Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Costa Rica: Rio Claro

Upon arrival, The size and growth of the trees is spectacular.

The sign pointing the way.

A Scarlet Macaw in the trees.

Wasn't much use for a shirt (or even shoes) in this area.

The start of Rio Claro.

It looks shallow here, but the right side is plenty deep enough for an awesome rope swing.

The man at Rio Claro. For $15 he sends you up the river in a boat with a guide and all proceeds go to local turtle conservation efforts.

Great place to chill out.

With a view like this, what more could one want?

On the way into the heart of the jungle.

The crew is a small one.

Here is the first of a couple of spots where the boat had to be carried a bit.

Our boat captain in the back.

That rope is for easy climbing access up to a waterfall beyond.

But for now is another rapids to tackle upstream a bit.

This spot was a tricky one to keep moving up.

But we made it.

And up ahead was the turnaround point. The current was much too strong to continue on. I tried swimming into it, but it just threw me sideways into a rock that ripped the front of my shorts open.

So I flipped my shorts around and swam back.

To the previous spot I mentioned with the waterfall beyond.

Rio Claro is below.

And the waterfall beyond!

Past this one were several more, however, I didn't trust myself to bring the camera any further. At one point, I swam under a rock to get to another one and then jumped off each waterfall to get back. It really was just too incredible to document.

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