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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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Desafio Adventure Company is a family-owned and operated tour outfitter and...

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, canyoning, mountain biking, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, stand up paddling, horse riding, transfer services, conservation programs, volunteer opportunities and much 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, San Jose 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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Water rafting on the Balsa River

My 11 year old son and I went on this excursion. We were picked up at our hotel at around 8:00 am to travel by small bus to the balsa river. We stopped on the way for fresh... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jennifer J
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My 11 year old son and I went on this excursion. We were picked up at our hotel at around 8:00 am to travel by small bus to the balsa river. We stopped on the way for fresh fruit that the tour supplied (and a restroom break for anyone else, or water or even fresh coconut juice...straight out of the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We loved the Mambo Combo trip with Desafio. Safety was clearly their number one priority for both the waterfall rappelling and the white water rafting, but the tour guides were also very fun and it was obvious they love their jobs! A few things mentioned in other reviews are worth repeating: I wore 4 inch water shorts, and these were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I can not say enough good things about the guides & the experience we had. We were picked up on time, actually the driver was a few minutes early which was awesome. All the guides were fun and funny, but professional too. We had a great time! We had Jacob as our guide & he had us laughing the whole... More 

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Thank Kristi M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really good; all staff is super professional and well prepared, the equipment is acceptable. We did the rafting and zip line; both were great; we did both at the same day; I recommend to it because you can take advantage of the whole day

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Thank William T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While in La Fortuna I did two tours with Desafio and two with other companies. Desafio was by far the superior tour company. The tour guides were very friendly right from greeting you at your hotel. They staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. They spoke English very well. The food on the tours was good as well. I highly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Pedro, Bert and Steven are the most entertaining and informative guides you'll find in La Fortuna. The float was relaxing while still being a lot of fun and we saw a ton of animals. True highlight of our trip and I wish we could find a way to stay in contact with these guys, they were that awesome/fun. You won't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked this excursion last minute and so glad we did. Our guide Moses was fantastic. The was the best excursion for the money that we did while in Costa Rica. All the staff was very friendly. Great lunch.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the canyoning tour one afternoon and turned out we were the only two on the tour so it was essentially private. The rappelling was a bit of a rush but unfortunately you could only control the rappel the first third of the way down and then you just let go and they control you the rest of the... More 

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Thank Todd W
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

OMG! This is the best company. I was traveling alone and I always felt so safe with them. They had great trips. I did the Balsa rafting, which was fantastic. And the hanging bridges, waterfall, and volcano tour. Marcos of course was hot and informational. Which makes the trip a ton more fun. We always had a lunch, that was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I’ve traveled quite a bit, and done some interesting things along the way. The waterfall rappelling trip I took with desafio in Costa Rica ranks high on that list. The staff was friendly, professional and thorough, making sure that we were safe but that we also had a good time. Besides being exciting, this was a very unique way to... More 

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