Playa Hermosa

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Canyoning Rappelling from La Fortuna-Arenal

Badge of ExcellenceLa Fortuna, Costa Rica

From USD 177.33

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience two thrilling activities in one day on this action-packed full-day tour from La Fortuna. Get your adrenaline pumping as you rappel, climb, and zip-line on a canyoning adventure, then tackle Class II and III rapids as you try white water rafting on the Balsa River. Hotel pick-up and lunch is included.
  • Full-day canyoning and white water rafting tour from La Fortuna
  • Enjoy rappelling, climbing, and zip-lining through a spectacular natural canyon
  • Get your adrenaline pumping white water rafting down the Balsa River
  • Practice your rafting skills on Class II and III rapids
  • Tuck into a delicious Costa Rican lunch at a country restaurant
  • No experience necessary: full instruction provided
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport

What's Included

  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Provided equipment: tube, vest, and helmet
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities

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

07:00 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

Begin your tour with a 7.30am pickup from your La Fortuna hotel. Traveling by comfortable 4x4, enjoy the scenery on the around 30-minute drive into the heart of the rainforest. On arrival, listen to the safety briefing and get suited up for your canyoning experience.

Accompanied by experienced guides, enjoy a daring rappel down a waterfall, an exhilarating climb up the canyon wall, and a high-speed zip-line ride across the canyon. After a final rappel down to the canyon floor, take a moment to enjoy the spectacular scenery, with the majestic Arenal Volcano looming in the background, before hiking back through the canyon to your vehicle.

Re-fuel with some tasty tropical fruits, before continuing by 4x4 to the Balsa River for the second part of your adventure. On arrival, get suited up for your white water rafting experience and listen as your instructor explains the basic paddling and steering techniques, as well as important safety rules.

Then, jump aboard the raft and set out on a thrilling 2-hour rafting ride. As you paddle downstream, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest, keeping a look out for monkeys, sloths and toucans along the riverbanks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle over Class II and III rapids, including the ‘Magnetic Rock’ and the ‘Dredges’. Cold drinks and fresh fruits will keep you energized along the way, and you can also take the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the river.

After returning to land and drying off, tuck into a typical Costa Rican lunch (lunch) at a traditional country estate, before setting out on the return journey.

Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel between 4pm and 4.30pm.

Please note: appropriate footwear is required for this trip – no flip-flops or shoes that might slip off during the activities. It is also recommended to bring a change of clothing and towel.

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
  • Minimum Age 8
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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.
  • Not responsible for items lost or damaged on river, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose.
  • Not responsible for items left on transfer bus or on tour, please check carefully before getting off bus and at end of tours
  • Tour requires 1 adult minimum to book
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 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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Amazing day!
Patricia_W, July 2021
Our family’s favorite part of the day was the rafting and the monkey drop. The guides were excellent. We felt safe the entire time. My husband, who is afraid of heights, did everything. The guides helped him relax and have a good time. Super Mario was our river guide and was awesome! The food they provided was amazing!
Response from Host, July 2021
Hi Patricia! Thank you so much for the great review and we are thrilled to know that you had an awesome adventure with Wave Rafting. We will share your glowing review with the team. We know you have a choice with tour operators and we thank you for choosing Wave Rafting. Hope to see you on the river again soon! The Wave Rafting Team.
Awesome fun
Blueboard_C, June 2021
Amazing time on the rapids. Great team of folks helping us out and Julio was the best! My whole family had a great time and loved the adventure.
Response from Host, June 2021
Hi Craig! Thanks for sharing your River Story with us. Rafting Class II & III is the perfect section for families. We are so proud of our professional and experienced staff, I´ll let Julio hears from you. We hope to see you again next time on the river. Pura Vida! Wave Staff.
Maria_T, Jan 2020
Absolutely one of the best excursions we have EVER booked! Guaranteed to please all! rappelling down the waterfalls was so much fun! jonathon and staff worked very hard to ensure that everyone had a great time! The white water rafting was equally fabulous! Mario and staff worked hard to find wildlife and ro navigate the exciting rapids. We would highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thanks for sharing your river story with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Rafting Trip, I´ll make sure that Mario hears from your side. We hope to see you again next time!. Pura Vida, Wave Staff
This was a great day to spend with...
RobinG_B, Mar 2018
This was a great day to spend with my adult son. lots of adrenaline and great staff. Also good food.
A must go!
Vctor_R, Aug 2022
El servicio de traslado muy puntual. El rappel y rafting son actividades para toda la familia, con vistas espectacturales 😍
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Muchas gracias por compartir esta experiencia inolvidable! Nuestro grupo de Operaciones y guías está siempre en la mejor disposición de llenar su día de adrenalina! Gracias por escoger Wave Rafting como su experiencia de Aventura en Costa Rica!! Wave Rafting Team Pura Vida!