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Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna

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Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna

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Experience the thrill of rafting down Costa Rica’s Rio Balsa on this white-water adventure! Following the lead of an experienced guide, you’ll navigate Class II and III rapids as you pass through a lush rain forest landscape. After working up an appetite paddling down the river, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local eatery. Round-trip transport from your La Fortuna hotel is included.
  • White-water rafting trip down the Rio Balsa in Costa Rica
  • Paddle your way through Class II and III rapids surrounded by lush rainforest
  • Spot wildlife like birds, butterflies, sloths and monkeys as you journey down the river
  • Tuck into a satisfying Costa Rican lunch at a rustic local restaurant after rafting
  • Safety briefing, gear and instruction provided by first aid–certified professional guides
  • Snacks, lunch and round-trip transport from most La Fortuna hotels included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Local guide
Photographer (photos available for purchase)
Use of safety equipment
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Desafio Adventure Company , 1 Kilometer South of the Redondel Río Fortuna - El Salto, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21010, Costa Rica

We are happy to pick you up at your hotel or rental home, but you can also easily fin dour office in the center of La Fortuna, 100 meters West of the Central Park.

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9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.If you are staying at an AirBnB or rental home, please be sure to send us the exact location and GPS. We have an extra transport charge for hotels outside of our normal pick-up zone.
Become a jungle explorer for the day on this rafting tour through Costa Rica’s rain forest. Your guide will pick you up at your La Fortuna hotel for the scenic drive to the winding Rio Balsa. You’ll receive a short safety training at the launch site and gear up with a paddle, life vest and helmet. If it’s your first time rafting, not to worry — your guide will demonstrate paddling techniques and share basic rafting tips. No need to bring a camera and risk getting it wet, as a photographer will accompany you on the trip, and you’ll have the option to purchase photos at the end of the tour.

Next, set out on the river and begin your 6-mile (10-km) descent through the rapids. Water levels vary depending on rainfall, so the river may be shallow or deep. The first half of the ride is the most challenging. Prepare to get wet as your guide helps you navigate Class III rapids like the Congo Loco and Rock around the Croc (don’t panic, as no crocodiles are actually found here).

Take a break after successfully clearing these rapids with a riverbank pit stop and snack of fresh fruit. Relax in the shade of towering trees or enjoy a refreshing swim in the river. Hop back in your raft for the continued journey down more mellow, Class II rapids. Soak up the passing tropical scenery and keep an eye out for native rain forest residents including monkeys, sloths, butterflies and colorful birds.

At the end of your rafting journey, step back onto solid ground and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. You can shower and change into dry clothes before the return drive to La Fortuna, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for people over 65
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Desafio Adventure Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna.
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna.
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What is the social distancing policy during Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna.

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  • "Strongly recommend the rafting, but also strongly recommend against buying the photos (overpriced and you may never even receive them)." See review
  • "They’re big on safety so everyone needs to definitely do this when they come to La fortuna." See review

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star-5
Do This!!!
rangst
, May 2022
This was such a fun day for my family!!..started in morning with Lost Canyon waterfall rappelling…..bumpy ride up to the top in a Jurassic Park vehicle….guides fit us with gear and off we went down a short path to first small falls….the guides were super funny and professional….instructed us on what to do and always “had us” if we needed help…..felt very safe the whole time!!….very beautiful canyon you “hiked” down in between falls….cool clear water and a couple surprises along the way!….don’t hesitate to do this!!….then we had a small breakfast back at the main camp and another bus picked us up to go rafting on the Rio Balsa (II-III rapids)…..also informative guide along the route and fit us with gear and all instructions before starting out on the River…..fun and mildly challenging rapids with very good guides!!..once again, always felt safe!!….got great pictures and had a yummy fruit snack midway through ….at end, had facility to change into dry clothes if you wanted and short bus ride back to main area again for a typical Costa Rican lunch buffet which was delicious!….fantastic day-highlight for sure!!
star-5
Great time even for beginners!
Xenia_M
, Mar. 2022
Very well organised, super kind and knowledgable guides & a lot of fun! Simply had a great time! Thanks a lot :)
star-5
Amazing excursion!
Ashish_S
, Mar. 2022
This was a blast! So much fun. Our guide Jason was phenomenal. Seeing animals was also a pleasant surprise! Can’t wait to go again!
star-5
First time rafting!
cganpule
, Mar. 2022
This was our first time white water rafting and it was epic! This company was fantastic…picking us up from our hotel, outfitting us in gear, and showing us how to paddle in the variety of circumstances we may have encountered. Diego was the first guide that shared details and then broke us up into groups. He was very informative and shared information about the countryside and towns that we passed on the way to the river. Sergio was very funny and taught us how to be safe in the rafts. Our family of 4 had our own raft with our fearless guide Jilbin. He was hilarious and very personable and helped us every step of the way. We were able to see sloths, bats, and many different birds while rafting. After the first 45 minutes of class 3 rapids, we slowed down quite a bit and took a nice break to have fruit and to swim. There were many cows and bulls at our “rest stop” and the kids took turns feeding them the leftover fruit. We then rafted along towards the end and my son, along with some others, jumped in and floated along with the rafts. When we reached the end, we hopped in the bus to their beautiful facility and had a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch before we were driven back to our hotel. All in all, an excellent time and would DEFINITELY recommend this company!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
I felt like this...
Grace_G
, Mar. 2022
I felt like this excursion was so fun. The instructors are very well-trained and the river is so exciting and warm. the places we stopped for fruit and lunch were also great. I think the only thing that could be improved was the transportation. we stood around for an hour in the beginning and no one bothered to tell us we were waiting for another group.
star-5
Must do
Carol_H
, Mar. 2022
Great rafting trip. The guide was the best. Was the longest rafting trip I have been on yet. We’ll worth it.
star-5
Animals, rapids and lunch
Briana_H
, Feb. 2022
Awesome day! The tour guide made us feel safe and was knowledgeable about the area, was good at pointing out animals. We saw sloths on the river and many birds. The water was refreshing. Lunch was delicious. Great tour all around.
star-5
Fantastic white water rafting
Charlotte_B
, Jan. 2022
A fantastic first ever white water rafting trip. The guides were knowledgeable about wildlife we spotted and I always felt safe and secure. I’d highly recommend this tour!!
star-5
Awesome experience. Water...
RAIED_A
, Dec. 2021
Awesome experience. Water was mild because of low rain but still fun. Guides were lot of fun and Costa Rican food afterwards was delicious
star-5
A very memorable day in Costa Rica
Paul_C
, Dec. 2020
After several raining days, the water level was high and the rapids were huge. We signed up for class III/IV rafting which was cancelled due to the river condition. We were disappointed initially that we had to settle with something less challenging but was pleasantly surprised after we got started. The tour guide told us that it was more than normal class CC III/IV rafting tuor. It took us 50minutes to complete the normally 90 minutes course. The tour guide and the camera man were amazing. We had a very memorable day. Loved every minute of it.
star-5
Fun family adventure
Jennifer_S
, Mar. 2020
Rolo was a great tour guide - very experienced and made the adventure safe and so much fun! We are a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 teens - and found it to be challenging but not too much. The first part of the rapids were challenging and then the last was more scenery. We stopped for lunch had a great buffet with many local foods like rice and beans and plantains. We also went over to a stop with a small waterfall and the kids were able to swim. All in all a great adventure! Highly recommend
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
5* experience
Christine_W
, Mar. 2020
Great day on the rapids with Noel and Roland who entertained the group from start to finish, told us about the wildlife along the river expertly traversed the rapids and made an amazing looking fruit snack
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Safe and a must do!!
debbiehelsing
, Feb. 2020
This was an amazing experience! The guides were awesome, the photos were spectacular plus we saw sloths and other wildlife. Highly recommend this company!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Ecxellent experience!
Camper797267
, Sep. 2019
Amazing tour with our guide Albert. He was super fun amd professional. First time rafting for me and it felt super safe. The lunch was a delicious buffet of local Costa Rica food. We loved every second of the trip! We came from Puerto Rico and really enjoyed the trip.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
fun and well-organized
Swati_A
, Jul. 2019
We had a blast with this rafting tour! It's very well-organized, from picking us up at the hotel to getting us to the site where we were carefully fitted with our helmets and life vest. We had a few minutes to practice all the rafting maneuvers actually in the river over some gentle rapids before hitting the class III. Our guide, Bryan, was great at steering us over the most fun parts of the rapids and keeping us on track so we wouldn't get stuck. We stopped for a delicious and refreshing snack of fresh cut pineapples and mangos about half way down the tour. After the rafting, they provided towels and plastic bags and had a place with showers and clean changing rooms. The local restaurant for lunch was excellent with fresh authentic local cuisine and plenty of vegetarian options, very clean and located in a picturesque part of the forest. Excellent activity!
star-3
Photos
Marjorie_B
, May 2019
The rafting itself was fun - we had an adequate safety tutorial, and it was a nice mix of faster rapids and slow drifting down the river. Occasionally, the guides would point out animals on the side of the river. The lunch afterward was delicious. The main reason I'm rating this a 3/5 is that we arranged to get the photos, which were supposed to be $30 for all photos of our group. If you don't have cash, they will take down your email address and send you a Paypal link to pay by credit card. I received a link asking for $35 for the photos (an increase in price), which I paid, but I never received the photos. I emailed the photographer (Juan) to ask for the photos but never received a response. Strongly recommend the rafting, but also strongly recommend against buying the photos (overpriced and you may never even receive them).
star-5
One of the best things we did in la fortuna
leslie_vale
, Sep. 2018
We really enjoyed this tour. ADRIAN was awesome he made our experience even more fun. The whole crew was awesome one of the safety rafters would also spot wild life for us. We saw howler monkeys, sloths and frogs. It was our first time rafting and we had an amazing time. They’re big on safety so everyone needs to definitely do this when they come to La fortuna.
star-5
Amazing and thoroughly enjoyable...
Ritesh_R
, Aug. 2018
Amazing and thoroughly enjoyable- the whole experience was incredible good instructions, nice guides for each raft, the first part was nice rapids with full drenching guaranteed after a short break for fresh-cut fruit the rest of journey was more slow-paced. Definite must-do experience!
star-5
Excellent tour - we were late to get...
Rushabh J
, Apr. 2018
Excellent tour - we were late to get to the location. The guys didn't just wait but arranged for a private taxi for us to get to the bus! Customer experience at it's best!!! a big thumbs up!!!
star-5
Very well organised tour group. The...
Struan M
, Apr. 2018
Very well organised tour group. The river was a lot of fun and our guide was excellent. The only downside was that the river was busy - probably because it was the Easter Holidays. Highly recommended.

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