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).
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.
Long pants, a sweater or jacket, hiking boots or sneakers, sun-screen, camera and insect repellent.
Experienced and professional guides, riding equipment, rain poncho, fruit snacks, water, transport to and from hotels, luggage transfers. The tour takes 5 hours approximately.
"This was an experience out of a fairy tale. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of my trip to Costa Rica. After getting off the boat, we met a guide who walked us into the forest (just a minute) where our horses were tethered. I felt like I was stepping into a story book. The horses were gentle, the guide was reassuring, great at helping us feel comfortable on the horses, and clearly loved the horses. The horses were well behaved and he taught us how to use words to make them go quicker and slow down, which was fun. It was just myself and my friend on this tour, so we were able to trot and then gallop a little when we felt comfortable. It was a gorgeous 90 minute ride through a gorgeous country on happy, clearly well-taken care of horses. "
– Jul 2015
"The tour guide was good, the horses were fine and the scenery was gorgeous! "
– Jan 2015
"Excellent idea to do it prior to grilling road to Arenal...very relaxing and beautiful, although short trip. Boat over the lake was refreshing. Horses were well taken care of, well trained and fast."
– Apr 2015
"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!"
– Apr 2014
"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."
– Jul 2014