The impressive Arenal Volcano is at the top of everyone’s list of places to visit in Costa Rica. The spectacular rainforest around the live volcano, the area’s easy accessibility, and huge abundance of outdoor adventures make it a top place to visit Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s whitewater rafting fame includes the beautiful rivers of the Arenal area – the Balsa, Toro and Penas Blancas rivers. The best thing about whitewater rafting in Costa Rica is that you can do it all year long! In the dry summer season, splashing down a cool rainforest river is wonderfully refreshing. In the rainy season, the rapids get even more exciting as the rivers swell with rainwater.
The Balsa River is a good whitewater rafting adventure if you want fun and excitement without being too challenging or crazy. The trip is a half-day tour down class 2 and 3 rapids, which is especially suitable for persons with little to no rafting experience and also for families. But don’t think this is a float trip. You will paddle hard crashing through rapids like “Morning Coffee” and “Rock around the Croc” for over two hours of thrilling whitewater action, interspersed with tranquil pools to catch your breath and see the scenery.
And the scenery on the Balsa River is dazzling. The river flows down a long, isolated rainforest river canyon, 30 minutes outside of the town of La Fortuna by the Arenal Volcano. Wildlife in the area includes monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds like Ospreys, Oropéndolas and Toucans. At the end of the trip, you will be smiling … and wet! The tour takes you on a special side trip to a traditional country estate for a delicious typical lunch and time to experience the genuine peace of country life in Costa Rica, before returning to your Arenal hotel.
The tour includes: Rafting equipment, snacks, drinks, lunch, bilingual certified guides, and minivan transport from/to your hotel-river-hotel (La Fortuna and outside the La Fortuna area). Rate: $52.00 per person, tax included.
What to Bring: quick-dry clothes, swimsuit, sunscreen, and strap-on sandals or athletic shoes. Costa Rica Special Deals offers great Costa Rica travel deals.
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