We did both the canyoning and Rio Toro class 3 & 4 rafting trips with Desafio. My family includes my husband and I and my 16 year old son and 13 year old daughter. Both activities were outstanding with canyoning rating the best by our entire family. The canyoning was a 1/2 day trip (about 30 minutes drive each way) which consisted of 2 small rapels and 2 large rapels. You hiked through a steam and along rocks to get to the various rapels. My family enjoyed the hiking almost as much as the rapels. The guides were terrific. Safety was always their top concern, but they wanted to be sure the experience was fun. I have a small fear of heights, but had no problems doing any of the rapels. They take excellent pictures and we were able to buy a CD for $35 which contained over 50 photos of my family.
We also did the all day class 3 & 4 raft trip. They also offer a 1/2 day class 2 & 3. (We talked to someone who did the 1/2 day they said it was fun, but fairly tame.) I'm glad we chose the Rio Toro. It did take about an hour and 20 minutes to get to the rafting spot. The rafting itself was a blast. After spending 15 minutes reviewing rafting safety, we set off in 4- 6 person rafts for 2 1/2 hours of rafting. The rapids were almost continous. Expect to get very wet. We stopped part way for a swim break. We went rafting once before on the Snake River in Wyoming and we found this to be alot more fun. CD for great pictures was $25.
After both trips you receive a similar lunch of rice, black beans, tomatoes and costa rican style stew.
I would highly recommend both tours and the Desafio company.
I booked both trips before I left the US. After communicating with them through e-mail, they told me if I faxed my form I could receive a small discount. (I think it was about $7 pp per activity). Booking directly through the internet, they were not able to offer the reduced fee.
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