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Canyoning Costa Rica (or Canyoneering) is a brand new sport that’s becoming very popular the world over. Canyoneering (or canyoning) in in the Lost Canyon, Arenal Costa Rica is a wonderful experience. Imagine yourself in surrounded by lush rainforest atop a magical canyon waiting to rappel down some jungle waterfalls! Near the Arenal Volcano, our rugged, mountainous terrain is ideal for incredible canyoneering options & huge, breathtaking waterfalls! We combine rappelling, down-climbing and river tracing in a deep, tropical canyon.
So what is canyoneering? No experience needed - just a good sense of adventure! Canyoneering is a mixture of abseiling down waterfalls and hiking in a jungle filled canyon. To start the tour: Travel the old-fashion way! Start off by doing a fun 4x4 off-road adventure as you climb about 15 minutes up into a quiet mountainside community. Your guides will give you a thorough safety talk to explain important rappelling and down-climbing techniques. You will be provided high-quality technical climbing gear such as a harness, helmet & gloves.
Prepare to get wet and Take a deep breath!as the guides assist you as you make your way down amazing rappels! You will hike along the river bed by down-climbing and rappelling a series of four waterfalls that get gradually bigger and… BIGGER! Save the best for last! The biggest and most-exciting waterfall is your last descent… you’ll finish with a 200ft-guided-rappel at the end!
Watefall One: 20 meters
Watefall Two: 150 meters
Watefall Three: 20 meters
Waterfall Four: 220 meters
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 our Canyon House where you can change into your dry clothes and then sit down to a delicious Costa Rican-style lunch.
Canyoneering in the Lost Canyon- one of the many adventure excursions being offered in Arenal Volcano area, making this adrenaline filled locality even more exhilarating. .
The Lost Canyon is full of tropical waterfalls with surprises each step of the way. This awesome canyon is located a short distance from the town of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Desafio Adventure Company, provides round trip transportation for most of the hotels in La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area.. A home cooked Costa Rican typical lunch is also included. Our canyon is a spectacular site to explore. The sounds of flowing water, waterfalls, tropical plants and massive trees. A magnificent experience for all the senses.
Recommended for ages 13-55 in good physical condition. Special arrangements can be made for children between 10 and 13 years at an additional cost. Private trips available.
Our personal feeling is that canyoneering, in general, is definitely NOT for young kids -- especially in Costa Rica.
Canyons are located in an area of a lot of liability (landslides, rock falls, serpents, insects, flash floods, etc.) -- in fact, we try to discourage parents from taking their young kids on our canyoneering tour.
We know other companies allow youngsters, but for us, 13 years to 55 is the best age group for ANY canyon in Costa Rica.
ICT/INS approve the sport for this age-range and canyoneering operators are allowed to make exceptions for as low as 10 yrs with an extra guide per child.
We still don't recommend it and in personal opinion, companies are at fault for not stressing the dangers of the sport for small children. There are so many other kid-friendly activities in Costa Rica. Ask us about them we are happy to help!
Reservation Policy: Adventure tours such as whitewater rafting, canyoneering, kayaking and! hiking require physical effort. Clients should be in good condition. For client safety and enjoyment, Desafio Adventure Company reserves the right to offer a substitution, postpone, change or cancel any tour due to unfavorable conditions. Full refund is given if (on rare occasion) a tour is cancelled. Desafío and its affiliates are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
This tour has serious bragging rights - definitely something to boast about when you get back home!
"Canyoneering with your team was one of the best experiences I had in Costarica! "
- Martin Tremblay, Montreal
"Absolutely great! We loved the rappelling, hiking, the fruit and the meal afterwards."
- Gina Fuller, Minneapolis
"Amazing! Very beautiful."
- Jeroen Zyistra, Holland
"A lot of fun and I felt very safe, the scenery was beautiful, lunch was delicious, and the guides were great."
-Jill Anderson, Toronto
What to Bring?
Clothes to get wet in
change of clothes
a big smile and sense of adventure.
Transportation to/from your hotel
backroads 4x4 ride
fun & professional guides who love their job
delicious home-cooked meal
and lots of adventure