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Desafio Adventure Company

| Arenal Volcano, Behind the Central Church, Downtown La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 0020
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Desafio Adventure Company is considered the top tour outfitter in Costa Rica's Epicenter of Adventure near the Arenal Volcano. Desafio offers high-quality rafting tours, canyoning, biking, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, stand up paddling, transfer with tour services, incentive programs, volunteer opportunities and much more. There are only two rules to follow with Desafio: 1) Be Safe and 2) Have Serious Fun! Look for Desafio in Downtown La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano or take the Desafio Adventure Connections to the Monteverde, Guanacaste, San Jose, Manuel Antonio and Playa Samara! Desafio is family-owned and operated and your "one-stop-shop" for adventure travel in Costa Rica and beyond!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Arenal Volcano, Behind the Central Church, Downtown La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 0020
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Reviewed yesterday

We had wonderful guides for both of our tours with Desafio during our recent trip to Costa Rica! Everything was organized, high energy, and safe. The guides were supportive and knowledgable. We had an amazing experience!

Thank autumnanderson
Reviewed yesterday

If I could give Desafio more than 5/5, I would! I first emailed them to ask questions about the Balsa Rafting Trip. My contact at Desafio, Greg, could not have been more helpful. For several months, we emailed back and forth, with him being very...More

Thank LDM2000
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There was a problem with the dam opening on the day we were due to go rafting. So sadly after a 45 minute drive and an hour wait and safety demo, we were told there would be no rafting that day. While that was a...More

Thank MegBedfordMA
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Whilst you cannot get very far up the volcano the tour was worthwhile with the guide able to tell us about the eruptions, the flora and fauna. Great views of the volcano and lake. A good 3 hour trip

Thank John G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My 10-year old daughter and I went White Water rafting on the Balsa River. Jonathan was our tour leader and our raft lead. He was amazing and was so great with my daughter. He treated her extra special and safe. I highly recommend Desafio.

Thank Shari S
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was so nervous to do this but we had an amazing guide Mey, He made me feel very secure and this tour was one of the highlights of our trip. His passion and positive attitude was infectious and after we went though the first...More

Thank Travelling67
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Rafting the Balsa river. Trip was great. On the way up the guys stopped and bought fruit. Half way down the river we stopped flipped a boat over for a table and had some the best pineapple and mango. Thanks to Jorge and the rest...More

Thank Jeff N
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We made a last minute booking with the Desafio Adventure tour company. They put together a customized 7 day "Adventure Connection" tour package that included everything, from airport pick up, all transfers, adventure tours twice a day, and all hotels and many meals! Everything has...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We did the mambo combo tour which included rappelling and white water rafting. The activities were super fun and the area is gorgeous. I was not a fan of getting water thrown in my face multiple times, and the guides seemed to think this was...More

Thank Chelsey R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Arenal to Manuel Antonio rafting connection on the Balsa River. It was FANTASTIC. Perfect trip for our group ranging in ages from 12-50. Jeff was a fabulous guide! We would definitely use Desafio again!

Thank The4Pitts
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Alexa A
Hi, do you have packages that inlcude accomodations or reccommend hotels? Thanks, Alexa
26 March 2017|
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Response from DesafioAdventures | Property representative |
Hi Alexa, Nice to hear from you! Yes, we help clients do their travel planning and since we are the direct operator of our tours and transport, we can pass on very affordable prices for our services and for our favorite... More
Hello! My fiance and I are very interested in doing the canyoning tour. We will be staying at Secrets Papagayo. Will the transportation pick us up from here? How long of a drive is it to the tour location? Thanks!
27 August 2016|
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Response from DesafioAdventures | Property representative |
Hola! Greetings from Desafio Adventure Company. It's going to be a pleasure for us to help you with your request. I see you guys are interested in doing our canyoning tour during your visit in Costa Rica, that's awesome! We... More
Hello, we are planning a trip to CR July 1st thru July 6th. We are worried about the weather. However, we would like to book some of your tours. My question is if we book a tour on a certain day & the weather is bad can we reschedule to another date or do we get our money refunded. The other question is we are interested in the baldi springs & the Arenal hot springs. What is the difference? Thank you
14 June 2016|
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Response from Christopher R | Reviewed this property |
Hello! The weather is unpredictable! Raining season starts this month! I will say to enjoy your vacation even if it is raining! We did tubing, ATV, arenal volcano hiking, tabbacon hot springs in raining days ! And it was fun... More