1440 {28} :: Costa Rica, Jungle Camp

We paddled over two hours down the River Pacuare to reach our Jungle Camp.

It was beautiful, really.

In a very rustic sort of way.

It sat up on a mountainside, in the heart of the rainforest, over-looking the river.

We fell asleep and awoke to the sounds of the jungle… birds, insects and the raging river below.

Beautiful vistas and sweet photographic treasures were everywhere. {You can see more photos here.}

Our first full day there was our first day full of beautiful tropical sun, much to the delight of all.

Our guides prepared fresh, delicious meals in the outdoor kitchen. These were my favorite meals the entire time we were in Costa Rica.

We had visitors

who hung around a while.

And we visited with each other.

All of camp life seemed centered on {or from} the kitchen.


Happy Hour was at 4:30 and included Jungle Juice, served both with and without alcohol. We usually used this time to sit family style around our dining table and play cards, tell stories, and recount our days’ experiences.

Even in the middle of the jungle we had the elegance of wine and candlelight.

Good times.

Pura vida.


*Pura Vida literally means Pura = pure and vida = life, but “Pure life” in Spanish would be “Vida pura” instead, so the real meaning is closer to “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, “real living”, “Awesome!” or “cool!”.[5] It can be used both as a greeting or a farewell, universally known in Costa Rica and it has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956.[6] ~ wikipedia


{The first, and last three photos were taken by our trip photographer, Matt.}

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So glad you are here! Pura vida!

Dina@4LettreWords - January 25, 2013 - 11:34 am

I know I said it before, but what an adventure, Patty! Tho, 2-hours of paddling makes my arms burn. :) Gorgeous shots, as always. I think Costa Rica would certainly be proud!

Amy Avery - January 25, 2013 - 11:43 am

As I was looking at and reading your post, Patty, I was thinking, “Wow, now that is living real life!” And to find out that this place is called Pura Vida. I have loved all of these posts about Costa Rica that you have shared. Thank you! Stay safe with the ice out today!

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - January 25, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Just looking at these amazing pictures warms me up on this frigid, frigid morning! Thanks for hosting the link-up!

Stephanie - January 25, 2013 - 1:24 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica. These photos are awesome!

Marty - January 25, 2013 - 1:49 pm

What a wonderful trip!

Serendipity is Sweet - January 25, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Incredible! I love the candle light images. What a fantastic experience for you all!

Kim Cunningham - January 25, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Amazing place and photos! Looks so wonderful. I could do without the spider though…Yikes!

Kathy - January 25, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Wow, what an AMAAAAAAAZING adventure and experience!

Kim Stevens - January 26, 2013 - 12:49 am

Ahhh, I am so loving these photos and your adventure and I don’t want it to end… :)

I do so love the photos he took of you all at the table at night, so beautiful! And that spider looks like some of the ones around here in Texas…yes everything is bigger here! haha

June - January 26, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Looks like a fabulous time! You can keep the spiders, but the orchids are stunning! Isn’t everything centered around the kitchen ? :)

Ross - January 28, 2013 - 1:11 am

What a once in a lifetime experience! These photos are amazing! I think the whole candlelight experience would just be the ultimate. My wife and I are thinking about a trip to Costa Rica and reading your blog just makes me want to go all the more!

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