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Rivers, Jungles, Beaches and Bats

Steve’s 9 day adventure in Costa Rica & Panama, including rafting on the Pacuare River, Selva Bananito Lodge, Tranquilo Bay, the Panama Canal, jungle hikes, bird watching, sea kayaking, beaches, and a bat cave!

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The lunch scene on the Pacuare river
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Stephen Smith
I woke at 4:00am for my 5:00am ride to the airport. I went outside to wait at 4:50am, and he pulled up within about 2 minutes. The ride was dark, quiet and uneventful, and I was at the airport by …
catch that wave, dude!
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Stephen Smith
I woke at 6:00am for my 7:30am boat transfer to the Bocas local airport. As Jim suggested, I simply left my bags on my porch, and somebody took them to the boat. I headed over to the main house for …
All forward! Whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River
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Stephen Smith
I woke up to bright sunshine at 6:30am for a 7:30am breakfast. Today was French toast (big thick heavenly homemade slices with powdered sugar), fruit, juice and coffee. We left for the bat cave at …
Pacuare River rafting
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Stephen Smith
I woke up at 6:30am for a 7:30am breakfast. Today was breakfast tacos with eggs, bacon and juice and coffee. I can sum up the experience by noting that Jim popped out on the deck as I drank my coffee …
On the van to the Pacuare River
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Stephen Smith
I woke to a damp bed at 6:00am for a 7:00am early breakfast. But the weather had cleared and it was nice. I headed over to the main lodge for my final breakfast, alone this time since the others were …
Outside patio at Hotel Le Bergerac
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Stephen Smith
I woke very early at 5:00am after another good nights sleep. The weather has been blissful, but apparently it was not so before I got here. Prior to my arrival, it rained for over 10 straight days! …
What a bathroom!
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Stephen Smith
Woke at 6:00am after a good nights sleep. I can’t believe, no mosquitoes! The birds were pretty loud by this point in the morning, but nothing unbearable. Personally I loved it. Got cleaned up, …
Hotel Le Bergerac, San Jose Costa Rica
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Stephen Smith
Woke at 5:00am, showered, had coffee, and ready for my 6:20am river rafting pickup! At the front desk, I bought a big bottle of water and converted $100(US) into a good mix of Costa Rican Colons …
A room with a view at Selva Bananito Lodge!
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Stephen Smith
Craig was kind enough to wake up ridiculously early to drive me to the airport at 4:00am. My 6:50am Miami flight was on time, and I got to Costa Rica’s San Jose Airport at 1:30pm as expected. …

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