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Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3 in Costa Rica

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Connect with the waters of Costa Rica by paddling down class II and III white waters of the Balsa River. This half-day, guided, white-water rafting tour includes equipment, instruction, safety briefing and ends with a delicious lunch served in a local restaurant. Feel the thrill and excitement as you glide six miles (10 kilometers) down the river flanked by lush the jungle filled with monkeys, tropical birds, and sloths.
  • Guided white-water rafting adventure in the jungle
  • See tropical wildlife in their natural setting
  • Paddle over top of class II and III white waters
  • Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Transportation from hotels located less than 6 km away from our main office
  • Bottled water
  • Towel
  • Lunch
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) at the end of the tour.
  • Pick up service at hotels located over 6 km away from our main office

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Arenal Rafting
    Av 333 y Calle 460, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica

    If you do not need to pick up, you can get to our office at 9:15 am. We are located 100 meters north from the police station, avenue 333 street 460. You can find us On Waze or google maps as ARENAL RAFTING COMPANY.

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Start time

09:10 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

The pick ups start from 9:00am to 9:30, it depends on where your hotel is located. DEPARTS: every day at 09:30am from LA FORTUNA. WHAT TO BRING: Changing clothes, clothes to get wet, tennis shoes or water shoes.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age 5 years old
  • Maximum weights 220 pounds
  • Please bring changing clothes, water shoes, clothes to get wet
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3 in Costa Rica?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3 in Costa Rica?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Reviews
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Super Fun Adventure
Deborah_N, Jun 2022
My Grandson (14) and I throughly enjoyed rafting on the Balsa River with the Arenal Rafting Company. Our guide, Alex, was the absolute best. I would highly recommend this adventure.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hola, Thanks for the awesome review! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Reviews like this one, make us feel pasion for our job, come back and see us soon. PURA VIDA!
Whitewater Blast!:)
Brian_L, Apr 2021
Stellar time with awesome guides!!!! Adventurous and Fun but safety at each turn!:) And the views were amazing!:) Everyone was very helpful and nice! Delicious lunch as well! Memories for a lifetime!:)
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hello Brian_L, Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with Arenal Rafting Company. Our priority is is that our customer have the best adventure with our team and we are ecstatic that we met that mark!
Highly recommended rafting
Vanessa_P, Jul 2022
My husband and two teenage children went on this trip and said it was the highlight of their time in Costa Rica. The staff were friendly and inclusive as well as well informed about the river and wildlife. Safety was good and my family had a thrilling time rafting and came back soaking wet to a sumptuous lunch! Lots of fun, they highly recommend it.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this 5-star review with our team! We love hearing how much you enjoyed our Rafting trip. It’s wonderful to know we did a great job on our Class 3/4 trip. We know you have choices when it comes to your travel adventures, and it means the world to us that you’ve chosen to book an experience with our team. Thank you again for supporting our local business and we hope you’ll visit us in the future!
Best rapids ever
HeatherFukuchi, Aug 2022
Best rapids ever! We had so much fun. I would do this again. Saw a sloth. Beautiful scenery and the food was delicious!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello Heather, we are so happy that you would enjoy our adventure again, that makes us feel so happy and knowing that we have made our goal with you make us feel really proud, thank you so much for sharing this review with us. Pura Vida!
One word....fantastic!
BRIAN_S, Jul 2022
Watching the grandkids having their first rafting trip was such a pleasure. Johnny was a really great guide. So knowledgeable of the river and all the flora and fauna. Thanks to all.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello, We are very happy to hear that you had a great time and felt safe in the river with us for our Class 3/4. We really appreciate that you took the time to post an excellent review about us, here on Trip Advisor.
well-designed family experience
Jeremy_C, Apr 2022
Arenal Rafting has worked out all the details for a pretty seemless and fun family experience. Great mix of moderate thrills on the rapids, playfulness, and appreciating the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello, Thanks for the awesome review! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Reviews like this one, make us feel pasion for our job, come back and see us soon. PURA VIDA!
Great service with a...
Shaike_E, Apr 2022
Great service with a smile, we'll organized day trip. Food was great professional guide equipment was in good condition. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello, We are very happy to hear that you had a great time and felt safe in the river with us for our Class 3/4 Rafting. We really appreciate that you took the time to post an excellent review about us, here on Trip Advisor.
Best time ever!
Nanci_K, Jul 2022
Our guide Kevin was amazing! He was fun and engaged with us the whole trip. I loved the fact we got fruit to eat when we got off the raft and then when we returned to La Fortuna we had a delicious lunch waiting for us. Had a great time!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello, We are very happy to hear that you had a great time and felt safe in the river with us for our Class 3/4. We really appreciate that you took the time to post an excellent review about us, here on Trip Advisor.
An exhilarating adventure
Nikki_H, Mar 2022
Highly recommend! This tour was perfect for our family (ages 11,12). Alex was very knowledgeable and gave us great history about Costa Rica. He gave us our safety briefing before we got on the rafts that was very thorough. Oscar was the skipper of our raft and was such a pro! He navigated the ups and downs of the River like a master! We had such an amazing adventure! The tour included a stop for snacks (watermelon, mango, pineapple, cantaloupe) after about an hour of rafting. Then, we loaded up for another hour of rafting that was just as fun! Oscar pointed out many birds, trees and flowers along the way! Afterwards we were greeted o shore by a bottle of water and a towel. We then headed back to where we started for a traditional Costa Rican lunch that was delicious ! We had an amazing time! Thank you to Alex, Oscar and the Arenal Rafting team for an adventure that we won’t soon forget!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hello, We are very happy to hear that you had a great time and felt safe in the river with us for our Class 3/4. We really appreciate that you took the time to post an excellent review about us, here on Trip Advisor, Thanks for the awesome review! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Reviews like this one, make us feel pasion for our job, come back and see us soon. PURA VIDA!
Somewhat scary rafting…...
Sarah_B, Jul 2022
Somewhat scary rafting… but our guide Kevin was awesome! And pointed out lots of animals during the calm parts.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello, NEEDS TO BE SCARY TO BE FUN!!! Thanks for the awesome review, Sarah! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Reviews like this one, make us feel pasion for our job, come back and see us soon. PURA VIDA!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best rafting trip in LA Fortuna
MarioPaul_I, Jul 2021
Amazing trip. Definitely ask for Roberto and you will not be disappointed! An absolute blast for all ages. Pura vida
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hello, Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with Arenal Rafting Company. Our priority is is that our customer have the best adventure with our team and we are ecstatic that we met that mark!
Greatly organized and fun!!
Neena_N, Jul 2022
Had a great time with Alex who was our guide and coordinator. He helped us with other details and took great care of our rafting group!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello, We are very happy to hear that you had a great time and felt safe in the river with us for our Class 3/4. We really appreciate that you took the time to post an excellent review about us, here on Trip Advisor.
Experiencia arenal river rafting
BryantLee_M, Jul 2022
Excelente comunicacion con el persona de la compañia a cargo. El guia que nos toco (Vladimir) excelente persona y muy pendiente de que disfrutaramos la experiencia con la seguridad requerida. Recomendado 100% para aquellos que les encantan las aventuras.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hola, Estamos muy felices de escuchar que lo pasaste muy bien y te sentiste seguro en el río con nosotros en nuestra aventura clase 3/4. Realmente apreciamos y agradecemos que se haya tomado el tiempo para publicar una excelente reseña sobre nosotros, aquí en Trip Advisor.
Amazing!!
Rana_K, Aug 2021
We did Balsa River White Water Rafting with two kids and it was one of the best activities in La Fortuna. Our tour guide Colon was awesome. We enjoyed this activity so much. This company is great.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hello, We are very happy to hear that you had a great time and felt safe in the river with us. We really appreciate and appreciate that you took the time to post an excellent review about us, here on Trip Advisor.

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