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

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

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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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.
  • 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Desafio Adventure Company, 1 Kilometer South of the Redondel Río Fortuna - El Salto, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21010, Costa Rica
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Photographer (photos available for purchase)
  • Use of safety equipment
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for people over 65
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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DianeTK wrote a review Mar 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri23 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Timothy O wrote a review Mar 2020
6 contributions
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!
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Date of experience: March 2020
860jomo wrote a review Mar 2020
West Hartford, Connecticut5 contributions
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
Frognlimey wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom21 contributions10 helpful votes
Well organised, fabulous trip. Top guides who wanted us to have BIG, WET fun. We did! Saw some wildlife and lots of white water. Special mention for David J, aka JC, who walks on water (allegedly!)
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Response from DesafioAdventures, Marketing at Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Hi hi!! Thank you so much for your feedback! We’re proud of our hard working guides like David! We hope you come back again someday soon! Pura Vida!
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Justsaygrace wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois618 contributions120 helpful votes
Super exciting rafting with my hubby (his first time) with great guide through various river conditions, getting completely wet soaked at times but soooo fun, spotting cool wildlife, including a bright orange frog with blue jean legs, birds, sloths, cows... and enjoying some
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from DesafioAdventures, Marketing at Whitewater and Wildlife Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River from La Fortuna
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Hi!! Thank you for your feedback! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience rafting with us and also that you saw a lot of beautiful and different animals around the trip. We hope to see you back down here soon! Pura Vida!
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About the operator

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By: Desafio Adventure Company
Loved our white water rafting experience!
My husband and I had SO much fun on our white water rafting trip! We had never done it before, so were a little ap
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Our guide, Francisco, took us on a walk along a path near the lake, pointing out various different birds along the
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Fun times in the canyon
Two Canadian families with teenagers went rappelling in the Lost Canyon for the day, in mid March 2020. The staff w
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Osvaldo was amazing for this combination tour!
Osvaldo was extremely knowledgeable, patient and went above and beyond, making sure we saw things we wanted to see.
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Excellent Tours!
Recently did the La Fortuna waterfall tour and the sloth tour with Desafio and both were excellent! Our guide, Fran
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Arenal to Monteverde bus-boat-bus transfer
Efficient transport to get you across Lake Arenal. We got picked up at the scheduled time and door-to-door from the
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Great fun!!
This was such a fun activity. This tour had a bit of everything. Rappelling was easy and well explained. The scener
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COMBO Extreme Waterfall Rappelling & White Water Rafting
Absolutely LOVED this. The guides were friendly, fantastic and fun. We started early but did the extreme 140ft rapp
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Stunning view of rainforest with a little adventure thrown in
My family of 5 (kids 20,18,13) had an absolute blast on this trip. The guides and tour are fantastic- thanks Alejan
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Balsa river rafting
We loved our day on the river. The group is very professional and safety is clearly their priority. This trip isn’t
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Fun day with Kevin - an awesome guide!!!
We did the Sarapiqui Jungle Run Class 3-4 rafting from La Fortuna. Everyone we encountered at Disafio was friendly
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Rafting Tour on Balsa River
Fantastic trip! Desafio driver picked us up at our AirBnB in La Fortuna. Met others at office and then 40 min drive
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Trip Highlight
We didn't research this before arriving in Costa Rica, but after going zip lining, we wanted to keep the adrenaline
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Great company High quality excursions
Loved the 3 excursions we took with Desafio: Mistico hanging bridges, Ecotermales hot springs, Balso Rio rafting an
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The best adventure ever!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour in every way! There was some unexpected pleasures during our canyon hike, and rapel
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Key Details
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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