Arenal to Monteverde Horseback Lake Route

The Arenal to Monteverde horseback riding tour is both adventure tour and transportation. This unique journey offers a timeless way to travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde.

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  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 7:00 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Horseback Riding

To begin this adventure tour and transfer combination, you will be picked up from your Arenal hotel by a minivan and driven to the Arenal Dam. You will then board a comfortable, covered power boat. The next 30 minutes will present you with the special opportunity of viewing the volcano and its surrounding beauty from the picturesque Arenal Lake.

Upon arrival, you will be met by your horses and begin the two and a half hour horseback portion of your trip. You will journey through lush rainforest, tropical jungle, and farmlands, leading you to the Arenal Lake for surreal views of the towering Arenal Volcano. Along the way you may spot some wildlife, so stay alert! This portion of the trip will take you to the lakeside town of EL Guayabo. This trip is suitable for inexperienced riders and can usually be navigated safely, even in rainy season. Your horseback ride comes with a 15 to 20 minute break for water and fruit.

In El Guayabo, you will be reunited with your luggage and greeted by a comfortable boat, ready to get you started on the final leg of your trip. The short lake cruise offers great views of the volcano and the forested mountain range spanning the horizon. There is also a chance to see a variety of wetland birds. Once you reach the opposite lake shore, you will be taken by van directly to your hotel in Monteverde. This last portion of the trip takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.

All boats and mini-vans are comfortable, safe and fully insured. The drivers, boat captains, and tour guides carry cell phones and can contact the main office at any point. For safety reasons, these tours may not be offered in bad weather conditions. Taxi-Boat-Taxi shortcut, however, run daily, all year round.

What to Bring

Long pants, a sweater or jacket, hiking boots or sneakers, sun-screen, camera and insect repellent.

What's included

Experienced and professional guides, riding equipment, rain poncho, fruit snacks, water, transport to and from hotels, luggage transfers. The tour takes 5 hours approximately.


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

Traveler Comments

Our guide, Daly, was awesome!

- GITA P, FEB 2020

This was amazing. Very wonderful people and experience.

- MINDY L, JAN 2019

Nice boat ride and nice horse ride. Drivers and guides were all on time and everything went perfectly.

- P, JAN 2018
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