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Rio Balsa Whitewater Rafting Tour from La Fortuna

  • 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
Rio Balsa Whitewater Rafting Tour from La Fortuna
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Rio Balsa Whitewater Rafting Tour from La Fortuna
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.
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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Reviewed yesterday
A Fun Family Experience!

My family (including two children - 10 & 13) had a blast whitewater rafting with Desafio on the Rio Balsa. Our guides, Kevin and Gustavo, were friendly and very professional. All of the guides for our trip were as well. I highly recommend this adventure...More

Thank Carrie R
Reviewed yesterday
River Rafting Balsa

We started this adventure with extreme rains the night before. We were a little bit apprehensive about going. Our Main guide Kenneth picked us up right on time and was a pleasure to be around the entire day. He put everyone on the bus at...More

Thank Ldldanch
Reviewed 4 days ago

If I could love this a thousand times I would. This was the best thing we had done in Costa Rica. We didn't plan on going because we were a little worried about white water rafting. I'm so glad we did it. We bought the...More

Thank Sydney W
Reviewed 1 week ago
So much fun

David is where it starts and ends for us. All of the guides were nice but David gave the instructions to the group and we were lucky enough to get him as our guide in the raft. Five people in our group of six (including...More

Thank AAluv2travel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Exciting, Super Fun Adventure!

My husband and 11 year old daughter and I had a wonderful rafting trip down the Balsa River! We felt great confidence in our guide Kenneth who went above and beyond to make the trip exciting and also educational as he taught us about local...More

Thank Karen S
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