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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 4 days ago
Great fun!

Mauricio is the best guide ever! Not only did he make our less than enthusiastic fifteen year old comfortable, he kept this overweight 65 year old grandmother from becoming a ‘swimmer” and he did it with style and grace! This trip was truly one of...More

Thank valorie228
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great day

Thank you Desafio and our guide for the day Mauricio. We had a fantastic day white water rafting on the Rio Balsa. It was a category 2/3 adventure and was just the right level of thrill and excitement for our 10 and 14 year old...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Best rafting experience!

We had a blast white water rafting with our guide, Rodland! It was our first time rafting and he made it very enjoyable and safe for us. We had a water fight with the other rafters and that made it even more fun! They gave...More

Thank Minoru M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Family Activity

Had a great time rafting down the Rio Balsa, with the family, youngest of which is 10 years old. Great fun for all, felt safe the whole time, and we had an amazing guide, Roland, who was entertaining, engaged, and kind to the children. He...More

Thank threegirlsgo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Mambo Combo - A Must Do & with Desafio Specifically

We had the best time in Costa Rica and much of that was due to our experience with Desafio. I booked all of our transfers (Liberia Airport to Tabacon in La Fortuna then out to Guanacaste for the second half of our trip before back...More

Thank Katie T
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12 July 2018|
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Response from Carla_2009 | Reviewed this property |
Hi No, you will have a great time, its a very professionally run company, sit back, paddle when told and enjoy it .