Your day will begin when we pick you up from your hotel (if it is in the vicinity of La Fortuna or along the way to the river) and begin the 45 minute drive to the Balsa River. Along the way, your guide will point out any sites of interest and give you an introduction to the area and the river. Named after the Balsa tree, this river is divided in several sections. The section that you will be running is a class II-III (from a scale of I-VI) and it is 8 km (5 miles) long. This section is perfect for first time rafters, people with experience and families with children. It will give you the excitement of hitting white water while keeping the level of difficulty safe and fun.
Once we arrive at the river, you will have a chance to use the rest rooms and change rooms before you are provided with a safety vest, a helmet, a paddle, a safety speech and a practice. Once your guide is satisfied with your ability to paddle and react to the commands, the rafting begins. The river begins with the more challenging rapids and the real adrenaline and finishes with smaller rapids and pools where you will have the chance to see wildlife and jump in the water for a little swim. Half way down, you will take a fruit break on the side of the river and replenish your energy with fresh local pineapple, watermelon and other tropical fruit. Depending on the water level, the time spent on the water is 2-2.5 hours.
Your transportation will be waiting for you at the end of the class II-III section that we are running and will take you to have a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch at a local family run restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel some 35 minutes away. All in all, you will spend around 5 wonderful hours with us. Your tour will be small, personalized or private to give you great customer service and is designed to give back to the local community and to preserve the environment that allows us to do what we love.