Arenal Rafting Tour Options

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Below are summaries of our Arenal rafting tour recommendations (listed in no particular order) so you can easily compare and contrast some of the most requested details of each.

If one or more of the Arenal rafting tour options listed below interests you, simply click on the tour’s title to open its full description page. On each tour’s full description page we provide much more information, including:

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Pacuare River rafting tour

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Pacuare River rafting tour

 

 

 

Tour departure/return location: La Fortuna/Arenal

Tour times: 5:20am-5:40am

Tour duration: Approximately 13 hours

Tour includes: Rafting tour, guide, breakfast, lunch, and round-trip transportation to/from La Fortuna/Arenal hotels (hotels that fall outside of the regular transportation zone may have an additional fee; leave us a comment at the bottom of this page if you wish us to confirm the transportation amount that would apply to/from your specific hotel)

Tour operator’s description: The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. Another trip in the country does not exist that offers you a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, both in one day. Pacuare is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Here you enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainfores tarea, appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land. Wildlife is abundant, with sloth, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies and colorful frogs being common sights. The white water is equally exciting. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot rapids, therefore giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18 mile one day run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many. Upon arrival to the river we will gear you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then brie fyou with a full safety orientation talk. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids! The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids which is a perfect time to test your new river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of secondary growth forest that is extremely beautiful. After about 40 minutes we will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are “Terciopelo snake”, “Double drop”, “Upper and Lower Huacas”, “Pin ball” to name a few. You will also see the Huacas watefall, a 150 foot dramatic drop into the river. After the gorge the rivers opens up to a 5 mile stretch on the Valle del Pacuare, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives you the opportunity to rest a bit and take the opportunity to do some wildlife spotting. The main rapids here are “Cimarrones”, “The Play Hole”, “El Indio” and “Magnetic Rock”. The forest remains just as lush, and the rapids just as fun. We finish in Siquirres, at our own private Exploration Center, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.


Sarapiqui River rafting tour

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Sarapiqui River Rafting Tour

 

 

 

Tour departure/return location: La Fortuna/Arenal

Tour times: 8:30am

Tour duration: Approximately 8 hours

Tour includes: Rafting tour, snack, lunch, guide, and round-trip transportation to/from La Fortuna hotels (hotels that fall outside of the regular transportation zone may have an additional fee; leave us a comment at the bottom of this page if you wish us to confirm the transportation amount that would apply to/from your specific hotel)

Tour operator’s description: The Sarapiquí River is one of Costa Rica’s most-exuberant rivers for some of the best rafting Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica tour is for adventurous paddlers — You’ll get over 2 hours of paddling near the Arenal Volcano with more than 20 continuous, class-3-4 rapids along more than 10 kms of lush, vibrant Costa Rica rainforest. Bring on the adrenaline!!! Experienced and first-time whitewater rafters love the Sarapiqui River for full-day, class 3-4 whitewater rafting in Costa Rica. We’ll pick you up at your La Fortuna Costa Rica hotel and travel through small, Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. Once at our private entrance at the Sarapiquí River, our experienced Costa Rican adventure rafting guides will give you a thorough safety talk, get you set up with our top-quality adventure gear such as your Pro-Tec helmet, NRS life jacket and paddle and then you’re off – you’ll be paddling for more than 2 hours! Make your way through exciting rapids like “The Pipeline,” “The Terminator,” and “Dos Locos” — We’ll stop along the way for a refreshing, tropical fruit break. After your Arenal rafting trip, we take you out for a typical Costa Rican “casado” lunch. You’ll return to the La Fortuna area and your Arenal hotel around 3:30-4:00pm.


Balsa River rafting tour

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Balsa river rafting tour

 

 

 

Tour departure/return location: La Fortuna/Arenal

Tour times: 9:00am, 10:00am

Tour duration: Approximately 6 hours

Tour includes: Rafting tour, snack, lunch, guide, and round-trip transportation to/from La Fortuna hotels (hotels that fall outside of the regular transportation zone may have an additional fee; leave us a comment at the bottom of this page if you wish us to confirm the transportation amount that would apply to/from your specific hotel)

Tour operator’s description: Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun & safe rolling rapids with names like “Morning Coffee” & “Rock around the Croc” and then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon! And only 30 minutes from La Fortuna! Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets, helmets & then you’re off! Hopefully you’ll get to see lots of wildlife like monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the best way to combine adventure and nature. The trip also includes a traditional “CulTour” lunch at Casona Rio Fortuna.


Mambo Combo canyoneering and rafting tour combo

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Costa Rica canyoneering tour

 

 

 

Tour departure/return location: La Fortuna/Arenal

Tour times: 7:00am

Tour duration: Approximately 9 hours

Tour includes: Guide, lost canyon adventures canyoneering tour, balsa river rafting tour, lunch, and round-trip transportation to/from La Fortuna hotels (hotels that fall outside of the regular transportation zone may have an additional fee; leave us a comment at the bottom of this page if you wish us to confirm the transportation amount that would apply to/from your specific hotel)

Tour operator’s description: Go Canyoning and Rafting all in one fun day in Arenal on Desafio’s exclusove MAMBO COMBO! Make the most of your limited vacation time with our MAMBO COMBO Rappel and Raft tour near the Arenal Volcano Costa Rica. Strap on your harness and rappel yourself down several tropical waterfalls that are up to 200 feet high. You will also get to river-trace, hike, free-fall and down-climb through what we call “mother nature’s obstacle course”. If you love forest adventures that challenge you mentally and physically, you’ll love Canyoneering in the Lost Canyon. After you hike back up to the Canyon House, enjoy a delicious light early lunch or late breakfast and take a look at all of the photos of your experience. You may want to bring some extra cash to purchase a photo CD. Next, it’s time to go rafting! You can keep the same adventure clothes on because you are going to experience water like never before on the Rio Balsa rafting trip near La Fortuna Costa Rica. You will need to jump back on the Desafio Jungle Limo to make your way back down the Lost Canyon mountainside. You will might up with fello rafters as we drive about 45 minutes to the class 2-3 Balsa River. You will be able to see a lot of beautiful nature and get tons more adrenaline! The Balsa River starts off with class 3 rapids at the beginning and allows you to challenge your strength and newly learned rafting skills! Make your way through fun rapids like Rock Around the Clock and much more! About half-way through, we’ll stop and have a break for swimming, drinks and snacks before we head through the second half of the river. This is where the class 2 rapids begin, which allow you to relax and soak in the beautiful nature and spot howler monkeys and different species of birds. When you are done your rafting adventure we’ll head to a nice rural restaurant and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican style lunch. You will have another opportunity to see photos of your adventures to purchase and later show off to all of your friends and family back home. Here you will have a chance to change into your dry clothes and relax in our air-conditioned vans equipped with free Wifi. We will then drop you off at your La Fortuna hotel to relax from your jam-packed day of adventure!