White water rafting, hiking, natural waterslides

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More of the deck and the main area of the Rio Tropicales Jungle Lodge.
    OK, so I know there have been multiple modes of transportation to get from place to place in this trip so far, but this by far takes the medal. We left Tortuguero by boat, of course, then got on bus #1 from the dock, which brought us to bus #2, which brought us to a truck, which brought us to our rafts, which brought us to our lodge. Pretty impressive.

    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.
View of the Rio Pacuare from the deck of the lodge.
..and I loved it!
    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.
A natural water slide. All you do is sit down and it shoots you down the rocks and into the pool below.
Besides all that, the lodge is basically right on the river and the scenery is beautiful! The food is awesome too...cooked by the rafting guides. They said that the prerequisites for working with the Rio Tropicales rafting company is that you have to be able to do those loud whistles without using your fingers, cook and raft. Haha. It's a lot of fun.

    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.
Me, Brittney and Aimee hanging out on a downed tree.
Haha. Christian (one of the rafting guides) then had us follow him, this time for real. We crossed rivers, climbed rocks and swam in water holes. We also got to go down a natural water slide! It was really fun. You basically just sit down, slide forward to get in the current and then you're off. At the bottom, you get shot down under the water and pop up like 20 feet from the slide. It's really fun.

    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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