Lost Canyon Canyoneering Adventure in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Lost Canyon adventures

Tickets for the Lost Canyon through Desafio Adventure Company are $130 USD including transportation, equipment, snacks, and lunch. Photos and videos of the excursion are available for purchase upon returning to the Operations Center at the end of the day.

Traveling Gingerbread Tip: We recommend bringing water shoes, a second pair of shoes to wear after the excursion, an underwater camera, credit card, plastic bag for wet items, and a change of dry clothes. Water shoes are available for purchase at Desafio for $10 USD. 

roads to canyoneering la fortuna

cow on the way to canyoneering la fortuna

Getting to the canyon is only the beginning of the adventure. The winding, dirt, mountain road to the Operation Center becomes undeveloped, requiring a transfer to a diesel off-road vehicle, or jungle limo. We encounter unexpected road repairs along the route, requiring an uphill hike along the dusty trail to another vehicle transfer. The total trip to Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering Operations Center is about 40 minutes. 

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Canyoneering is a combination of waterfall rappelling, zip lining, pool jumping, and hiking through the canyon and rain forest. Participants are fully submerged in water at times. Lockers are available to safely keep items dry while away from the Operations Center. After demonstrations and being outfitted with gloves, helmets, and a harness, our real adventure begins.

mitch canyoneering la fortuna

ziplining over the canyon la fortuna

A single file line follows a narrow path into the forest. Quickly, the hike includes climbing over roots, rocks, and small saplings. As the trees become more dense, the first rappel down a 10 foot waterfall comes into view. The second rappel is down the second largest waterfall followed by a free fall zip line through the canyon. 

lost canyon adventure la fortuna

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Encountering an area of boulders on the hike through the canyon, a guide separates us into groups of of 4-5 and instructs us to sit in the rocky crevice. Unknowingly to the group below, a guide lays down across the small opening above, blocking the flow of water. Once the pool of water becomes more than he can restrain, a whistle blows, he rolls out of the way, and a rush of frigid, spring water rushes through the small opening onto the group below.

canyoneering la fortuna

me ziplining in la fortuna

final repel la fortuna
Final rappel pictured right

On the hike to the grand finale, a 200 foot waterfall rappel, screams of remaining group members echo throughout the canyon as the man made dam of frigid water is released. After the final rappel, the climb out of the canyon begins. Relatively flat in areas, we enjoy the surrounding scenery of small waterfalls, the sun peeking through the dense forest, and red ants scurrying along the forest floor. 

waterfalls in the canyon la fortuna

Returning to the Operations Center, we change into dry clothing, snack on fresh watermelon and pineapple, and view/purchase photos taken during our adventure before being shuttled to an open air buffet of local food for lunch.

Traveling Gingerbread Note: We highly recommend this adventure. It had everything we wanted in 1 excursion: rappelling, zip lining, and hiking.


* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.

  1. Day 1: Fly into San José
  2. Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
  3. Day 3: La Fortuna
  4. Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
  5. Day 5: Montezuma
  6. Day 6: Montezuma
  7. Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
  8. Day 8: Fly out of San José

April 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

5 thoughts

    1. It would be a great choice for a beginner hiker. The hike in and out of the canyon involved a lot of stairs. There were some boulders to climb over and a lot of narrow dirt paths along the water, but not too challenging. The guides were very hands on. The repels gradually got longer so we had time to feel comfortable. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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