Horseback Riding in Rincon de la Vieja
Horseback Riding in Rincon de la Vieja

There are so many ways to travel the lands of Costa Rica. For me, I like hopping because I can splash in puddles and jump up to high branches! During my travels, I explore different forms of transportation and one of my favorites is horseback riding. From atop a majestic horse, you can see much more clearly - that is, unless you are very tall! It's a whole new way to experience nature, because humans can feel as though they are a part of it. You can trek through the lush forests, alongside a volcano or on the white-sand beaches.

Horse stables at Adventure Tours
Horse stables at Adventure Tours

Where to go

Guanacaste boasts some of the most pristine weather in Costa Rica, and it is typically considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the country. The diverse environments and handful of national parks make this region the most ideal to go horseback riding. Plus, many of the regions in this area will offer horseback riding, so if you're staying in a Costa Rica all inclusive resort here, you shouldn't have to travel far. You can find places to go horseback riding in or around Papagayo, El Coco, Playa Conchal, Flamingo, Playa Nosara Beach, Carrillo, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Beach, Montezuma and Tambor Beach, and many more popular spots.

I highly recommend you don't miss the opportunity to travel through Costa Rica on horseback - what better way to travel this scenic region than with your own animal “guide.”

View of Currubande
View of Currubande

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Home to mountain and dwarf cloud forests - different kinds of tropical forests - this national park is home to an extensive amount of flora and fauna that is highly visible while riding horseback! Trails twirl through the park, so it can be a very challenging trek for some travelers – making it the perfect place to go horseback riding. Here you can wind through waterfalls, hot springs, volcano summits and mountainsides. It's a truly breathtaking park.

Oropendola Waterfall

You can spend 2.5 hours on a guided horseback ride through the region around the stunning 25-meter Oropendola Waterfall. Along the way you'll get to experience some of the area's best flora and fauna (be sure to keep your eyes on the lookout) and a peaceful canyon that is where the actual waterfall is located. This trail can easily be done on foot, but many travelers prefer horseback because it completes the romantic atmosphere of the getaway!

Beautiful horse getting ready for a nice ride
Beautiful horse getting ready for a nice ride