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day 8 in costa rica: rafting

we woke up early, around 7 am, had delicious breakfast at the gaia hotel... then a van picked us up, and we drove for about an hour up some crazy tiny roads to run the savagre (savage) river. It was mostly class II/+ rapids. Andy and I rafted with two cute girls from Spain and it was quite marvelous. We both got sun-burned though. I love white water. It reminded me of the time I ran the rogue river in Oregon, and that made me look at kayaking schools... I've always wanted to do one, I think I'm going to put it on my todo list.

We had a marvelous guide, Fabian, who gave us a lot of nature info, and was also funny and kept trying to fuck us over, like almost tip us over, or make us run into giant bumps. We also swam in our life jackets, and I ran two mini rapids that way.. they told us to have our feet up and float on our backs so that we don't get caught on rocks. But that way I kept drinking and snorting river water.

We got back to the hotel, and Andy grabbed some dinner from El Aredo restaurant in Quepos, and we had another rainy sunset. We watched The Help, and had more delicious fruity cocktails.


May. 4th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Cost of Travel
How is the cost of Travel in Costa Rica? Realizing you are getting the tourist pricing what is the average daily cost for two? We are trying to get ours down to $100 a day for two but realize it's going to be hard
May. 4th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Cost of Travel
well, so we just did the math and for our 12 day trip it's about 5k for everything, and that's with us skipping lunch and getting free breakfasts.

we had a living social deal that was 795 for 6 nights and some activities included, and the rest was using tripadvisor.com. You know that website right? Best travel site.

We got a few cheaper deals because of tripadvisor/expedia.. but the hotels averaged over $100. We did stay in Gaia Hotel for 3 nights which is a 5 star hotel, and I would recommend staying here at least 2 nights.

I don't like Mal Pais. You can skip the Nicoya peninsula. Manuel Antonio is much better. Let's hang out after I get back home!
May. 4th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Cost of Travel
also, after i did the math, i realized that we would've rather took that money and visited hawaii again. it's not cheap here, and i think it's harder to find the cheap/local options because there are so many tourists.

dinners average $50 for both of us. Cocktails are $6 to $12.
It costs like Austin pretty much.

Everyone told us Manuel Antonio was touristy, but to see the same prices in Mal Pais where there aren't asphalt roads is disappointing.


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