Horseback riding is a great way to tour Costa Rica

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Fatigue's Out

The key benefit of horseback riding short distances in parts of the country is that travelers can journey to various places, all while getting an up-close view of their beautiful natural surroundings and the abundance of flora and fauna found therein. Perhaps the best part about taking a horseback riding tour is that fatigue is not a factor, allowing you to take full advantage of your vacation and truly experience the natural landscape first-hand. 

Even if these horseback riding tours last just an hour or two, travelers can enjoy a ride through the rainforest, a river rafting ride or a trek through the mountains. These horseback riding tours are offered to anyone, including inexperienced riders, and can be booked as a group or individually.

Where to Do It

While horseback riding is popular in various parts of country, one of the best places to do so is Monteverde. Here, travelers will be able to cover a number of miles in just a few hours, checking out the impressive wildlife and spectacular views in the area. As Monteverde is green throughout the year and boasts an average daily temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, horseback riding tours here are an extremely popular way to get to know the landscape.

Discover a New World

Along the way, tourists will have the chance to view bellbirds, toucans and parrots, as well as animals like the sloth, agouti and even some of the nation's various monkey species. Horseback riding tours through Monteverde are also advantageous because they will bring travelers through a number of different ecosystems, giving them the chance to view a wide variety of birds and animals in a relatively short amount of time.

When to Take It

Typically, these tours can be secured throughout the day, with some of the most popular ones taking place in the early morning or just before sunset.

Horseback riding along some of the country's pristine beaches is another perfect way to spend an afternoon. In addition to the various bird and animal species that will be seen during these tours, travelers can check out sites where pirates used to keep their loot as well as the nesting grounds of the country's giant turtle species. Finish up the journey with a dip in the Pacific Ocean, and you'll have an experience that you won't soon forget.