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Arenal MAMBO COMBO Canyoning and Rafting
Full Day Canyoning and Rafting
Arenal MAMBO COMBO Canyoning Lost Canyon & Rafting Rio Balsa
Get a perfect taste of the mountainside wilds around the Arenal Volcano in one crazy fun combo of two exciting sports: waterfall rappelling and whitewater rafting. You will be guided by professional guides and be provided with the highest quality safety equipment. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime!
You’re visiting beautiful biodiverse Costa Rica and itching for adventure in the country’s rich wilderness? We have come up with ultimate duo that mixes extreme adventure with a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature... Because, really: what’s better to get your adrenaline pumping and your eyes feasting on breathtaking views than a morning rappelling down pounding waterfalls in the pristine Lost Canyon?
Your exciting canyoning tour is followed by a whitewater rafting ride like no other! Get the best whitewater and wildlife on the best Arenal rafting trip in Costa Rica!
Welcome to the Mambo Combo Rappel & Raft! — the top adventure tour for anyone seeking thrills in the environs of the mighty Arenal Volcano!
Spend the morning rappeling down pounding waterfalls that are up to 200 feet high. Feel like a tropical bird while free-falling. Laugh and squeal as loud as you want while jumping into pools of the Lost Canyon’s pure water.
Indulge in river tracing along the canyon, down-climbing the canyon walls and scrambling over river boulders through what we call “mother nature's obstacle course”
Trek briefly up through the rainforest to refuel with a light early lunch or late breakfast at the Canyon House
Take in the gorgeous mountainside flora and fauna during the Desafio Jungle Limo ride to the Rio Balsa
Hold on tight for the thrilling Class 2 and 3 rapids of Rio Balsa
Dig in to a Costa Rican style lunch at an authentic rural restaurant
Head back to your hotel in our air-conditioned vans with FREE WiFi
Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions for Canyoning and Rafting if you want to learn more about our tours:
The best rafting and canyoneering guides in Costa Rica
High quality safety gear
Tropical fruit break
Lots of adventure!
WHAT TO BRING
Clothes to get wet in
A change of clothes for after the rafting tour
An appetite for adventure
We have created these fun COMBO tours to help you economize time and money on your vacation - we will coordinate your tour pick-ups and drop-offs and in some COMBOS, you may have a short break back at your hotel to take a breather before the next tour. Please keep your itinerary with you so you are aware of your COMBO logistics.
Have a look at ourAdventure Waiver if you have questions about our Costa Rica adventure tour policies.
For reasons beyond our control (climate, river levels, etc.), we may change to a more-suitable tour with an equal or similar adventure-appeal or offer other tour options so you don`t miss out on a fun day in Costa Rica. We reserve the right to cancel a trip due to unfavorable conditions & will only run a tour according to our policies. Full refund is given if (on rare occasion) no tour is run. This adventure involves some inherent risk and physical exertion, so you must be in good physical condition!
While the recommended weight limit for our canyoneering (rappelling) tour and most zip line tours is 220 lbs (100 kilos) it’s more about waist size than weight as the ropes (canyoneering) and cables (zip lines) are rated for well over 220 lbs but the maximum waist size for the harnesses used for these tours is 42 inches. So if you are a little over 220 lbs but your waist is less than 42 inches you can still do these tours.
READ CLIENT COMMENTS
I absolutely loved my tours booked with desafio! This company was one of the highlights of my 2 weeks in Costa Rica! Waterfall repelling was my favorite!! I. Also loved the canyoneering, white water rafting and zip line tour! I will continue to reccomend this company to my friends! P.s... all of the guides were so much fun!!!!!
Aimee - March 27, 2017 at 3:40 PM
The Mambo Combo was recommended to us and it did not disappoint!!! The four of us (ages 51, 46, and two 15 year old girls) ALL had a blast. Our guides were terrific - professional and playful. They kept us laughing and made even challenging parts of the day seem safe and manageable.
Tanya H - January 1, 2017 at 7:35 PM
Had an amazing time on the Mambo Combo! Staff was great! Definitely worth the money!
Jennifer - June 25, 2016 at 9:41 PM
We just got back from Costa Rica and went on the Mambo Combo tour on our second to last day there. It was PHENOMENAL. My husband and I are pretty adventurous and have done a lot of things from Sea-trekking to Ziplining to Parasailing, etc. but the Canyoneering/Rappelling experience was simply awesome! Probably my favorite thing I've ever done. It's a mix between rappelling, climbing down rocks, and flat out "hiking" through the river. Whitewater Rafting was also a blast, and we had a great trip down the Balsa River with Jordan. Jorge was another one of our guides on the whitewater rafting part, and he was great, too. All in all, this was probably the best tour on our whole trip, and we had a pretty amazing trip altogether. We also added a hot springs "tour" to this day, so the guides/bus driver were accommodating and dropped us off at the hot spring on the way back to the hotels rather than going back for another transport; it made for a nice top-off to our long, exerting day! I would HIGHLY recommend Desafio tours and will most definitely be using them whenever I go back to Costa Rica ! :)
Becky - April 19, 2016 at 9:50 PM
We did 5 tours in Costa Rica, and the Desafio Mambo Combo Rappel + Raft tour was by far the most fun. All of the guides were super enthusiastic and funny. The activities were exciting and fun while also being a great way to experience the Costa Rican landscape. They also feed you, and the food is amazing. Would highly recommend this tour!
Side note: Hérnan was the best guide ever!!! He was super energetic, informative, and hilarious. It made our white water rafting trip exponentially more fun than it would have been otherwise. Muchas gracias!
Sara - July 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
We did the Mambo Combo! What an Awesome day! All the guides were great! Very friendly, and professional! Very knowledgable in the activities we were participating in. Transportation was comfortable and timely! Food was excellent Costa Rican meal! Would highly recommend! Great day of adventure doing the mambo combo!!!!
Shannon - May 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM
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