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Canyoning in the Lost Canyon in Costa Rica
Go Big! Go Canyoning in La Fortuna!
Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning -- Costa Rica's best multi-sport adventure near the Arenal Volcano!
We get many requests from visitors who want to experience the REAL Costa Rica -- and that's what the Lost Canyon is all about! You'll rappel down huge waterfalls, jump into pools, downclimb the canyon walls and river boulders, and hike up through the rainforest. We pack all kinds of adventure into the best canyoning waterfall rappelling experience in Costa Rica!
Door-to-door service: We provide door-to-door service and pick you up at your hotel or AirBnB.
Lost Canyon Ops Center: After a fun, 15-minute ride up a local rural community, you'll arrive to the Lost Canyon Ops Center. Is canyoning safe in Costa Rica? Your professional Desafio adventure guides will fit you with high-quality canyoneering gear and give you a safety talk and canyoning demonstration before beginning your La Fortuna waterfall adventure.
Baby steps: Start off the rappelling-leg of your canyoning journey with the first waterfall referred to as the "Baby" -- a small-sized 10-ft waterfall that allows you to ease your way into learning the ropes -- literally!
Just LET GO!: You’ll soon reach what we fondly call the “Big Boy" -- the second largest waterfall. This waterfall will get your adrenaline-pumping! Your heart will be racing and your eyes sparkling as you continue your journey through the canyon and you build up to the largest Lost Canyon challenge: an exciting 200ft waterfall rappel.
Visit El Salto Waterfall: When you finish your tour, settle in for your best meal in Costa Rica at our famous Hunters & Gatherers restaurant next to the El Salto Swimming Hole on the Fortuna River. You'll enjoy a hearty meal before heading back to your hotel of AirBnB.
Extra money to buy photos or a t-shirt of your tour
Sense of adventure
A big smile
We provide a delicious, homemade meal at the end of the Lost Canyon Adventures canyoning tour we call the DESAFIO TROPICAL BUFFET at our Hunters and Gartherers Restaurant. Please let us know should you have any dietary restrictions like vegetarian needs, gluten-free, kosher, etc. and we will do our best to accommodate you! Combine the Lost Canyon with rafting to do our unique MAMBO COMBO Rappel & Raft tour -- only with Desafio near the Arenal Volcano! You can also purchase or ask to borrow a handy dry bag from the Desafio EGO Store if you'd like to take your phone or a camera with you. Just ask at our Reception Desk.
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.
NOTE: We have an extra transport charge for hotels outside of our normal pick-up zone.
READ CLIENT COMMENTS
Absolutely LOVED our guides. Fully professional but also super entertaining, informative and hysterical and they really took care of our group. They take care of everything from pick up to drop off, were punctual, spoke perfect English and the food at the end was delicious. Definitely seem to know their stuff so I felt safe all the way through and they were able to answer all the questions I had for them about the excursion, the safety of the gear, and about Costa Rica in general. The rappelling was so much fun but like previous commenters said, be prepared to get soaked! I will definitely use this company again for more adventures when I'm back in Costa Rica.
Nicole - December 17, 2019 at 6:50 PM
We had a blast canyoning with tour guide David! He was so lively and energetic and entertaining. We still talk about ourhoneymoon trip from September of this year. It was fantastic. The adventure was fun, lots of unexpected turns awaiting us and repelling repelling repelling! SO FUN! Thanks Desafio!
Nour & Kareem - November 16, 2017 at 11:17 AM
Waterfall rappelling the Lost Canyon with DeSafio was the highlight of our Costa Rican adventure! The office staff (who even accommodated a date change due to a sick kid) drivers, photographer, cooks, and especially the guides were all wonderful! The canyon was beautiful and we always felt safe but also excited for this new sport for us! SO MUCH FUN!!! Highly recommend!
Kristi - July 10, 2017 at 10:29 PM
We did a whitewater rafting tour and a canyoneering tour with our kids, ages 18 and 15. Both were fantastic! They were fun and you could tell that safety was a priority with the company. I highly recommend Desafio for your tours!
Tami Brubaker - April 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM
My adult family, 17-55yo, really enjoyed lost canyon rappelling. The guides were great! They made you feel comfortable though out the whole adventure. It was challenging navigating through the waterfalls/streams and each rappel was different, which was awesome. Thanks for a super fun time. The lunch was good too!
Gaye Walter - January 2, 2016 at 12:00 AM
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