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Old 10-25-2006   #1
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Alternatives to Costa Rica for New Year's

Leaving on December 29th, we'll be flying standby so I'm looking for options that won't be as crowded. So far it looks like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, or Chile could work.

My girlfriend will be staying through Jan 3rd and only wants to paddle for a day or two, so non-river activities play a part in the choice. Hot springs or a volcano would be nice. I'm planning to stay and paddle for another 7-9 days.

Any recommendations on which is a)easiest to get around b) least crowded peak season c) best water d)most likely to find other boaters e)hot springs/volcanoes/other neat stuff f)cheapest g)most darn fun


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Old 10-25-2006   #2
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Cant help on places for new years, but a couple of us will be getting to Costa around the 7th of Jan, if your looking for more people to boat with.

Pm me if your interested
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Old 10-27-2006   #3
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I'd recommend Ecuador. Just got back, great place, good people and the U.S. dollar is good(and they are on US currency). We missed the water, but still had a good long day on the Rio Blanco. With water this run would be 25 miles of 3-4 fun, large volume. It is a day trip, and when the water is in it takes under six hours. This is also close to Mindo, which has a lot of rafting companies to possible hitch rides with. I can't wait to go back! If you do go, let me know, We had a kick ass driver for a couple of days who is also a guide in Cotopaxi. Quito is great, clean full of interesting architecture. Good for a night or two. If you go take some deet, the flies and bugs rule the jungle.
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Old 10-28-2006   #4
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Guatemala definitely meets the criterion for Volcanos,hot springs,and cheapness.Some friends did a tour of the Lanquin,Cahabon,Polochic,and the Matanzas/Panima,about that time last year.The area around Lanquin is excellent for non boating activities,the Retiro is an awesome place to me if you have any inter est in more details.
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Old 10-29-2006   #5
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pucon, chile without question has the best whitewater, most fun, not too crowed until feb, springs, smoking snow-covered volcano, boaters and equipment.
you can't go wrong.
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