Canyoning down the waterfall

Canyoning in the Lost Canyon

Hike along a hidden rainforest river and rappel down waterfalls on the tropical adventure of a lifetime

Overview

Go waterfall rappelling, also known as canyoning, in the jungle. This activity is one of the most popular adventure sports in Costa Rica. In a canyon in the heart of the rainforest, your guide will provide brief safety instructions and outfit you with a harness. You'll then rappel down the side of three different waterfalls, feeling the mist and spray of the falls as you descend along a wall of rocky cliffs. Finish with a splash into the largest waterfall's pool before drying off for lunch at a Costa Rican restaurant on the banks of the La Fortuna River.

Highlights

  • Rappel down the edge of three waterfalls in the jungle
  • Hike through the rainforest between waterfalls
  • Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool at the largest waterfall's base
  • Sample Costa Rican cuisine at a popular local restaurant

Know before you go

Duration
4 hours
Recommended for
13 years old & up
Group
Small group
Food & Drink
Lunch Included

What you'll do

The adventure begins with door-to-door pick-up service at your accommodations. Once all participants are onboard, your group will enjoy the 15-minute drive to the forest, where you'll attend a safety demonstration with your adventure guides. Never rappelled? Not to worry — no experience is necessary, and your expert guides make sure everyone is safe throughout the experience.

Once you're outfitted in high-quality canyoning gear, including a harness and a helmet, it's time to try waterfall rappelling. You'll start with a small waterfall, easing your way into learning the ropes. Then it's on to the second largest waterfall of the day, where you'll continue building up your skills. Hike back up through the rainforest to reach your third and final waterfall of the day. This waterfall is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you rappel down 200 feet (61 meters) of cascades, ending with a splash into the pool below.

After drying off, your group will head to lunch at a Costa Rican restaurant. Your guides will drop you off at your accommodations at the end of the tour.

Start times

  • Daily
    7:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm

What's included

  • Door-to-door pick-up and drop-off at accommodations
  • Tour guides
  • Lunch 
  • Transport
  • Lockers
  • Safety gear and equipment

Traveler reviews

Albert
Albert C.
Sunnyvale, CA | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022
Tips for future travelers

It was really fun but a little bit dangerous. The rocks were slippery and if you don't have good balance you can easily trip. The rappelling was not inherently dangerous, but I did tweak my arm coming down one of the waterfalls. Our guide Roy was fun to work with. I didn't realize how wet we would be getting and should have worn different clothes. read more

It was really fun but a little bit dangerous. The rocks were slippery and if you don't have good balance you can easily trip. The rappelling was not inherently dangerous, but I did tweak my arm coming down one of the waterfalls. Our guide Roy was fun to work with. I didn't realize how wet we would be getting and should have worn different clothes.

Tips for future travelers

Wear clothes as if you're going swimming. Bring water-shoes and good balance.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
It was delayed by 20 minutes or so. Couldn't leave stuff on the bus either.

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