Caption: This is the beginning of the rafting tour. We are all smiles here. I am the one with the blue t-shirt.
In 2014 I took my biggest adventure ever. I am the kind of person who feels alive when it is adventure time, but when it comes to doing extreme sports, I hesitate a bit, after all, I love my life. However, this time even though I was afraid I was also excited to do something different, the main reason, I wasn’t alone. I was with my boyfriend.
We were staying on the Caribbean Sea of Costa Rica; we were there on holiday and we went to a tourist office to find out what kind of activities they offered. Rafting the Pacuare River's white water was the most exciting and interesting one for us, so we said yes to the adventure.
At 4 am the following day we were waiting for the bus that was going to pick us up. Well, after half an hour we had to call the driver only to find out that he was still sleeping. This is a cultural thing in Costa Rica - the ”tico time”. Eventually he showed up, and the trip to the river took almost an hour. Whilst on the road we stopped to have ”gallo pinto” - typical Costa Rican breakfast made of rice with beans, eggs, sweet fried plantain, served with American coffee and milk on the side.
We arrived at the designated meeting point where, to our biggest surprise, a tour guide was waiting for us next to a big free breakfast buffet - we ate again, we needed that extra energy before embarking on three hours of rafting.
Pacuare is one of the largest rivers in the world. The guide took us to the river on a type of wagon cart and gave us rafting instructions on the way there. I literally wanted to run to the toilet... I was freaking scared when he said that not following the instructions could be fatal.
I was very nervous at the beginning, but the further into the adventure we went, the more the adrenaline swept away my fear and the fun started.
Every jump, every up and down, every scream was hallelujah! At one point we stopped in a magical part of the river that looked like a lagoon. Everyone jumped off the raft and swam. I stayed on it enjoying the magic view. It really was magic!
We continued rafting when it started to rain. It was a bit chilly but it was so exciting that no other sensation could beat the feeling of adrenaline surging through our bodies.
It was five of us on our raft, the guide, a couple from England, my boyfriend and I. We were lucky because all the other rafts carried seven people each.
Тhree hours and 108 kilometers of paddling later, we finally arrived on the other side of the river. I realized how tired I was; my boyfriend had to carry me back to the car on his back. It was a crazy exciting day. Again we had the buffet waiting for us, we had lunch and relaxed. To my surprise, there was a photographer taking pictures throughout the entire tour. I'm sharing the pictures with you.
Despite the guide's cautious advice at the beginning of the tour, I didn’t see any real danger. If you are visiting Costa Rica this is definitely something you should do! It’s simply wonderful and worth trying.
Tips for rafting in Costa Rica:
- Wear comfortable, light cotton clothes as the weather has the tendency to change and you may feel a bit chilly if it starts to rain and you are only wearing shorts, as it was in my case. In the link bellow you can see what is recommended to bring.
(What to bring)
- Make sure you rest properly the night before; it takes lots of energy to paddle for three hours, and it is not convenient to leave the others do all the job. It is important that everyone paddles together for the raft to stay afloat.
- If your pick-up transport doesn’t arrive on time, call them; sometimes the drivers are disorganized. They may be late or, in worst-case scenario, may have completely forgotten about having to pick you up.
- Don’t eat heavy food as it may lower your energy.
- Make sure to pack towels and dry clothes to change into after the rafting has finished and all the clothes you're wearing are wet. There is a place near by where you can even have a shower, so you may want to bring your own shampoos, cream, etc., (especially for girls) :)!
- Last but not least - have fun! Life is short. Great experiences are forever!
I hope you have enjoyed reading! Now, tell me, have you ever done rafting or engaged in any other activities that involve a great deal of adrenaline and excitement? If so, let me know in the comments bellow, I would love to hear about it.
If you would like to know more about Costa Rica, where I lived for six years, please, don’t hesitate to ask, as usual, in the comments bellow.
Thank you for liking, for sharing and for being part of this adventure!
Tons of love,