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Alajuela Province

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From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

1. From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

Feel the rush of whitewater rafting and zip-lining on this full day tour from La Fortuna. Keep your energy up during your action-packed day with complimentary snacks and drinks. Savor authentic flavors with a fresh lunch at a rural farmhouse.  Be picked up from your accommodation in and relax on the drive to the zipline. Put on your high-quality gear and soar through the the rainforest canopy with exceptional views of local birdlife.  Get your heart-pumping as you cruise through the class 2-3 rapids on the beautiful Balsa river on a guided rafting tour. Stop at a community farmhouse for an organic meal prepared by a local family on a wood stove. Soak up the atmosphere rural lifestyle in Costa Rica before returning to your accommodation in La Fortuna. 

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

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

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.

Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

3. Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

See amazing wildlife and enjoy plenty of whitewater fun on this half-day rafting adventure, right near the base of the Arenal Volcano! Perfect for families and first-timers! Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Congo Loco" and "Rock around the Croc", plus the challenging “Las Dragas” section. Then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets and helmets before you begin. You'll spot wildlife including monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, Oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the perfect combination of adventure and nature. We call this our “Whitewater & Wildlife” tour. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike! After nearly 30, fun, easy-rolling rapids, you’ll have some delicious fresh fruit and end at our private take-out to change into your dry clothes in our dressing rooms. We then take you to have a delicious, home-cooked, traditional Costa Rican meal, which is guaranteed to please!

La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting

4. La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting

Get picked up from your accommodation in La Fortuna and set off for the beautiful Balsa River. Meet your expert guides who are rafting specialists who have competed around the world. After a quick orientation and safety instructions, climb aboard your raft to begin your wet adventure. Begin your 2.5-hour rafting tour as you navigate thrilling class 2 and 3 rapids. As you paddle downstream keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife including sloths, monkeys, exotic birds, and a lot more.  Halfway through the trip, take a well-earned rest stop on the riverbank. Here, take the opportunity to freshen up with a swim or enjoy some fresh Costa Rican fruit as a light snack.

Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

5. Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

Double your fun and save money with Wave Expedition’s Raft & Canopy Combo tour. This action-packed duo combo tour offers maximum thrills and adventure.  In the morning, get picked up at your hotel for your zip-line adventure.  After gearing up and getting safety instructions from your guide, you will experience the excitement and fun as you zip from tree to tree with the rainforest canyon below. But the fun doesn’t stop here.  Next stop -- the Rio Balsa -- is known for fun-filled, thrilling Class II-III white water rapids including “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges.”  Your two-hour rafting tour winds through the heart of the rainforest along this beautiful, tropical river.  Enjoy a delightful swim in the Balsa River.  Then, refresh yourself with fresh tropical fruits and a cold drink.  At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasty Costa Rican lunch. The tour is pure fun, great for adults and kids aged 8 and older. 

La Fortuna: White Water Rafting Class

6. La Fortuna: White Water Rafting Class

Meet your guide at the convenient meeting point in La Fortuna and set off on your adrenaline-pumping adventure. You will drive to the start of the trail and be shown how to descend the the canyon, accompanied by expert river guides and safety kayakers. There will be two breaks from the heart pounding rapids to refuel. The first stop will be along the river, where you can enjoy some fresh fruit. The second stop will be for an authentic Costa Rican lunch, you’ll also learn about the growing, harvesting, production of chocolate, medical plants, fruits and sugar cane. This trip will also stop in El Salto. This is nature's equivalent of a water park, complete with waterfalls, pools of water and a rope swing. Afterwards, you will proceed to the Upper Balsa, a stretch that is considered one of the most technically challenging commercially run rapids in Costa Rica.

Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

7. Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

Take an exciting break during your travels to your new vacation destination! Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the "Jungle Run" on the Sarapiqui River. This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers! Get piked up from your hotel and travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the 101 on rafting including safety tips and technical instructions before heading on your 2 hour journey down one of Costa Rica’s most exuberant rivers! During your descent down the river, you will experience over 30 exciting rapids along 10 km of lush, vibrant rainforest. As you make your way through exciting rapids like "The Pipeline," "The Terminator," and "Dos Locos", you will get your adrenaline pumping! About half way down the river, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll finish the day with an unforgettable homemade lunch before heading to your next vacation destination!

San Jose: Sarapiqui Class 3&4 Rafting to La Fortuna Arena

8. San Jose: Sarapiqui Class 3&4 Rafting to La Fortuna Arena

Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the “Jungle Run” on the Sarapiqui River, the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers. Join the tour on your way from San Jose to La Fortuna or from La Fortuna to San Jose and spend the day taking on challenging rapids and admiring jungle wildlife.  The day beings with pickup from select locations in San Jose or La Fortuna. Travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel to start your rafting experience, passing La Virgen and finishing up in El Roble de Sarapiquí. Here, your professional guide will give you the 101 on rafting, including safety tips and technical instructions before starting your 3.5-hour journey down the Sarapiqui River on a full-day rafting adventure. Experience over 40 exciting rapids along nearly 22 kilometers of lush, vibrant rainforest. Make your way through exciting rapids like “The Pipeline”, “The Terminator”, and “Dos Locos”, that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  About halfway down the Sarapiqui River, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your journey, take out right at the Red-Eyed Frog Restaurant, located on the Sarapiqui River. Savor a typical Costa Rican casado (rice with beans, plantain, and meat) and some gourmet coffee. After lunch, take advantage of the showers and changing rooms on-site before continuing on your journey.

Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

9. Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

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.

Desafio Adventure Connection Rafting Río Tenorio Guanacaste

10. Desafio Adventure Connection Rafting Río Tenorio Guanacaste

Bring on the adrenaline. Go for a full day's rafting on the Río Tenorio. Leave from La Fortuna or from Monteverde. Take a scenic drive along the beautiful, but windy road of Lake Arenal and get great views of the Arenal Volcano on the way. Arrive over the isolated rustic Guanacaste backroads and then take a rugged, 4x4 ride to the the river put-in. You’ll receive a thorough safety briefing and be fitted for your helmet, life-jacket and paddles. Then begin a beautiful 2.5-hour rafting trip along the arid and impressive canyon of the Tenorio River in Costa Rica’s picturesque Guanacaste province. Get more than 20 exciting rapids, enjoy a fresh fruit snack, hike to a local waterfall, and see plenty of wildlife along the way such as iguanas, tropical birds and monkeys. This unique rafting tour finishes with a thrilling, 12-foot waterfall drop. Have a delicious lunch after the trip, then head on your way to your hotel in the Guanacaste beach area for a glorious Pacific sunset.

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What people are saying about Alajuela Province

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Probably my favorite day in Costa Rica--though it's a hard choice. The zip-lining was AMAZING, I didn't realize we would be zip lining over 2 waterfalls! The rafting experience was excellent, the rapids were great, challenging but manageable. Though I fell out twice, the water felt amazing! During the rafting trip we stopped for a fruit break, and saw so much in the trees: toucans, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and more!

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

A great adventure for young and older :) we did it with our kids (14 and 12) and had so much fun. Also got to see some cool wildlife further down the river. The company was really well organised too with great guides and safety as well as fun a key focus. Would highly recommend this company and trip.

Excellent! Great rapids, great guides, great lunch. Saw several sloths and some howler monkeys (and frogs and birds). A lot of fun. Would do this over and over again. Luis is fantastic, as are all the guides. Book this and have a great time

Had a great time, the guides were kind and very fun. The rafting was fantastic with rapids and opportunities to see wildlife (sloth, Tuscan, and iguana)!