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Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3. provided by Arenal Rafting

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Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3.

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 02/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
This white-water rafting trip takes you through the middle of the Costa Rican rain forest while providing unbeatable adventure. Spike your adrenaline paddling down class II and III rapids, stopping to swim in secluded waters and admire tropical scenery along the way. Tour includes all equipment, safety training, and lunch.
  • Power down the Balsa River for a look at Costa Rica’s wild side
  • Chances to see sloths, monkeys, and more
  • Guided white-water rafting trip balances adventure and safety
  • Costa Rican-style lunch and snacks are included
What to Expect
Make your own way to the rafting office to meet your guide and begin your tour. Practice a few key safety maneuvers before heading out on the Balsa River. This rafting trip takes you down six miles (10 kilometers) of class II to III white-water rapids that keep your adrenaline pumping. Work together with your group to paddle hard and navigate the water while your guide steers the raft and keeps you safe. Stop along the way to rest, swim, snack, and admire views of the surrounding rain forest, with opportunities to see animals like sloths, howler monkeys, aquatic birds, and more. The tour concludes with a traditional Costa Rican lunch at a local restaurant.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Arenal Rafting, Av 333 y Calle 460, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Towel
  • Lunch
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) at the end of the tour.
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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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Woodrow A wrote a review 5 Jan
1 contribution
We did the Rio Balsa rafting trip and it was just perfect, Very close to La Fortuna so there is not much driving involved, The rapids were just terrific, We had a blast at the river with Danny and his guides, 100% pure fun
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Date of experience: December 2020
David C wrote a review 4 Jan
1 contribution
This was the best activity we did as a family. Staff is very friendly, they speak english, and the guide explains how/when to paddle. This was our first time doing this activity and we highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: December 2020
gilberto b wrote a review 1 Jan
United States1 contribution
We had a wonderful trip with Dany Boy and his crew , Wonderful time at the river and very knowledgeable guides, highly recommended
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Date of experience: December 2020
COSteph wrote a review Dec 2020
Denver13 contributions9 helpful votes
We had a great time rafting the Balsa through Arenal Rafting in La Fortuna. Dani was super communicative ahead of the trip and answered all of our questions regarding logistics. The river guides were professional and skilled, and we felt well taken care of the entire day. The
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Date of experience: December 2020
Colin wrote a review Nov 2020
St Neots, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
My girlfriend and I were the only ones on the trip but the guys from Arenal rafting made it a great day. It was a 30 minute drive from La Fortuna, all safety information covered on the way, a quick practice when we arrived then straight into the rapids. It was exciting but felt
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Response from Arenalrafting, Guest Relations Manager at Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3.
Responded 21 Nov 2020
Hola amigos, Thank you for booking with Arenal Rafting Company! We wanted to say thanks for the feedback it is very important for us to received such a good comment. Looking forward to see you back in Costa Rica, La Fortuna. Best regards,
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Arenal Rafting
Thrilling rapids!
They picked us up from our hotel. We then drove about 30 min to the river. In the beginning it is more intense (one
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The best ride in la fortuna
Best way to end your vacation. Arrnal rafting was the best for river rafing. We had a wonderful day ful of adventur
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Just Do It
Everything was great about this excursion. The host and crew were very professional and accommodating. The bus ride
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Great Experience
Great time and worth the cost! The guides were very experienced and did a good job of making us feel safe at all ti
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Great team for white water rafting
excellent rafting crew, They did a great job with us, We loved all the rapids, Very safe thing to do, highly recomm
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I want to recommend Roberto and Francisco
I left a review earlier, and forgot to mention our guides. Roberto was very knowledgeable about the local Flora and
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Worth every penny!
This was one of the highlights on our trip. Every dollar spent here was well worth it. We were a group of six total
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Best Part of CR Trip!
My father and I did the White Water Rafting adventure our second day (of 9) and it was by far the best part of Cost
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Amazing rafting trip!!
Guide Alex spoke fluent English and was extremely knowledgeable about the eco system and skilled at guiding beginne
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Just perfect and amazing
last year we did the sarapiqui white water rafting with Danny and his team, This time Upper balsa river, excellent
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We had an amazing time whitewater rafting. None of us on the raft had any experience, but Roberto made sure we were
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Amazing Trip and Great Service, even 3 years later!
I toured with Arenal Rafting on my trip to Costa Rica in 2017. Although I was scared out of my mind, the instructo
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amazing rafting trio danny and his crew are just amazing, They know how to have fun on the river, very helpful staf
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Great Trip
wonderful it was just an amazing trip, We loved the rafting trip so much fun, Arenal rafting is the best
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Amazing Experience
This was one of the highlights of our trip. It was truly a great experience from start to finish. Our guide, Diego
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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