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

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    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).
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Wave Expeditions, Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

    Traveler pickup is offered
    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
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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)
    • Entry/Admission - Sarapiqui River
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    We had a great time. The guys were excellent! I would highly recommend. The water is a little bit lower in February but still the rapids are great. Approximately two hours of almost nonstop rapids.
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    Response from WaveRafting, Public Relations Manager at White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal
    Responded 2 days ago
    Rafting Class IV at Sarapiqui River is an experience that we highly recommend for travelers looking for an adventurous tour. The rivers we run are controlled by hydroelectric dams, which allows us to control the level of water throughout the year, even during the dry season. We really hope to see you again at the river soon! Pura vida! Wave Staff.
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    Today was my first white water rafting experience . My husband had rafted before , but other than canoeing , I was a novice . I had such fun today . Momo , our raft guide was superb and very funny . I felt safe under his guidance and we had a great experience travelling down the
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    Response from WaveRafting, Public Relations Manager at White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hands up for Momo! Thanks for sharing your river story with us, we are glad to hear that you had a great time on the river. Hope to see you back on the river soon. Pura Vida! Wave Rafting.
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    Yuud , our guide, was so professionnal, very security conscious with such a joyful, playful spirit and a communicative passion for the raft, the river, all the animals, birds living there, naming them, explaining g their life. Absolute outstanding experience. All the team was
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    Response from WaveRafting, Public Relations Manager at White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal
    Responded 12 Jan 2020
    Thank you so much for the great review and we are thrilled to know that you had an awesome adventure with Wave Rafting and Yudd. We will share your glowing review with him and 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
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    We were scheduled to do the Class III-IV trip, but because of safety concerns with high water levels, we were routed to a lower section of the river. This was disappointing, but we appreciated the decision to keep participants safe, and the route we took did not disappoint.
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    Response from WaveRafting, Public Relations Manager at White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal
    Responded 2 Jan 2020
    Awesome Review!. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Rafting experience. Thanks for sharing your river story, and for recommending us! As you mentioned in order to keep everyone safe, we had to change the section of the river and this allowed our clients to have a good time, enjoy the activity and of course always with our commitment to Safety First. Pura Vida, The Wave Rafting Team.
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    Coming from a mom: The guides were amazing. One was with us on the raft and one on a kayak ahead of us. I am not a real water fan so naturally I had some worries, plus there is that fact that you could hit some rocks... Our guide provided very clear info on safety and how to do
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    Response from WaveRafting, Public Relations Manager at White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal
    Responded 22 Dec 2019
    Thanks for sharing your river story with us! We are glad to hear these kind comments, from the beginning to the end, seems like you enjoyed your WAVE experience!. We are passionate about what we do, behind each operation, we have the best professionals taking care of every little detail. We hope to see you again next time! Pura Vida, Wave Staff
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    About the operator
    By: Wave Expeditions
    World Traveler
    White water river rafting - Wave Expeditions
    Enjoyed the Balsa River rafting ! Professional demeanor by Wave Rafting staff from start to finish ! Our river
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    Stuart from molesey
    Only fell in once
    We received a good briefing as to what to do in the unlikely event that we ended up in the river. We had great fun
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    Miller Rosie
    Balsa River white water rafting (morning)
    Excellent tour, very well organised, good equipment and great fun. Delicious Costa Rican lunch afterwards at Villa
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    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    Fantastic white water rafting!
    Had a brilliant day white water rafting. We were very well looked after and despite being novices, we felt very
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    J J
    Sarapiqui River
    We had a great time. The guys were excellent! I would highly recommend. The water is a little bit lower in
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    East Leake, United Kingdom
    The best day in Costa Rica!!!!!!
    Awesome day! Zip lining was terrifying but so exciting and we felt extremely safe in the hands of Kristel & Louis.
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    Francois B
    Asnieres-sur-Seine, France
    Great rafting time, nature watching including farm lunch
    Our 3 children and us spend a great time rafting the Balsa river at La Fortuna. Thanks to Super Mario our amazing
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    Gil D
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Super Mario
    We did it with our 2 kids 9 and 11 years old. Our guide was Super Mario great guy with excellent attitude. Thanks
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    ester d
    Thalwil, Switzerland
    Family rafting
    It was great fun. Our first rafting as family ( 9,11 years old ) the guide Mario was very professional and very
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    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    Fun rapids
    They said these were class 2 & 3, but I worked harder than on class 4 in Alaska! Afterward they took us to a
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