Get a dose of Costa Rica's ‘pura vida’ lifestyle on this full-day combo tour featuring plenty of sweet treats, adventure, and relaxation. Navigate the rapids of the Balsa River on a whitewater rafting trip, learn how to turn raw cacao beans into delicious chocolate at a cacao farm, and savor lunch at a traditional country estate. The tour includes all food, drink, and equipment, plus round-trip transport from La Fortuna hotels for a stress-free day sampling Costa Rican highlights.
Full-day whitewater rafting and chocolate tour
Watch how cacao beans become chocolate with a hands-on demonstration at a cacao farm
Paddle through exciting class II and III rapids on a whitewater rafting adventure along the Balsa River
Spot native wildlife such as birds and monkeys along the river banks
Enjoy lunch at a serene country estate
All food, drinks, and snacks throughout the day are provided
No rafting experience required
Includes round-trip transport from La Fortuna hotels
Prepare for morning pickup at your La Fortuna hotel, and pack a swimsuit, an extra change of clothes, and shoes that will stay on your feet for rafting. Ride in an air-conditioned van to a local cacao farm, where you’ll start the day on a sweet note. Explore the history of chocolate in Central America and follow the journey of the cacao bean from planting and harvesting through its transformation into silky dark chocolate products. Try your hand at chocolate making during a live demonstration, and learn how to mix cacao paste with other local ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder, and Jamaica flower to create exotic chocolate confections. Balance out your palate with a snack of fresh tropical fruit before moving on.
Next, prepare to get wet as you arrive at the Balsa River for a whitewater rafting adventure. Get a safety orientation and overview of paddling techniques from the river guides, then gear up with provided equipment and launch onto the currents of the Balsa. Put your rafting skills to the test as you splash through thrilling class II and III rapids, keeping an eye out for native wildlife like monkeys, toucans, and sloths along calmer stretches. Give your heart rate a rest with breaks for swimming and refreshing cool drinks with snacks. At the end of the course, change into dry clothe and, if you like, commemorate your rafting adventure by purchasing photos taken during the trip.
Travel on to a traditional Costa Rican country estate, where you can relax over a prepared lunch. The full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your La Fortuna hotel in the afternoon.