Costa Rica
Costa Rica Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Costa Rica abounds with rural countryside, expansive pastureland and agriculture. In many areas, horses are still used by ranchers and farmers in their daily work. Most horses in Costa Rica are Criollos, direct descendants of horses brought to the new world by Columbus. These sturdy, compact animals are prized for their hardiness and comfortable gait.

Horseback riding tours are readily available almost everywhere in Costa Rica. However, all stables are not alike and not all horses are well trained and well cared for. It is a challenge to maintain good horse health in the tropics and not all operators invest the time and money to do so. If you feel sorry for the poor animal lugging you across the terrain, it detracts from your tour experience. We choose riding tours that have healthy, well trained horses. For example, our favorite horse tour uses "Easyboots" to protect the horses' front feet and legs.

Horseback riding is a relaxing, fun way to view Costa Rica's natural beauty. With the right horse and guide, no prior experience is required. Some companies can accomodate younger children. Depending on your interests and riding ability, you can choose trails to waterfalls where you can swim in the river under the waterfall or have a natural mud therapy treatment. Ride through primary and secondary rainforest or trot in open pastureland. In the right locale, you can also ride on the beach.

Arenal Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

Our most popular horseback riding tour in the Arenal area takes our guests to La Fortuna Waterfall. Ride through ranchland and rainforest to the waterfall where you can stop for a refreshing swim under the falls.

San Jose Horseback Riding
San Jose

Stay on the outskirts of the city amidst coffee plantations. Guests can ride on tours through the coffee fields, private nature reserves or a nearby mountain range with panoramic views of the central valley and the volcanoes surrounding it. For serious equestrians, ride in the local Cabalgatas (trail rides organized by local towns).

Central Pacific Horseback Riding in Costa Rica
Central Pacific

Our favorite horse riding tours in Costa Rica! This tour near Jaco lasts 2.5 hours through a stunning 1500 acre private rainforest farm and reserve, surrounded by abundant flora and fauna. Choose from tours that ride to a waterfall for a natural spa treatment, on forested shady old ox cart trails, or if an experienced rider, the beach.

Horseback Riding on the North Pacific
North Pacific

Two or three hours tours are available to ride along the beach and in the surf or through the stark countryside with views of the ocean. For those with more experience wanting a full day adventure, you can visit farmland, meet local working cowboys and get a taste of local culture--literally by making your own tortillas on an open fire.