As we have covered many times, Costa Rica is a tropical paradise with many immaculate beaches and ocean sunsets. But, the ocean isn’t the only thing that brings beauty to this country. Costa Rica is full of beauty further inland as well, from mountains to jungles.

There are many different ways to explore the countryside. You could rent an off-road vehicle. You could hike, You could even rent a bike. However, there is one way to see Costa Rica that is both efficient and peaceful. You can see the country on horseback. It is peaceful and serene. For those looking to take tours of the mainland on horseback, led by a friendly and knowledgeable guide, there are a number of tours available.

El Silencio Horseback Riding & La Fortuna Waterfall Hike

If you’re a horse-lover who enjoys soaking in peaceful surroundings as you ride, then this hour-long tour is perfect for you. As you ride, you bask in the serenity of the Arenal Conservation area, traveling through farmlands and fields of beautiful plant life. Eventually, you will be led to the Silencio Observation Point where you can see the Arenal Volcano up close.

After returning to the stables, you will take a little hike up to the La Fortuna Waterfall. Once there, enjoy the view while you feel the cooling mist fall on you. Although it probably isn’t wise to swim in the falls, don’t be afraid to take a dip in the river.

Guanacaste Horseback Riding

Maybe you’re new at horseback riding. Maybe you are on the outing with your family. Then, we recommend horseback riding in the province of Guanacaste. It is a two-hour journey that allows for a casual and easy pace.

While riding through this area, your guide will take you and your horse through a dry, tropical forest where you will be able to see all sorts of unique plant life and possibly some wildlife as well. Soon, the trail will wind up and down mountainsides where you will be able to see for miles around. And, as this area is very close to the northern border, you may even catch a glimpse of Nicaragua if the conditions are right.

Horseback Riding with a Coffee Tour at Hacienda AltaGracia

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, then this is an absolute must for your vacation. High up in the Talmanca Range in the southern mountains, you can visit the charming town of Cedral. It is a very picturesque town, perfect for taking pictures while you wind up and down the mountain trails.

Eventually, your tour will bring you to the micro-mill where a guide will show you all about the golden bean processing procedure. In other words…you’ll see how they make their coffee. This area is world-renowned for its amazing coffee. So, there is no better way to end a day of sightseeing than to have a freshly made bag of coffee to take home.

Exploring a new country is a great adventure. But what takes it from great to amazing all depends on how you explore it. Horseback riding is definitely the way to go if you want to create memories that will last a lifetime.