Water activity

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

4.8 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Arenal Rafting Company

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

Activity provider: Arenal Rafting Company

From US$ 65 per person

Embark on a thrilling rafting trip down the class 2 and 3 rapids of the beautiful Balsa River. Navigate 10 km downstream, stopping along the way to rest, swim and eat some fresh Costa Rican fruit.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish


  • Take part in a thrilling rafting trip down the beautiful Blasa River
  • Navigate class 2 and 3 whitewater rapids with your expert guides
  • Stop to enjoy fresh fruits and swim at one of the most beautiful sections of the river
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including sloths and monkeys
Full description

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.

  • 2.5-hours of rafting
  • Fruits as a snack
  • Lunch with 5 options including beef, chicken, pork chop, fish, and vegetarian
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Towels
  • Transportation
  • Tips or gratifications
  • Transportation from outside of La Fortuna
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Bare feet
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

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It all starts from the top. Danny the owner went out of his way to pick our family up from a hotel not on the pick up list. He is Pura Vida! Such a delightful man who runs quite a large operation and employs so many. Cooks,drivers , guides etc.. who are all so grateful and pleasant. Our guide Colon was superb on so many levels. Kept us safe ! Taught us about the area, wildlife, trees and made us laugh. Balsa River was a blast from the second we boarded the raft it was a thrill of a life time. SO many great rapids!!!

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December 30, 2022

This rafting experience was so much fun! It was a bit more intense than I had anticipated, so if you’re looking for something slower then I wouldn’t recommend. The speeds were up and down though, and during the slower parts you can get out of the raft and swim in the water. The guides were all very friendly, great at giving directions while we were rafting, and fun to be around. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something more fast paced!

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December 17, 2022

First time but will not be the last.. we were a bit afraid of this type of adventure.. but it was awesome, it was so much fun. Our guide’s main priority was safety (when safety is sexy haha) … Imanol was such a wonderful tour guide, we always felt secure.. 100% recommended!!!

December 1, 2022

Product ID: 217170