This full-day family adventure from La Fortuna combines an ATV tour with a white-water rafting trip. Ride an all-terrain vehicle (single or double rider) through the tropical rainforest against the scenic backdrop of Arenal Volcano. After lunch, you’ll paddle Class II–III rapids on Rio Balsa with your guide.
Board your coach upon hotel pickup in La Fortuna and start your combo tour with an ATV ride. You’ll learn the ropes of driving a single or riding double (ages 8–15 without a driver’s license) from instruction by your guide. It’s an ideal way to view the Arenal Volcano and the scenic valley below.
After guides provide a tropical fruit snack, continue your outdoor adventure with a white-water rafting excursion. Jump into a vehicle that takes you to the Rio Balsa (Balsa River) for an action-packed ride down Class II–III rapids. Guides teach you basic moves, commands, and safety procedures and instruct you on how to paddle.
It’s a thrilling ride past dense foliage of the rainforest; watch for monkeys, sloths, and toucans while you raft. Stop for a swim, tropical fruits, and cold drinks during a break from the action. Help load the gear onto the bus and depart for a typical lunch served at a traditional estate. Savor Costa Rica’s tranquil country life before return transport to your hotel in the afternoon.
Professional photos are available for purchase.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Never to old
, May 2019
I thought at 57 and a little overweight that I was pushing it on this one. We had a great guide & such a fun boat. it was sooooooo great. would do it again.
This was one of my absolute favorite tour packages in all of our tours of Costa Rica. The guides were great, and they were very helpful. For the package, we were picked up at our hotel and taken to the ATV rental via a comfy tour van. The ATVs and safety equipment were all new-ish and well maintained. The guides went through a quick safety briefing and we were off for the trail! We went through a short beginner course to get everyone up to speed. My girlfriend rode on the back and was laughing and giggling the whole time. Lots of bumps, hills, and mud! After the farm area, you are guided through a jungle trail, then to a waterfall/river. The whole ride was about 2.5 hours. Two guides go with the group the entire time and were great at getting people out of jams, and keeping the group going. Absolutely amazing and fun! Next up was the river rafting. We were shuttled a few miles down the road via tour van to the Balsa River to be met by Carlos and our boat mates. After a quick safety briefing and instructions, we were off to paddle our way over mild to rough rapids. Class 2 and 3 was perfect for my girlfriend, who was a bit hesitant about rafting. She had a great time though. There was a spot in the middle of the trip where we got to jump in the river for a swim. Water was cool and fun. One of the safety guides is also a photographer for the group, so was taking pictures along the way for purchase later. Our boat captain/guide was great at commanding the boat and making sure we avoided obstacles, etc. In fact, I'm pretty sure he could have got got us through the rapids on his own without us even rowing, LOL. Anyway, absolutely amazing trip! My favorite package of our entire Costa Rica trip, and we did everything from horseback riding to walking tours to nature hikes to zip lining, etc. etc. This was the most fun of all of the tours we did!