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Address: Behind the Central Church, Downtown La Fortuna | Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-2479-0020
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Description: Desafio Adventure Company is a family-owned and operated tour outfitter...
Desafio Adventure Company is a family-owned and operated tour outfitter and considered Costa Rica's premier "one-stop-shop" for adventure travel. We offer high-quality rafting tours, canyoneering, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, stand up paddling, transportation, conservation programs, volunteer opportunities and more. We have two rules at Desafio: 1) Be Safe and 2) Have Serious Fun! Look for us near the Arenal Volcano with centers of operation in Monteverde, Tenorio/Guanacaste and Playa Samara! Let us take you to the land of raging, tropical rivers, active volcanoes, deep, jungle canyons and isolated beaches!
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Canyoning Tour & Watefall Repelling - Awesome tour!

My hubby and I took this tour in Jan 2015 when we stayed a few days in the Arenal area. Our Hotel recommended this company and I am so glad we trusted them! The facilities were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Peterborough, ON
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My hubby and I took this tour in Jan 2015 when we stayed a few days in the Arenal area. Our Hotel recommended this company and I am so glad we trusted them! The facilities were great, everyone was extremely friendly and professional. We have done quite a few of these adventure tours, and I was very impressed by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We organized our whole twelve day Costa Rica trip through Desafio. Excellent service and suggestions and follow-up to all our questions. We dealt with a lady named Tui; she was very helpful; called us as many times as needed in the US to prepare for the tour. We faced a couple of problems with some of the tours; we called... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Great company to work with. The guides were fun, energetic, knowledgeable, and made me feel very safe. The drivers were also safe and secure with our bags as well as driving around. We had an amazing time with white water rafting and rio Celeste. I'm not a fast hiker especially having to climb hundreds of steep steps to go back... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Desafio Adventure Company Re: Staff Typically, I wouldn’t start out a review discussing the staff. However, our guide for the trip was so exceptional I feel I must. Carlos, picked us up from Hotel Los Lagos at 7 am and was with us all day. He was unbelievably hospitable and friendly. He was quite frankly the most amazing representative of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We took the white water rafting tour (Class 2 & 3) with Desafio out of Arenal La Fortuna. It was wonderful. We were well cared for throughout the trip. They were prompt with timings, had a great bus for transport. The guides were friendly, funny and made the trip memorable. We were in a raft with a slow leak but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We had a few issues with the balsa river not having enough water due to the dam not being opened that day but they arranged for us to visit a river further away which meant instead of a half day it would be a full day due to extra travel time and the bus broke down but forgetting all that... More 

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DesafioAdventures, Owner at Desafio Adventure Company - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hola, Thank you very much for your review of our class 2-3 rafting near the Arenal Volcano. We are lucky because the Northern Zone of Costa Rica has a lot of adventure options and great rafting rivers -- the most important thing for us is that our clients take advantage of their limited and valuable vacation time to do an... More 

Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Last summer (mid-June) my two friends and I booked our whole trip to Costa Rica through Desafio, including hotels, transfers, and day trips. We stayed in Arenal, Monteverde, and Montezuma. I'm so glad we went through this company! I left my camera in our private shuttle when we were headed to Montezuma during the last days of our trip. I... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We booked tje one day horseback riding tour - it was amazing! You ride the horses for 12 kilometres and enyoj the great scenery. The horses are well trained and you get to walk, trot and even galop a little. This was so much fun and the horse riding was really amazing!

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Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Our group of six went rock/waterfall rappelling and having never done that I was nervous but through stages on increasing difficulty we eventually went down a 7 story waterfall. It was a blast and I can't believe I did it! The guides made us feel so secure and so safe that when they told you to turn your back to... More 

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Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We used Desafio to book shuttle service from our San Jose hotel to La Fortuna, La Fortuna to Monteverde, Monteverde to Papagayo peninsula and from there to Liberia airport. The drivers always arrived on time and were courteous. On our first trip, our driver pulled over on a bridge and pointed out a sloth hanging from a power line. Too... More 

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