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White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal

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White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Balsa River is one of the best spots in Costa Rica to try white water rafting, and this 6-hour tour from La Fortuna is suitable for complete beginners. Tackle the Class II and III rapids, enjoy spectacular views as you cruise through the rainforest, and look out for wildlife such as monkeys, sloths and toucans. Hotel pick-up and lunch is included.
  • 6-hour white water rafting tour from La Fortuna
  • Get your adrenaline pumping white water rafting down the Balsa River
  • Practice your rafting skills on Class II and III rapids
  • Enjoy magnificent views of the river, rainforest, and exotic wildlife
  • Tuck into a delicious Costa Rican lunch at a country restaurant
  • No experience necessary: full instruction provided
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport
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Beverages
Lunch
Snacks
Driver/guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Equipment: Raft, Paddles, Rafting Vest and Helmet
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Alcoholic drinks
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
WAVE Rafting , Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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10:30 AM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.Hotels outside of normal route may have an extra transportation charge. o Arenal Lodge o Lost Iguana o Luna Nueva o Bosque de Chachagua o Chachagua Rainforest o Tilajari o Leaves and Lizards o Observatory Lodge o La Mansion o El Castillo o Rancho Margot. o Nuevo Arenal Hotels o Termales el Bosque o El Tucano o Lands in Love o La Garza
Begin your tour with a 10.30am pickup from your La Fortuna or Arenal hotel and an around 50-minute journey to the Balsa River. Along the way, admire the scenery as you drive through yucca and papaya plantations, and perhaps spot iguanas and other wildlife.

On arrival, get suited up for your white water rafting excursion and listen as your instructor explains the basic paddling and steering techniques, as well as important safety rules. Then, jump aboard the raft and set out on a thrilling 2-hour rafting ride. As you paddle downstream, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest, keeping a look out for monkeys, sloths and toucans along the riverbanks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle over Class II and III rapids, including the ‘Magnetic Rock’ and the ‘Dredges’. Cold drinks and fresh fruits will keep you energized along the way, and you can also take the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the river.

After returning to land and drying off, re-fuel with a typical Costa Rican lunch (lunch) at a traditional country estate, before setting out on the return journey.

Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel between 4pm and 4.30pm.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be a minimum of 8 years old to take this tour
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Weather dependent. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is flooding or other government river closure. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Participants will get wet, please dress ready to raft in bathing suit and shoes that will stay on feet. Flip-flops are not allowed
  • Not responsible for items lost or damaged on river, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose
  • Tour requires 1 adult minimum to book
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wave Expeditions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal.

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star-5
Great tour, great lunch
Kavan_P
, Feb 2020
Great tour. Our tour guide Mario was amazing at giving instructions. Also gave us bit of history knowledge. Amazing lunch as well. Great tour for first timers.
star-5
Must do!
Kelly S
, Jan 2020
This was such an awesome tour, probably the best one from our trip! Our guide Augosto did such an awesome job! He made sure to make our trip memorable! We were fortunate to see a sloth moving!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for sharing your River Story with us. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our Rafting Trip, I´ll make sure that Augusto hears from your side. We hope to see you again next time!. Pura Vida, Wave Staff
star-5
Rafting with Wave Expeditions
Deborah_D
, Dec 2019
My family and I went rafting with Braulio as our guide. It was an awesome experience. Braulio pointed out the wildlife as we went down the river and even pulled off to the side and found a tiny blue jean frog to show us, it was amazing. My daughter fell out of the raft at one point and Braulio was quick to get her back in safely. After the trip they took our group to a local restaurant/farm and I had the most delicious meal of my trip! It was a wonderful day spent with professional courteous people!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Nailed It! Thanks for sharing your river story with us. Your experience rafting with WAVE and especially your recommendation will be useful for travelers looking for Rafting near the Arenal Volcano. I´ll make sure that Braulio hears from you. Pura Vida! Wave Staff.
star-5
It was good. Easier than expected from Class 3-4 rapids
Ankush G
, Oct 2019
It was good. Easier than expected from Class 3-4 rapids. The transportation was good, tour was friendly & equipment was good as well.
star-5
This is a must DO!
Trevor_B
, Aug 2019
This was a wonderful experience! The guide was very very funny and the 50 minute ride it took to get to the rafting spot flew by because the tour guide went over safety rules, he talked about different plants on the way and made lots of jokes. He was pretty fluent in english and tried his best. We ended up having him as our guide in our raft and he was a very good director. We saw a sloth, lots of birds, and iguanas. We stopped and had some pineapple and watermelon. There were some cows around so we hand fed the cows the end pieces of the fruit. They were very friendly. We got back on the raft and went the rest of the way. We (my husband and i) were with another family ( mom, dad and 2 younger kids) and the guide was very patient with the kids. He told them they could ride on the front of the raft like "riding a bull" he called it and the kids just loved it. He let them float down the slow part of the river. He answered all their questions and it was just a great time and experience!
star-5
My Son's Words ... This Was The Time of My Life
Celeste S
, Jun 2019
Everything was wonderful! The guides are funny and knowledgeable. The rafting was so much fun! The lunch after was sooooo good. My 9 and 11 year old gobbled it up. I would absolutely recommend this for families!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Celeste, I have an 8 year old and 11 year old and they agree with your son that rafting is the BEST! We are over the moon that you and your family had the chance to raft with Wave Rafting and take home "memory souvenirs" that will last a lifetime! Thank you for rafting with us! The Wave Rafting Team!
star-5
Great Fun
Dianna_L
, Apr 2019
My friend and i loved this experience. We had never been white water rafting before. Our guide Jeffrey made sure that we had a great experience. We saw a beautiful area of the country and enjoyed every minute of the ride. I would highly recommend this to families also.

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