La Fortuna
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  • La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting

    1. 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.

  • Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

    2. 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 de...

    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.

  • Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Class 3/4 from La Fortuna

    3. Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Class 3/4 from La Fortuna

    If you want more than just scenic views of Mt. Arenal, how about a 13-kilometer river ride through a canyon with class 3/4 rapids and heart-pumping excitement? And the volcano in the background, of course. This run along the Toro (bull) River, fed by waters from the Poas volcanic region, offers some of Costa Rica’s most thrilling rafting - big waves, technical rapids and continuous whitewater. The dramatic rain forest and canyon setting only heightens the experience. Your full-day adventure, usually about 7 hours, begins with a scenic drive from La Fortuna through the eastern part of central Costa Rica, past pineapple, papaya and yucca fields. Once we reach our destination, our experienced guides will review the rules and safety guidelines for the river, and your job as paddlers. Then we take the plunge and head downriver. With half the thrills behind you and another half to go, we wi...

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

    4. 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 re...

    This was expected a 8 hours activity and it took around 5 hours. The rafting part was not long enough. But we have seen very nice views along the way.

  • San José to La Fortuna and Rafting in the Balsa River

    5. San José to La Fortuna and Rafting in the Balsa River

    On this rafting tour with transfers included you’ll be picked up in San José, taken rafting, and transferred to your hotel in La Fortuna in the afternoon. Despite departing from San José, you’ll be on the water for exactly the same amount of time as the normal rafting excursions that leave out of La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano. In fact, you meet up with the rest of the rafters from La Fortuna at the private put-in for each tour. You receive a safety talk, get your gear all set (helmet, life jacket, and paddle), and have the time of your life paddling down one of Costa Rica’s best rivers! Enjoy 2-2.5 hours of rafting through class 2-3 rapids on the Río Balsa. Finish up with a delicious spread of fresh tropical fruit, and then move on to the river house for an exclusive homemade buffet lunch. Afterwards, return to your hotel by 16:00.

    Excelente experiencia. El servicio de nuestro guía, David, fue excepcional. Gracias a la Compañía Desafío Adventure por la diversión y el trato. Mi pareja y lo disfrutamos mucho.

  • From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

    6. 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.

    The zip line was more than we expected but an absolute amazing experience with great guides! And the rafting oh my goodness an unforgettable experience with very knowledgeable guides and such professionalism and fun with both!

  • La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

    7. 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...

  • Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

    8. 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...

    A great experience! The rafting was a little difficult, due to recent rain, but our guide, Mario, was amazing! Would definitely do this again!!

  • Arenal Whitewater Rafting Family-Friendly Tour

    9. Arenal Whitewater Rafting Family-Friendly Tour

    Get the blood pumping on this half-day tour rafting some of Costa Rica’s best whitewater runs in La Fortuna. The Balsa River is a great option for families and beginners. After meeting with your river guide you will drive 30 minutes to the spot where the fun begins! You guides will explain safety procedures and show you how to operate the safety equipment before embarking along the river. Take the plunge down the spectacular class 2 and 3 tropical river as you enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours and 6 miles (10 kilometers) of whitewater action. Get wet-and-wild through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges.” Enjoy a swim, feast on some fresh tropical fruits and savor refreshing cold drinks, followed by a hearty Costa Rican lunch at the end of your journey. The trip can be booked as part of the Arenal Rafting Link option, with a pick-up in San Jose, plus rafting and drop-off in La ...

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

    10. 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”, “Th...

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

We got picked up at our hostel in San Jose, when we arrived we got a safety lesson and supplies then hit the river. All the tour guides were great, they made us feel safe and we had a blast! We stopped for a great lunch then headed to our hostel in La Fortuna. Highly recommend, especially because we didn’t waste a travel day!

The zip line was more than we expected but an absolute amazing experience with great guides! And the rafting oh my goodness an unforgettable experience with very knowledgeable guides and such professionalism and fun with both!

Our white water rafting was so much fun. Sivi was such a great guide. Loved our lunch afterwards and all the attention on everyones part. Thank you for a great day!!

A great experience! The rafting was a little difficult, due to recent rain, but our guide, Mario, was amazing! Would definitely do this again!!

Both tours were great. Friendly people With lot of Experimente. Mario our Rafting Guide was great als well