• Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

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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

Rushabh J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour - we were late to get to the location. The guys didn't just wait but arranged for a private taxi for us to get to the bus! Customer experience at it's best!!! a big thumbs up!!!

Struan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very well organised tour group. The river was a lot of fun and our guide was excellent. The only downside was that the river was busy - probably because it was the Easter Holidays. Highly recommended.

Alyssa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great time! Jonathan was a hilarious and informative. Felt safe the whole time. The lunch was fantastic! Lots of good hearty food after the workout. Equipment and facilities were well maintained. Koala, our driver, also kept us feeling safe. Probably the best part of our trip so far.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Best tour ever. Kendal our guide was so friendly. Good family fun. Definitelyr recommend this safe and fun tour.

Naidalys R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was aweeeesome !!! My boyfriend has been rafting before but i have not so did this level 2-3 and it was so much. Our tour guide was Julio and we went above and beyond so we can enjoy it.

Dina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Best fun ever!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

You do really see wild life and the guides are super cool and frendly. The rafting is nice to for first comers to this sport

Karin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This tour was amazing and the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. Hernan was such a great tour guide. The rapids were so much fun and not scary at all. Expect to get very wet and have a great time.

Felizardo P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Everything Was amazing and so much fun! The staff was super friendly!! Thanks for a great experience!!!

Casey H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This was an outstanding excursion! Some great rapids, the scenery was beautiful, was able to see sloth's and monkey's along the river, etc. Guides are fantastic as well! And I actually thought the price was fair if not a bit on the low side for what you get. Highly recommend!!!

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