Water activity

La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Upper Balsa Class 3 and 4 Rapids

4.9 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Arenal Rafting Company

La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Upper Balsa Class 3 and 4 Rapids

Activity provider: Arenal Rafting Company

From US$ 85 per person

Experience a thrilling white water rafting adventure at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Your professional staff will provide you with a personal experience, as you traverse some of Costa Rica’s most amazing rainforest rivers.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish


  • See monkeys, sloths, and exotic birds on the way down the river
  • Paddle over more than 30 continuos rapids for over 2 hours
  • Swim and enjoy the local nature
  • Learn about Costa Rica biodiversity
Full description

After being collected from your hotel, you will make your way to the rafting site. Once there you will undergo a brief orientation session, before taking to the river to experience class III and IV white water rafting on the beautiful Balsa River. You will navigate 10 kilometers of white water rapids, stopping along the way to rest a bit. You can also indulge in a little swimming, and enjoy some fresh Costa Rica fruit. Following your white water rafting, you will receive a clean towel and cold complimentary water. You will then be taken to a local restaurant to have a Costa Rica style lunch and coffee, before eventually being returned back to your accommodation.

  • River guides with at least 10 years experience
  • Lunch
  • Transportation
  • Rafting gear (however please provide your own shoes)
  • Towels
  • Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Wet shoes
  • Gratuities
  • Photography service (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Pick up is included for hotels located 5 miles around La Fortuna. Please contact the local partner to arrange pickup.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Water shoes
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Bare feet
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money

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Great experience! Our guide was fantastic and we had such a fun time white water rafting. Felt like a real adventure but at no point was I concerned we were in danger. Oso, our guide, was funny and knowledgeable. At times I'm not even sure the 5 of us in my group were really steering the raft...seemed like it was all him! Would definitely recommend.

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October 30, 2022

I was initially quite scared about this trip, but Arenal Rafting reassured me I would be safe and I am so glad we took part. Our guide Mauricio was amazing, he made it such fun but also I felt very safe. The rafting was amazing, the whole day so well planned. We spotted wildlife on the river, enjoyed some amazing fruit and finished the day off with a delicious lunch. The best trip of our stay in Costa Rica

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August 27, 2022

Overall, this was an EXCELLENT activity and experience. Arenal Rafting's staff were super friendly, helpful, and fun. We also made a surprisingly pleasant stop on our way to the river because we saw a sloth on a tree. We then got to the river, we geared up, and started the activity. Everything was seamless and professionally done. Two people in my tour specifically made my experience perfect: BRAULIO and KEVIN. BRAULIO was a super awesome guide on our raft. He was very friendly, helpful, playful, and fun :) He guided our raft very well, explained a few things and pointed out wildlife on the trees along the river (iguanas, birds, and sloths). He checked and ensured all of us felt safe on the raft periodically. I can't thank him enough for the great experience we had. KEVIN was our guide in the bus to the river. Similarly, he was very friendly, helpful, and fun. He showed us the basics of rafting and explained a few things that we saw on our way to the river. Pura Vida! :)

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January 3, 2022

Product ID: 216882