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Río Balsa

Río Balsa: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Fortuna: White Water Rafting Class

1. 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.

La Fortuna: Safari Float on the Penas Blancas River

2. La Fortuna: Safari Float on the Penas Blancas River

This Peñas Blancas safari float offers travelers an excellent opportunity to explore some of the best attractions in the Arenal area. Your adventure starts along the Peñas Blancas River where you’ll enjoy the tranquility of the lower section on an easy-going, nature-lovers safari float. Birds and other animals are most active in the morning and you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot a number of creatures while floating on our inflatable rafts. Experience a relaxing tour, led by one of our expert bilingual naturalist safari guides. He will provide a safe environment and point out the beautiful flora and fauna of this region including animals like sloths, monkeys, and toucans. We will make two stops on our journey, one to enjoy our fresh locally grown tropical fruits and again for a delicious, authentic Costa Rican organic lunch. You’ll also learn about the growing, harvesting, and production of chocolate, medicinal plants, fruits, and sugar cane. Finally, as you learn about sugar cane in Costa Rica your guide will help you extract juice from the cane in a traditional fashion, and you’ll get to enjoy a glass of pure sugar cane juice!

La Fortuna: River Rafting Tour with Lunch and Transfer

3. La Fortuna: River Rafting Tour with Lunch and Transfer

Connect with the waters of Costa Rica by paddling down class II and III white waters of the Balsa River. This half-day, guided, white-water rafting tour includes equipment, instruction, safety briefing and ends with a delicious lunch served in a local restaurant. Feel the thrill and excitement as you glide six miles (10 kilometers) down the river flanked by lush the jungle filled with monkeys, tropical birds, and sloths. Guided white-water rafting adventure in the jungle See tropical wildlife in their natural setting Paddle over top of class II and III white waters Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch Pura Vida!

Rio Balsa: White Water Rafting Adventure

4. Rio Balsa: White Water Rafting Adventure

Journey through the upper region of the Rio Balsa accompanied by expert river guides and safety kayaker. Enjoy exhilarating rapids with the chance to admire natural wonders. Savor fresh locally grown tropical fruits, and stop for an authentic organic Costa Rican lunch. Learn about the growing, harvesting, and production of local chocolate, medicinal plants, fruits, and sugar cane. Stroll through the organic farm to get the full farm to table experience. Extract sugar cane in a traditional fashion with help from your guide. Tickle your tastebuds with a glass of pure sugar cane juice.

La Fortuna: Arenal Lost Canyon Canyoning & Rio Balsa Rafting

5. La Fortuna: Arenal Lost Canyon Canyoning & Rio Balsa Rafting

With this fun combination of 2 thrilling activities — waterfall rappelling and whitewater rafting — get a taste of the mountainside wilderness surrounding the Arenal Volcano. The best safety gear will be offered to you, and you will be led by qualified guides. Just sit back and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spend the morning rappelling down 200-foot-tall, thundering waterfalls. While free falling, you'll feel like a bird. Jump into the crystal clear lakes of the Lost Canyon. Set off then on "mother nature's obstacle course", which includes river tracing along the canyon, down-climbing the canyon walls, and scrambling over river rocks. Hold on tight as you ride down the exhilarating Class 2 and 3 rapids of the Rio Balsa while seeing the stunning mountain vegetation and animals. At a rural restaurant, settle into a lunch prepared in the Costa Rican tradition. Take a WiFi-equipped, air-conditioned van back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Río Balsa

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Really good experience! We would really recommend this rafting trip to anyone who likes adrenaline in their blood! Our guide on the boat was Orlando - he was skilled, funny and did everything for us to have a good experience and have a huge party. All the guides were hugely welcoming and friendly, and did everything to make sure everyone had a great experience. We were in safe hands and safety is in order. We were given good instructions. We had a good lunch and could talk to those we had rafted with. Subsequently, we visited the organic farm, where we were given a tour and information. Finally, we toasted in Moonshine and sugar cane juice. The trip is all worth the money and highly recommended!

Pablo was a great guide. We saw lots of wildlife including iguanas, monkeys many different birds. The safari float was a nice gentle way to enjoy the river. Afterwards we had a delicious typical Costa Rican meal and coffee, met the water buffalo and the goats, learnt about some different plants and pressed our own sugar cane juice. I especially enjoyed the moonshine!

This was an awesome trip and we’ll worth the money. Very good guides especially ours Joseph and Orlando. The rapids were pretty good for beginners and experts alike. Great organic fruits and lunch. Would highly recommend.

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)!