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

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this timeTimes are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    WAVE Rafting, Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotels outside of normal route may have an extra transportation charge.
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


After receiving instructions by your certified guides, practice your rafting skills before embarking on this rafting tour. Paddle along the scenic, and exciting Balsa river. Stop along the way for lunch, fresh fruits, beverages, or to take a refreshing plunge in the Balsa River.


  • Family friendly
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Lunch included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Experience the excitement and adrenaline of the white water tour on this half day adventure!! Located at 50 minutes from La Fortuna, Balsa River provides an excellent setting to enjoy rafting for whole family. Get wet and wild through rapids such as Magnetic Rock and Dredges! A 15-minute break in the river allow us to taste delicious tropical fruit while enjoying a tropical setting, surrounded by monkeys, toucans and other exotic species. In the way back to Fortuna town we will enjoy a delicious lunch at Vida Campesina a traditional country estate with the aim to let visitors experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica. You will enjoy a delicious typical lunch prepared on the original wood stove and served in a traditional way.






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


Additional Info

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 experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Traveler Reviews

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  • 27-Oct-2022

    We had the best time. This was our first time so we’re a little scared but the guides really helped. They were patient and taught us what we needed to know. Enzo was the guide for the day and Diego was our guide on the river. Both were great. Lunch after was amazing! One of the best meals in Costa Rica.

  • 08-Oct-2022

    Absolutely amazing!!! Went with an 11-year-old and a seven-year-old who was very freaked out. They guides were awesome. The rapids were pretty intense at the beginning and I felt safe the entire time and it was a blast. Carlos nestled my daughter in the middle so she could just hang on and enjoy the ride. They had fresh watermelon as a break and we even saw some cool wildlife. A++

  • 07-Oct-2022

    I can finally check it off my bucket list, my daughter and I had such a wonderful time doing the Balsa River rafting with Wave. Our guide was Carlos, he's very knowledgeable and professional. While we hedged through little and bigger waves, we felt safe.

  • 21-Sep-2022

    We have returned back to Texas a few weeks ago after having the most amazing 40th birthday celebrations with a group of friends in beautiful La Fortuna, Costa Rica. My husband's bucket list items included white water rafting, zip lining, diving the Pacific, and ride in a gyrocopter (reviews for those to follow, be on the look out). Rating was first up and Wave Expeditions did not disappoint!! Gerarld and the guys picked our group of 8 up from Arenal Manoa Hotel and Spa, where it was a fun hour and half trip to the Balsa River. Gerarld, with great pride told the history of Costa Rica as we saw many school children practicing dances and songs to celebrate their Independence Day. The teachers that we are, were fascinated with the schooling. The guys were kind enough to stop on the road side to grab us a bag of Rambutan, local fruit to try before our trip. It was great! With a good amount of rain the evening before, the rapids were running at class III/IV and the weather was perfect. Our group was split between our young jokester friend, Gerarld, and el guapo, MoMo! MoMo was celebrating his 14th year and welcomed us to his "office" with open arms. Both guides were awesome with commands through the rapids and proud to show off the beauty surrounding the clear, enchanting river. Drinking from the waterfalls, swimming in the calmness after a wild ride, to sharing delicious pineapple and watermelon with the local cows, to watching in fascination the skill and experience of the kayak guides that followed along side our rafts. Celebrating our ride, the gentlemen stopped for lunch, which was much needed, and we Texans indulged with cold Imperials. We had a great time and our Guadalupe River just does not compare. Thank you Gerarld! We had the best time getting to know you and meeting your family! We still wish you all the best! Come see us in Texas sometime! Pura Vida!

  • 29-Aug-2022

    The highlight of our trip. Gerarld was an awesome guide, he clearly loves what he does. I would 100% do this again

  • 23-Aug-2022

    This was one of the highlights of our trip, the whole family had a blast and our guide (MoMo) made the trip super awesome! We saw nature, hit some awesome rapids, and manage to not have anyone fall in the river! I would highly recommend this company and trip if you are in Costa Rica!

  • 21-Aug-2022

    One of the highlights of our magical trip to Costa Rica. In our experience Wave are exceptional at white water rafting tours. We were lucky enough to have (Super) Mario as our guide, who ensured our time in the Rio Balsa was fun-packed and exhilarating. The fruit stop at half way was a really special treat (pineapple and watermelon sliced up on the spot by the guides) and we were delighted to have ice cold beers and soft drinks waiting for us at the end of the journey. Lunch really blew us away as we were taken to a sugarcane plantation for fresh, organic produce…with a few extra surprises in store! All in all this was a brilliant day out - ideal for a couple and even better for a family with kids over 12.

  • 21-Aug-2022

    Excellent adventure rafting down grade 2-3 rapids with superb guide Gustavo. All the team were very experienced and entertaining. Several of our raft crew were tossed out but they were rapidly returned to us by the support team. We would definitely recommend this adventure for anyone visiting Costa Rica!

  • 20-Aug-2022

    Amazing company. The guys at Wave made us feel so safe and we loved our day out. Super Mario was a wonderful guide who made our experience really great fun. We were then taken to a lovely farm restaurant where we enjoyed a tasty lunch and sugar cane tour.

  • 18-Aug-2022

    The rafting was terrific, and our guide Carlos was the best. The casado that we had for lunch at the organic farm was excellent--the best meal in Costa Rico that we had so far.

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