Arenal to Monteverde Horseback Tour (Lake Route)

Location: Arenal
The Arenal to Monteverde horseback riding tour is both adventure tour and transportation. This unique journey offers a timeless way to travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde (or from Monteverde to La Fortuna).


"The tour guide was good, the horses were fine and the scenery was gorgeous! "

"This transfer was a unique experience. And this because of the horseback tour. Despite of the rain it was definitely one of our best experience in Costa Rica. Our guide was very nice, very careful with details and he was really enjoying what he was doing. The landscapes were beautiful, the horses were very nice. Simply PURA VIDA!"

"Brilliant! We loved this tour, the horses and our guide!! Very impressed, and even though we were beginners managed some galloping! Well kept horses and very well trained."

"This was a very unique way of getting from one place to another. This was great. The boat ride across Lake Arenal was beautiful and scenic and the ensuing horseback riding (2.5 hrs) was great. This took us the the pickup point where the van got us and took us the rest of the way to Monteverde Lodge. Amazingly, that van had all of our luggage. It was a great day."

"The horseback ride to Monteverde was one of the most enjoyable parts of our trip! We loved our tour guide. He was professional and a joy to trot through the woods with! When we recap our trip to our friends and family, the horseback tour is something we always talk about. Also, our horses were friendly, fun to ride, and very well trained. The timing and coordination was spot on. Everything went smoothly and we made it there on time "

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Arenal to Monteverde Horseback Tour (Lake Route) Details

To begin this adventure tour and transfer combination, you will be picked up from your Arenal hotel by a minivan and driven to the Arenal Dam. You will then board a comfortable, covered power boat. The next 30 minutes will present you with the special opportunity of viewing the volcano and its surrounding beauty from the picturesque Arenal Lake. 

Upon arrival, you will be met by your horses and begin the two and a half hour horseback portion of your trip. You will journey through lush rainforest, tropical jungle and farmlands, leading you to the Arenal Lake for surreal views of the towering Arenal Volcano. Along the way you may spot some wildlife, so stay alert! This portion of the trip will take you to the lakeside town of Rio Chiquito.

This trip is suitable for inexperienced riders and can usually be navigated safely, even in rainy season. Your horseback ride includes a 30 minute picnic lunch stop. 

In Rio Chiquito you will be reunited with your luggage and greeted by a comfortable boat, ready to get you started on the final leg of your trip. The short lake cruise offers great views of the volcano and the forested mountain range spanning the horizon. There is also a chance to see a variety of wetland birds. Once you reach the opposite lake shore, you will be taken by van directly to your hotel in Monteverde, this last portion of the trip takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.

All boats and mini-vans are comfortable, safe and fully insured. The drivers, boat captains and tour guides carry cell phones and can contact the main office at any point. For safety reasons, these tours may not be offered in bad weather conditions. Taxi-Boat-Taxi shortcut, however, run daily, all year round.

What to Bring: Long pants, a sweater or jacket, hiking boots or sneakers, sun-screen, camera and insect repellent.

What this Tour Includes Experienced and professional guides, riding equipment, rain poncho, fruit snacks, water, transport to and from hotels, luggage transfers. The tour takes 5 hours approximately.

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For intermediate and advanced horseback riders, this adventure tour and transportation combination is the ideal way to travel from Monteverde to La Fortuna (or from La Fortuna to Monteverde). Rated 7.0/10 by visitors

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