, there's a HUGE dining area, a hammock and rocking chair hut (with at least five of each), a swimming hole under a waterfall, and a big cabin like Kekoldi with rooms and bunk beds and all that fun stuff.
The day after we got there, we went on the best hike ever. Of course, all of our clothes were still wet from rafting yesterday, but it didn't really matter, because we were going to get wet on the hike. We met at the food are and then followed Tito (one of the rafting guides) who lead us down to where the rafts all were and then back up to the main dining area...but from the other side.
Our third day at the lodge, we headed back out on the river, in bathing suits that were already wet from the past two days...not damp, WET. It's pretty funny how nothing ever seems to dry in Costa Rica. Anyway, we did harder rapids, lost a few more people (not on purpose this time) and tried a few rafting tricks. One thing that we attempted like five times was to get the raft completely vertical and then get it to turn. I think Juan got tired of attempting it and having to wait for half the raft to get pulled back in, so he gave up on us. Ah well.
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