Pacuare River Lodge
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Where Adventure & Romance Escape Together
Tucked in the Rainforest of Costa Rica is this incredible Ecolodge. We whitewater rafted all morning to arrive at the lodge, our river guides acted as chefs and general grounds keepers upon arrival, and we were treated to the absolute best food we had the entire trip in Costa Rica. The bungalows do not have any electricity, but the staff lights candles in all the rooms and pathways each evening, and dinner is eaten by candle light. Talk about romance!! While staying they have horseback riding through the jungle, hikes, rappelling, zip lining and of course more rafting. Definitely will not be our last trip to this lodge!! The attention to sustainability efforts was also fantastic and commendable.
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Whitewater Rafting the Pacuare River...of Death!
Many moons ago on the way back from a business trip I read an article on some place called “Costa Rica”. It was full of lush forests, mighty rivers, and Volcano’s. It had great surfing and snorkeling right off rough and rustic beaches, sport fishing, hiking…the list went on and on. However, it was the article on white-water rafting that got me…I had done some before…but I needed to do it here. The river looked like it cut through Jurassic Park! I did go and raft that river…(I’ve been to CR 5X thus far) and even though I had an “incident on that river that might dissuade others from doing it again…I went back a few years later for more…two days this time. I have many stories from my trips to Costa Rica but this is the one I love telling…especially to see how people react…this is the one that another minute or so… instead of this being one of my favorite stories to tell…it would have been one of the worst for the others in my raft… I ‘m white-water rafting the Pacuare River when we hit a big drop loaded with boulders…I was thrown out of the raft…hovered up in the air…then vanished and found myself trapped in a hydraulic under the raft! Stay frosty!…keep tucking into ball to drop…not working …finally a current took me…still under 15ft + of water…swimming up toward light…waves keep crashing on top of me…can’t break thru them!!! Running out of air…one final kick!…stroke!…air!!! Sweet air!…I look ahead…no raft?!? look back…my fellow travellers paddling towards me…
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