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Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III

  • Navigate through moderate and mild rapids on a rafting tour that's ideal for families and beginners
  • Take a break for a fresh fruit snack on the riverbanks
  • Reward your efforts with a typical Costa Rican restaurant lunch
Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III
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Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III
From USD 79.00
Combine the excitement of class II-III whitewater rapids with the beauty of the Costa Rican rain forest on a small-group Balsa River rafting adventure from La Fortuna. Follow your expert guide’s commands on more turbulent sections, and look for animals like monkeys, sloths, and birds during calmer, scenic stretches. After the adventure, recharge over a delicious Costa Rican lunch at a family restaurant.
What to Expect
Your day will begin when we pick you up from your hotel (if it is in the vicinity of La Fortuna or along the way to the river) and begin the 45 minute drive to the Balsa River.  Along the way, your guide will point out any sites of interest and give you an introduction to the area and the river.  Named after the Balsa tree, this river is divided in several sections.  The section that you will be running is a class II-III (from a scale of I-VI) and it is 8 km (5 miles) long.  This section is perfect for first time rafters, people with experience and families with children.  It will give you the excitement of hitting white water while keeping the level of difficulty safe and fun. 
Once we arrive at the river, you will have a chance to use the rest rooms and change rooms before you are provided with a safety vest, a helmet, a paddle, a safety speech and a practice.  Once your guide is satisfied with your ability to paddle and react to the commands, the rafting begins.  The river begins with the more challenging rapids and the real adrenaline and finishes with smaller rapids and pools where you will have the chance to see wildlife and jump in the water for a little swim.  Half way down, you will take a fruit break on the side of the river and replenish your energy with fresh local pineapple, watermelon and other tropical fruit.  Depending on the water level, the time spent on the water is 2-2.5 hours. 
Your transportation will be waiting for you at the end of the class II-III section that we are running and will take you to have a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch at a local family run restaurant.  After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel some 35 minutes away.  All in all, you will spend around 5 wonderful hours with us.  Your tour will be small, personalized or private to give you great customer service and is designed to give back to the local community and to preserve the environment that allows us to do what we love.
Reviews (23)
1 - 5 of 23 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing Day on the River

We can't say enough good things about this trip. From the pick up at our hotel, the focus on safety, the expert navigation, the colorful backstories, the Costa Rican lunch and most of all the incredible exhilarating fun - it was all amazing. If you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brian D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Super fun for the whole family!

From pick up to drop off, Andres and Carols made us feel like part of their family. Very fun and interesting tour. Everyone was extremely professional and made us feel very safe. This was the highlight of our trip! Highly recommend!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Leah K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fantastic WWR trip on the only boat with a dog on board: highly recommended

We took the half day Balsa River trip in December 2018 and had a great time. For my wife and 9yo daughter this was a first-time rafting experience. Andres and members of the team were great, and made for an exciting, safe, very enjoyable time....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mark105
Reviewed 16 December 2018
Fun white water rafting with the best guide!

We went white water rafting as part of a tour group we were with. Our leader, Andres, is so knowledgeable about Costa Rica, the history of the area, etc. He was explaining things to us on the ride to the river and during the rafting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kristen R
Dinghy_Expeditions, Owner at Dinghy Expeditions Outfitter Mountains Rivers and Coasts - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you, thank you. We make sure to make your rafting experience more than just going down white water. We want to you to go home with an understanding of the river and a little more awakened about the rain forest and it's habitantes. For...More

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Great tour

It is an impressive tour, where you can have fun to the fullest and with incredible security, the professional guides are the best.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alexander F
Dinghy_Expeditions, Owner at Dinghy Expeditions Outfitter Mountains Rivers and Coasts - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Thank you for rafting with us! We are so happy that you loved it and noticed the importance that we put in safety, professionalism and, of course, having fun. Keep on rafting! PURA VIDA, Diana

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19 December 2018|
Response from Ayacard74 | Reviewed this property |
I would contact the company and ask them. Safety is their #1 priority.