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:
FAQs for Canyoning in Costa Rica
FAQs for Rafting in Costa Rica
Our family of four (ages 18 to 44) did the Mambo Combo, and we loved every second. Our guides—Gustavo, Roy, Jilvin, and Jacomo to name just a few—did a fantastic job. They were knowledgeable, professional, and entertaining. We always felt safe in their competent hands. This was one of our favorite experiences in Costa Rica. We would definitely do it again!
Sherene Schilling - January 12, 2020 at 11:39 PM
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
Absolutely my favorite tour that we did with Desafio! We were picked up by the friendliest guide who brought us up to the canyoning area where we met our canyoning guides - Julio, Junior & Brother. We were the only two for the early morning adventure (which I recommend, it makes it even more epic) and basically got a private tour of the waterfalls and jungle. The guys were awesome, they pointed out wildlife to us and took their time in explaining technique and form and making sure we were comfortable. After canyoning, we sat down to a lovely breakfast and were able to watch a slide show of our pictures that Junior took. It was a great way to start the morning and we had a blast. Note: you will absolutely get completed soaked on this trip.
Once we finished breakfast, we were driven over to our new tour guides for white water rafting - Mey, Filipe & Luis. Mey & Filipe were with us for the remainder of the day as they actually came on the rafts with us while Luis was a our drive. All three of them absolutely made the day completely epic - I'm pretty sure we got the best tour guides of the group. Mey was our guide in the raft and he was extremely knowledgeable about the activity and also very safe. He wanted us to really learn how to raft and went out of his way to teach us the proper way to do it. He also took a lot of time to point out wildlife and stopped to let us arrange ourselves after particularly large rapids. Filipe was also with the group but not directly in our boat but he was ridiculously fun and friendly - we had a great time joking around with him from the moment we got into the van to the end of the tour. In the middle of rafting, we all pulled to the side of the river bank and enjoyed fresh fruit displayed on one of the rafts and then proceeded to mosey down the river. After we finished rafting, the guys brought us to a lovely homemade lunch where we ate our way through a massive plate of beef casada that melted in your mouth. But, really, the highlight of the tour were the people we were with who
DANIELLE MUDGE - August 15, 2016 at 1:11 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