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1 novembre 2006 3 01 /11 /novembre /2006 21:43


nous sommes au costa rica pour une semaine depuis vendredi , apres une visite des musees d art precolombien tres interressante , il n y avait pas que des mayas en meso amerique, nous sommes alles a turrialba pour une semaine de kayack pour moi et de raft pour anne marie

voici le programme , evidemment em americain , car c est un sejour americain , qui nous fait travailler les muscles la journee et les neurones le soir , en petit comite ca va , mais en groupe , cest dificile de comprendre.

week of river costa rica rios

Settling In

After breakfast, we outfit you with your reserved paddling gear from our wide selection. We start out at the

Rio Pejibaye, a calm jungle river with clear water and spectacular scenery. This river is an excellent introduction

to Costa Rican whitewater with two distinct sections. The Lower Pejibaye is class II/III with fun surf

waves and deep pools for practice. The Upper Pejibaye or Taos section is class III/IV with creek like features

and steeper rapids. Both are equally scenic and allow plenty of time to get warmed up for the upcoming

week. When we return to our Bed & Breakfast we kick-off the week with a BBQ dinner fiesta and discuss all

the activities planned for the upcoming week.


Day $ ~ Sarapiqui

All Warmed Up

We will hit the road just after an early breakfast and travel to

the Sarapiqui River, located on the north side of the Caribbean

slope. The Sarapiqui is often referred to as the “Jewel of

Costa Rica” with clear water, deep pools and excellent whitewater.

There are 3 distinct sections on this river that we paddle,

generally the more difficult whitewater is located upstream

while the lower sections provide fantastic opportunities

to practice and improve in the warm tropical water and

sunshine. Paddlers sometimes have a difficult time with this

section of river because they are so distracted by the beautiful

scenery. Tonight we will lodge riverside at a hot spring resort.

To soak in the thermal pools is the perfect end to the day.

Day % ~ Toro

Stepping it Up

The Toro is unique to other Costa Rican rivers both for iťs

yellow water color and innumerable cascading tributary waterfalls.

Its source is high on Volcan Poas and as it tumbles towards

the Caribbean Sea it passes over iron-rich soils giving it

iťs trademark rust color. The whitewater is excellent with

challenging class III and IV rapids found upstream and rolling

class II and III on the lower sections. After paddling today we

will return to Turrialba in time for a home-cooked Costa Rican


Day & ~ Top Pacuar#

Remote Jungle Settings

Today we travel to the remote and absolutely beautiful mountains

of the Pacuare headwaters. This rarely paddled section

of river starts with class II and III rapids and progresses in

difficulty as we continue downstream. Not a problem for class

II paddlers as there is a small road following the

river during the first several

kilometers a quick shuttle

gives plenty of opportunities

for surfing the friendly waves

again and again. Experienced

paddlers will love the steep rapids

and super-fun playspots of

the Upper-Upper Pacuare.

Day ( ~ Lower Pacuare (Day !)

Our Jungle Hide Out

This 24 kilometer (17 miles) class III/IV section is your paddling gem today. This is the most popular run on

the Pacuare, often said to be one of the top five river sections in the world. We will put-in a bit higher than

other groups and enjoy an additional 4 kilometers of whitewater and rapids as we paddle to our riverside Jungle

Lodge. To spend a night along the shores of the Pacuare river is an experience every person should enjoy

in their lives. We light the camp with candles and prepare delicious tropical cuisine in our kitchen with all

amenities. The camp is complete with flush toilets, showers, raised platform tents with mattresses and fully

landscaped grounds. The whitewater on the first day is class II and III, fun surf waves and rolling rapids are


Day * ~ Lower Pacuare (Day ")

World Class Experience

After our delicious breakfast we launch and begin preparing for the action downstream. There are about 3

kilometers of warm-up rapids before we enter Huacas canyon and the first of several class IV rapids. The

river then opens up as we play and paddle mostly class III whitewater until Cimarrones, a steep and technical

class IV drop. There are still 5 more kilometers of whitewater action before we arrive in the Caribbean

flatland town of Siquirres where we take out. Class II/III paddlers will experience all these thrilling class III

and IV rapids in a guided raft or shredder. We then return to Turrialba for an evening goodbye fiesta at our


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