The Balsa River is one of the best spots in Costa Rica to try white water rafting, and this 6-hour tour from La Fortuna is suitable for complete beginners. Tackle the Class II and III rapids, enjoy spectacular views as you cruise through the rainforest, and look out for wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, and toucans. Hotel pick-up and lunch is included.
- 6-hour white water rafting tour from La Fortuna
- Get your adrenaline pumping white water rafting down the Balsa River
- Practice your rafting skills on Class II and III rapids
- Enjoy magnificent views of the river, rainforest, and exotic wildlife
- Tuck into a delicious Costa Rican lunch at a country restaurant
- No experience necessary: full instruction provided
- Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport
What You Can Expect
Begin your tour with a 10.30am pickup from your La Fortuna or Arenal hotel and an around the 50-minute journey to the Balsa River. Along the way, admire the scenery as you drive through yucca and papaya plantations, and perhaps spot iguanas and other wildlife.
On arrival, get suited up for your whitewater rafting excursion and listen as your instructor explains the basic paddling and steering techniques, as well as important safety rules. Then, jump aboard the raft and set out on a thrilling 2-hour rafting ride. As you paddle downstream, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest, keeping a lookout for monkeys, sloths, and toucans along the riverbanks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle over Class II and III rapids, including the ?Magnetic Rock? and the ?Dredges?. Cold drinks and fresh fruits will keep you energized along the way, and you can also take the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the river.
After returning to land and drying off, refuel with a typical Costa Rican lunch (lunch) at a traditional country estate, before setting out on the return journey.
Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel between 4 pm and 4.30pm.
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Equipment: Raft, Paddles, Rafting Vest and Helmet
- Alcoholic drinks
- Soft Drinks
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels outside of immediate La Fortuna area
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be a minimum of 8 years old to take this tour
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Weather dependent. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is flooding or other government river closure. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
- Not recommended for participants with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant women
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
- Participants will get wet, please dress ready to raft in bathing suit and shoes that will stay on feet. Flip-flops are not allowed
- Not responsible for items lost or damaged on the river, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose
- This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to book
You can present either a paper or mobile ticket for this activity.
Local operator information
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Ticket. 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.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Schedule and Pricing
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Pick up at hotels in immediate La Fortuna area.? Additional charge for hotels outside of immediate La Fortuna area
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
6 hours (approx.)
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