Desafio has a tour that looks very appealing:
SJO -> Rafting on the Toro or Sarapiqui river -> Arenal hotel
We will be arriving at SJO Wed night and thinking about doing this tour Thu morning. The tour includes a drop off at a hotel in La Fortuna by 4 pm, which is convenient since we already booked a hotel there.
My question is -- has anyone gone rafting on the Toro or Sarapiqui? If so, is it worth the full day being spent there?
The alternatives for us are to take a shuttle from SJO arriving at Arenal by noon. We have all of Fri in Arenal, and we already booked the Skytrek+Skytram+Skywalk package, which should take up a good part of the day. We are flying out from Arenal to MA Sat at noon. Is this enough time to cover the essentials in Arenal? We are most interested in the waterfall and hiking in the NP, not particularly interested in hot springs (at $34+/ea). Hanging bridges should be covered by Skytrek.
If we don't do the Desafio rafting trip, we plan on doing the Naranjo Class III/IV rafting in MA. I'll probably post a question in that forum, but does anyone have any insight whether Naranjo is better than Toro/Sarapiqui?