We hit jackpot with our two day white water rafting trip on the Pacuare river in Costa Rica. We were the only two that had booked the overnight trip so we ended up with our own private guide and rafting session. It was just brilliant! I'll admit initially I was a little concerned. Why you ask? Well, how is one supposed to white water raft when we didn't speak Spanish, our safety kayaker didn’t speak English and our guide spoke broken English? Body language, facial expressions and basic words of course! We went back to basics which in the end, made our experience. It sounds corny but when your rafting down one of the world’s most stunning rivers, with three out of five people that don't speak your language, you have to carry all your clothing, equipment and food and your accommodation is simple wooden huts on stilts with no electricity or hot water, it brings you back down to earth and makes you realise that the simple things in life are the best.
We booked our two day trip with Exploradores Outdoors Costa Rica. US$219. Great value if you consider this includes pick up and drop off to your San Jose hotel, all meals, accommodation and guides. Our guide was Roy. One of the most disciplined, hard working and humble people I have met in my life.
This is supposed to be about the accommodation so I won’t harp on about the rafting experience but just know that it was spectacular. Imagine rafting on Class III-V rapids surrounded by a stunning tropical rainforest including canyons, waterfalls and unique wildlife. Enough said.
At the end of day one we reached our accommodation, Pacuare River Lodge. The lodge is situated on the hillside of the Pacuare River consisting of 13 well spaced cabins, all with incredible panoramic views of the rainforest and river. Our cabin was basic but brilliant, involving four timber walls covered in mosquito netting with a pitched roof on stilts. The luxury being a double bed in the middle of the room, that's it. We were completely at the mercy of nature. The grounds of the lodge were a landscaper’s dream. Beautifully manicured lawns, perfectly paved paths, well maintained flora and fauna. But I guess it helps when you have a jungle landscape to work with. The open air kitchen and lounge complete the setting of this natural wonderland. For the active, there are hikes, waterfalls and riverside beaches to enjoy while for the inactive, there is a hammock to nap in, books to read, wildlife to watch and beers to drink.
I think the pictures will do the talking for this accommodation as words don’t do it justice. To top it all off Roy prepared all our meals at the lodge which included fresh fruit and vegetables, local fish, banana pancakes and dinner by candlelight! It couldn’t get any better.
Everytime I think of this trip, I smile. It was an incredible experience which I highly recommend to all.