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Desafio Adventure Company is considered the pioneering tour outfitter in Costa Rica's Epicenter of Adventure near the Arenal Volcano since 1992. Desafio offers high-quality rafting, canyoning, biking, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, stand up paddling, 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 or take the Desafio Adventure Connections to the Monteverde, Guanacaste, San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Playa Samara and now Leon, Nicaragua! Desafio is family-owned and operated and your "one-stop-shop" for adventure travel in Costa Rica and beyond!
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
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Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was my boyfriend and my first trip to Costa Rica and we were having trouble deciding where exactly to go and the logistics. Luckily I found Desafio who cleared it all up for us. We booked the extreme adrenaline package which included all the...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2014

My guy and I wanted to experience Costa Rica in as "un-touristy" of a way as possible. We are young, athletic, and wanted EXTREME ADVENTURE in a safe way. So after reading other reviews about Desafio we booked the Mambo Combo- canyoneering/rappelling combined with white...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2014

We travelled to Costa Rica last month. We decided to plan all excursions prior to departure from LA. We went online and found Desafio Adventure Company. We booked four days of excursions with them and were extremely happy with the outcome. Every single excursion was...More

1  Thank YolieRDH2014
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DesafioAdventures, Owner at Desafio Adventure Company, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2014

Hola YolieRDH2014, You really hit the nail on the head with your comment - thank you so much! We strive to be a one-stop shop for clients providing the highest level of service at the most-affordable prices. Since we are the direct operator of our...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2014

My daughter and I spent a few wonderful days together in Costa Rica with La Fortuna / Arenal as the firs major stop. We had a Fantastic time even with the daily afternoon showers since its rainy season. The advantage is great weather in the...More

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Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I booked several trips with Desafio and they were all fantastic. The canyoneering in particular was such good fun and we felt safe and well looked after the whole time. I would definitely recommend this company.

1  Thank Katie P
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Reviewed August 31, 2014

We did the mambo combo (canyoning and rafting). Had never done canyoning before and it was fantastic. The guides were brilliant and made you feel safe. It was extremely well organised in beautiful locations. The fun of the rafting was enhanced by our hilarious guide...More

Thank Fraser C
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Reviewed August 30, 2014

We did a safari boat tour and a hanging bridges tour with this company and were extremely happy with both. For our safari tour, our guides were Juan Carlos and Jaime. They were very friendly and informative at all times. We felt very safe, and...More

Thank Megan T
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Reviewed August 29, 2014

I'd highly recommend this company when it comes to any outdoor activity. The operation was very slick--no time wasted standing around, the safety briefing was comprehensive, when we were assigned a guide we got another safety talk then we had a bit of a practice...More

Thank Elizabeth M
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Reviewed August 27, 2014

This was our first adventure in Arenal for our honeymoon! What a terrific adventure. We originally were supposed to go canyoneering in the morning followed by the horseback ride to the waterfall in the afternoon for a full day trip; however, the night before we...More

Thank Dahlia K
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DesafioAdventures, Owner at Desafio Adventure Company, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2014

Hola Dahlia K, Congratulations on your honeymoon! So glad you enjoyed the horseback ride to the waterfall - you're right, it's just a spectacular activity and definitely a great way to start your adventures in Costa Rica. We hope you come back to Costa Rica...More

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

I have been dying to got White Water Rafting again for years, and this was the top highlight of my trip!! it was adventurous it was safe, the staff was super friendly from the moment they picked us up at the hotel, the drivers, the...More

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KatStam
October 9, 2017|
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Hi KatStam - Nice to hear from you. We often visit the Rainforest Chocolate Tour, but there are a few other venues. For example, Don Juan Coffee and Chocolate has a farm nearby and Finca Luna Nueva has a fantastic biodynamic... More
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TenilleM20
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booking the rafting? it was never fearful and we all wore life vests. the rapids were strong enough to carry us but didn't seem dangerous.
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