15 Feb River engagement-love story
River engagement, Pacuare, Rios Tropicales!
In the excitement of whitewater rafting and love, while enjoying an adventure in the rapids of the Pacuare River with Rios Tropicales on Dec. 11, Alonso Arguedas Muriel and Yerlinne Herrera Nuñez, both from Costa Rica, promised to begin the adventure of their lives together as husband and wife.
The couple got engaged in Dos Montañas Canyon, one of the most jaw-dropping, gorgeous, scenic spots on the Pacuare River … in what was a complete surprise to Yerlinne, and a logistical “mission impossible” of epic proportions for Alonso.
After his first plan for proposing was rained out by Hurricane Otto passing over Costa Rica, Alonso set his heart on Sunday, Dec. 11, and worked with Rios Tropicales’ reservations department for the logistics. He specially requested the raft guide – Carlos “Carlillos” Solano Ortega – who had guided Alonso numerous times on Pacuare trips, to take the couple and a small group of friends down the river. And he chose his favorite spot of Dos Montañas Canyon, where the Pacuare runs deep and slow in a magical scene of emerald green forest and narrow stone walls, for the moment to propose.
“I work among many people, and going out to the Pacuare River is a breath of fresh air for me,” said Alonso, who works in food service at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. “Yerlinne is an incredible woman and that’s why I wanted to propose to her in a very special place for me … and I wouldn’t entrust the safety of my future wife with just anyone!”
At the river put-in, Alonso coordinated with Rios guide Carlos to safely carry the ring in its black and silver box in Carlos’ dry bag on the raft. Then the cohorts of the “secret mission” anxiously held their suspense for nearly all of the Pacuare’s 16 miles of class 3 and 4 rapids until the canyon, close to the trip finish.
“I was extremely nervous. In fact, I even considered jumping off the raft if she said no,” Alonso retold. “When I knelt down and took out the ring, I could see with her expression that Yerlinne was not expecting this at all. While I was telling her what was coming from my heart (because with my nerves I completely forgot what I had planned to say), she was still in shock. And at the end, when I asked her to be my wife, she said “yes”! I hugged her tightly, and threw myself into the water with her. Everyone clapped. It really could not have been better.”
The couple celebrated after the river at the Rios Tropicales Operations Center with a specially-reserved table for lunch decorated with flowers and candles, a large floral bouquet for Yerlinne and a bottle of Alonso’s favorite wine.
“From our hearts, we are very grateful because it was much better than I imagined. From our friends who accompanied us and who were accomplices, to the whole team of Rios Tropicales, they made this moment so special for us. It is unforgettable,” said Alonso.
The couple plans to marry later in 2017. What a perfect valentine´s story!