Desafio Adventure Company
Desafio Adventure Company
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River Rafting & TubingCanyoning & Rappelling ToursAdrenaline & Extreme ToursSightseeing ToursKayaking & Canoeing
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Desafio Adventure Company is the pioneering outfitter in Costa Rica's Epicenter of Adventure near the Arenal Volcano founded in 1992. Desafio offers high-quality rafting, canyoning, biking, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, stand up paddling, cooking classes, unique cultural experiences, transfer with tour services, incentive programs, volunteer opportunities and much more! We only have two rules: 1) Be Safe! and 2) Have Serious Fun! Look for Desafio in Downtown La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano, next to the El Salto waterfall or take the Desafio Adventure Connections to the Monteverde, Guanacaste, San Jose, Manuel Antonio and Playa Samara. Desafio is family-owned and operated and your "one-stop-shop" for adventure travel in Costa Rica and beyond!
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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gill412007
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
DeSaifo Adventures provide ground transport between places during our stay in Costa Rica, at all times, the driver was on time, very courteous and helpful. On one of our trips, my husband left his jacket in the transport and did not realize it till much later, we contacted the main office and they arranged (it was a Sunday!) to have the driver return with it. Exceptional customer service!
We also took ‘The Arenal Volcano Park and Baldi Hot Springs Tour’ with DeSaifo. Our guide for the park tour was extremely knowledgeable and did a fine job for us. We enjoyed the hot springs at Hotel Baldi the tour cost also included a buffet dinner which was excellent. A great way to taste traditional Costa Rican food!
Written February 4, 2020
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Great review! It was wonderful having you and we hope your review will encourage fellow travelers to try us out for planning their multi-day itineraries here including transport, hotels and tours! Thank you for booking with us and we hope you come back again soon! Pura vida,
Written March 16, 2020
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David L
Silver Spring, MD395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our tour company used this for a private transfer from Quepos to La Fortuna and for a guided tour of the Mistico Hanging Bridges at Arenal. We were quite pleased with both drivers -- they were on time, had clean vehicles with water and snacks, spoke English, and drove safely and comfortably.
On the long drive from Quepos to La Fortuna we stopped for the Original Crocodile Man Tour at Tarcoles, and our driver had arranged for a very tasty buffet lunch. We had a later rest stop at a location with reasonably priced souvenirs and a butterfly garden, both of which we enjoyed.
Stephen, our guide for the hanging bridges, although relatively new, was quite knowledgeable and funny and spoke English well. He made sure that the child in our small group got to see the wildlife each time we stopped.
Written February 28, 2020
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Hi David!!Thank you sooo much for your feedback! We’re proud of our hard working drivers and guides. We're so glad you enjoyed all the activities that you mention with us. We hope to see you back down here soon! Pura Vida!
Written March 9, 2020
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Florida_family_kids
Ocala, FL389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Took the rafting and jungle six hour trip rafting was great jungle wasn’t sure we were there until I was told we were done not what I expected. No wild animals. Just a few birds. Everyone in our group enjoyed the rafting guides were skilled and safe lunch was basic but tasty
Written February 24, 2020
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Collin
Austin, TX3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
a well-oiled machine, very happy with our experience with a full day tour one day and another half day tour. We did the ATVing and Whitewater rafting. We chose this combo because we weren't sure how some of the party members would do with hiking. The ATVing was lovely just to get a feel for the environment. The vegetation was out of this world. The best part though was the whitewater rafting. Our entire crew had never been whitewater rafting and i'd say the guide did an excellent job with us. He was high energy, just what you would expect with a tour like that.

The next day we did the chocolate/coffee tour. This was also an enjoyable experience, informational, and a perfect 'down' kind of day where you learn more about the culture vs an adventure.
Written January 24, 2020
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Hi!! We are very happy that you had a nice experience with us. We’re proud of our hard working guides! We hope you come back again someday soon! Pura Vida!
Written March 16, 2020
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,525 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Efficient transport to get you across Lake Arenal. We got picked up at the scheduled time and door-to-door from the Arenal Oasis in La Fortuna to the Monteverde Inn took about three hours, including a short rest stop at a roadside café. At Lake Arenal your luggage gets transferred onto the boat for the 30 minute crossing. At the other side all the luggage is unloaded and you are given a number and have to find the right bus to take you the rest of the way. It's a bit of a scrum and hauling our suitcases up the muddy track to where the bus was parked wasn't great fun, but otherwise it worked well.
Written March 18, 2020
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Karen W
Plano, United States120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We used this company for private transfers between San Jose and Arenal, Between Arenal and Monteverde, between Monteverde and Manuel Antonio and between Manuel Antonio and San Jose.
The drivers were always on time, very courteous and stopped en route for any needed breaks. One of the drivers spoke excellent English and gave us a lot of information about Costa Rica. The other drivers spoke minimal English but enough to be understood. We highly recommend using this company for your transportation needs in Costa Rica.
Written February 25, 2020
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Hi Karen! Glad to hear our drivers were so professional and attentive. Love your comments, thank u so much!! We hope you tell your friends and family to come and try some of our tours like Gravity Falls!
Written March 9, 2020
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Sarah P
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took 2 tours with Desafio - combo Arenal hike and visit to Ecotermales hot springs, and the moonshine/sunset lake cruise. Both great. We had the same guide (Santos) for both - very knowledgeable and friendly. We lucked out on the hike as it was a unusually clear day. A cold beer and fruit at the end were a welcome touch. Only criticism is the buffet dinner at Ecotermales was a bit meh. Otherwise hot springs exactly what's needed after a hike!

The cruise was on a slightly drizzly day so didn't see much of.a sunset. However they absolutely ply you with booze so we didn't much care...
Written January 11, 2020
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Hi Sara. Thank you for your comments. We are very proud for our guides like Santos. Please come back soon and try another adventure like Satan Up Paddle. or Gravity Falls. Thank you again. Pura Vida.
Written March 16, 2020
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Susan
Charlotte, NC6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
All three of our trips with Desafio were truly memorable. Francisco and Axel were both great tour guides. They were enthusiastic about their topics and both went well above and beyond the call of duty to learn about our interests, share their stories, ask about our and tell tons of things not only about the information in the tour but about Costa Rican culture. Both took time and patience to locate animals of interest and use our cameras and their equipment to get the best photographs. They clearly love what they do and it shows. I would recommend these two in particular but believe if they are representative of the guides at Desafio, you can't go wrong. They are great representations of Costa Rica's value for ecology and how much stock is placed in environmental education.
Written February 7, 2020
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Hi hi! Loved your comments! Thank you sooo much! I’m glad you pointed out our professional guides like Francisco and Axel. That means a lot to us! Come back again! Pura Vida!
Written March 9, 2020
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Mike B
Jerusalem, Israel699 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
My brother and I did the white water rafting and had a wonderful time.
Others in our group did the canyoneering, which includes traversing down waterfalls, rapelling and ziplines. They had a great time too.
Our only problem was that we paid for the full day rafting, but were taken to the half day rafting, without any explanation or apology. Our friends who did the Canyon (half day tour), joined our bus for their half day rafting tour, and rafted together with us.
Not only didn't I get what I paid for, but I wasted half a day of my short visit to Costa Rica.
I still rated the rafting as very good because it was a blast!
Written July 3, 2021
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Stephen D
Vancouver, Canada94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Did their Mountain Biking Tour some of the best Mountain biking I have ever done. We were a small group of experienced riders so they really pushed us...we crossed rivers were we carried our bike then also rode through rivers, the scenery is beautiful.
Written January 4, 2020
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