Monday, March 5, 2012

GVI Costa Rica Fundraising Challenge....

Wanted: adventurous rafters ready for a journey across half the width of Costa Rica.  
If you think you have what it takes to conquer the mighty Pacuare River, join us!

‘Source to Sea – make a difference’
Saturday 5th May – Tuesday 8th May 2012
The Cause
It is the beginning of Turtle season on Tortuguero beach, every night beautiful and gentle Green Turtles and Leatherbacks struggle ashore in order to nest and lay their eggs. They are vulnerable to hungry jaguars but also to poachers who will either kill them for their meat and shell or steal their eggs. GVI is working to support Tortuguero National Park in their anti- poaching efforts.
GVI Costa Rica is also running a Community Development Project on the Pacific coast, working to support the children of an isolated community near Quepos. The school and community has very limited infrastructure and we are raising funds to enhance the children’s education.

The funds raised through this Challenge will be split evenly between both GVI Costa Rica programs…..
Please see our project pages on the GVI Charitable Trust website for more details: and
The Challenge
Join us on this 3 day adventure from the source of The Pacuare River to the GVI base in Jalova, Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Sea. You will be rafting through the best white water rapids in Costa Rica, and then kayaking through to the canals of Tortuguero. There will be time along the way to enjoy the scenery but also get your adrenaline pumping and complete some group and individual challenges…
The challenge has been tailor made for GVI and will be led by the rafting team of Costa Rica Extreme who have been Rafting National Champions for the last 6 year and upholds the highest health and safety standards. Check out their website:

Day 1: Saturday 5th May
·         The first activity of the day is 1 hour walk to the source of the Pacuare River where you will find all the kit ready for the trip.
·         You will be given a welcome talk and full health and safety briefing
·         The next 5 hours will be spent descending the rapids of the Pacuare
·         This river is known as one the top 10 in world due to the beautiful scenery along the way and the crisp clear water.
·         Lunch will be served on the river’s edge
·         Along the way you will stop to do group challenges and activities….
·         You will also get the chance to swim in the river and see some beautiful waterfalls
·         You will end the day in a comfortable private camp in the jungle where our guides will prepare a lovely dinner after an exhilarating first day!
Day 2: Sunday 6th May
·         Wake up to the sounds of the jungle and an incredible view of the river for a 7am breakfast
·         You will start off the day with a walk through the jungle to the Indigenous reserve of Cabecar. (approx. 2hrs round trip)
·         You will continue rafting down the river, stopping occasionally for a cooling dip
·         Stop for lunch on the river’s edge and continue with some more group challenges
·         You will arrive at the second camp at around 3 pm where you can relax for a few hours before our guides make a filling dinner to prepare to for the final day…
 Day 3: Monday 7th May
·         This is the hardest day of the Source to Sea Challenge!
·         You will set off at 5.30 am in 2 person river kayaks through the network of canals
·         The kit will need to be split between the kayaks in order to transport everything down the canals
·         You will be stopping for a quick lunch
·         The journey will take approx. 9 hours in total
·         You will arrive at our destination at the Boca de Jalova in Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Sea!!!!
·         A short 20 minute walk will lead you to the GVI Base in Jalova
·         You will be rewarded for your efforts with an evening meal on the GVI Jalova base where you will also spend a well deserved night of restful sleep to the soothing sounds of the jungle….
If you have got what it takes to participate in the GVI Costa Rica
‘Source to Sea’ 2012 Challenge and would like more information please e-mail