White Water River Rafting Class II-III from San Jose to Arenal

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Go river rafting on the Balsa River during this 6-hour transfer from San Jose to Arenal. No experience is necessary; certified guides will teach you and lead the tour. Lunch, fresh fruit snacks, and beverages included. Pickup in San Jose and drop-off in Arenal included.
  • 6-hour white water rafting trip between San Jose and Arenal
  • Pickup in San Jose and drop-off in Arenal
  • All rafting equipment and instruction
  • Lunch at a Costa Rican estate
  • Look for local flora and fauna on the Balsa River

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Driver and professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Equipment: Raft, paddles, rafting vest and helmet


  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Soft Drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels outside of immediate La Fortuna area
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Pick up at hotels in immediate San Jose area. Additional charge for hotels outside of immediate San Jose area.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details

Hotels in Arenal

What To Expect

Be ready for pickup at your San Jose hotel at 8:30am. Bring a backpack and some toiletries for the day; storage is available above your seat. 
Watch out the window as you pass by stands of papaya and yucca; make a rest stop to stretch your legs and see some local iguanas. Arrive at the launch spot for your river rafting adventure, meet your guides and get a basic orientation. Learn some rafting commands and get outfitted with a life vest and helmet. 
Set out onto the Balsa River, passing over rapids such as 'Dredges' and 'Magnetic Rock'. During the 2-hour journey, watch for sloths, toucans, and monkeys. Stop for a swim and a snack of some local tropical fruit. 
Arrive at a typical Costa Rican country estate for lunch, then depart for Arenal, arriving between 4pm and 4:30pm.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum Age 8
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Weather dependent. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is flooding or other government river closure. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Participants will get wet, please dress ready to raft in bathing suit and shoes that will stay on feet. No flipflops allowed
  • Not responsible for items lost or damaged on river, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose.
  • Not responsible for items left on bus from San Jose, please check carefully before getting off bus
  • Tour requires a 2 person minimum to book

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785
Product code: 16121P3

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