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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Adventures by Disney--Costa Rica Coast to Coast-- Day 5

Day 5: We had to say goodbye to beautiful Arenal today, but more adventure awaits us.  As we were leaving the hotel, we spotted some toucans in a tree.  We stopped to watch them for a few minutes.


Today's big adventure is White Water Rafting.  We had to travel by bus for about an hour and a half.  We met a couple of drivers who transported us by trucks to the entry point of the river.  They divided us up into our rafts and assigned a guide to each raft.  Our guide was named Lorenzo, but his nick name was Chuta. They went over safety procedures and the Chuta got us in the water where we did a little training....then we were heading down the Tenorio River.  The rapids on this river were mostly class 3-4.  The scenery around the river was beatitude and packed full of wild life.  We saw a variety of species from howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, toucans, and basilisk.  The monkeys were abundant and very playful today.  The capuchin were very curious and would venture closer to see what was going on.  They were very entertaining to watch.  The rafting trip took about 2 1/2 hours.  When were were approaching our last rapid, we pulled over to a large rocky area where we had a picnic lunch prepared for us of fruits, sandwiches, chips, juice, and dessert.  After a quick lunch we loaded back in to our rafts for the last rapid and the. To the takeout point. Our guide was hilarious and decided that after our last rapid he would paddle us back over to the rapid and let the water splash over our faces.  The rafting company had photographers scattered throughout the trip to take our photos.  One was positioned on this last drop and he was clicking away taking pictures of us in the downfall of water.




We walked up the steps to the top where there was a changing area and a bathroom for us to get dry clothes on. We then had to load back into the trucks and traveled about 40 minutes back to our bus and we continued our trip to Guanacaste.

One of the prettiest resorts I have ever seen was located in Guanacaste...it just opened in January.  When we arrived they greeted us with wet washcloths and pineapple juice drinks.  We received our room keys and Instructions about supper.








 











 Tonight was the Junior Adventures special night....and date night for moms and dads.  The Junior Adventurers had a special dinner and movie night while the adults had dinner out under the stars with a view of the beach.  We had a special table on the sand and a couple of chefs and waiters to take care of us. The dinner was salads, chicken skewers and steak sandwiches.  The adults enjoyed sitting around and getting to know more about each other.  After dinner we all went back to our rooms and geared up for our last day in Costa Rica. 

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