Horseback Costa Rica © Kevin Tostado
Costa Rica is a great country to explore on horseback, and there are many tour companies that offer a range of rides all over the country. There are a variety of horseback tours in the Monteverde area or longer adventures of up to five days across the Continental Divide, towards the Caribbean and Arenal Volcano. Short rides include cloud forest tours and full moon adventure rides, starting at sunset with views towards Arenal Volcano.
Longer treks offer spectacular views, journeying through forests and over mountains, along rivers, valleys and across farmlands, staying in interesting villages with comfortable accommodation en route. During the tour, there is an option of taking a speedboat across Lake Arenal to the foot of the active volcano. Here, you can see the spectacular glow of the lava at night and spend some time in the hot springs of Tabacon. These are just a few examples of the rich variety of horse riding available to travellers in Costa Rica.
You do not need to be an experienced rider to enjoy this activity as most operators offer a range of trails to accommodate beginners and experienced riders who want something more challenging.