My Experiences in Costa Rica
My first impression of Costa Rica was the heat. After a long transatlantic flight, we arrived in the San José airport. Immediately we felt the heat- hot and humid! Quickly we got our bags and go into the bus to set off for the base house., close to Fortuna. The base house was immense: houses around a pond and pool in large tropical garden.
The next day, we hiked to a waterfall where we swam and played in the water. The water was freezing but we did not care! The next day was a service day at a school where we repainted a fence- it was challenging in the heat but a lot of fun- some paint landed on our faces (glasses), our bodies and our clothes!
The next day we went ziplining. Only four of us participated as many were scared of heights. I was accostumed to heights form sipiling and ropes courses in France so I was excited to try. The ziplining was amazing- a true once in a lifetime experience.
As the week carried on, many more activities awaited us. The most exciting activity was rafting. I had been only been rafting one time before on the Colorado River. This experience was much different because we had to paddle and navigate the river. We listened carefully to the safety instructions and got onto the boat with life jackets and helmets. We had to follow the isntructions carefully: if there was too much weight on one side, we suddenly had to shift our bodies and the boat would right itself. We were constantly aware of the danger yet felt safe with our river guides. Rafting in Costa Rica was an experience that we will never forget.
Flying back to France was both happy and sad: we were all sad to leave such an amazing country and to say goodbye to our wonderful guide, Yendri Castro. We were happy to see our families and share our adventures. The flight passed very quickly as we shared memories and photos, hoping not to forget this amazing trip!
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