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Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna provided by Desafio Adventure Company

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

Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna
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Explore the Costa Rican rainforest and go white-water rafting down the Rio Balsa near La Fortuna on this guided tour. Learn how to navigate rapids that are suited for first-time and experienced rafters, as you travel through the tropical landscape. Following that, dine on a traditional lunch at a local eatery.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Learn how to navigate Class II and III rapids with a guide
  • View the area’s wildlife like birds, butterflies, sloths, and monkeys
  • Lunch at a local eatery is provided
  • Round-trip transportation from La Fortuna hotels is included
What to expect
  • After being picked up at your La Fortuna hotel, drive to Rio Balsa for this rafting tour. First, receive safety training and be outfitted with a paddle, life vest, and helmet. Plus, you’ll be shown paddling techniques and basic rafting tips. Then, head out on the river for the 6-mile (10-kilometer) trip through the rapids. Be prepared to get wet while your guide helps you navigate Class III rapids during the first half of the ride, which is the most challenging. Once you clear this section of the rapids, stop along the river for a snack. Following that, climb back into the raft and head toward Class II rapids. Along the way, view the tropical rainforest landscape and possibly spot wildlife like monkeys, sloths, and birds. Also, a photographer will be on hand during the tour to snap pics, so you won’t need to worry about getting your camera wet; the photos will be available for purchase at the end of the tour. After rafting, head to a local restaurant for lunch. Plus, you can shower and change before the return to your La Fortuna hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn how to navigate Class II and III rapids with a guide
  • View the area’s wildlife like birds, butterflies, sloths, and monkeys
  • Lunch at a local eatery is provided
  • Round-trip transportation from La Fortuna hotels is included
What to expect
  • After being picked up at your La Fortuna hotel, drive to Rio Balsa for this rafting tour. First, receive safety training and be outfitted with a paddle, life vest, and helmet. Plus, you’ll be shown paddling techniques and basic rafting tips. Then, head out on the river for the 6-mile (10-kilometer) trip through the rapids. Be prepared to get wet while your guide helps you navigate Class III rapids during the first half of the ride, which is the most challenging. Once you clear this section of the rapids, stop along the river for a snack. Following that, climb back into the raft and head toward Class II rapids. Along the way, view the tropical rainforest landscape and possibly spot wildlife like monkeys, sloths, and birds. Also, a photographer will be on hand during the tour to snap pics, so you won’t need to worry about getting your camera wet; the photos will be available for purchase at the end of the tour. After rafting, head to a local restaurant for lunch. Plus, you can shower and change before the return to your La Fortuna hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6833BALSA
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Photographer (photos available for purchase)
  • Use of safety equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Photographer (photos available for purchase)
  • Use of safety equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 28 Aug 2020
A note from Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna
Ask about our "Pure Private - Pura Vida" upgrades to make your tour completely PRIVATE. We also have locally-handmade, 3-ply fabric masks and plastic masks for sale. Let us know if there is anything we can assist with for making your travels as safe & comfortable as possible.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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joez06
Carlisle, PA75 contributions
First time on white water? Do it!!!
Guide: Jorge, highly recommended, many years of experience … Photographer and Safety Kayak: Randy.

This was the first time event rafting for all in a party of four and we agreed it was THE best excursion of the vacation that included horse back and zip lining. Our only regret was waiting until the end and not having sufficient time to go again on class 3/4.

Perfect balance of education for novices, safety and fun!

The included lunch was a bonus and the pictures came out great!
Written 21 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sheri T
4 contributions
The Best River Rafting EVER!
Aug 2021
Navigating river rapids where we got very wet and felt like we could have fallen in but didn't. We had an excellent guide, Marcos, who was very helpful and informative, and a lot of fun. My wife and I, aged 60+, were in a raft with all young people, which added to the fun.
Written 25 August 2021
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Chris O
Orlando, FL9 contributions
Great for people first time rafting
Adrian and Andres were great guides who told us a lot about the culture and intense focus on the environment in Costa Rica. They made it fun being on the water and with the rush of the rapids
Written 23 July 2021
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natasha
Santa Barbara, CA1 contribution
So fun! Solid operation! Super organized and great guides
This was such a perfect trip for our family and first rafting experience with our 9 year old. Momo our rafting guide was super high energy and fun and very skilled. Julio and Gerald and all the other staff were friendly, attentive, and communicated well what was happening, what to expect etc. The experience with the farm to table lunch and education was an extra I didn’t even expect but we appreciated.
Solid operation. Would definitely recommend!
Written 25 June 2021
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GloEd
3 contributions
Great time on the river
May 2021
Queso and Gabriel made this rafting trip so much fun. There were enough rapids for it to be enjoyable for both beginners and those with more experience. The lunch that was served afterwards was an added bonus. Will definitely go again next time in the area.
Written 27 May 2021
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Jennifer D
Campbell, CA6 contributions
Have a blast with Desafio!
May 2021
Desafio was perfectly professional and seriously fun from the time we met them. Moises and Ralph were an absolute delight and made the day so much more fun! We also did the canyoneering in Lost Canyon and that was just as amazing. Both lunches we had were incredible. When I return to Costa Rica I will definitely be having more serious fun with Desafio!
Written 16 May 2021
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SJBANN
Bloomington, MN13 contributions
Fun family time rafting!
Mar 2021 • Family
Our family greatly enjoyed our time on the river. Our guide Steve was fun and informative. He made our trip extra special! We highly recommend this adventure!
Written 28 March 2021
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DianeTK
Saint Louis, MO23 contributions
Fun trip for all skill levels
Mar 2020
Terrific trip with wonderful guide who kept the trip exciting and informative. All of the logistics ran smoothly and the buffet lunch after our trip was delicious. Would definitely recommend.
Written 22 March 2020
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Timothy O
6 contributions
Great time, a lot of fun!!!!
Mar 2020
A great and organized white water rafting trip . Good rapids and we had an excellent guide (Oscar). Nice views from the river They stop and provide fresh awesome fruit for a snack. I would recommend this trip.. I would suggest wearing a water shirt to prevent sunburn!
Written 20 March 2020
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860jomo
West Hartford, CT5 contributions
Not as safe as we hoped
Mar 2020 • Family
We did the Balsa River rafting trip yesterday and we thought it would be a good first time experience for our 10 and 12 year old. By the time we got to the river and waited for several buses to show up, it took over an hour before we even made it down to the rafts to hear the instructions.

Once we got in, it started out great but about 20 minutes in and as we navigated through some more challenging rapids, our guide tried to surf the raft sideways over some rocks and our boat started to capsize. However, instead of fully capsizing, my 10 year old daughter and husband were thrown out of the boat. It was very scary! The guide pulled my daughter in very quickly and it took a little longer to get my husband since he was floating away. They were both banged up and my son was pretty freaked out seeing his father struggling to get back to the boat. The guide tried to make light of it with several jokes (which my daughter started to ask if he almost flipped the boat on purpose)... he obviously didn’t but I think he wasn’t as safe as he should have been since we were following all his instructions and no other boat had anyone else fall in.

The second part of the trip is much easier but we were all shook up and half of us bruised from falling into the rocks that it was hard to enjoy.

At one point you can get out and float alongside the boat, which I did but the guide (who happened to be the head guide) didn’t really explain how shallow the water was and that I shouldn’t have jumped in and should have slid off the boat instead. Now I’m also bruised up from the rocks at the bottom (it was much more shallow than I thought!)

Needless to say, class 2/3 was a lot more challenging for kids that I had hoped and you should realize falling in is a real possibility and it hurts!!!
Written 11 March 2020
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Jenovi s
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Unprofessional and unresponsive
I went water rafting with this company 10/21 we started about 10:30am to 4:00pm as we were on the river we had a ge
iberterreche
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Mixed feelings
Me and my girlfriend have mixed feelings about rafting in rio balsa with Desafio Adventure. The rafting was awesome
AlisaMichele
AlisaMichele
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Amazing tour & fantastic guide!
We did the Mystico hanging bridges & La Fortuna Waterfall and had Jason as our guide. We had an amazing experience!
Kim M
Kim M
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Incredible, Unforgettable Experience!!!
Wow! Words cannot describe how incredible this experience is! If you want adventure, beauty and nature, it’s here f
rushfan66
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Fantastic guide and tour!!
We were so fortunate to have Jason Torres Mendez as our guide for our Mistico Hanging Bridges tour! He was so knowl
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Canyoning is absolute must do
Did the Canyoning with guides Josue and David. They were fantastic and made the adventure fun but safe. Beautiful l
Alex B
Alex B
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Incredible!
This was absolutely amazing! Never had an experience like this. The scenery was incredibly beautiful and our guide
lindseyg972
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AMAZING
We Loved this adventure! We were lucky enough to be the only ones on this particular excursion (rainy season, augus
Ott0
Ott0
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Fun, even in the rain
Done in the rain, it was a wet, fun introduction to Lake Arenal and its wildlife. Our guide, Santos, was helpful, w
jodyk852
jodyk852
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Exhilarating way to experience the rainforest!
This adventure is not for the faint of heart. The day begins with 4 wheel drive to a secluded, private part of the
Wendy O
Wendy O
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Our teenagers loved the adrenaline rush!
What a great experience with our family! The guides were very experienced and had a fabulous personality! We had a
BittenByBigTravelBug
BittenByBigTravelBug
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Private transportation from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde
Reservation process was a bit bumpy, in part because I changed the pick up place after booking (but well in advance
Nochee
Nochee
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A mess
We tried to book a trip with this company on a recommendation. We contacted through WhatsApp, Facebook, their websi
Amber D
Amber D
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Horrible customer service
Booked through the website. After speaking with the owner we requested a refund and was told several times we would
jonathannlevi
jonathannlevi
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Food poisoning
Cooking class was fun but the food gave me severe food poisoning that took me out for 2 days. The company is not ve
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