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Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III

  • Navigate through moderate and mild rapids on a rafting tour that's ideal for families and beginners
  • Take a break for a fresh fruit snack on the riverbanks
  • Reward your efforts with a typical Costa Rican restaurant lunch
Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III
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Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III
Combine the excitement of class II-III whitewater rapids with the beauty of the Costa Rican rain forest on a small-group Balsa River rafting adventure from La Fortuna. Follow your expert guide’s commands on more turbulent sections, and look for animals like monkeys, sloths, and birds during calmer, scenic stretches. After the adventure, recharge over a delicious Costa Rican lunch at a family restaurant.
What to Expect
Your day will begin when we pick you up from your hotel (if it is in the vicinity of La Fortuna or along the way to the river) and begin the 45 minute drive to the Balsa River.  Along the way, your guide will point out any sites of interest and give you an introduction to the area and the river.  Named after the Balsa tree, this river is divided in several sections.  The section that you will be running is a class II-III (from a scale of I-VI) and it is 8 km (5 miles) long.  This section is perfect for first time rafters, people with experience and families with children.  It will give you the excitement of hitting white water while keeping the level of difficulty safe and fun. 

Once we arrive at the river, you will have a chance to use the rest rooms and change rooms before you are provided with a safety vest, a helmet, a paddle, a safety speech and a practice.  Once your guide is satisfied with your ability to paddle and react to the commands, the rafting begins.  The river begins with the more challenging rapids and the real adrenaline and finishes with smaller rapids and pools where you will have the chance to see wildlife and jump in the water for a little swim.  Half way down, you will take a fruit break on the side of the river and replenish your energy with fresh local pineapple, watermelon and other tropical fruit.  Depending on the water level, the time spent on the water is 2-2.5 hours. 

Your transportation will be waiting for you at the end of the class II-III section that we are running and will take you to have a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch at a local family run restaurant.  After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel some 35 minutes away.  All in all, you will spend around 5 wonderful hours with us.  Your tour will be small, personalized or private to give you great customer service and is designed to give back to the local community and to preserve the environment that allows us to do what we love.
Reviews (18)
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Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile
Amazing trip, thank you!

Loved our half day raft tour. We had a great time through the rapids with lots of stops to swim and cool down, along with some "cliff" jumping. Our lunch afterward was delicious and our hosts and guides were knowledgeable, kind, tons of fun, and...More

Thank Mary Jo O
Dinghy_Expeditions, Owner at Dinghy Expeditions Outfitter Mountains Rivers and Coasts - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much and we can not wait to have you back and go rafting again on the Sarapiqui, the Balsa or another river. One of the best things about rafting is that you will never have the same experience twice. Adrenaline packed, natural,...More

Reviewed 5 August 2018
A First Rate Organization From Top To Bottom

Our whitewater rafting tour led by Dinghy Exp. was the highlight of our (family of 5) trip to Costa Rica, and the reason is that everyone working for Dinghy was totally devoted to making the excursion wonderful. They are completely devoted to safety with very...More

Thank Basil N
Reviewed 31 July 2018
Awesome rafting experience!

We had an absolute blast this past week rafting with Andres and his wonderful team - they made us feel extremely safe throughout, especially as we have 2 boys ages 8 and 6. We appreciated the personalized service and the insights into rafting and Costa...More

Thank nkoth1
Reviewed 25 July 2018
Wow, a fantastic experience!

Andres was the perfect guide for our little team. 2 moms and 2 teenage boys and we had a fab time, from the food at the Soda, to the thrills of the river to the education about the culture and the country. Don't miss it!...More

Thank Saara R
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile
Simply the Best

Our experience with Dinghy Expeditions surpassed all of our expectations for a white water rafting experience. The company prides itself on personalized service and safety which is refreshing compared to larger companies. Tony, our driver, kept us safe and provided us with great conversation throughout...More

Thank Ayacard74
Dinghy_Expeditions, Owner at Dinghy Expeditions Outfitter Mountains Rivers and Coasts - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018

Thank you very much for your review and for rafting with us! It was great meeting your family too and have three generations in one boat. You are right, we do take pride in our little family owned and run business and everybody that helps...More

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