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Upper Balsa River White Water Rafting Class 3/4 in Costa Rica

Badge of ExcellenceLa Fortuna, Costa Rica

From $85.00

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

Overview

Take advantage of some of northern Costa Rica’s best white-water rafting on this full-day, guided tour with traditional lunch included. Paddle through the rainforest and over the rapids of the Balsa River stopping along to swim and rest in nature. After your adventure is done enjoy a Costa Rican style lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Class III and IV white-water rafting adventure
  • 9-miles (15-kilometers) of paddling down the Balsa River
  • Enjoy a break to swim, relax, snack and have a beer
  • Lunch at a local restaurant after your rafting trip

What's Included

  • Fruits on the river
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Transportation from hotels located less than 6 km away from our main office
  • Towel
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) at the end of the tour.
  • We do extra pickups in some hotels for a charge of $40
  • 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

    100 METERS NORTH FROM THE POLICE STATION, AVENUE 333 STREET 460. You can find us on WAZE or GOOGLE MAPS as ARENAL RAFTING COMPANY. AT 9:15am.

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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. Please note: AIRBNB is very difficult to find it, we can not pick up there. If you are in some of these hotels or Airbnb, please send us by WHATSAPP your current location.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • 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 face masks and attendee health during Upper Balsa River White Water Rafting Class 3/4 in Costa Rica?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Upper Balsa River White Water Rafting Class 3/4 in Costa Rica?

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

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Upper Balsa River White Water Rafting Class 3/4 in Costa Rica?

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

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It’s sick!!
Zach_R, Jan 2019
Amazing time. Very safety conscious guys with heaps of experience and make sure you have a great time. Alejandro was awesome
Fun experience with knowledgeable guidea
Sarp_U, Dec 2021
Our guide was knowledgeable, helpful and made our experience fun. The stop and fruit experience was very memorable
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hello, We do our best to provide our customers the best experience possible, we are glad you enjoyed our tropical fruits at the river, we provide that so you all can recharge energy and keep going with the adventure. 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.
Excellent!
Abigail_L, Jul 2018
We went on two rafting trips with Aurelio as our guide- he not only made sure we were safe, but also made it thrilling! With 4 kids, each with different thrill thresholds, he made sure each child was comfortable and also had an amazing time. On our second trip, the water level was quite high, making the river faster and the rapids nearly constant- exciting trip! Can’t say enough good things about Aurelio.
Perfect Excursion
James_L, Dec 2019
This company is phenomenal. Every detail was perfect and the rafting itself was spectacular. I couldn't recommend them enough!
I'm ready to go back!
Clarissa_A, Aug 2022
Better prices booking online. The white water rafting tour was absolutely fantastic. Jonny our guide was great. He is someone with years of experience you will be safe. Just follow directions and enjoy the journey. The whole adventure was well organized. Good lunch and timely pick up time. Can't wait to do it again.
Fabulous experience!
Emily_M, Jul 2022
Superb rafting experience! Our guide, Guan, was totally brilliant! He responded to our request for adventure and was very skilful at navigating the rapids and getting us back in the boat when we fell in! It was very well organised and I would highly recommend it.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello, Thanks for the awesome review, Emily! 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 time was had by all 4 in our...
Lillian S, Jan 2018
Great time was had by all 4 in our party. I have never gone whitewater rafting and was quite nervous about trying the 3 - 4 rapids, but the tour guides were all very well trained and showed us a great time!! Highlight of our trip to Costa Rica!
An amazing day!
Katie_L, Apr 2022
The best activity we have done in Costa Rica! Tom our guide was hilarious, we were laughing all day.
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. We really appreciate that you took the time to post an excellent review about us, here on Trip Advisor.
Amazing and exhilarating experience. Felt safe the entire time, even as a beginner!
Martin_N, Mar 2022
Rafting was amazing experience. Our guide and boat leader TOM was fantastic and very funny. Felt safe the entire time. All but one of our 6 person boat fell out and still felt safe and in control. Would come back!
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.
Phenomenal river rafting company
lori_W, Mar 2020
Richardo (Chizo) was the perfect guide for our family! We made the trip enjoyable, while really engaging our boys in the whole experience. We were able to get out and swim, jump off a ledge and the best part was stopping along the way for fresh fruit. Richardo pointed out an iguana and sloths in the tree as well. This is a 5-star rafting company, no question. Alex also was interesting as he provided information about Costa Rica while driving to the river. This company is highly recommended.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Hola Lori Thanks for having booked with Arenal Rafting Company! We are very glad and proud of your feedback, also in the future, we appreciate any recommendations and amazing commentary. Best regards,
Excellent Tour Guide
Stephen_B, Feb 2020
This was an incredible experience. We had Alejandro, who was funny, professional, and very informative. Everything about the trip was great. The rapids, the stop for fruit, the company, the guide, the beer, and the meal at the end. During the slower periods on the river, Alejandro would point out birds, bats, plants, and other wildlife. We even saw a toucan! I would highly recommend both Alejandro and Arenal Rafting.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Hola, Thanks for having booked with Arenal Rafting Company! We are very glad and proud of your feedback, also in the future, we appreciate any recommendations and an amazing review. Best regards,
Amazing!!
Robin_S, Jan 2022
Everything about this activity was amazing! The staff was very professional, fun and kind. They tailored it the experience to the people in each raft. Thank you!
Response from Host, Jan 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.
Being experienced rafters...
Joe_H, Jun 2022
Being experienced rafters you never know what you’re going to get when you do a excursion but I have to say this one was awesome. If you can go with Alex he is the Abello of the group but he is awesome
Response from Host, Jun 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.
Perfect day
Chris_S, Feb 2020
Awesome adventure with the best guide who navigated is to an awesome day!!!! With little kids on board I was nervous at first but the guide was cautious and great with the whole family. I’d do it again in a minute!!!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Hola Thanks for having booked with Arenal Rafting Company! We are very glad and proud of your feedback, also in the future, we appreciate any recommendations and amazing commentary. Best regards,
Great ride with Francisco on the balsa!
William_T, Jan 2022
Enjoyed rapids; Francisco was friendly, experienced and earned our trust. Just enough excitement! He was fun but also made sure we were safe!
Response from Host, Jan 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.
terrific
Paul_C, Feb 2020
it was a great time with great people and the staff was amazing but it's not class 3 4 only 2 or 3 at best but amazing nonetheless!!!
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Hola Thanks for having booked with Arenal Rafting Company! We are very glad and proud of your feedback, also in the future, we appreciate any recommendations and amazing commentary. Best regards,
Balsa Rafting
MAri_G, Dec 2021
Our Guide was the VERY BEST!! Kevin was super informative and looked out for our safety and yet at the same time we also had a great time!! Thanks to his expertise no one went overboard willingly hahah
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hi Mari_G, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are really happy that your interaction with our company was so positive. As you can see, the opinions of our clients help us to provide better experiences and grow as a company so we apreciate every single review. Thank you for taking time to provide our company with this review.
AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!
Adrienne_R, May 2022
I had an absolute blast on the water! Tom, our guide, was so fun and energetic. He really made the whole experience so awesome! The vibe was great, water was adventurous, food was delicious and staff was nothing less than superb! Tom was so sweet too. He found a little puppy in the road, named it River and took it home.
Response from Host, May 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
Amazing!
Angela_K, Jul 2021
Best. Rafting. Trip. Ever. Roberto was our guide and he was amazing. He pointed out wildlife, made corny jokes and made sure our entire family was smiling at all times. The rapids were perfect. We are a family of 6 - four kids between the ages of 12 and 17. It's hard to please everyone but Roberto did. They can't stop talking about it!
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 TripAdvisor.
Must do in La Fortuna!
Robin_D, May 2021
Our favorite tour of the vacation!!! Everyone was great, professional and competent, and super duper fun! Weather and water was amazing❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hello Robin_D, 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!

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