Costa Rica on horseback

photo by eric.surfdude

If you are in love with the great outdoors, then Costa Rica will make you feel in your element. Costa Rica is one of the richest, most diverse and most diverse places on the planet, with dense forests, fast rivers and active volcanoes, sprawling national parks and sandy beaches. When you’re in a natural paradise like this, it’s impossible to resist the call of the wild. Imagine plodding though the vast rainforests or on the sandy beaches of the coast on the back of a gentle horse, for a short while or for hours on end. Regardless whether you are an experience rider or if you’ve never mounted a horse, there are countless ways to see Costa Rica on a horseback and make the most of its natural beauty. Riding is possible almost everywhere in the Costa Rican countryside, but here are some of the most popular spots.

Monteverde

photo by Kevin Tostado

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the richest environments in Costa Rica, where people go in order to explore the cloud forest or zip-line above it, or to catch a glimpse of the wildlife. You can book a tour in Santa Elena and follow your guide to some of the most famous landmarks in the forest, like San Luis Waterfall for instance. There are many routes in the reserve that are accessible on horseback, so it shouldn’t be a problem to see most of the park this way.

Manuel Antonio National Park

photo by Kevin Tostado

Manuel Antonio is probably the most well known national park in Costa Rica, and one of the most popular as well, second only to Arenal. The beaches of Manuel Antonio are the most famous attractions in the park, and it is said that some of the most beautiful and pristine, as well as remote beaches in Costa Rica can be found here. There is a variety of horseback tours in the park, some of which will take your to the beaches, others to the major waterfalls in the area, while some tours will simply guide you around the age-old forest. Most tour agencies have at least a few horseback tours in Manuel Antonio available.

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano is one of the best known landmarks in Costa Rica, and its most visited tourist attraction as well. The volcano is surrounded by the verdant Arenal Volcano National Park, one of the most fitting places to see in Costa Rica on horseback. The forests and the waterfalls surrounding the crater are open to hikers as well as for horseback tours, which are available in the nearby La Fortuna.

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