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Monteverde Horseback Riding Tours

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Explore the Monteverde area on horseback with the most recommended outfitter in Monteverde.

Offering a variety of trips suitable for all types of riders from beginners to experts. We have equipment and horses specially for kids too!

Here are some of our trip options:

Classic: Mountain and Farm Views or Sunset Horseback Ride
2.5 hours riding, total tour time 3.5 hours

After “meeting” your horse you will be given simple directions in basic horseback riding. The ride is with an experienced Costa Rican cowboy along little used back roads. You will pass by farms of coffee, sugar cane and bananas and have open views of the countryside and the Gulf of Nicoya. The scenery is wonderful and you will see much of the diverse plants of the area and with some luck birds and small animals.

Pick up at your hotel daily any time between 8:00am and 1.00pm, you pick the hour.

Most Popular: Campesino Trails & Gulf Views
3 hours riding, total tour time 4 hours

3 hour horseback ride designed to take you away from roads as much as possible. This ride starts with a pick up from your Monteverde hotel and you will be driven about 20 minutes or so to the start point where there are bathrooms and snacks to buy if you like. The ride is a little more adventurous than the 2.5 hour ride as you go up and down some dirt trails that can get muddy if it rains – but this all adds to the fun! It is not for complete beginners, so best to have ridden at least a few times. The ride is beautiful with amazing views of the surrounding forests, farms and the Gulf of Nicoya. You will cross streams and have plenty of time to take some fantastic photos. Along the route the guide will keep his eyes out for sloths and toucans which are sometimes seen along the trail.

Pick up at your hotel daily any time between 8:00am and 1.00pm, you pick the hour.

In the Clouds: Continental Divide Ride
4 hours riding, total tour time 5 hours

After “meeting” your horse you will be given simple directions in basic horseback riding. This route is partly along the continental divide with stunning views of the local countryside, farms and the Gulf of Nicoya. The ride is with an experienced Costa Rican cowboy along little used back roads and a track suitable just for horses and cattle. The length of the ride allows us to penetrate much deeper into the farming community and you’ll get an opportunity to see the land use of the area.

Pick up at your hotel daily any time between 8:00am and 1.00pm, you pick the hour.

Eden Fall: Horseback Waterfall Ride and Extreme Hiking Combo
5 plus hours riding, total tour time 8 hours

Get away from all the hotels and souvenir shops to see the real Monteverde. Ride for about 2.5 hours across the continental divide, taking quiet country roads through the typical farmland bordering the cloud forests. You will pass by farms and see impressive views of the Gulf of Nicoya and surrounding volcanoes. Eventually you will leave the road and ride to the edge of the forest. Here the horses rest while you hike down to the spectacular Eden Falls. When it is clear there are fantastic views of Arenal Volcano! The trails are fairly steep and narrow so a reasonable level of fitness is required. It takes about 1.5 hours, walking through mainly primary cloud forest, to reach the 30m waterfall, depending how often you stop to take photos of the beautiful surrounds. At the waterfall you can swim, rest and have lunch before hiking back to the horses. The hike and rest takes about 3 hours in total. Then another 2.5 hour ride with a break along the way. This ride would be better suited to people with some riding experience, as five hours in the saddle (with a fairly challenging hike in between) is enough to tire even the experienced local cowboys!

Pick up at your hotel daily at 8.00am./p>

Cowboy Adventure: All Day Cowboy Ride
5 plus hours riding, total tour time 7 to 8 hours

This is a great trip for horse lovers! If you want you can help prepare and feed the horses Costa Rican style (let us know in advance). This is an all day excursion, well away from the tourist areas. The journey to the farm passes by some amazing scenery and you’ll definitely need your camera! A picnic is provided by the river side where monkeys are normally hanging around cooling off in the trees and many birds. There is plenty of opportunity to swim in the river and just relax, before setting off again in a different direction to pass through some more farms in the area. As the zone is hilly the views points are simply stunning

Pick up at your hotel at 7.30am (if you want to help get the horses ready and 8.00am if you want them waiting for you!).

Tour information:

Departures: Classic: Any time between 7:00am and 2.45pm
Most Popular: Any time between 8:00am and 1.00pm
In the Clouds: Any time between 7:00am and 1.00pm
Eden Fall: 8:00 AM
Cowboy Adventure: 7:30 AM
Duration: From 2 1/2 hours to full day tour as shown above
Cost per person: Classic: Mountain and Farm Views or Sunset Horseback Ride (3.5 hours): $49.00
Most Popular: Campesino Trails & Gulf Views (4 hours): $62.00
In the Clouds: Continental Divide Ride (5 hours): $69.00
Eden Fall: Horseback Waterfall Ride and Extreme Hiking Combo (8 hours): $120.00
Cowboy Adventure: All Day Cowboy Ride (7 – 8 hours): $89.00
Min 2 people for all regular and private tours. Please ask us for tour prices for 1 person.
Includes: Healthy and happy horses, riding helmets, Costa Rican lighter weight western saddles, transportation from your Monteverde hotel (in our pick up zone, otherwise the pickup will be at the car park of Morphos Restaurant in Santa Elena), an experienced Costa Rican Cowboy (Spanish speaking with some English) plus a lot of fun for riders! Depending on the option you chose a hike in the forest or swim in a river may be included. On the full day tours entrance fees and lunch are included.
What to bring: Wear long pants for riding (always!), rain jacket and enclosed shoes (no sandals). We provide riding helmets. Also bring sunscreen. For the All Day Cowboy and Eden Falls bring swim gear and a towel Note: the tours are operated rain or shine. Whatever the weather you will have a beautiful and fun ride!

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