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Arenal Volcano: Lost Canyon Canyoneering Adventure

1. Arenal Volcano: Lost Canyon Canyoneering Adventure

The rugged, mountainous terrain near the Arenal Volcano is ideal for canyoneering. Combine rappelling, down-climbing, river tracing and the huge and breathtaking waterfalls hidden in the Lost Canyon. Start off by doing a fun 4x4 off-road adventure on the “Jungle Limos” as you head about 15 minutes into a quiet mountainside community. Your guides will give you a thorough safety talk about important rappelling and down-climbing techniques. You’ll get high-quality technical climbing gear such as a harness, helmet and gloves, and you’ll get to practice your first descent on a small, 150-foot (45 meter) waterfall. There you are, on a sturdy platform looking down into the depths of a massive tropical waterfall. You’ll rappel down for the thrill of a lifetime! Make your way along the river by down-climbing and rappelling a series of 6 waterfalls that get gradually bigger and bigger. You’ll finish with an exhilarating 200-foot (60 meter) guided rappel! The hike back up takes about 10 minutes, but take your time to enjoy the intense rainforest that surrounds you. At the top, you’ll arrive to the Canyon Café where you can change into your dry clothes and then sit down to your best meal in Costa Rica!

Arenal Volcano: Waterfall Jumping & Extreme Canyoning

2. Arenal Volcano: Waterfall Jumping & Extreme Canyoning

Deep down in the Costa Rican jungle lies Costa Rica's most extreme tour. Gravity Falls is considered one of the best things to do in Costa Rica and it is up to you to find out why. Go beyond the canyoning that you already know and love and join this intense Costa Rican tour. Be picked up from your hotel in the La Fortuna Arenal Volcano area and head deep into the Costa Rican countryside to begin your adventure. Get started with a heart-pumping rappel down an impressive 150-ft tropical waterfall. Drop into a deep crystalline pool before swimming your way to shore and continuing through the canyon.  Jump from a continuous series of 10 to 40ft waterfalls and cliffs into deep canyon pools with the help of your professional and experienced guides. Rain or shine, you are going to have plenty of wild water fun. Finish the day with a delicious Costa Rican meal before hading back to your hotel.

La Fortuna: Half-Day Waterfall Tour with Lunch

3. La Fortuna: Half-Day Waterfall Tour with Lunch

After hotel pickup in La Fortuna, set off on a short drive to reach the departure point, where you will start with an easy forest walk along the crystal-clear La Fortuna River. Along the way, hop on a tractor cart that will take you up hill to a panoramic viewpoint. Having seen the waterfall in the distance, start a trek down a jungle staircase. Halfway down, reach a high suspension bridge that will have to be conquered in order to continue.  Follow the trail further down the huge canyon that was shaped by a volcanic mega eruption. Coming to the end of the canyon, the spectacular La Fortuna Waterfall awaits. Marvel at the lush vegetation on 230-foot walls, the massive volcanic rocks at its base, and the huge amount of water splashing down in its pool. Take time to bask in its beauty, while the brave souls of the group can even take a dip. Back at the viewpoint, walk down to the little village of the Maluku Indians. Seated in their palenke, main house, enjoy a rest while listening to an interesting telling of Maluku culture, art, and history. Having been active for some hours, the moment will then come to enjoy a warm, traditional lunch. Next to the restaurant, there is a butterfly garden and frog pond, which you can explore while waiting for the food to be served. Return to your hotel at around 1:30 PM.

Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

4. Arenal Volcano Raft and Rappel Adventure

Give your Costa Rica vacation a kick-start into action with this full-day rafting and rappelling adventure from La Fortuna. First, take a 30-minute 4x4 drive outside of La Fortuna. Visit a picturesque area in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, then feel the excitement of rappelling into a pristine rainforest canyon. Enjoy five rappels in all: one along a dry rock face, and four alongside or inside waterfalls. Afterward, take a short trek out of the canyon onto a rainforest trail, where you will again jump into a 4x4 and head to the Balsa River. Here your guides will explain the proper safety procedures and provide you with rafting equipment. Once ready, you'll launch into the water for two exhilarating hours of whitewater rafting action. Get wet and wild as you raft through class 2-3 rapids, such as the “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”. End your journey at San Carlos Bridge where you can swim and enjoy some fresh tropical fruits before being treated to lunch at La Casona Rio Fortuna. Experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica as you dine on a delicious meal prepared on a wood stove and served in the traditional Costa Rican manner.

La Fortuna: Canyoning and White Water Rafting Experience

5. La Fortuna: Canyoning and White Water Rafting Experience

Get your adrenaline pumping with an exciting adventure in the Costa Rican rainforest. After getting picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna, drive to a canyon located 20 minutes outside of the city. Then transfer to a 4x4 truck for a thrilling short drive into the rainforest to a ranch house to gear up. When you're ready, set out on your morning of excitement and exhilaration. Start the day by rappelling through lush waterfalls, then take on a canyon wall. Afterward, zip line through the rainforest, rock climb and rappel, all in the spectacular rainforest canyon. After a short hike once you get out of the canyon, head to the Balsa River for 2 hours of white water rafting in the middle of the rainforest. Get wet and wild on rapids such as "Magnetic Rock" and "Dredges".  Enjoy a swim in the river and a short stop for fresh tropicals fruits and a cold drink. On the way back to La Fortuna, stop by a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Rio Balsa: White Water Rafting Adventure

6. Rio Balsa: White Water Rafting Adventure

Journey through the upper region of the Rio Balsa accompanied by expert river guides and safety kayaker. Enjoy exhilarating rapids with the chance to admire natural wonders. Savor fresh locally grown tropical fruits, and stop for an authentic organic Costa Rican lunch. Learn about the growing, harvesting, and production of local chocolate, medicinal plants, fruits, and sugar cane. Stroll through the organic farm to get the full farm to table experience. Extract sugar cane in a traditional fashion with help from your guide. Tickle your tastebuds with a glass of pure sugar cane juice.

Arenal Whitewater Rafting Family-Friendly Tour

7. Arenal Whitewater Rafting Family-Friendly Tour

Get the blood pumping on this half-day tour rafting some of Costa Rica’s best whitewater runs in La Fortuna. The Balsa River is a great option for families and beginners. After meeting with your river guide you will drive 30 minutes to the spot where the fun begins! You guides will explain safety procedures and show you how to operate the safety equipment before embarking along the river. Take the plunge down the spectacular class 2 and 3 tropical river as you enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours and 6 miles (10 kilometers) of whitewater action. Get wet-and-wild through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges.” Enjoy a swim, feast on some fresh tropical fruits and savor refreshing cold drinks, followed by a hearty Costa Rican lunch at the end of your journey. The trip can be booked as part of the Arenal Rafting Link option, with a pick-up in San Jose, plus rafting and drop-off in La Fortuna, or vice versa, all for 1 great price.

The Mambo Combo! Rappel + Raft in Costa Rica

8. The Mambo Combo! Rappel + Raft in Costa Rica

Combine the exciting Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering and rafting on the beautiful Río Balsa for a full-day of pure adrenaline! This is the perfect blend of canyons, rappelling, whitewater adventure, wildlife, rolling rapids, and vibrant jungle! The Lost Canyon Adventure is an experience of a lifetime - go where very few have had the privilege to roam! Imagine yourself in the midst of a thick rainforest, at the top of a magical canyon, full of tropical waterfalls with surprises each step of the journey! You’ll get to rappel, down-climb, and experience amazing free-falls. Afterwards, head to the river and ride the waves of the Rio Balsa for about 2.5 hours along 10 kilometers of lush Costa Rican rainforest. You’ll finish off this fun-filled day with a delicious lunch at a charming, rural location.

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 12 reviews

The entire trip was amazing our tour guide Anthony was friendly kind and was very knowledgeable. The watfalls was a perfect experience the food was so delicious we got the vegetarian option.

So much fun! The rappelling was my favorite part! The white water rafting was also fun :) the food at the end was delicious … the entire excursion was well worth it! Highly recommend

A great experience! The rafting was a little difficult, due to recent rain, but our guide, Mario, was amazing! Would definitely do this again!!

My family of 4 ( two teens) had an amazing time. Thank you! The only way to see La Fortuna Waterfall! So much fun!

We had an amazing tour!! I recommended signing up if you're into repelling and water activities.