We took off yesterday morning to raft the Pacuare with Rios Tropicales. The sun was finally out and the water from the recent rains had it raging but we were still able to go down.
The rafting on the Pacuare is pretty amazing as you can see from some video Patrick and Alex shot with their helmet cams(Rios Tropicales is the oldest, largest, and best outfitter in Costa Rica for rafting by the way. I highly recommend them).
There are some great class III and IV rapids and the views are spectacular.
There are also quite a few critters hanging out. The Rios Tropicales lodge is right on the river and nestled deep in the Costa Rican rainforest. And being as such, you can expect to find some of the animals that live there hanging around the camp.
We didn’t expect to see a massive Bushmaster snake though. This little guy was found on one of trails outside of the camp, the exact same one we hiked out on today.
He was quickly dispatched by one of the local tribesman who works at the Rios Tropicales lodge.
As our guide Ronald told us, “this is one of the bad ones”. And by “bad” he went on to say you have about 2 hours to live if you get bitten by one(they are actually the most venomous in the Western Hemisphere according to Wikipedia).
I’m not really afraid of snakes but this guy was a monster(6 feet long) and would not be fun to meet on the trail. Add in the fact that they usually hang out at night and we weren’t too upset to see this guy go.