Water activity

Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

Activity provider: Wave Expeditions

Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

Activity provider: Wave Expeditions

From US$ 172 per person

Combine two great activities into one amazing action-packed day on this full-day rafting and rappelling adventure from La Fortuna. Take a 4x4 ride to rappel through waterfalls, and raft along the Balsa River in the shadow of Arenal Volcano.

About this activity

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
This tour departs daily at 7:30 AM. Pick-up service is provided to most La Fortuna hotels. (Please inquire about your hotel to see if there are additional charges.)


  • Infuse your Costa Rico vacation with adrenaline
  • Rappel into a beautiful rainforest canyon
  • Feel the thrill of whitewater rafting in the Balsa River
  • Admire picturesque views of Arenal Volcano
  • Be treated to a traditional lunch at a peaceful country inn
Full description
Give your Costa Rica vacation a kick-start into action with this full-day rafting and rappelling adventure from La Fortuna. First, take a 30-minute 4x4 drive outside of La Fortuna. Visit a picturesque area in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, then feel the excitement of rappelling into a pristine rainforest canyon. Enjoy five rappels in all: one along a dry rock face, and four alongside or inside waterfalls. Afterward, take a short trek out of the canyon onto a rainforest trail, where you will again jump into a 4x4 and head to the Balsa River. Here your guides will explain the proper safety procedures and provide you with rafting equipment. Once ready, you'll launch into the water for two exhilarating hours of whitewater rafting action. Get wet and wild as you raft through class 2-3 rapids, such as the “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”. End your journey at San Carlos Bridge where you can swim and enjoy some fresh tropical fruits before being treated to lunch at La Casona Rio Fortuna. Experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica as you dine on a delicious meal prepared on a wood stove and served in the traditional Costa Rican manner.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service (from most La Fortuna hotels)
  • Professional services of certified guides
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Use of towels
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Closed-toe shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour is suitable for individuals 8-70 years of age who are in good physical condition.
  • It is recommended that you bring fast-drying clothing (such as surf shorts or outdoor synthetic clothes) and adventure sandals, tennis shoes or light hiking boots. Please bring a change of clothes, a towel, and sunscreen as well.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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It was such an amazing experience and wanted raft and rappel all day

The crew was great. Both activities were on time. Very safe and fun. We had seniors on our group so it goes to show that anyone can enjoy these activities. We were having a blast joking around with the staff. They went out of their way to stop on a side of the road shop to allow my group to get snacks or food. Since they allowed the pit stop we had already made on the way there, we treated the entire crew with fresh coconuts and fruits for accommodating our request. Great people, great experience, safe, and definitely worth your buck.

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January 17, 2013

A great experience! The rafting was a little difficult, due to recent rain, but our guide, Mario, was amazing! Would definitely do this again!!

July 26, 2021

June 29, 2021

Product ID: 23466