Adventures in Arenal with the Desafio Adventure Company

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Today I wanted to post about an amazing day I had in Arenal – Costa Rica with the Desafio Adventure Company. Just to give you an introduction, Arenal is a cloud forest located in the north west region of Costa Rica. I had the privilege to enjoy a bunch of adventurous activities here with Desafio.


We joined Desafio for their Rappelling and Canyoning adventure. The activity started with a hotel pickup in the morning around 7 AM. We were picked up in a nice air conditioned bus from our hotels. The bus took us to a location from where we switched into another vehicle more suited to travel a couple of kilometers on a dirt road.

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We don’t travel in anything other than a “Limo” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The gang off to conquer the waterfalls

ย Once we reached our destination, we were given our harnesses and gloves for our activity. Then the same van took us near the waterfalls where we hiked a couple of kilometers and started rappelling. Our Instructor was really friendly and gave us clear instructions on how we should be positioning our bodies, feet and holding the ropes. He even gave us a sample demo while we were waiting.
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This is the end of the dirt road which led to the waterfalls

ย Now onto the fun part, we rappelled the first waterfall. There were 3 in total increasing gradually in size. There is also a point where you are made to jump into a 7 feet pool of water – what an adrenaline rush. The instructors were available to assist and guide us throughout the activity and made it a lot of fun.
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Clicking a picture right before my first waterfall

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This was a small practice waterfall before we went on to rappell the higher ones. The instructors were with us all along motivating us. I was really nervous at first, but once you complete the activity, it feels amazing :).
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I am sure you can see the nervousness on my face here

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Going slow at first

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Starting to rappel now

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This was the most difficult waterfall of the 3 and the most fun. As you can see it’s much bigger and higher.

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At some point you just leave the rope and sway back to the ground

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That feeling of accomplishment when you are done ๐Ÿ™‚


This was another fun part of the adventure where we walked from waterfall to waterfall, jumped into a 7 feet hole and sat in a line to form our very own waterfall ๐Ÿ™‚

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Waterfall 3

The waterfall was 200 meters high and we swayed to the bottom. It was an amazing experience.

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Once we were done, we hiked back upto the original meeting place where we could shower, change into warm clothes and had a hot meal waiting for us. Talk about being pampered ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, we were dropped back to our hotels and were picked up after an hour for Zip-lining. I believe we did a total of 16 Zip-lines including a Tarzan swing (look at the video in the end, to see how cool it was). It was a lot of fun with some amazing views of Arenal and the cloud forest.

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I wish I could go back again. Thank you Desafio for making this one heck of an adrenaline rush. I would highly recommend you to contact the Desafio Adventure Company for organizing all your activities in Costa Rica. Here is the link to all the combo tours on their website.

Full travel video here.

ย Happy to answer any questions.




16 thoughts on “Adventures in Arenal with the Desafio Adventure Company

  1. Swati Dixit says:

    Omg Ankita! You’re one adventurous soul! Looking at the waterfall climb down and zip lining pictures, I had a tingling sensation under my feet ๐Ÿ˜€ I so badly wanna go here now, so glad you had a great time! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • ankitamiharia says:

      Thanks Kavya. It was a lot of fun. My husband is one adventurous soul, so I have to keep up ;). You should visit CR ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tivoli says:

    Omg Ankita! I LOVED reading your post and that video was amazing!!! That Tarzan swing man.. I really really wanna do that now!! It looks like a lot of fun and clearly you enjoyed it too! An experience of a lifetime, no? LOVED it.. thank you for sharing and letting us know about it all!! <3 <3

    • ankitamiharia says:

      Thank you so much. Haha glad you liked the post. The tarzan swing was freakin scary. But I guess in the end, what doesn’t kill you does make you stronger ๐Ÿ˜‰

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