La Fortuna

Canyoning in the Lost Canyon, Costa Rica

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Canyoning in the Lost Canyon

From USD 112.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the rugged landscape and forested depths of Costa Rica’s Lost Canyon. Rappel down a series of cliffs up to 200 feet (60 meters), and drop into clear tropical pools at the bottom of the canyon. Hike through a thick rain forest teeming with life and scramble over rocks as you uncover hidden secrets of this amazing area. Round-trip hotel transport from La Fortuna and a traditional Costa Rican lunch are included.
  • Spend a day canyoning in Costa Rica
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Central America's Lost Canyon
  • Trek through the rainforest and see lots of flora and fauna, rappel down three cliffs and leap into pristine pools
  • Enjoy a delicious Costa Rican–style lunch
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Safety equipment and briefing

    Meeting And Pickup

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    Pickup details

    We are happy to pick you up from any hotel or rental home in the La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area. Just pease provide us the exact Google Maps location upon booking your tour with us. If you are coming from San Jose or Guanacaste, please be sure to allow at least a three-hour drive time.

    What To Expect

    Awaken your inner jungle explorer on this 4-hour Costa Rica canyoning tour. You’ll be picked up at your La Fortuna hotel for the short drive to the Lost Canyon, located near Arenal Volcano. An experienced guide will present a safety briefing and help you gear up with a hard hat and harness. To begin, test out your rappelling skills on a 10-foot (3.5-meter) cliff alongside a waterfall. 

    Once you’re warmed up, tackle a 150-foot (45-meter) cliff known locally as ‘Big Boy.’ Use the rock face to rappel halfway down, and then hang on for a thrilling drop into a natural swimming pool. Next up, descend the granddaddy of the Lost Canyon — a 200-foot (60-meter) cliff and waterfall. Cool off after your descent with a swim in the water waiting below.

    Your guide will lead you on foot through the lush, rugged terrain of the canyon, where you’ll climb over boulders and splash down a natural waterslide. Learn about native plant species and be prepared to encounter the many birds, insects and animals that inhabit the area. Refuel with an authentic Costa Rican lunch before the return trip to La Fortuna.

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
    Operated by Desafio Adventure Company

    Cancellation Policy

    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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Ronnie and Dario were both amazing guides. Really funny and made the experience perfect. Really loved this activity and highly recommend it to others.


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    Exhilarating Fun
    Jane_L, Aug 2023
    Fantastic experience. Totally exhilarating and lots of fun. The guides were also amazing, especially Arturo who went above and beyond to recover a lost mobile phone for a little boy in our group.
    So much fun!
    Janet_D, May 2023
    The beauty of the area is unmatched, the guides were fantastic and it was a very unique experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
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    Alexander_F, May 2023
    Ronnie and Dario were both amazing guides. Really funny and made the experience perfect. Really loved this activity and highly recommend it to others.
    Mikayla_R, Sept 2022
    This was one of my favorite experiences in Costa Rica! Our main guide was David who explained everything clearly beforehand. I was very nervous because I had never repelled down waterfalls before. David and the rest of the guides were super supportive and helpful to me and everyone else. I thought I would struggle a lot but after the first waterfall, I felt a lot more confident. There were some others in our group who were struggling more with climbing down the mountain. The guides saw this and each one of those people had their own guide to help them get down. They were incredible people with tons of understanding and patience!
    Incredible - look no further - do it!
    Dana_B, July 2022
    Simply incredible- an absolute must do! I spent a month in Costa Rica and after several tours and tons of time on google --I booked this tour and it was my favorite day by far. I felt immersed in the jungle. The canyoning was thrilling and safe and the guides were so nice and so fun. I am so happy I didn't leave Costa Rica without doing this!!
    Erin_W, Sept 2021
    We were in Costa Rica for a little over a week and did about an excursion a day. This was HANDS DOWN the BEST excursion that we did. It's fun, has some surprises, and the crew is totally pumped to show you a good time. I would recommend this tour to anyone and everyone. All you have to bring is a good attitude and get ready for some fun! Pura Vida!
    Amazing Adventure!
    pettyrg, Aug 2019
    By far the best adventure we had in Costa Rica! All the guys with Desafio were great. There are lockers for your things, bring a change of clothes, you are completely wet by the end! They take pictures and a few videos you can purchase. For my family of 4 it was $35 (cash only) and well worth it! The Costa Rican lunch afterwards was amazing. Don’t miss this trek through the canyon!!!
    We did the 1 pm tour due to timing...
    john w, Mar 2018
    We did the 1 pm tour due to timing issues. Normally we would choose the morning which is usually much busier. It turned out it was just my wife and I. Cesar and his team did a great job. Big rappels, excellent equipment and a good meal afterwards all led to an excellent day. Not too physically demanding with a short uphill hike at the end. The water surprises were a fun addition.
    very fun activity, repelling from...
    Christine C, July 2017
    very fun activity, repelling from the water fall was exciting if you haven't done it before. walking into and out of the lost canyon was also very interesting, you don't get to see this canyon unless you go on this tour since it's very remote. free fall into the water hole is also very unique for this tour. highly recommended.
    Very friendly staff that made you...
    paul.lalancette, June 2017
    Very friendly staff that made you feel comfortable and safe. Great variety of small and very tall waterfalls. Beautiful scenery and very thrilling trip! Traditional Costa Rican meal for lunch that was delicious. They have several photo opportunities along the trip and videos too that you can purchase afterwards for a fair price 25 for a couple. Tour is a combination of repelling, hiking, and some surprises!
    A must do in Arenal...the experience...
    Yanneth_T, May 2017
    A must do in Arenal...the experience could be intimidating at the beginning I am afraid of heights but the guides Cesar! make you feel so comfortable and safe that you will be ready to challenge yourself. Great company, great people, awesome experience!!
    Unbelievable adventure. The guides...
    Raelyn_N, Apr 2017
    Unbelievable adventure. The guides were a blast and ensured our safety. Plus, the meal at the end was a delicious feast. I recommend the afternoon because the meal is a suitable dinner. You will want to get the photos.
    This excursion is the perfect half...
    Kristina M, Mar 2017
    This excursion is the perfect half day trip while staying in La Fortuna. I'm scared of heights but their tour guides were so patient with me and made me feel very safe while having fun the entire time. This is a must do, you won't regret it, lots of fun!
    This was a super fun outing...
    Leslie S, Dec 2016
    This was a super fun outing! Totally loved it! We've been ziplining and rappelling before, so it wasn't scary. It's adventurous, but they can tailor it for many ability levels. Wish the waterfalls had been a bit more dramatic, but overall, I'd do it all again and again! The crew and guides for DeSafio Adventure Co are fantastic and they really MAKE the trip. Lunch at the end is ample and tasty, served on a nice outdoor patio. There are lockers for your things. Don't bring a camera on the outing, unless it's totally waterproof.... Prepare to get completely wet they provide towels. Wear sturdy footwear! The photos they sold as a package at the end are absolutely worth the price! Loved, loved this and would do it again.
    Awesome!! These guys were pros and...
    kie_m, Nov 2016
    Awesome!! These guys were pros and had wonderful personalities. We had a great time. We would definitely do it again.
    This tour was scary at first but so...
    Barbara C, July 2016
    This tour was scary at first but so so worth it! It was amazing and the food was delicious!!!
    Awesome time! There is a...
    Jean D, June 2016
    Awesome time! There is a 'staircase' to hike at the end to the base camp, but most of the hike is on rocks and paths. Wear shoes and clothes to get WET! I had never rappelled before and had a great time. 57, active, and adventurous, took 20 year old son.
    Amazing time, guides incredibly...
    Kelly I, Feb 2016
    Amazing time, guides incredibly professional and helpful. Lots of thrills against a gorgeous jungle backdrop.
    Excellent tour and the guides were...
    Huong L, Oct 2015
    Excellent tour and the guides were amazing and made me feel very comfortable and I had a great time!
    An absolutely awesome adventure...
    Yuri B, Sept 2015
    An absolutely awesome adventure. Victor, Joshua and David were fun, very professional and always concerned for our safety. The canyons, waterfalls and environment in general were all gorgeous and only regret is not having a GoPro to capture it all. The rappelling itself was amazing and everyone should experience only super slight complaint would be that you only rappel down about halfway on the second largest canyon and about a fourth of the way on the largest before letting go and sliding down the line...although the slide down is fun, I would have rather rappelled to the bottom of each. Despite this minor quibble, I would still highly recommend this tour to everyone.

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