What does standard deviation mean if you different? What does Honduras a country far away from your own mean? When we set anchor off the coast, little boats shipped us to the shore. That’s Honduras have you ever heard of it? There are Maya ruins, there is great coffee and there is the rainforest. Flying over the Atlantic could mean nothing in comparison of rainforest canopy – viewing from the treetop. Rainforests are often called the lungs of the planet.
We decided we are going to be part of it. After white water rafting in Costa Rica, canopy in Honduras was on our list. We went on the bus, this time we were only a handful. Let’s put it this way, in the bus we were wondering if the rather unfit couple would make the trip through the trees. We arrived at the platform, went up and the first free ride was incredible. Feet up, helmet on, sliding from one tree to the other – that’s how canopy feels. We broke free. There was a moment when the rather unfit couple lost their camera. All their holiday memories were falling down, soaked in by the rainforest. Honestly, that was their most exciting moment during holidays. A story they’d tell their grandchildren.
After an hour of being part of the rainforest we arrived at the camp. Luckily, German settlers made a business out of brewing beer. You don’t have to go far to enjoy your home.
It’s always up to your own view.
Explored by the Spanish in the 16th century Costa Rica is one of the Central American provinces that have a relatively high standard of living. The average life expectancy is 77 years. In international comparisons that means rank 58. The backbone of the economy is the export of bananas, coffee, sugar and beef. Tourism brings in foreign exchange.
Here we are: My trip to Costa Rica. The lonely planet generation provided some hints such as WHITE WATTER RAFTING as a breathtaking river experience. I didn’t hesitate long when confronted with claims like ‘Experience the adrenaline-charged thrill’ or ‘to enjoy the beauty and abundant white water of the rivers’. In no time I sat in a mini bus with a bunch of others driving down a tar road, listening to the guide’s speech about bananas. Stop at a local market to buy bananas. We drove past a banana plantation. Well, that was even enough banana information for me! But then we arrived at the river. It was amazing such beauty, such diversity. The Pacuare River borders the Talamanca Mountains. For only a moment I was questioning if it was safe according to German standards to raft down a river in Costa Rica. I was pushed down the queue to jump into one of the boats, no time to think. ‘Here is your life vest.’
I switched off my mind and enjoyed a moment filled with adventure.