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Adventure Awaits Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping

Desafio Adventure Company offers the most unique and exclusive adventures in the Costa Rica. We are always striving to create the newest and most innovative tours in the country, while following our 2 company rules – 1) Be Safe and 2) Have Serious Fun!
Plus we are the direct operators of our own services. This is actually fairly unusual in the travel and tourism industry.
Just a few examples of our exclusive tours and services:
•Pioneers of Rafting in the Northern Zone – Our founder Suresh Krishnan was the first to explore the rivers of the Northern Zone for commercial use and launched the first adventure company in the area. We are now the only company with private river put ins and take outs with bathrooms, shower and changing areas, as well as towels and plastic bags for the comfort of our guests. Our warehouses store our equipment which means less wear and tear on equipment and ability to make last minute changes where necessary.
•Gravity Falls, Waterfall Jumping – considered Costa Rica’s most extreme tour!
•Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning – our own private canyon with rappels that start small and end big! In addition we own the canyon house where we store all of our equipment and even grow some of the food we use to prepare delicious meals following tours. We also own all of our specialized Desafio Jungle Limo 4x4’s, providing rides to otherwise inaccessible areas.
•Single Track Madness – Mountain biking is one of the most sought after activities in Costa Rica and exclusive and intense mountain bike route near the Arenal Volcano just for you!.
•Adventure Connection Tour & Transfers – Let the journey be your adventure! Making the most out of your vacation by getting you to your next destination while doing an adventure along the way. By combining tours with what are otherwise just travel days, you save time and money and maximize your experience in Costa Rica.
•Exclusive Tours -- The only tour outfitter in the area offering Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayak Fishing and Single Track Madness Mountain Biking
•FREE Wi-Fi in our vans! In response to a client recommendation, we equipped our fleet of 30 modern vans with FREE Wi-Fi to allow you to stay connected during your travel time.
•Team building and Corporate Events -- We offer completely unique, fun and effective team building opportunities!


We provide an EASY booking platform and the most flexible reservations policies in the industry. We provide online booking, live online chat and a TOLL FREE number to contact us with any questions and to make it easy to book your tours, transportation, hotels and other travel needs directly.
In addition we don’t charge rebooking or change fees. Simply follow our three step booking process and reserve anything directly with us.
Doing our tours is also EASY! We provide all of the safety equipment, instructions and support necessary for anyone to have an unforgettable time. Don’t know how to raft or rappel or is it your first time canyoning or waterfall jumping? That’s ok, you are not alone! We will guide you through the process. *Note: all of our tours require different levels of physical fitness and age recommendations.


Adventure Awaits Canyoning

Desafio Adventure Company was founded and still operates today under only two rules:

1) Be Safe! and 2) Have Serious Fun!

•Serious Fun is different for everyone -- We know that not everyone has the same idea of fun and it all depends on who you are and what kind of experience you are looking for. Whether it is a leisurely Safari Float or an adrenaline packed Waterfall Jumping tour, we offer and operate a tremendous selection of tours – which means there is something for everyone!
•Safety is the cornerstone of our company. We meticulously maintain and revise our equipment and upgrade it annually. We were chosen as the first-ever government-certified Adventure School in Central America to train adventure guides, winning the first public-private contract to develop and implement a program to train and graduate young people in important guiding and safety techniques (the first in Latin America).


Suresh Krishnan, The Pioneer of Adventure near the Arenal Volcano

MEET OUR FOUNDER - Suresh Krishnan

Suresh Krishnan started Desafio Adventure Company over 27 years ago after falling in love with the Arenal region's many rivers. Here is an up-close look at his journey to owning one of the best tour companies in Costa Rica.

What is your background-education and experiences that have lead you to where you are now?
I was born in the Southern part of India in the State of Kerala and my father moved our family to Ohio in the United States when I was 7 years old to start a Montessori school. He then moved us out to Pasadena, California when I started high school. I barely finished high school and really wanted to pursue a running career at Stanford, but I didn't have good enough grades to get into the university. The best option for me was to join the US military and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I loved the discipline and the leadership skills I acquired. I made it on the US Army boxing team and trained hard and was later sent to Panama for Jungle Warfare School. Because of my athletic abilities, I was placed on a US Army Relay Team to run the full distance of the Panama Canal from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. While I was in the US Army, they had me jumping out of airplanes, rappelling out of helicopters, hiking through dense forests and much more.

I was doing ROTC at UCLA and preparing myself to be an officer while attending classes on Anthropology at Long Beach State University. On the side, I taught sea kayaking lessons at a local kayak shop. One day a Costa Rican walked in to buy some rafting equipment to start up a rafting company on Costa Rica's famous Pacuare River. He asked me if I wanted to be a raft guide in Costa Rica and that's when my love affair with Costa Rica began - more than 20 years ago!

I started working on the Pacuare River, but the company I was working for didn't work out for me, so I thought I could start my own rafting company on the Pacuare based out of San Jose. But competition was very difficult and I wasn't doing very well. I then met a Swedish girl who was living near the Arenal Volcano and she invited me to visit her. It took me over eight hours on public buses to get to the rain forests of the La Fortuna area and when I got here I said to myself "there's got to be some amazing rivers around here!" I set out to do the first descents of all of the rivers within one hour of the Arenal Volcano.

But it wasn't easy to start my business on my own. I had to ask my mom for money to fly back to California, but I was determined to make it back to Costa Rica, so I worked as many jobs as I could to save some money, buy some rafting equipment and go back to Costa Rica. I've ran out of working capital a few times and made some bad business decisions along the way, but I really wanted to keep my business going and here I am today after more than 20 years - still learning about Costa Rica and how to run a business!

What personal characteristics do you have that have made you so successful?

People call me a Serial Entrepreneur - I'm always dreaming up new business ideas. I'm also tenacious about my business culture based on honesty and loyalty - those are some of the most-important things I learned to appreciate in the military.

Why adventure tourism?
It seemed like the right thing for me - I used to think I? become a stock-broker and work on Wall Street - but nowadays I can't imagine myself with a suit and tie sitting in a cubicle punching a time clock. I feel so lucky to have the lifestyle I have.

What is the best part about your job?
Coming up with new ideas and watching my team execute them even better than I could imagine. I love when that happens! We have a great team of people working for us and it makes me feel proud to come to work every day!

What is the most challenging part about running Desafio?
There is a reason why I chose the name "Desafio" for my company - the word "Desafio" means "Challenge" because I knew that if I were going to start a business in Costa Rica it was going to be a challenge for an American Indian with little to no Spanish! There is a lot of paperwork and government rules to follow and as a foreigner, I've had to learn the ropes pretty much all on my own. And even though we have great people working for us, managing our staff and keeping them happy all of the time is always a big challenge, too. Our Human Resources department is very important to me. I also try to come up with unique incentives for our staff and even offer them business opportunities to develop on their own because I want to show my appreciation for all that I have.

What sets Desafio apart from the other tour companies?

What sets us apart is our Desafío Adventure Culture. Overall, it's hard to not have a bad time in Costa Rica – this country is all about "happiness." The people here are considered some of the most-friendly people in the world and the natural environment is unparalleled.But to have a truly amazing vacation, it really comes down to your personal experiences while you're here. I always say that we know clients will go back home and they might not remember the name of the river they went rafting on or even the name of the company they went with, but chances are, they will remember the name of the guide. That's exactly the experience we want clientsto come away with.

Where do you see Desafio 5 years from now?
In the next five years I hope we will be considered a leader in adventure tourism in Costa Rica and continue innovating and creating new and exciting adventures for our clients. Ideally, we would like to make sure all of our clients come away with the most-positive experience ever and memories that will last a lifetime!

What to you is a perfect day in Arenal?
Funny you should ask - we had nice rains the past few days so our rivers are full with great, crystal-clear water, our waterfalls in the canyon are full and vibrant, the sun is shining and our big Arenal Volcano is peaking through the clouds. I am confident our clients also think today is a perfect day in Arenal!

I also love to meet with our clients and hear their comments and I am always open to suggestions on investment opportunities and new social entrepreneurial ideas. I think one of the biggest contributions I can make now is to try to mentor others on business ideas and growing companies in a sustainable, responsible way.
Desafio Adventure Company
Behind the central chuch in La Fortuna San Carlos, Alajuela 21007 CR
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