Horseback Riding

What better way to traverse the wilds of Costa Rica, than horseback riding? Careen down dusty back roads, delve into dense rainforest, crest mountains and volcanoes, and trot through foamy surf, on Costa Rica’s original method of back-road transport: horseback!

Professional outfitters offer horseback riding tours in almost every area of the country. (Although, do be sure to seek out a reputable company with healthy animals.) The offer: Spend a few hours exploring the Costa Rica of yesteryear – a country where you’ll follow beaten footpaths and meandering trails, and where silence is filled with the hoots of howler monkeys, the caw of toucans, and the croak of frogs.

Experience the majesty on anything from a two-hour tour, to a half-day excursion, to a full-day horseback adventure, over a variety of landscapes and terrains. Horseback riding tours are available almost everywhere throughout Costa Rica.

This-Not-That: If you want to explore the backwoods in speedy style, swap a horse for Costa Rica’s other off-road transportation, on a thrilling ATV tour.

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La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano Travel Guide

La Fortuna, the beloved adventure capital of Costa Rica, sits at the base of the towering Arenal Volcano, proud owner to one of the world’s most perfect (and picture-perfect) volcanic cones. While the volcano’s once fiery activity has calmed significantly, Arenal is still one of the hottest destinations in Costa Rica, thanks to its relaxing hot springs, adventure activities, and stunning scenery.