Horseback tours allow travelers to experience several spectacular places within the course of a few hours or a few days. Imagine riding through a misty rainforest before gearing up for a river rafting adventure, or perhaps crossing creeks and streams before soaking away the afternoon in geothermal hot springs. Horseback rides can take you to one place or ten, all the while making the journey one of the most memorable parts of the adventure. Inexperienced riders are welcomed, and tours can be arranged for both private individuals and larger groups. Although horseback riding is possible throughout most of the country, some of the better-known locations include Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Arenal and Rincón de La Vieja.
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See the beauty of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast on this horseback tour that explores both the jungle and the beach. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife, with a guide who can help you spot animals peeping out from among the jungle leaves. Best of all, the horses that you’ll meet on this trip are easygoing rescues who get to graze freely whenever they aren’t giving tours.
3 hrsFrom $85
This expedition at the Buena Vista Lodge allows tour members to enjoy canopy tours and horseback rides, and hot springs all in one day. Oh right and then there is that 400-meter waterslide through the forest.
8 hrsFrom $152
On this tour you’ll visit an activity center that faces the Arenal River. Several parts of the property are included in your visit to Club Rio, including hiking trails, swimming, and lunch at the club. In addition you’ll get to pick two adventure activities.
7 hrsFrom $134
Always wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl? This vacation, fulfill a dream with Hacienda Arío's 'Cowboy Experience,' where you and at least three other adventurers will roam the Guanacaste Province's hamlet of Playa Manzanillo and participate in a real cattle round up.
5 hrsFrom $130
Take a horseback ride through the wild terrain of the Osa Peninsula — the rainforest, grassy meadows, hills, and rocky Pacific beaches. Your guide will introduce you to the local cowboy culture, and help you keep an eye out for wildlife.
3 hrsFrom $60
The Cinco Ceibas’ full day tour includes a walk along the elevated rainforest boardwalk and your choice of horseback riding, river kayaking or an educational oxen wagon tour. Transportation to and from hotels in San José area is also included.
12 hrsFrom $125
Vandará has a few of Guanacaste’s most popular adventure activities, all in the same place. This is a lovely way to make sure you fit them all in during the course of a half-day visit – you can choose from Morning Passes and Night Passes, which come with either lunch or dinner.
9 hrsFrom $110
This tour begins with a one-hour drive through the Guanacaste mountain range. During this portion, you’ll be privileged with excellent views of the dormant Miravalles Volcano. Although the volcano hasn’t experienced significant eruptions in some time, it continues to expel gas and geysers near its base— expulsions that are used by the government to produce geothermal energy.
7 hrsFrom $150
Indulge in a day of relaxation and adventure at the Vandara Hot Springs & Spa. The Vandara Hot Springs are situated near the Rincón de la Vieja National Park on a nicely forested piece of property. This combination tour allows guests to enjoy many different activities, including a soak in the hot springs, horseback riding, a canopy your, waterslide adventure, and an organic farm tour.
6 hrsFrom $67
Even the transportation is sustainable on this tour! Enjoy horseback riding across beautiful Monteverde, Costa Rica on a fun and educational sustainability tour. Discover up-close how the Hotel Belmar sources some of its most delicious offerings, and try your hand at farming. Let nature and your trusty steed show you a great time on this unique getaway.
5 hrsFrom $79
This tour gives you a comprehensive introduction to the territory that surrounds La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano. You'll go horseback riding, hiking, and swimming, and experience one of Costa Rica's indigenous cultures at the Maleku Reserve.
4 hrsFrom $65
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