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Rio Balsa Whitewater Rafting Tour from La Fortuna


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Experience the thrill of rafting down Costa Rica?s Rio Balsa on this white-water adventure! Following the lead of an?experienced guide, you?ll navigate Class II and III rapids as you pass through a lush rainforest landscape.?After working up an appetite paddling down the river, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local eatery. Round-trip transport from your La Fortuna hotel is included.


  • A white-water rafting trip down the Rio Balsa in Costa Rica
  • Paddle your way through Class II and III rapids surrounded by lush rainforest
  • Spot wildlife like birds, butterflies, sloths and monkeys as you journey down the river
  • Tuck into a satisfying Costa Rican lunch at a rustic local restaurant after rafting
  • Safety briefing, gear, and instruction provided by first aid?certified professional guides Snacks, lunch and round-trip transport from most La Fortuna hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It’s a laid-back adventure suited for families, novices and nature enthusiasts.

What You Can Expect

Become a jungle explorer for the day on this 6-hour rafting tour through Costa Rica?s rainforest. Your?guide will pick you up at your La Fortuna hotel for the approximately 60-minute drive to the winding Rio?Balsa. You?ll receive a short safety training at the launch site and gear up with a paddle, life vest, and?helmet. If it?s your first time rafting, not to worry ? your guide will demonstrate paddling techniques?and share basic rafting tips. No need to bring a camera and risk getting it wet, as a photographer will?accompany you on the trip, and you?ll have the option to purchase photos at the end of the tour. Next, set out on the river and begin your 6-mile (10-km) descent through the rapids. Water levels vary?depending on rainfall, so the river may be shallow or deep. The first half of the ride is the most?challenging. Prepare to get wet as your guide helps you navigate Class III rapids like the Congo Loco and?Rock around the Croc (don?t panic, as no crocodiles are actually found here). Take a break after successfully clearing these rapids with a riverbank pit stop and a snack of fresh fruit.?Relax in the shade of towering trees or enjoy a refreshing swim in the river. Hop back in your raft for the?continued journey down more mellow, Class II rapids. Soak up the passing tropical scenery and keep an?eye out for native rainforest residents including monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and colorful birds. At the end of your rafting journey, step back onto solid ground and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local?restaurant. You can shower and change into dry clothes before the return drive to La Fortuna, where?you?ll be dropped off at your hotel.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Photographer (photos available for purchase)
  • Use of safety equipment


  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Not recommended for people over 65

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Local operator information

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Departure point

Centrally located meeting point. Most La Fortuna hotels (confirm pick-up time with the supplier)

Departure time

9:00 am Duration 6 hours (approx.)

Return details

Returns to the original departure point at approximately 4:30 pm


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