Here is Alpha 2 Again!
In the first 5 days, most of us thought about giving up and we were all exhausted. But a miracle happened, we actually started liking it!!! There was less rain, so no more wet clothes in the morning. That´s an incredible feeling. All our aches and pains sorted themselves out and got used to it, so that´s pretty good as well, and we wanted to do the fun part of the trekking - we went into the real jungle...
We had an amazing guide called Don Luz. He had some legendary stories for us and did everything with his machete. On the first few hours one of us saw a snake, which was amazing. The jungle was rough to travel through, and some of us fell slipped in the mud more than once. We saw some puma footprints as well. The jungle walk we did was a privilege, because only Raleigh is allowed to go there with Don Luz. So that´s just one amazing opportunity we had. Nobody dared to go to the toilet in the dark jungle because of all the frightening animals out there!
At the end of the second day in the jungle, we came to a place with hot springs, a waterfall and a beautiful turquoise river. That was really wonderful and relaxing. We had a lovely place to sleep too. However, the day after we had a surprise...Alex and Lucy (our Project Managers) were gone! They had left a note for us and we had to do that day ourselves. That was nice and we took it easy that day. That was a lovely day with a nice weather as well. Sadly enough we had to do the next day a full 22 kilometres, but we did a good job we were allowed to be proud of ourselves, because we´d already done 15km before 9:30am. We had some amazing views on our way too - including being able to see Nicaragua at one point. On the 11th day we walked about 17km and it was a really hot day, but that was the only thing that was a bit hard.
We´ve been camping at a farm with pigs, piglets and lots of chickens. The farmer also gave us lots of mandarins and oranges. That was super kind and it shows the lovely character of the Costa Ricans. The day after we went to a National Park and walked to a forest. We´ve been camping next to a hotel, where we can use the facilities, which has been a good break from using the short drop!
This is the news so far for you! Lots of happy greetings from Alpha 2!