Water activity

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

4.9 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider:Arenal Rafting Company
Water activity

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

Activity provider:Arenal Rafting Company
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From US$ 85 per person

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Experience a thrilling white water rafting adventure at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Your professional staff will provide you with a personal experience, as you traverse some of Costa Rica’s most amazing rainforest rivers.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish


  • See monkeys, sloths, and exotic birds on the way down the river
  • Paddle over more than 30 continuos rapids for over 2 hours
  • Swim and enjoy the local nature
  • Learn about Costa Rica biodiversity
Full description

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.

  • River guides with at least 10 years experience
  • Lunch
  • Transportation
  • Rafting gear (however please provide your own shoes)
  • Towels
  • Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Wet shoes
  • Gratuities
  • Photography service (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Pick up is included for hotels located 5 miles around La Fortuna. Please contact the local partner to arrange pickup.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Water shoes
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Bare feet
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money

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At 71 years, my friend and I were the oldest on this trip, but it was thrilling and we are glad we did it! I was scared some of the time, actually, as my friend ended up in the river, but our guide Alex, fished her out right away, and no harm was done.

January 23, 2023

We brought our 3 kids (ages 13, 10, and 8) and it was such a great experience. The rapids were big enough to challenge the kids but they came away feeling empowered. Our guide Oscar was so great. During the slower parts of the river, he pointed out all the animal life and during the crazy rapids he was capable and reliable. My wife actually fell out of the raft, but Oscar got her back in in the blink of an eye. His sense of humor was great too.

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January 16, 2023

Great experience! Our guide was fantastic and we had such a fun time white water rafting. Felt like a real adventure but at no point was I concerned we were in danger. Oso, our guide, was funny and knowledgeable. At times I'm not even sure the 5 of us in my group were really steering the raft...seemed like it was all him! Would definitely recommend.

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October 30, 2022

Product ID: 216882