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“Best decision I ever made!”

Desafio Adventure Company
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 14, 2013

After weeks of planning our trip to CR, my boyfriend and I decided to book all of our excursions with Desafio and we are so glad we did! We were always picked up right on time and received excellent service, as promised. The guides really took the time to get to know us and were extremely knowledgeable on the history of the country. The company was also willing accommodate us when booking our return transfer to the airport.

If I go back to CR, I would not consider booking with any other company. I highly recommend Desafio without any reservations. PURA VIDA!

Thank BettyRey
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DesafioAdventures, Owner at Desafio Adventure Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

Hola from Costa Rica -

What an awesome review! That means a lot to us that you were able to book everything through and that we made your trip easy and enjoyable... that's what it's all about!

We are very proud of our guides for their personalized service - thank you for letting us know!

Hope the two of you come back again soon! PURA VIDA!

Your friends at Desafío Adventure Company,
Suresh and Christine Krishnan, owners

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

My husband and I traveled to CR in June and had an absolutely fantastic time. We used several touring companies during our trip and by far Desafio was the most trustworthy, professional, and well organized group we encountered. While it's fairly easy to find english speaking tour companies in CR, this company seemed most fluent. Everyone in the front office was helpful beyond expectation. More importantly their adventures were fantastic and as described. We used them for the canyoning and rappeling down waterfalls as well as for the connection to sky tram ziplining (our favorite activity by far). The guides running each adventure were playful and personable yet safe and knowledgeable. We also purchased a night in the hot springs from them initially at Los Lagos which was dirty and horrible. I called Desafio on the way home and by the next morning it was resolved with a comp to the highest end resort, The Springs which was lovely. I can't recommend Desafio highly enough for helping making our trip great.

Thank Lisa S
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DesafioAdventures, Owner at Desafio Adventure Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

Hola Lisa -

What a wonderful review! Our company culture is based on safety, service, initiative and honesty, so we we appreciate hearing that you found our company to be trustworthy. That is very important to us!

We're glad you had a fantastic time and we look forward to having you and your husband back again some day!

Warm regards,
Suresh and Christine Krishnan, owners
Desafio Adventure Company

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I used Desafio Company for their Adrenaline theme pack during a tour group with G-Adventures (2 week costa rica explorer) - We chose our activities: Kayaking (so much fun! ), Mountain biking ( would have been better if washroom was at start point and not so much mud and rain but still ok) and Canyonneering (the staff was awesome and the lunch was very good) - the only downside of canyoneering is walking through the wet rocks to go to the next descent and the long hike afterwards but it was worth it. we also booked an evening (dinner and evening) at the hot spring on Easter Friday and it was nice there, not too many children.

Thank J L
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Our tour in Lost Canyon was our favorite activity we did throughout or whole trip! What made it stand out?
1) THE GUIDES. They are knowledgeable, friendly and hilarious. It didn't feel like we were the tourists and they were separate, just showing us around, we were one big group of friends laughing and loving the hike and repels! They also we able to point out things we would have missed on our own like a toucan and a blues jeans frog.
2) VERY ORGANIZED. You never know exactly what to expect traveling abroad, but Desafio was exactly what they promised and more. We also booked transfers through Desafio and everything was one time, drivers and staff were polite; we even visited the office in town and they were extremely helpful and well planned.
3) COSTA RICA. The country, the culture, the people, the nature it is awesome. Go there!

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Thank taylorandsteve522
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DesafioAdventures, Owner at Desafio Adventure Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

GREAT comment Taylor and Steve!!

Ha ha ha... "A cachete!" You even picked up some fun Costa Rican slang down here! Very cool!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! And I love how you outlined your comments about our Lost Canyon Adventures tour! We're so glad our guides made you feel like just one of our friends - that's a wonderful observation - it really shows us that our guides enjoy what they are doing!

We totally agree when you say: COSTA RICA. The country, the culture, the people, the nature it is awesome. Go there!

We look forward to having you two back again some day! There's plenty more to explore down here!

Warm regards from your friends at Desafío Adventure Company,
Suresh and Christine Krishnan, owners

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We went rafting, kayaking and canyoneering with this company. At all times staff were professional, enthusiastic and good fun! The safety equipment seemed well-maintained and the inductions were thorough. The staff were helpful and professional. We had an amazing time with them.

On the downside, the rip off that was the 'official' photos - $10 per person. Only one person bought from our group. My tip to the company would be that for $5 per person (each person getting a cd) we all (11 of us) would have bought!

Thank AnanB
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