Today, our second full day in CR, we did what we had originally wanted to do: Raft the Rio Pacuare! THis is one of the most impressive rafting rivers in the world because it is a 20 mile section of straight class IV rapids. Seriously... there was hardly any rest between the rapids: better than any river Ben or I have ever rafted!
Somehow we got on the Spanish boat-- four inexperienced locales and a Spanish guide. Originally Ben and I were the leaders (in front. the ones everyone else follows and get the brunt of the hits), but one of the other four river rats complained about it being too complicated to hear the calls in English and follow Ben.. yadda yadda yadda... so we were switched to the back. Boo. The most boring spot in the raft.
From then on we were yelled at in Spanish , which didn't make things much easier for everyone. For some reason they could NOT understand to paddle forward when he said forward, or to follow the person in front, etc. The man in front of me, dressed in slacks, button down shirt, and dress shoes, had such trouble that our guide repeatedly went to the front of the boat for personal instruction for him. I even took to yelling "Derecha elante!" at him myself.
halfway through Ben and I were switched to the front again, and we had a blast from there. It was an amazing river, and GORGEOUS! Seriously, words cannot express how beautiful this place was.
We couldn't bring our camera, but here is a video of someone else rafting the same river: Keep in mind it is during the slow spots because that is when the videographer could catch up and film.