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White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal

  • 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
White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal
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White Water Rafting – Class II-III -- Rio Balsa. Min Age 8. Family fun! Raft along the scenic, exciting Balsa River. Round-trip transportation included from hotels in immediate La Fortuna area.
From $75.00
Save precious vacation time and money! Transfer from Arenal to San Jose via our Class II-III Rafting Link. Pickup at La Fortuna Hotel, Raft, Lunch, Drop at San Jose Hotel (Hotels not included).
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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.
What to Expect
Begin your tour with a 10.30am pickup from your La Fortuna or Arenal hotel and an around 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 white water 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 look out 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, re-fuel 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 4pm and 4.30pm.
Reviews (54)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
An exciting, safe and very fun trip!

We had a group of 5 that did whitewater rafting with Super Mario as our guide. He explained how to work together and stay safe so we could enjoy our experience. We had a first-time rafter, 2 that had been once before and 2 that...More

Thank markmS9725KO
Reviewed 1 week ago
White rafting with Mario

This excursion was included in the packaged tour of Costa Rica. It was one of the highlights of the trip. I was a little nervous at the beginning of the ride since it had been raining so I thought the rapids would be out of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tennisshin
Reviewed October 2, 2018
Excellent family event

Our rafting guide was excellent (Romel) and very enthusiastic. There were 4 rafts (of 4-6 people) and a couple of kayaks as spotters. We always felt safe, although my wife was screaming lots. From speaking with others, all the guides were terrific. The rapids were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Happiness800479
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile
Best White Water River Rafting Guide!

My first time doing white water rafting and I had such a blast! On our way to the river, Marcos answered all our questions in relation to the tour and Costa Rica. He was very experience and we did amazing (nobody fell in our raft)....More

Thank Pedro G
Reviewed August 11, 2018
Great day out on the river with good guides

Wave Expeditions was excellent. We met some people on another tour who told us to go white water rafting with them. I am glad we took their advice because the day out was fantastic. The bus came to collect us from the hotel and it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank iloo
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