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Experience the thrill of rafting down Costa Rica’s Rio Balsa on this white-water adventure! Following the lead of an experienced guide, you’ll navigate Class II and III rapids as you pass through a lush rain forest landscape. After working up an appetite paddling down the river, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local eatery. Round-trip transport from your La Fortuna hotel is included.

Highlights

  • White-water rafting trip down the Rio Balsa in Costa Rica
  • Paddle your way through Class II and III rapids surrounded by lush rainforest
  • Spot wildlife like birds, butterflies, sloths and monkeys as you journey down the river
  • Tuck into a satisfying Costa Rican lunch at a rustic local restaurant after rafting
  • Safety briefing, gear and instruction provided by first aid–certified professional guides
  • Snacks, lunch and round-trip transport from most La Fortuna hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a laid-back adventure suited for families, novices and nature enthusiasts.

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What You Can Expect

Rio Balsa Whitewater Rafting Tour from La Fortuna

Balsa River White Water Rafting Tour

Become a jungle explorer for the day on this 6-hour rafting tour through Costa Rica’s rain forest. Your guide will pick you up at your La Fortuna hotel for the approximately 60-minute drive to the winding Rio Balsa. You’ll receive a short safety training at the launch site and gear up with a paddle, life vest and helmet. If it’s your first time rafting, not to worry — your guide will demonstrate paddling techniques and share basic rafting tips. No need to bring a camera and risk getting it wet, as a photographer will accompany you on the trip, and you’ll have the option to purchase photos at the end of the tour.

Next, set out on the river and begin your 6-mile (10-km) descent through the rapids. Water levels vary depending on rainfall, so the river may be shallow or deep. The first half of the ride is the most challenging. Prepare to get wet as your guide helps you navigate Class III rapids like the Congo Loco and Rock around the Croc (don’t panic, as no crocodiles are actually found here).

Take a break after successfully clearing these rapids with a riverbank pit stop and snack of fresh fruit. Relax in the shade of towering trees or enjoy a refreshing swim in the river. Hop back in your raft for the continued journey down more mellow, Class II rapids. Soak up the passing tropical scenery and keep an eye out for native rain forest residents including monkeys, sloths, butterflies and colorful birds.

At the end of your rafting journey, step back onto solid ground and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. You can shower and change into dry clothes before the return drive to La Fortuna, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Lucero G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was the highlight of our trip!

Pedro M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The best experience we have ever had. Our bus were on time at the Hotel to pick us. Our guide, Super Mario, was an excellent animator and the travel to the river was very fun. Our Boat Captain, Yader, is the best guy doing this adventure, he trained us to be safe during the adventure, and we always felt safe and he make us the adventure even more safe and fun. We were the TEAM CUBA.
Bus on time at 8.25
Stop at the fruit market at 9.00
River from 10.00 o 12.30pm very fun and safe, fruit snack at 11.45am
Lunch from 1.30 to 2.30pm
Hotel at 3.30pm

Edward N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very fun tour with enthusiastic tour guides although not all rafting guides speak conversational English so it is a little difficult to get to know some of the rafting guides. Family friendly experience. Nice fruit lunch. Very professional outfit, appear to be the most professional and organised rafting tour group in La Fortuna with largest number of tour guides and well organised hotel pick up.

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome! Had a great time, made a few new temporary friends, and faced a fear of open water all at the same time. Very safe, secure, and the guides make you feel this way the entire time. Shout to Moises, our guide, who made the trip a blast. Riding the bull! So fun!

I went by myself, and was the only solo traveler, but I quickly found a group to join so don't let that deter you. Favorite activity I did while in Costa Rica!!

Jeffrey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Outstanding! Well worth evry penny. Our guide was knowledgeable, funny, professional and safety conscious. My wife and were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and we had a fabulous time! It was exhilarating!

Steve B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guides were entertaining and informative. Awesome fun for first time whitewater rafting family!

Samuel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A fantastic rafting experience, including a delicious lunch and fruit snacks. Highly recommended.

Amy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My wife and I have differing views on vacation activities. She would prefer to relax on the beach, while I am an action junky. She surprised me by booking this tour while in Costa Rica. I'll start by saying that we loved every minute of it! The local tour company was professional, funny, and put safety first. On the way to the river, they stopped and bought tons of fresh fruit, which they cut up and served on the riverbank during a brief rest stop. We could not have asked for a better activity!

Bill T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour. Excellent guides. Recommended...

Amanda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our family enjoyed this tremenously! We had a great guide with us and felt very safe. We stopped and had some delicious fruit halfway down the river and after it ended, we were taken to a delicious organic farm for a wonderful lunch. We saw sloths, iguanas and other wildlife along the way. We would highly recommend it!:

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