Canyoning in the Lost Canyon

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Canyoning in the Lost Canyon
from USD $108.90
The Lost Canyon was voted as the TOP Travel Experience in the world by TripAdvisor! The Lost Canyon has the largest waterfalls for rappelling in Costa Rica's wet and wild Northern Zone near the Arenal Volcano. Go big in the Lost canyon as you rappel down a series of four tropical waterfalls and dip into refreshing pools. You will hike and downclimb through the lush, verdant jungle canyon, and learn about the intricate nature hidden in the rainforest during this daring 4 hour adventure. Plus, enjoy a delicious, all-you-can-eat, fresh and natural Costa Rican buffet lunch at the Hunters & Gatherers operation base and take a swim in the El Salto local swimming hole. The tour includes hotel pickup, drop-off, an amazing lunch and experience of a lifetime.
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In Brief

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
4 hours
Important InfoInfo

The Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning tour is considered the Top Experience in the World, according to TripAdvisor. We dare you to #FindYourselfintheLostCanyon! The Lost Canyon is a very exclusive tour. You will explore deep into the Costa Rican rainforest and rappel down the biggest waterfalls near the Arenal Volcano. There are many exciting surprises along the way as you get wet and wild in one of the most beautiful rainforest canyons in the world!

Stop At:

• Desafio Adventure Company, Meters West of the Central Park 100 Downtown La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007 Costa Rica
• Arenal Volcano National Park 21007 Costa Rica
• Hunters & Gatherers Costa Rica, 702, Alajuela Province, San Carlos La Fortuna Alajuela CR 21007, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
• 100 Metros al Sur de la gasolina La Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna, 50402, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Safety equipment and briefing


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We are happy to pick you up from any hotel or rental home in the La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area. Just pease provide us the exact Google Maps location upon booking your tour with us. If you are coming from San Jose or Guanacaste, please be sure to allow at least a three-hour drive time.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 17 recent reviews

By far the best adventure we had in Costa Rica! All the guys with Desafio were great. There are lockers for your things, bring a change of clothes, you are completely wet by the end! They take pictures and a few videos you can purchase. For my family of 4 it was $35 (cash only) and well worth it! The Costa Rican lunch afterwards was amazing. Don’t miss this trek through the canyon!!!
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
We did the 1 pm tour due to timing issues. Normally we would choose the morning which is usually much busier. It turned out it was just my wife and I. Cesar and his team did a great job. Big rappels, excellent equipment and a good meal afterwards all led to an excellent day. Not too physically demanding with a short uphill hike at the end. The water surprises were a fun addition.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
very fun activity, repelling from the water fall was exciting if you haven't done it before. walking into and out of the lost canyon was also very interesting, you don't get to see this canyon unless you go on this tour since it's very remote. free fall into the water hole is also very unique for this tour. highly recommended.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2017
Very friendly staff that made you feel comfortable and safe. Great variety of small and very tall waterfalls. Beautiful scenery and very thrilling trip! Traditional Costa Rican meal for lunch that was delicious. They have several photo opportunities along the trip and videos too that you can purchase afterwards for a fair price 25 for a couple. Tour is a combination of repelling, hiking, and some surprises!
• Submitted 02 Jun 2017
A must do in Arenal...the experience could be intimidating at the beginning I am afraid of heights but the guides Cesar! make you feel so comfortable and safe that you will be ready to challenge yourself. Great company, great people, awesome experience!!
• Submitted 18 May 2017
Unbelievable adventure. The guides were a blast and ensured our safety. Plus, the meal at the end was a delicious feast. I recommend the afternoon because the meal is a suitable dinner. You will want to get the photos.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2017
This excursion is the perfect half day trip while staying in La Fortuna. I'm scared of heights but their tour guides were so patient with me and made me feel very safe while having fun the entire time. This is a must do, you won't regret it, lots of fun!
• Submitted 19 Mar 2017
• Submitted 15 Dec 2016
This was a super fun outing! Totally loved it! We've been ziplining and rappelling before, so it wasn't scary. It's adventurous, but they can tailor it for many ability levels. Wish the waterfalls had been a bit more dramatic, but overall, I'd do it all again and again! The crew and guides for DeSafio Adventure Co are fantastic and they really MAKE the trip. Lunch at the end is ample and tasty, served on a nice outdoor patio. There are lockers for your things. Don't bring a camera on the outing, unless it's totally waterproof.... Prepare to get completely wet they provide towels. Wear sturdy footwear! The photos they sold as a package at the end are absolutely worth the price! Loved, loved this and would do it again.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2016
Awesome!! These guys were pros and had wonderful personalities. We had a great time. We would definitely do it again.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2016
Had a great time! Want to go back!
• Submitted 29 Aug 2016
This tour was scary at first but so so worth it! It was amazing and the food was delicious!!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
Awesome time! There is a 'staircase' to hike at the end to the base camp, but most of the hike is on rocks and paths. Wear shoes and clothes to get WET! I had never rappelled before and had a great time. 57, active, and adventurous, took 20 year old son.
• Submitted 20 Jun 2016
Amazing time, guides incredibly professional and helpful. Lots of thrills against a gorgeous jungle backdrop.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016
Excellent tour and the guides were amazing and made me feel very comfortable and I had a great time!
• Submitted 21 Oct 2015
An absolutely awesome adventure. Victor, Joshua and David were fun, very professional and always concerned for our safety. The canyons, waterfalls and environment in general were all gorgeous and only regret is not having a GoPro to capture it all. The rappelling itself was amazing and everyone should experience only super slight complaint would be that you only rappel down about halfway on the second largest canyon and about a fourth of the way on the largest before letting go and sliding down the line...although the slide down is fun, I would have rather rappelled to the bottom of each. Despite this minor quibble, I would still highly recommend this tour to everyone.
• Submitted 08 Sep 2015
This tour was unbelievably amazing. The guides were super friendly and very happy. They made me feel completely safe when doing the rappelling and went out of their way to make the experience memorable. The photo option was very affordable ($25 USD). I would recommend this to everyone! Amazing!!!!!
• Submitted 01 Jun 2015

In Brief

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
4 hours