Water water rafting in Costa Rica (Tourist Time)

That smile on my darling daughter’s face says it all. We had the BEST time white-water rafting in Puntarenas. The animals we saw along the river in-between shooting the rapids were absolutely incredible. Even those crocodiles swimming beneath us!

Over this summer vacation I’m taking trips of another kind. Of a Thursday I’m traveling down memory lane, reminiscing a little about all the traveling we’ve done to various parts of the world as a family!






Rafting in Costa Rica (MM2-16)


Another week, another Monochrome Madness with Leanne Cole Photography. This week I’ve chosen a photo of when we went rafting in Costa Rica. And yes, it’s another water themed photo, lol.

Rafting in Costa Rica

Having been white-water rafting in Africa I’d so been looking forward to this day. These rapids weren’t quite that of the Zambezi River however it was a fun morning and a great introduction for the children to this wonderful activity.

The animals we saw as we floated and scooted along the water were so unique and when the children realized we were skimming over crocodiles at times, priceless!

Leanne Cole Photography






White water rafting for four please?!

What an unexpected yet wonderful surprise today’s on-shore adventure was in Puntarenas, Costa Rica but first we had to dock.

Coming into port we witnessed Mother Nature’s very own spotlight shining down upon the ocean.

Natures own spot light

Looking out over Puntarenas one could sense we were in for something wonderful today.

Looking over Puntarenas

The way we read the tour was that it was going to be a slow boat trip down the river spotting wildlife but it was quite the opposite with white water rafting.

Paddling down the river

We had an absolute hoot!

White water rafting

And the animals we saw along the way. Oh. My. Gosh. The dragonflies however followed us all the way, grabbing a lift whenever they could.

Dragonfly Beauty

We saw lots of my beloved Iguana. This gentleman in his mating colors was particularly striking.

My Gorgeous Iguana

The Spoon-Billed Heron was a unique creature I must say.

Spoon bill Herron

We were privileged to watch as an Osprey enjoyed its lunch.

An Osprey enjoying its lunch

The murky waters of the river, not very deep the day we rafted down it, naturally came complete with a crocodile or three.

Crocodile and herron

Up above us the Howler Monkeys slept in the midday heat.

Howler Monkeys sleeping at Noon

We were even lucky enough to come across some of the most extraordinary looking bats. According to Google they are called Proboscis Bats.

Going batty

There were many other animals we saw along the way but wildlife, quite oddly, don’t always sit still long enough for a camera to catch their fleeting moments.

After our rafting experience we were bused back up the river to a restaurant for a lunch of local produce including black beans. I have a love/hate relationship with these beans as they are so tasty but seldom look appealing on the plate.

Then it was back to the ship for a hot bath and a cold drink!!! 😉