Rafting is by and large the thing to do in Sariquipi. We head out into rapids with a good guide and rafter for a morning of high adrenaline adventure and fun. We are bounced around by the rapids and of course soaking wet by the time we stop for a snack. I can honestly say that eating freshly cut fruit while soaking wet in the sunshine is one of the great joys in life - its a complete textural masterpiece for the senses; I am loving it. Our guide goes of into the bushes (probably to relieve himself as many are) and then returns hands cupped (strange) - he calls us around to see - he slowly opens his cupped hands and is holding a couple of tiny poison arrow dart frogs - these little creatures are beautiful and deadly. We see the blue jeans and army print variety of these frogs, and we learn that by eating poison ants the color of the poison arrow dart frogs becomes more vivid and their poison more powerful - very cool stuff.
We head back into the rapids and then come to a landing pad where we towel off and are taken for Costa Rican coffee and a typical lunch "casado" - Which is delicious. The "casado" lunch is a plate with white rice and plantains on one side, and which on the other side has a fresh beef stew that is full of potatoes and carrots cut up into tiny pieces - it seems curry based and is a little spicy and full of a fantastic spiced herbal flavor. There is also a spicy banana salad which is fresh, sweet, spicy, and sour - quite a treat! This is by far the best meal I've now had in Costa Rica.
Later we come back to Alex's bed and breakfast exhausted but happy and content. Time to do some laundry!!