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

1. 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.

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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.

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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 instruction, 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 you 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. At the end of the trip, use one of the towels provided to dry off, then enjoy a beer with the other group members as you share memories and talk about your thrilling adventure.

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Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

4. 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!

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Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

5. Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

Take an exciting break during your travels to your new vacation destination! Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the "Jungle Run" on the Sarapiqui River. This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers! Get piked up from your hotel and travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the 101 on rafting including safety tips and technical instructions before heading on your 2 hour journey down one of Costa Rica’s most exuberant rivers! During your descent down the river, you will experience over 30 exciting rapids along 10 km of lush, vibrant rainforest. As you make your way through exciting rapids like "The Pipeline," "The Terminator," and "Dos Locos", you will get your adrenaline pumping! About half way down the river, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll finish the day with an unforgettable homemade lunch before heading to your next vacation destination!

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La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

6. La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the Safari Float Adventure Connection! Come see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica Safari Float is a smooth, two-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river and point out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest! You'll be picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna's Area and travel to a beautiful waterfall on the Pozo Azul River of Sarapiqui. Here you and your family can enjoy nature and the cool crystal clear water that the waterfall offers you. Then, head towards the Red Eye Frog restaurant located in El Roble of Sarapiqui while getting yourself ready to fall deeply in love with the 2-hour Jungle Safari float. Your eagle-eyed guide will show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife as he points out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black river otters. This area is also famous for the incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers and the great green macaw which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river and refresh yourself. The Jungle Safari Float is great for nature lovers of all ages! To finish your day, return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to have a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado” along with some amazing Costa Rican gourmet coffee. Following this, drive to your next vacation destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van with free WiFi.

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Desafio Adventure Connection Rafting Río Tenorio Guanacaste

7. 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.

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San Jose: Sarapiqui Class 3&4 Rafting to La Fortuna Arena

8. San Jose: Sarapiqui Class 3&4 Rafting to La Fortuna Arena

Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the “Jungle Run” on the Sarapiqui River, the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers. Join the tour on your way from San Jose to La Fortuna or from La Fortuna to San Jose and spend the day taking on challenging rapids and admiring jungle wildlife.  The day beings with pickup from select locations in San Jose or La Fortuna. Travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel to start your rafting experience, passing La Virgen and finishing up in El Roble de Sarapiquí. Here, your professional guide will give you the 101 on rafting, including safety tips and technical instructions before starting your 3.5-hour journey down the Sarapiqui River on a full-day rafting adventure. Experience over 40 exciting rapids along nearly 22 kilometers of lush, vibrant rainforest. Make your way through exciting rapids like “The Pipeline”, “The Terminator”, and “Dos Locos”, that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  About halfway down the Sarapiqui River, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your journey, take out right at the Red-Eyed Frog Restaurant, located on the Sarapiqui River. Savor a typical Costa Rican casado (rice with beans, plantain, and meat) and some gourmet coffee. After lunch, take advantage of the showers and changing rooms on-site before continuing on your journey.

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Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

9. 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.

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Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

This was one of the most fun experiences! Not for young kids, this was a bit of work. We went over some class 4 rapids and at one time I actually flew out of the raft! Be physically fit and listen to the safety lecture. I still highly recommend. It was exhilarating. Things they don't tell you - You will go on the bus for 45 minutes or so to begin. You can bring money, phone etc. and your stuff will be safe on the bus. They will stop for bathrooms and snack. You will need money $40, for the awesome pictures at the end. They have professionals follow you and take many great pictures all provided through a link. Bring tip money because these guides are AWESOME. We had so much fun with Alex and as I mentioned before he did save my life, along with my other rafters. They provide a ton of fresh fruit midway, and an amazing Casado lunch after. If you are fit, book this now. You will be tired after. But you will never forget it! It says 2.5 hours but the whole experience was from 9-1 pm

We highly recommend these adventure tours. The Zipline and rafting combo were with 2 different companies. We loved them both! The Balsa river rafting was highly adventurous because the rain had increased the river rapids to a little more intensity than usual. We had a wonderful guide, Jorge, who helped us through with no problems. The fresh fruit snack was refreshing and the lunch was very delicious. We did zipline in the morning but since it was a combo package we didn't complete all the zip lines this company had to offer. The 9 that we did were fabulous. One was almost 1 km and the rain was pelting us. We flew so fast that we could hardly see the guides that were waiting for us on the end. They were very skilled at helping us novices. We would absolutely do this again.

This was the absolute highlight of our trip to Costa Rica! The tour guides were hilarious and helpful and the rivers were the perfect amount of thrilling without being utterly terrifying. And we didn't fall in! Definitely pay for the picture package because those pictures are both awesome and hilarious. You get delicious fruit when you take your first break and a very tasty lunch when you get back to their staging area. We will absolutely be doing a tour with this company again!

Jorge and Randy were very professional and patient with our group of all first timers. Highly recommend this tour with them. If I had more time I would have requested them for class 3/4.

I cant swim but this was one of THEEE BEST. I would do this over and over and over again!!! 10 out of 10! Wave Rafting is AWESOME!!!! ENZO IS THE BEST!