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Costa Rica Canyoning in the Lost Canyon
Go Big! Go Canyoning with Desafio!
Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning -- GO BIG in the Lost Canyon!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 --- they want to get wet in tropical waterfalls, immerse themselves deep in the jungle and push their limits! That's what the Lost Canyon is all about -- it's one of La Fortuna's best-kept secrets full of different kinds of adventures. You'll be rappelling down huge waterfalls, jumping into pools, zipping your way down on guided rappels, river tracing along the canyon, downclimbing the canyon walls and river boulders and hiking up through the rainforest. We pack all kinds of adventure into the best canyoning experience in Costa Rica!
Door-to-door service: We provide door-to-door service and pick you up at your hotel. Your friendly guide will give you a quick briefing about what you'll expect from this canyoning experience as you make your way past La Fortuna to the entrance of the mountain-top community of Santa Gertrudis just 10 minutes outside of town at the outskirts of the Children's Eternal Rainforest.
Jungle Limos: Desafio Adventure Company uses top of the line, rugged Land Cruiser all-terrain trucks we like to call our "Jungle Limos" -- it's a bumpy ride up the mountain, but you'll have the best views of the quaint community and lush gardens of this area from our specially-equipped Jumgle Limos!
Lost Canyon Ops Center: After a fun, 25-minute ride in your Jungle Limo, you arrive to the Lost Canyon Ops Center and be greeted by the Desafio Adventure guides. You will get suited up with high-quality canyoneering gear such as an Edelrid helmet and Sit Work harness. Is canyoning safe in Costa Rica? Your professional guides will give you a full safety talk and remind you that we only have 2 rules at Desafio Adventure Company: 1) Be Safe and 2) Have Serious Fun! After your Canyoneering 101 crash course, complete with safety instructions, demonstrations, a practice session and lots of laughs, we head to the starting point of the Lost Canyon. And did you know that the Lost Canyon got its name because when the Desafio owners Suresh and Christine were exploring the Lost Canyon, it was so lost it wasn't even found on the topographical maps at the time!
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 practice and ease your way into learning the ropes - literally!
Just LET GO!: You will then hike deep into the rocky terrain of the wet and wild rainforest, surrounded by huge rocks, trees, and flowing streams. You’ll soon reach what we fondly call the “Big Boy” -- the second largest waterfall. Imagine this: there you are, on a sturdy platform looking down into the depths of a massive 150-ft tropical waterfall. You’ll start off by rappelling down the rock face and about half way through you’ll hear “LET GO!” – a few moments later you’ll have experienced your first guided, adrenaline pumping free fall!
This is when you will realize that this really is an experience of a lifetime!
More than just rappelling: Canyoneering in the Lost Canyon of Costa Rica is more than just rappelling -- it’s a full body work out! Use your arms, legs, and hands to climb through Mother Nature’s obstacle course! You’ll be jumping into pools, sliding down a natural water slide, sitting under waterfalls, pulling yourself up some rocks and helping yourself down others.
The waterfalls keep getting bigger and BIGGER in the Lost Canyon! As you make your way through the four rappels, you’ll notice your strength and confidence keeps getting stronger and stronger… good thing, because the waterfalls keep getting bigger and BIGGER. You will finish your adventure with a 200ft waterfall drop -- rappelling part of the way and then letting go of the reins to experience another guided free fall drop! Talk about adrenaline! You'll be wanting even more rappels at the end of this amazing adventure!
Worth the hike! As we hike back up the rainforest canyon, you’ll be invited to take your time and enjoy the serenity of the Costa Rica rainforest. It normally takes about 10 minutes, but many people take longer, stopping every so often to soak in this unique experience. At the top, change into your dry clothes and head up to the Canyon Café where there will be a well-deserved homemade lunch waiting for you! And be sure to smile for the camera because we have some paparazzi hidden out in the forest to catch you in the height of emotion and you'll be eager to buy the photos of you doing such a cool adventure in Costa Rica at the end of the tour!
Warrior Buffet: Settle in for your best meal in Costa Rica at our famous WARRIOR BUFFET full of delicious, home-cooked food - and as we say in Costa Rica: "No Artificial Ingredients!"
And an article about Arenal Canyoning by one of our professional guides.
Tour guide; lunch; Transport
WHAT TO BRING
Clothes to get wet in; change of clothes; secure shoes; 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 WARRIOR BUFFET - 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 handy dry bags from the Desafio EGO Store if you'd like to take 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 1: 1-22 pax: No extra charge
ZONE 2: Lost Iguana, Observatory Lodge, Arenal Lodge & The Springs Resort: $20 per trip or $40 roundtrip. ZONE 3: Rancho Margot, Linda Vista, Arenal Vista: $25; $50 rndtrp
ZONE 4: Leaves & Lizards, V. Hermosa, Tilajari: $35/trip; $70 rndtrp
READ CLIENT COMMENTS
This was a highlight of all our activities in Costa Rica. The staff were wonderful and the experience was at the very top. The beauty of the rainforest really comes alive on this adventure as you are literally made a part of it. The food was excellent typical (local) food and capped off an amazing adventure. I cannot recommend this company and this adventure enough. Thank you Desafio.
Anthony - July 6, 2015 at 12:00 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
I had a wonderful time with this organization ! All of our guides and the staff (both Luises, Adrian and all others) were welcoming, professional and quickly built trust, which is so important when flying down cliffs! The natural beauty is immense and for that alone this excursion is worthwhile. I am afraid of heights but by the end I had forgotten! Go, go, go!
Jennifer Rogers - June 11, 2017 at 6:13 PM
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
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