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Desafío Adventure Company is the pioneering Costa Rica adventure outfitter near the Arenal Volcano. Desafío has over 20 years of Costa Rica adventure experience specializing in rafting and safari floats on a variety of rivers, canyoning in our Lost Canyon, mountain biking, stand up paddling, kayaking, volcano hikes and many other exciting, Costa Rica adventures. 

Save Money and Save Time -- try our Adventure Connection Shuttle-Tour-Shuttles that connect the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Tenorio, Guanacaste and Playa Samara -- make the journey your adventure and do an exciting Costa Rica tour along the way! 

Desafío is the proud winner of Virgin Holiday's Best Tour Operator for Local Economies and TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence! We have two rules at Desafío: 1) Be Safe and 2) Have Serious Fun! 

Let us be your one-stop-shop for your Costa Rica vacation planning for your Costa Rica adventures, Costa Rica hotel reservations, as well as transport services for anywhere in Costa Rica! 

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EXCLUSIVE DESAFIO COSTA RICA ADVENTURE TOURS

Costa Rica Canyoneering
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Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering Jungle Course…
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
Half-day (approximately 4-5 hours) hours 13-65 $ 95 tourlogo
 
The Lost Canyon is an experience of a lifetime – go where very few have had the privilege to roam: Imagine yourself in the midst of thick rainforest at the top of a magical canyon full of tropical waterfalls with surprises each step of the way.
 
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Costa Rica Stand Up Paddling
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Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Lessons & Lake Arenal SUP Tour 
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approx. 4 hours $ 65 tourlogo
 
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Lessons & Lake Arenal SUP Tour 
Get Ready to "Walk on Water!"
Try the newest and easiest paddle sport... ever!
SUP has its roots in ancient Polynesia and looks exactly as it sounds: you stand up on a large, wide, super buoyant surfboard & use a long paddle. 
 
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EXCITING COSTA RICA RAFTING OPTIONS

Costa Rica Rafting
COSTA RICA WHITE WATER RAFTING CLASS 3-4
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
appr. 8 hours 13 to 55 $ 85
 
Challenge yourself to the most-thrilling, class 3-4 Costa Rica rafting with lots of exciting, continuous rapids near the Arenal Volcano! This Costa Rica adventure tour is considered one of the best in the world! You'll love this top-ranked class 3-4 white water rafting tour on the Sarapiquí River Jungle Run section near the Arenal Volcano Costa Rica!
 
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Arenal Volcano Rafting
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ARENAL RAFTING RIO BALSA CLASS 2-3 – HALF-DAY
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
4.5 hours 10 to 55 $ 69 tourlogo
 
This half-day, Costa Rica rafting tour gives you amazing wildlife and plenty of Costa Rica whitewater-fun near the Arenal Volcano! The ideal Costa Rica family adventure and fun for kids!
 
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Desafío Adventure Connection: Rafting on the Río Tenorio Class 3-4
ARENAL RAFTING TO RÍO TENORIO CLASS 3-4 -- ADVENTURE CONNECTION TO GUANACASTE BEACHES
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 7 hours 13-55 in good physical condition. $ 125 tourlogo
 
This is the best way to travel to the beach!! Go rafting on the way from La Fortuna or from Monteverde! Take a scenic drive along the beautiful, but windy road of Lake Arenal – get great views of the Arenal Volcano.
 
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ARENAL ADVENTURE COMBOS:
Try our famous Costa Rica One-Day Tours!
Operated by Desafío & Approved Adventure Providers

Desafio Mambo Combo Rappel & Raft
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MAMBO COMBO #1 Rappel & Raft! ONLY with DESAFIO in ARENAL!
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
9 hours $ 150 tourlogo
 
Make the most of your limited Costa Rica vacation time! Combine the exciting Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering and Costa Rica rafting on the beautiful Río Balsa for a full-day of Pure Adrenaline in Costa Rica! Rappel, hike and down-climb amazing Costa Rica waterfalls and river trace along a pristine, rainforest canyon and then go rafting on the beautiful class 2-3 Balsa River. You won't want to miss this incredible Costa Rica adventure!
 
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COSTA RICA ADVENTURE Combo Rappel + Zip line. All in one day!!
COSTA RICA ADVENTURE Combo Rappel + Zip line. All in one day!!
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
9 hours $ 135
 

Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering + Canopy Zipline Tour Combine Costa Rica’s most-exciting canyoneering adventure with a quintessential canopy zipline for your BEST day in Costa Rica!

 
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Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering + Horseback riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall
ARENAL ADVENTURE COMBO RAPPEL + HORSE RIDE TO THE LA FORTUNA WATERFALL
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
9 hours $ 150
 
Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering + Horseback riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall On this innovative COMBO tour, we'll keep you busy all day long doing two of La Fortuna's most-popular activities: Canyoning in the Lost Canyon and horseback riding to the famous La Fortuna Waterfall!
 
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Costa Rica Ecotourism
NEW!! The Desafío Nature Combination 6x1
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approximately 12 hours $ 150 per person
 
The Desafío Nature Combination 6 in 1: You get the following 6, naturally-fun things included in a day exploring near the Arenal Volcano: nature reserve visit, waterfall hike, lunch, Arenal Volcano, hot springs & dinner. Includes: entrances, transport, naturalist guide.
 
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MOUNTAIN BIKING NEAR THE ARENAL VOLCANO

Arenal Volcano Mountain Biking
Mountain Bike Ride: Volcano + Lake (Moderate)
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 4 hours --- $ 75
 
Take a moderate-level guided ride near the base of Volcano Arenal and along Lake Arenal.
 
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Mountain biking Arenal Volcano
Mountain Bike Ride: Hills, Pueblos + Swimming Holes (Challenging)
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 4 hours hours $ 75
 
Alternative Moderate-level guided ride near the base of Volcano Arenal with an experienced guide. The La Fortuna area is ripe with amazing back roads for easy-going, fun rides. Along the way we make a stop at nature reserve to learn about the surrounding rainforest and then head out again for a swim in a local river.
 
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Costa Rica Mountain Biking
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COSTA RICA BIKE TOUR: Adventure Connection Mountain Biking Arenal to Monteverde
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 7 hours $ 85 tourlogo
 
This is a route for the more-experienced rider looking for a little more riding time and as a means of transport to your next destination.
 
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MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE: SINGLE-TRACK MADNESS NEAR THE ARENAL VOLCANO (CHALLENGING)
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE: Single-Track Madness Near the Arenal Volcano (Challenging)
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 4 hours hours $ 75
 
Alternative challenging-level guided ride near the base of Volcano Arenal with an experienced guide. The La Fortuna area is ripe with amazing back roads for easy-going, fun rides -- but this ride is rough! You'll take single-track trails deep into the rain forest and local farms, up and down hills, through rivers and through mud and much more. You up for a challenging mountain bike ride in Costa Rica? -- You've found it! Gorgeous scenery, good equipment, friendly guides, a great ride!
 
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ARENAL VOLCANO HOT SPRINGS COMBOS,
Natural History Arenal Volcano & Rainforest Hike
The quintessential adventure tour near the Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano at night
Arenal Volcano & Rainforest Natural History Guided Walk
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
Hiking/walking ~ 2 hours --- $ 49
 
Hike through lush rainforest with a naturalist guide close to the base of the Arenal Volcano where we wait for sunset at the observation point.
 
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QUALITY HORSEBACK RIDING ARENAL VOLCANO
Operated by Desafío-Approved Adventure Providers

Horseback in Costa Rica
HORSEBACK RIDE TO THE LA FORTUNA WATERFALL NEAR ARENAL VOLCANO
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
4 hours --- $ 65 (NOTE: this can also be combined with Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering for a special COMBO price)
 
Get spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano and the green countryside as you travel by horseback to see spectacular waterfalls near La Fortuna. Cool off in the rushing waters at the base of the La Fortuna waterfall.
 
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Arenal Volcano Hoseback Riding
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Horseback to Arenal Volcano
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
4 hours $ 65
 


Well-trained, healthy horses take you through various terrains including the beautiful rainforest, across small rivers, and to the look out point of the ever-active Arenal Volcano.

See an amazing sample of wildlife along the way. Adaptable for all ability levels.
 
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ADVENTURE CONNECTION Horseback Riding to/from Monteverde/La Fortuna
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
5 hours 8 to 55 $ 85 tourlogo
 
There is no better way to get between La Fortuna and Monteverde -- enjoy a pleasant and safe ride along Lake Arenal as you ride up into the cloud forest of Monteverde!
 
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OTHER COOL ARENAL ADVENTURES!!
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Cerro Chato Volcano Hike
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Cerro Chato Extreme Volcano Hike
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
Approx. 6 hours --- $ 75
 
The Cerro Chato hike near the Arenal Volcano is an intense 4-5 hour hike through lush rainforest to the rim of the crater of the extinct volcano called Cerro Chato.
 
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Costa Rica Safari Float
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Safari Float on the Exuberant Peñas Blancas River near Arenal Volcano
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 4 hours 6-75 $ 55
 
This completely relaxing float trip takes you on the beautiful Río Peñas Blancas where you're bound to spot tropical birds, monkeys, poison dart frogs, and more!
 
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Arenal Volcano Hanging Bridges
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Arenal Hanging Bridges
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
4 hours All ages $ 65
 
The Arenal Hanging Bridges is considered one of the 'Best Things to Do in Costa Rica' and the perfect activity for families and children during your Costa Rica vacation! The Arenal Hanging Bridges are suspended over a gorgeous rainforest canyon with great trails near the Arenal Volcano.
 
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Río Celeste National Park Costa Rica
Río Celeste National Park Hike
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 8 hours --- $ 105
 
We'll begin our 4-hour intermediate hike (approximately 7km) through the surrounding tropical rainforest. We then arrive to ''Los Teñíderos'' where two rivers come together to form the celestial turquoise blue water color that gives the river its name.
 
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Organic farming in Costa Rica
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Rainforest Mysteries Tour at Luna Nueva
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
Approximately 4 hours --- $ 90
 
Find the "Runaway Palm Tree" with Ethnobotanist Steven Farrell and CNN reporter Percy Lipinski at the Luna Nueva Organic Herb Estate in Costa Rica during the Rainforest Mystery Tour.
 
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Venado Caves
Venado Cave Spelunking
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
4 hours --- $ 75
 
Explore Earth's inner-depths during a 2-hour trek through underground waterfalls & smooth, stone passage-ways – see prehistoric, marine fossils & exotic cave formations
 
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Caño Negro By Boat
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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
8 hours --- $ 65
 
You'll do a peaceful boat ride in an area unsurpassed in natural beauty – wildlife guaranteed!
 
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Arenal Volcano National Park Hike
Arenal Volcano National Park Hike
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
3 - 4 hours $ 49
 
We’ll along the trails of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Along this must-do Arenal Volcano tour, we’ll enter the tropical rainforest and areas which were once devastated by the fury of the volcano explosion of 1968. This is one of the best tours Arenal Volcano has to offer!
 
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Kayaking Lake Arenal
Kayak on Lake Arenal
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
4 hours --- $ 49
 
Bring your camera because this 2 hour paddle on Central America’s second-largest lake gives you the best views of the behemoth Arenal Volcano and Costa Rican wildlife!
 
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Birdwatching in Costa Rica
Specialized Birdwatching tours
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
4 hours $ 65
 
All of us at Desafío Adventure Company are bird-enthusiasts. Whether you're doing a volcano hike, river tracing along of canyon, mountain biking or rafting, we're bound to make a point of showing off our amazing birdlife in Costa Rica -- it's not unusual to see a Keel-Billed toucan, a Montezuma Oropenula or a Laughing Falcon along the way. But for you hard-core birders, we have a special team of birding experts to take you out to some of our favorite spots.
 
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Arenal Volcano Canopy Tours
Canopy Zipline Tour with Sky Adventures
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
Approximately 2.5 hours $ 90
 

The Arenal Volcano area has great canopy zipline tour options. The Canopy Zipline tours we work with in the Arenal Volcano area have 11 cables y 12 platforms, for an adrenaline-packed tour with great views of the Arenal Volcano. Fly above the treetops and see some of the most amazing views of the Costa Rica rainforest and natural scenery of the area.  We’ve received great reviews from our clients about this exciting tour. 

 
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 Vista Arenal Canopy Zipline Tour near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica!
Vista Arenal Canopy Zipline Tour near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica!
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
Approx. 2.5 hours $ 55
 
The Vista Arenal Canopy Zipline tour is a great option for ziplining near the Arenal Volcano. This Arenal canopy tour has 10 different-sized cables and 12 platforms with cables from 600-ft to an astounding 2,500-ft long! You 'll get unparalleled views of the Arenal Volcano, extinct volcano Cerro Chato and the deep primary rainforest that surrounds Vista Arenal Canopy tour. This Arenal canopy tour combines with our Lost Canyon Adventures canyoneering tour for a full-day of non-stop fun of Rappelling & Ziplining near the Arenal Volcano!
 
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Arenal Volcano Sportfishing
Sport Fishing on Lake Arenal
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
5 - 8 hours $ 525 full-day
 
Our fishing guide, vessel and fishing equipment will be waiting at Lake Arenal to take you on this fishing journey where you’ll have the opportunity to catch Rainbow Bass (Guapote in Spanish) which reach up to 10 pounds and are known as tremendous fighters.
 
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Monteverde One-Day Tour
Monteverde One-Day Tour
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
- hours $ 220
 
This tour makes for a long day, but gives you a chance to visit the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest, do either a Canopy Tour or hanging bridges – all in one day...
 
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COSTA RICA ADVENTURE CONNECTIONS... Transfer + Tour
The best Costa Rica travel options to the Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna and beyond!

Costa Rica Adventure Connection
ADVENTURE CONNECTION RAFTING CLASS 3-4 SAN JOSE to ARENAL VOLCANO
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
Full-day hours $ 95 tourlogo
 
Get picked-up in San José & do one of the most-exciting Costa Rica raft trips on the way to the Arenal Volcano! Arrive to your Arenal hotel by 3:30pm! You'll love this Arenal raft tour!
 
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Costa Rica Adventure Connection
ADVENTURE CONNECTION Río Balsa SAN JOSE to ARENAL VOLCANO
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 8 hours $ 85 tourlogo
 
Get picked-up in San José & raft on the way Río Balsa class 2-3 Arrive to Arenal by 4:00pm!
 
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Arenal Volcano Transportation
ADVENTURE CONNECTION Taxi-Boat-Taxi between the ARENAL VOLCANO and MONTEVERDE
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
3 hours $ 32 tourlogo
 
Our boat transfer is the best way to get between the Arenal Volcano and Cloud Forests of Monteverde and is often known as the Taxi-Boat-Taxi. This unique and efficient Costa Rica transfer departs La Fortuna and Monteverde (1-way) and runs in both directions.
 
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Desafío Adventure Connection: Rafting on the Río Tenorio Safari Float
ADVENTURE CONNECTION: RÍO TENORIO SAFARI FLOAT ARENAL VOLCANO to GUANACASTE BEACHES
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
approx. 7 hours 13-55 in good physical condition $ 125 tourlogo
 

The Rio Tenorio Safari Float is a great tour to do on the way from the Arenal Volcano to your Guanacaste beach destination. Take a scenic drive along the beautiful, but windy road of Lake Arenal – get great views of the Arenal Volcano. Arrive to the picturesque Tenorio River and do a relaxing float to see the multitude of wildlife in the area.

 
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MONTEVERDE EXPRESS COMBO with Don Juan Coffee Tour: ARENAL VOLCANO to MONTEVERDE
MONTEVERDE EXPRESS COMBO with Don Juan Coffee Tour: ARENAL VOLCANO to MONTEVERDE
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
6 hours $ 85
 
Our personalized, Monteverde Express boat transfer can be combined with a tour at the Don Juan Coffee Farm on your way from the Arenal Volcano to the Cloud Forests of Monteverde. This transfer departs from La Fortuna: 8:30am (actual departure time varies depending on La Fortuna hotel location).
 
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Arenal Volcano Transportation
monteverde express bOAT TRANSFER BETWEEN THE ARENAL VOLCANO AND MONTEVERDE
  Duration Recommended Ages Price from
3 hours $ 50
 
Our personalized Monteverde Express boat transfer is the highest-quality service you can get on your way between the Arenal Volcano and Cloud Forests of Monteverde. This transfer departs from La Fortuna and Monteverde (1-way) Departs: 8:30am, 2:30pm from La Fortuna, 8:00am, 2:00 pm from Monteverde (actual departure time varies depending on hotel location).
 
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THINGS TO DO NEAR THE ARENAL VOLCANO
These are some of our favorite things to do in La Fortuna - ENJOY!

La Fortuna Waterfall
 

La Fortuna WaterfallThe La Fortuna is a must-see when you come to the Arenal Area. It’s cascading 150-ft crystaline waters are refreshing and the exuberant nature that surrounds this secluded canyon will astound. The hike down takes about 15-minutes. You can play around in small pools in the section further down stream. Not only will the waterfall take your breath away, but also the hike back up, but well worth it! There are changing rooms at the top and small souvenir shops for your convenience. Proceeds of the entrance fee go toward various community projects.

We can organize a tour for you to visit, or feel free to try it on your own. Many tourists walk to the waterfall from the center of town which takes about 1.5 hours or rent our bikes to go there. The entrance fee is currently $10.

And don’t miss the “secret” swimming hole on your way down called the “El Salto.” You can ask for more information about these beuatiful local attractions in our office.

 


El Salto Secret Swimming Hole
 

El Salto Secret Swimming Hole

"El Salto" Secret Swimming Hole

They say the best things in life are free -- the "El Salto" secret swimming hole is one of them. Come visit the beautiful and secluded "El Salto" secret swimming hole near the Arenal Volcano. This gorgeous swimming hole is a great place to hang out with friends, relax and play in the clear, fresh water pools and waterfalls. Plus there is a "Tarzan Swing" to make it even more fun!

Come by our office Desafío Adventure Company behind the Central Church in downtown La Fortuna so we can show you how to get there. Word of caution -- be careful with your valuables as petty theft is common and don't swim if it is raining heavily in the mountains because flash floods could occur.

 


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