We will pick you up from your hotel in the Arenal Volcano area. Your adventure guide will point our interesting things along the way and tell you a little about our safety policies.

You’ll then arrive to the Río Balsa river at our private put-in with restrooms and changing rooms for your convenience.

One of our friendly, professional, bilingual Costa Rican adventure guides will give you thorough instructions on what to do while you’re on the river. You’ll then be given your high-quality adventure gear (Pro-Tec helmet, NRS life-jacket and paddle.)

Once you do some practice strokes, you’re off to have the time of your life paddling down one of Costa Rica’s best rivers for whitewater and wildlife! You’ll be on the water for about 2 to 2.5 hours along 10 kilometers of lush Costa Rican rainforest.

You’ll finish up with a delicious spread of fresh, tropical fruit and then we take you for an exclusive Cultour cultural lunch at the historical La Casona de Río Fortuna!

You’ll be treated to an all-natural, home-made very-traditional Costa Rican lunch cooked on a wood stove – this will be your most-memorable, most-delicious meal experience in Costa Rica!

The La Casona Río Fortuna is a famous attraction in the Arenal Volcano area – it was the home of former Costa Rican president Rafael Iglesias and served as the starting point for families colonizing the near-by La Fortuna communities. Your hosts Milton and Elieth will make you feel at home at this warm, magical homestead. Plus they’ve worked hard to supply their kitchen with herbs, vegetables and fruits right form their own organic garden.

After you’ve refueled with an amazing lunch and a sip of Cultour’s famous moonshine, you’ll then be transported to your Arenal Volcano hotel by around 4:30pm for check-in.

This tour is perfect for families and children from ages 8 and above!
Departure: 11:00 am (varies according to hotel location)
Includes: Guides & safety kayaker, tropical fruit, famous Desafío lunch and an exclusive, small-group tour experience.
Duration Approximately: 4.5 hours
What to bring: A big smile, a sense of adventure, clothes to get wet in, secure shoes & dry clothes for after the trip (recommended for ages 10 to 55) Our Río Balsa is dam-controlled, so we are guaranteed good water levels all-year long!