Whitewater Rafting Balsa River Class II and III

  • 4 Hours Hours Total
  • Offered In English
  • Typical Lunch Provided
  • Transportation Provided
  • Highly Recommended

This is an adventure for everyone! Entire families can be part of this tour as well as the ones who have never done rapids on a river before, this excursion is ideal for beginners, kids (8 years old and over) and anyone who wants to try a real adventure in the rainforest.

The best adventure to enjoy in Costa Rica is whitewater rafting and here in Arenal we have the best option for you!

Rapids on Balsa river are categorized as class II - III which makes it ideal for a fun time on the river, at some points you will just sit and relax while admiring the beautiful scenery of the rainforest and luckily see some beautiful animals too, at some other areas you will follow your guides lead and paddle as requested to go through the rapids successfully.

Before starting the tour, the right equipment will be provided and checked on you, make sure you pay extra attention to the guide’s instructions and get ready for a quick practice paddling on the river before getting started with this amazing experience.

It will take approximately 2 hours to complete once at the river and you can also replenish with some fruit snacks in the middle of the tour, get off the raft, do some swimming and flavour fantastic tropical fruits. Later will get back to the rafts and will continue paddling until the end, a short drive afterwards and you will change your clothes and enjoy an amazing private lunch.

Tour Itinerary

10:00AM: Pick up time


The exact pick up time will be provided on the confirmation email that will be sent to you, be ready at the lobby and the guide will be waiting for you. Make sure you bring everything you need, a change of clothes will be required.

11:00am (aproximate): Adventure time has arrived.


After a short drive of about 25 minutes you will approach the starting point at the Balsa River, put your equipment on to have a safe trip and listen to every direction the guide tells you, get on the raft and the guide will lead you throughout the river for a spectacular adventure. Pictures will be taken… make sure you smile while at the rapids ;) and bring some cash to get the pictures later.

12:00PM: Break time!


After some time venturing through the rapids a short break will be required. A stop will be made, you can get off the raft, enjoy some tasteful fruits, juices and water, rest in the middle of the rainforest and continue paddling the way out.

12:30PM: The adventure remains…


You will continue going down the river on the raft for about one more hour, going through rapids and sightseeing until the end.

1:30pm (aproximate): Drive to lunch


We will drive for about 20 minutes after the tour is done where you will have a place to shower, changing rooms and will get ready to taste a great buffet lunch and a short sugar cane demonstration.

3:00PM: All good has an end


After an exciting adventure and a delicious lunch is time to head back to La Fortuna, the guide will take you to your hotel and will wish you have also had the perfect adventure.

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