Water activity

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

4.7 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Arenal Rafting Company

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

Activity provider: Arenal Rafting Company

From US$ 65 per person

Embark on a thrilling rafting trip down the class 2 and 3 rapids of the beautiful Balsa River. Navigate 10 km downstream, stopping along the way to rest, swim and eat some fresh Costa Rican fruit.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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English, Spanish


  • Take part in a thrilling rafting trip down the beautiful Blasa River
  • Navigate class 2 and 3 whitewater rapids with your expert guides
  • Stop to enjoy fresh fruits and swim at one of the most beautiful sections of the river
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including sloths and monkeys
Full description

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.

  • 2.5-hours of rafting
  • Fruits as a snack
  • Lunch with 5 options including beef, chicken, pork chop, fish, and vegetarian
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Towels
  • Transportation
  • Tips or gratifications
  • Transportation from outside of La Fortuna
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
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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Important information

What to bring

  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Bare feet
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

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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.

August 8, 2022

This was one of the most fun experiences! Not for young kids, this was a bit of work. We went over some class 4 rapids and at one time I actually flew out of the raft! Be physically fit and listen to the safety lecture. I still highly recommend. It was exhilarating. Things they don't tell you - You will go on the bus for 45 minutes or so to begin. You can bring money, phone etc. and your stuff will be safe on the bus. They will stop for bathrooms and snack. You will need money $40, for the awesome pictures at the end. They have professionals follow you and take many great pictures all provided through a link. Bring tip money because these guides are AWESOME. We had so much fun with Alex and as I mentioned before he did save my life, along with my other rafters. They provide a ton of fresh fruit midway, and an amazing Casado lunch after. If you are fit, book this now. You will be tired after. But you will never forget it! It says 2.5 hours but the whole experience was from 9-1 pm

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December 21, 2021

We had great fun whitewater rafting in La Fortuna. It's definitely a must when in Costa Rica. The guides were so friendly and funny. Couldn't fault the tour at all - an awesome experience!

March 12, 2022

Product ID: 217170