We began our day at the Cariblue Hotel in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. A group of students headed at an early breakfast and headed across the road to the beach. The wave/s were impressive, and there was a number of surfers bobbing out in the water waiting for a big wave.
“Muy Bonita,” “Crazy,” “Breath-taking,” “Intense” –
These are a few of the words CRA students used to describe their rafting adventure on the Pacuare River. When asked for three words, here are the responses:
Afton – Exciting, funny, and beautiful!
Aidia – Adventurous, crazy, and funny!
Barret – Exhilarating, fun, and amazing!
Brandon – Bumpy, wet, and awesome!
Brody – No response.
Carson – Exhilarating, relaxing, and labor-intensive!
Clement – Really fun, wet, and an activity where we had to pay attention a lot.
Craig – Exciting, beautiful scenery, and relaxing.
Dayan – Exciting, calming, and focus-to-avoid-sinking.
Delaney – Exuberant, thrilling, and fun!
Gage – Fun, beautiful-scenery, and quite-tiring.
Henry – No response.
Jacob – Nerve racking, exciting, and blood pumping!
Jackson – Adrenaline, fun, and kind of scary!
Luna – Kind-of-Scary, gorgeous-surroundings, and amazing!
Matteo – Muy bonita, exciting, and tiring.
Maya – Vibrant, breathtaking, and insane!
Micah – Euphoric, wonderful, and new.
Natalya – Fascinating, refreshing, and muscle-usage!
Reece – Intense, extraordinary, and beautiful.
Zoe – Super Duper Cool!
We’ve also seen a number of animals during our brief time in Costa Rica. Here’s a list the students came up with when asked what we’d observed:
The brilliant blue butterflies, a black vulture, Geckos, Capybara (largest rodent on Earth), orange crabs, sloths, Toucans and the Oro Bendura (Oriole-Family of birds that builds the hanging nests), a worm-like leach in the shower, Poisoned Dart and Neon Green, as well as Teal Frogs, a Howler Monkey, and huge spiders!
Some of the group had some other random thoughts they wanted to share about our brief experience in Costa Rica:
Brandon – “Reece and I got scared by a Chupacabra.”
Clement – “It is very hot here, but it’s very beautiful. It’s very different because we’re used to seeing pine trees, but it’s a whole new world here.” 1. Really fun, wet, and an activity where we had to pay attention a lot.
Dayan – “The food is way better than what we have at home – yummier and healthier.”
Delaney – “I didn’t think the Sloth we saw last night was real at first.”
Gage – “This morning, I saw a long line of ants carrying leaves and stuff.”
Henry – “I saw a gross leach in the shower last night.”
Jacob – “You can sunburn very easily in Costa Rica! And the tropical fruits here are much better than in the States. Not only that, but Craig and I locked ourselves out of our bungalow this morning.”
Jackson – “A gecko dive bombed me at breakfast – he landed on my face!”
Luna – “On the rafting trip, our boat got caught and it started flooding. It was really fun, though.”
Matteo – “When I woke up and walked out of my bungalow this morning, there was a little Neon Green Tree Frog with black spots – and there was a Gecko chasing it.”
Maya – “When we crossed the border about noon, there were school children all around, and they all had uniforms on.”
Micah – “Costa Rica is definitely a place to go!”
Reece – “Dinner last night was a mix of flavors I haven’t tried before. It was super-good. They were the best refried beans we had – they were light, not heavy.”
Coming soon on this blog: CRA Crosses into Panama and tries their luck at snorkeling!