The Balsa River is one of the best spots in Costa Rica to try white water rafting, and this 6-hour tour from La Fortuna is suitable for complete beginners. Tackle the Class II and III rapids, enjoy spectacular views as you cruise through the rainforest, and look out for wildlife such as monkeys, sloths and toucans. Hotel pick-up and lunch is included.
6-hour white water rafting tour from La Fortuna
Get your adrenaline pumping white water rafting down the Balsa River
Practice your rafting skills on Class II and III rapids
Enjoy magnificent views of the river, rainforest, and exotic wildlife
Tuck into a delicious Costa Rican lunch at a country restaurant
No experience necessary: full instruction provided
Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport
Begin your tour with a 10.30am pickup from your La Fortuna or Arenal hotel and an around 50-minute journey to the Balsa River. Along the way, admire the scenery as you drive through yucca and papaya plantations, and perhaps spot iguanas and other wildlife.
On arrival, get suited up for your white water rafting excursion and listen as your instructor explains the basic paddling and steering techniques, as well as important safety rules. Then, jump aboard the raft and set out on a thrilling 2-hour rafting ride. As you paddle downstream, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest, keeping a look out for monkeys, sloths and toucans along the riverbanks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle over Class II and III rapids, including the ‘Magnetic Rock’ and the ‘Dredges’. Cold drinks and fresh fruits will keep you energized along the way, and you can also take the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the river.
After returning to land and drying off, re-fuel with a typical Costa Rican lunch (lunch) at a traditional country estate, before setting out on the return journey.
Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel between 4pm and 4.30pm.
Reviews by Viator travelers
This is a must DO!
, Aug 2019
This was a wonderful experience! The guide was very very funny and the 50 minute ride it took to get to the rafting spot flew by because the tour guide went over safety rules, he talked about different plants on the way and made lots of jokes. He was pretty fluent in english and tried his best. We ended up having him as our guide in our raft and he was a very good director. We saw a sloth, lots of birds, and iguanas. We stopped and had some pineapple and watermelon. There were some cows around so we hand fed the cows the end pieces of the fruit. They were very friendly. We got back on the raft and went the rest of the way. We (my husband and i) were with another family ( mom, dad and 2 younger kids) and the guide was very patient with the kids. He told them they could ride on the front of the raft like "riding a bull" he called it and the kids just loved it. He let them float down the slow part of the river. He answered all their questions and it was just a great time and experience!
Everything was wonderful! The guides are funny and knowledgeable. The rafting was so much fun! The lunch after was sooooo good. My 9 and 11 year old gobbled it up. I would absolutely recommend this for families!!
Dear Celeste, I have an 8 year old and 11 year old and they agree with your son that rafting is the BEST! We are over the moon that you and your family had the chance to raft with Wave Rafting and take home "memory souvenirs" that will last a lifetime! Thank you for rafting with us!
The Wave Rafting Team!
My friend and i loved this experience. We had never been white water rafting before. Our guide Jeffrey made sure that we had a great experience. We saw a beautiful area of the country and enjoyed every minute of the ride. I would highly recommend this to families also.