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Upper Balsa River White Water Rafting Class 3/4 provided by Arenal Rafting

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Upper Balsa River White Water Rafting Class 3/4

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 29/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Enjoy a white water rafting adventure with Class III and IV rapids; they’re more challenging than easy rapids but not very dangerous. Raft 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) down the Balsa River while leaving enough time to swim and snack on Costa Rican fruit. Afterward, your guide rewards you with a beer and takes you to a local restaurant for lunch.
  • Adventurous but safe white water rafting Class III and IV rapids with a guide
  • All equipment is included in the price of this tour
  • Enjoy complimentary fruit, beer, and bottled water
  • After a day spent on the river, have lunch at a local restaurant
What to Expect
Make your way to the rapids, where you’re fitted for safety equipment. Get on the water and start the 9-mile (14.5-kilometer) journey down the river. Your guides help you pass Class III and IV rapids, which might require precise maneuvering and some scouting. Take advantage of a stop along the way to swim and snack on fruit. After the journey down the river, your guide gives you a beer—or water—and takes you to a local restaurant for a Costa Rica-style lunch. Conclude the tour with drop-off at the original departure point.
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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
  • Fruits on the river
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Towel
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) at the end of the tour.
  • We do extra pickups in some hotels for a charge of $40
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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 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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Popular mentions
Priya A wrote a review 3 Mar
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica4 contributions
Very good experience. Owner Dani is very enthusiastic and made the experience very enjoyable. Yagher our raft guy was amazing. Made the rafting fun and safe. Highly recommend this rafting company and tour!
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Monica P wrote a review Jan 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
We had many experiences on our trip and this was one of the best! The guides were friendly, fun, and we felt safe! It was a great first rafting trip for me- there were some moments when the rapids got more intense but we never felt in danger. The crew had lunch and fresh fruit
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Date of experience: January 2021
Aliya Rehman wrote a review Jan 2021
Miami, Florida17 contributions
They picked us up from our hotel. We then drove about 30 min to the river. In the beginning it is more intense (one of us fell out but was quickly pulled back in) then the end is very slow and you can get out and swim. Our guide Diego was nice and pointed out wildlife along the
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Date of experience: January 2021
Marcela C wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions
Best way to end your vacation. Arrnal rafting was the best for river rafing. We had a wonderful day ful of adventure
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Date of experience: December 2020
Ryan Divel wrote a review Dec 2020
Playa Samara, Costa Rica4 contributions1 helpful vote
Everything was great about this excursion. The host and crew were very professional and accommodating. The bus ride to the river itself was about 40 min but we made a pitstop for bathroom break and snacks.. My wife and daughter were very timid about the rafting thing but the
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Date of experience: December 2020
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About the operator

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By: Arenal Rafting
A must when visiting Costa Rica it was sooo fun!! Water rafting was an amazing experience, we had a great time. The
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Best water activity I’ve ever done!
This by far was the best activity experience I’ve ever had. Water rafting with Sarapiqui Outdoor Center is SO FUN!!
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Great experience
WOW! What an experience. These people were friendly, super informative, and fun. Our guide was Juan and he made us
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Perfect Class II-III
The company was very organized and professional. They picked up a few participants and off we went to the Balsa Riv
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My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I’ve never been white water rafting before so I was a little ner
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Super fun!
Very enjoyable. Crew were great and made it fun and safe. They asked us about our favorite fruits so we could have
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Best white water rafting!!
My husband and I had an amazing time white water rafting! Really really fun and we felt so safe with Andy as our gu
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Great white water rafting in Arenal!
This was super fun! The guides were great and gave us an awesome time. Lunch was provided when we got back, which w
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Best Activity in La Fortuna!
This was by far my favorite thing I have done in my 3 weeks of visiting La Fortuna. The river rapids were so fun, t
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Amazing guides and lots of fun!
We had a blast with the water rafting. The guides were amazing! They offered a nice set of fruits in the middle of
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Rio Balsa is Just Perfect
We did the Rio Balsa rafting trip and it was just perfect, Very close to La Fortuna so there is not much driving in
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Very fun activity!
This was the best activity we did as a family. Staff is very friendly, they speak english, and the guide explains h
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Amazing Guides
We had a wonderful trip with Dany Boy and his crew , Wonderful time at the river and very knowledgeable guides, hig
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Super Fun Day!
We had a great time rafting the Balsa through Arenal Rafting in La Fortuna. Dani was super communicative ahead of
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Great fun!
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 3
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  • Duration: 5h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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