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Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

1. Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

See amazing wildlife and enjoy plenty of whitewater fun on this half-day rafting adventure, right near the base of the Arenal Volcano! Perfect for families and first-timers! Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Congo Loco" and "Rock around the Croc", plus the challenging “Las Dragas” section. Then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets and helmets before you begin. You'll spot wildlife including monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, Oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the perfect combination of adventure and nature. We call this our “Whitewater & Wildlife” tour. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike! After nearly 30, fun, easy-rolling rapids, you’ll have some delicious fresh fruit and end at our private take-out to change into your dry clothes in our dressing rooms. We then take you to have a delicious, home-cooked, traditional Costa Rican meal, which is guaranteed to please!

From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

2. From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

This special 8-hour rafting and zip-line package provides you with all the fun you are looking for in one action-packed day. This package is designed for extreme thrills, with an incredible combination of whitewater rafting and an exhilarating zip-line adventure. You will first gear up for an exciting zip through the rainforest canopy before spending the second half of the day rafting with a heart-pumping run through the class 2-3 rapids on the beautiful Río Balsa. You will finish up with a visit to a community farmhouse where you can enjoy an organic meal prepared by a local family on a wood stove. Here you will get a glimpse of the rural lifestyle in Costa Rica.

La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting

3. La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting

Get picked up from your accommodation in La Fortuna and set off for the beautiful Balsa River. Meet your expert guides who are rafting specialists who have competed around the world. After a quick orientation and safety instructions, climb aboard your raft to begin your wet adventure. Begin your 2.5-hour rafting tour as you navigate thrilling class 2 and 3 rapids. As you paddle downstream keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife including sloths, monkeys, exotic birds, and a lot more.  Halfway through the trip, take a well-earned rest stop on the riverbank. Here, take the opportunity to freshen up with a swim or enjoy some fresh Costa Rican fruit as a light snack.

La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Upper Balsa Class 3 and 4 Rapids

4. La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Upper Balsa Class 3 and 4 Rapids

After being collected from your hotel, you will make your way to the rafting site. Once there you will undergo a brief orientation session, before taking to the river to experience class III and IV white water rafting on the beautiful Balsa River. You will navigate 10 kilometers of white water rapids, stopping along the way to rest a bit. You can also indulge in a little swimming, and enjoy some fresh Costa Rica fruit. Following your white water rafting, you will receive a clean towel and cold complimentary water. You will then be taken to a local restaurant to have a Costa Rica style lunch and coffee, before eventually being returned back to your accommodation.

Desafio Adventure Connection Rafting Río Tenorio Guanacaste

5. Desafio Adventure Connection Rafting Río Tenorio Guanacaste

Bring on the adrenaline. Go for a full day's rafting on the Río Tenorio. Leave from La Fortuna or from Monteverde. Take a scenic drive along the beautiful, but windy road of Lake Arenal and get great views of the Arenal Volcano on the way. Arrive over the isolated rustic Guanacaste backroads and then take a rugged, 4x4 ride to the the river put-in. You’ll receive a thorough safety briefing and be fitted for your helmet, life-jacket and paddles. Then begin a beautiful 2.5-hour rafting trip along the arid and impressive canyon of the Tenorio River in Costa Rica’s picturesque Guanacaste province. Get more than 20 exciting rapids, enjoy a fresh fruit snack, hike to a local waterfall, and see plenty of wildlife along the way such as iguanas, tropical birds and monkeys. This unique rafting tour finishes with a thrilling, 12-foot waterfall drop. Have a delicious lunch after the trip, then head on your way to your hotel in the Guanacaste beach area for a glorious Pacific sunset.

Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

6. Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

Double your fun and save money with Wave Expedition’s Raft & Canopy Combo tour. This action-packed duo combo tour offers maximum thrills and adventure.  In the morning, get picked up at your hotel for your zip-line adventure.  After gearing up and getting safety instructions from your guide, you will experience the excitement and fun as you zip from tree to tree with the rainforest canyon below. But the fun doesn’t stop here.  Next stop -- the Rio Balsa -- is known for fun-filled, thrilling Class II-III white water rapids including “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges.”  Your two-hour rafting tour winds through the heart of the rainforest along this beautiful, tropical river.  Enjoy a delightful swim in the Balsa River.  Then, refresh yourself with fresh tropical fruits and a cold drink.  At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasty Costa Rican lunch. The tour is pure fun, great for adults and kids aged 8 and older. 

Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

7. Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

Give your Costa Rica vacation a kick-start into action with this full-day rafting and rappelling adventure from La Fortuna. First, take a 30-minute 4x4 drive outside of La Fortuna. Visit a picturesque area in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, then feel the excitement of rappelling into a pristine rainforest canyon. Enjoy five rappels in all: one along a dry rock face, and four alongside or inside waterfalls. Afterward, take a short trek out of the canyon onto a rainforest trail, where you will again jump into a 4x4 and head to the Balsa River. Here your guides will explain the proper safety procedures and provide you with rafting equipment. Once ready, you'll launch into the water for two exhilarating hours of whitewater rafting action. Get wet and wild as you raft through class 2-3 rapids, such as the “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”. End your journey at San Carlos Bridge where you can swim and enjoy some fresh tropical fruits before being treated to lunch at La Casona Rio Fortuna. Experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica as you dine on a delicious meal prepared on a wood stove and served in the traditional Costa Rican manner.

Arenal: Rafting Sarapiqui River Day Tour - Class II-III

8. Arenal: Rafting Sarapiqui River Day Tour - Class II-III

Start by driving to the Sarapiquí River, where you adventure begins. The guide will give you an orientation and safety talk, before ensuring you all have the correct equipment. Set in the lowlands of the rainforest, with breathtaking views of tropical birds and lush jungle landscapes, this section of the Sarapiquí River is perfect for all levels of paddlers. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will be able to enjoy the class II & III rapids here for two and a half hours along a 14 km stretch. Sarapiquí allows you to return to a sense of chilhood freedom as you play and splash on the rapids. Relax in the calm crystal pools between the rapids. The trip will finish at the Sibaja Family property, where you will be able to shower and change in the private facilities.

La Fortuna: Canyoning and White Water Rafting Experience

9. La Fortuna: Canyoning and White Water Rafting Experience

Get your adrenaline pumping with an exciting adventure in the Costa Rican rainforest. After getting picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna, drive to a canyon located 20 minutes outside of the city. Then transfer to a 4x4 truck for a thrilling short drive into the rainforest to a ranch house to gear up. When you're ready, set out on your morning of excitement and exhilaration. Start the day by rappelling through lush waterfalls, then take on a canyon wall. Afterward, zip line through the rainforest, rock climb and rappel, all in the spectacular rainforest canyon. After a short hike once you get out of the canyon, head to the Balsa River for 2 hours of white water rafting in the middle of the rainforest. Get wet and wild on rapids such as "Magnetic Rock" and "Dredges".  Enjoy a swim in the river and a short stop for fresh tropicals fruits and a cold drink. On the way back to La Fortuna, stop by a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Class 3/4 from La Fortuna

10. Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Class 3/4 from La Fortuna

If you want more than just scenic views of Mt. Arenal, how about a 13-kilometer river ride through a canyon with class 3/4 rapids and heart-pumping excitement? And the volcano in the background, of course. This run along the Toro (bull) River, fed by waters from the Poas volcanic region, offers some of Costa Rica’s most thrilling rafting - big waves, technical rapids and continuous whitewater. The dramatic rain forest and canyon setting only heightens the experience. Your full-day adventure, usually about 7 hours, begins with a scenic drive from La Fortuna through the eastern part of central Costa Rica, past pineapple, papaya and yucca fields. Once we reach our destination, our experienced guides will review the rules and safety guidelines for the river, and your job as paddlers. Then we take the plunge and head downriver. With half the thrills behind you and another half to go, we will “re-fuel” on the riverbank with some delicious tropical fruit while soaking in the tropical surroundings. River time varies between 2.5 and 3 hours, depending on changing daily water flow. At the end of our journey, a cold drink and dry towel await you before a short ride to a spot where you can change into dry clothes and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch.

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

Great day - zip lining was great fun despite the driver being very late at the pick up - it was very hot and unfortunately there were no drinks available but the afternoon rafting more than made up for it - lunch was good and the guides very knowledgeable and great fun throughout the afternoon - we stopped for water melon and pineapple which was delicious

Simply great! Awesome rafting, super nice and competent captains and guides! Great extras: a snack of fresh local fruits, wildlife sightings, a drift down rapids outside of the raft, a traditional costa-rican lunch, lots of laughs… Our kids loved it too. Really really worth it!!!!!

Excellent experience, with a bit of action that opens the doors to try level 2 and 3. Our rafting guide, David, was very professional, with an exceptional attitude that made us spend the whole moment in an unforgettable way and very well cared for. .

The guides ensured we had an amazing experience. The rafting is a must do when in Costa Rica!

It was AWESOME!! Perfectly executed! Delivered more than they had promised.