Playa Hermosa

White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal

Badge of ExcellenceLa Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Prepare to ‘take the plunge’ during this fun-filled, full-day, whitewater rafting excursion between Arenal and San Jose. Feel the adrenaline during a safe, but fun, adventure on the Class III and IV rapids of the Rio Sarapiqui or Rio Toro. Rafting equipment, snacks, beverages, and a Costa Rican-style lunch are also included.
  • Enjoy a whitewater rafting adventure on Costa Rica's Rio Sarapiqui or Rio Toro
  • Challenging Class III and IV rapids are thrilling and fun without being dangerous
  • Optional one-way transfer at end of excursion to San Jose
  • Includes all rafting gear, snacks, beverages, and Costa Rican lunch
  • Great way to enjoy an outdoor adventure while visiting Costa Rica

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Driver and 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)

    Meeting And Pickup

    You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

    Meeting point

    • WAVE Rafting
      Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

    Pickup points

    Select a pickup point

    Start time

    08:30 am

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    Hotels outside of the normal route may have an extra transportation charge. o Arenal Lodge o Lost Iguana o Luna Nueva o Bosque de Chachagua o Chachagua Rainforest o Tilajari o Leaves and Lizards o Observatory Lodge o La Mansion o El Castillo o Rancho Margot. o Nuevo Arenal Hotels o Termales el Bosque o El Tucano o Lands in Love o La Garza

    What To Expect

    Receive a morning pickup from your hotel in the La Fortuna area. You’ll have space aboard your transport for a backpack, toiletry items, and a change of clothing for the end of your rafting adventure. You’ll wind your way from La Fortuna through the Costa Rican countryside, passing through lush plantations ripe with pineapple, yucca, and papaya crops along the flanks of Arenal Volcano.

    You’ll eventually reach your chosen rafting destination for the day, a site that will be selected by your guide on either the Rio Sarapiqui or Rio Toro depending on current conditions. Before setting off you’ll be given all necessary rafting gear and learn the proper rafting commands and safety procedures from your guides.

    Then set off on a thrilling, 9-mile (13-kilometer) rafting trip, spending between 2.5 and 3 hours total on the water. Prepare to get wet as you challenge a range of Class III and IV rapids, stopping to catch your breath in the calm sections and look for toucans, monkeys and other wildlife in the surrounding forests. At the trip halfway point, you’ll take a break to enjoy an included snack of fresh fruit on the river bank before braving more rapids for the second half of the trip.

    When your whitewater adventure comes to an end, enjoy an icy-cold beverage along with a dry towel and included Costa Rican-style lunch. After your meal, you’ll be delivered back to your hotel between 3:30 and 4pm. Guests who are interested can also select a one-way transfer to San Jose after the rafting trip (please arrange at the time of booking).

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult (Min Age 12)
    • 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. No flipflops 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 travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

    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.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    GAIL_P, June 2019
    This was without a doubt the best adventure of our trip. Everything we did was fun in Costa Rica, but this was an adventure. Our guides were awesome, MAX was a superhero on the raft. I give this a 10 star.
    Favorite part of our trip to Costa...
    wellovec9109, Jan 2018
    Favorite part of our trip to Costa Rica!!! Fun rapids without being too dangerous. We saw an iguana and sloth along the shore. They take you to a delicious organic farm for authentic CR cuisine after the rafting trip. It was incredible. Highly recommend with amazing staff!!!
    The adventure was perfect. Donnet...
    Shoukat N M, Dec 2017
    The adventure was perfect. Donnet was the worst guide we ever had in any excursions anywhere.
    A challenging, fun, not dangerous...
    Taran B, Jan 2017
    A challenging, fun, not dangerous rafting trip. The guides were great. The river awesome. Pineapple is sweet and the lunch home made. A great day and the highlight of our Costa Rica Trip.
    Great Experience!!! Our tour, took...
    FRANK L, Oct 2016
    Great Experience!!! Our tour, took us down the Sarapiqui River. The river was dangerously beautiful. The rapids were swift and water was cool. There were many great views and guide gave us opportunities for pictures. We had a nice break, which included very fresh and juicy fruit. Our driver kept us informed of stops and breaks. It was a very safe and organized trip.
    Amazing.. great guide... great...
    Trey_W, Aug 2016
    Amazing.. great guide... great rapids... great casado lunch... great transportation... everything.