Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River

Whitewater raft the Río Balsa, one of the best rivers to ride in the Arenal region, tackling class II and III rapids


Embark on an adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting adventure down the Río Balsa. You'll transfer from La Fortuna to the put-in spot on the river, where you'll receive safety instructions and get outfitted with a helmet and life vest. Then push off into the current and start paddling through rolling Class II and III rapids with names like Morning Coffee and Rock around the Croc. Enjoy wildlife spotting along the way — you'll even have a chance to swim while passing through calmer stretches of the river. 


  • Whitewater raft down the Class II and III rapids of the Río Balsa
  • Swim in the river along its calm stretches 
  • Spot tropical birds and monkeys along the journey
  • Feast on Costa Rican food at the included lunch

Know before you go

5 hours
Recommended for
10 years old & up
Small group
Food & Drink
Lunch Included. In addition to lunch, a tropical fruit snack is included

What you'll do

The morning starts with a pick-up service at your accommodations. With your group, you'll ride about 45 minutes to the put-in point on the Balsa River. Pick out a helmet and life vest before listening to a safety lesson and general guidelines for whitewater rafting.

Next, the adventure begins! Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you push off into the river's current. You'll quickly make your way to rolling rapids (Class II and III). On quieter stretches of the river, your guide will point out tropical birds, including toucans. You might also spot monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife along the riverbanks. You'll also have the option to swim in the river at different points. The rafting experience lasts about two hours.

The trip concludes with a Costa Rican lunch served al fresco on the river's edge. Dry off and enjoy the meal before heading back to La Fortuna.

Start times

  • Daily
    9:30 am

What's included

  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Safety equipment and gear

Traveler reviews

Félix C.
Santa Clara, CA | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022
Tips for future travelers

The guide was fun and the river was refreshing. We got wet! read more

The guide was fun and the river was refreshing. We got wet!

Tips for future travelers

The activity description suggests "secure shoes", but it really means "secure footwear that you can walk in water with". Be aware that you WILL walk in water with the footwear that you bring.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Roads are rough at the moment.

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