Incredible Trip with the BEST Guide Ever!
I can't say enough good things about this adventure. From beginning to end the team from Tropical Rivers took great care of us (family of 2 parents and 2 adult sons) and gave us an experience we will never forget. Rafting on the Pacuare River was a blast - the scenery was gorgeous, the rapids were exciting, the Rios Lodge where we spent two nights was an oasis in the jungle with gorgeous flowers, stunning views, comfortable rooms, and the most amazing waterfall pools to swim in. But what made this trip truly exceptional was our guide Raul. He is an expert paddler and knows the river by heart - we always felt completely safe. Having the other rafts and the kayakers nearby reinforced my peace of mind - they all worked as a team on the river and it was clear these were seasoned professionals. Raul had non-stop energy, was a super fun person to be around and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the animals, insects, birds and plantlife. He took us out on three separate long hikes, (including one at night!) and was able to name and give fun facts about everything around us, wildly exceeding our expectations. Raul and his helper Alonzo (who expertly handled the supply raft and made sure the food and all our belongings didn't end up in the river) were also talented chefs, preparing and serving the fresh, delicious buffet-style meals in the Rios Lodge's open air kitchen overlooking the river. They even made intricate garnishes out of vegetables and, since I'm not a coffee drinker, Raul concocted amazing hot chocolate for me each morning. Although we moved on to other beautiful areas of Costa Rica over the following 8 days, our conversations kept turning back to Raul and our adventures on the Pacuare River.