Horseback riding is a great way to explore unique Costa Rica landscapes. You can horseback ride along empty stretches of beach at sunset. You can also ride through riverbeds and the lush tropical jungles. If you are an animal lover it is a great way to both connect with horses and a great way to see other wildlife. Riding horses in Costa Rica allows you to cover more ground than you would either by walking or hiking. It doesn’t matter if you are inexperienced or a seasoned rider, there are options for everyone.
There are many great options for horseback riding in the southern zone of Costa Rica. We know of several great recommendations for horseback riding in the Southern Zone from Manuel Antonio to Dominical all the way to Uvita. In Manuel Antonio, there is a local family run horseback riding tour business called Rancho Typico Don Juan. They have received the tripadvisor excellence award in 2019 and are a traveler’s choice tour for 2020.
Surrounding yourself by nature and animals is a fun and relaxing activity that keeps us connected with the natural world. One tour to keep in mind is an iconic visit to Nauyaca Waterfalls. You can opt to take the tour on horseback to Nauyaca waterfalls. Instead of a long hike you can ride up the mountainous terrain and jungle paths which for many can be considered a tough hike on foot.
Rancho La Merced is a National Wildlife refuge near Marino Ballena National Park. This is a great place for riding horses in Costa Rica. You can book a horseback riding tour here and explore the beautiful stretches of beach next to the national park. You can also book a horseback tour to a beautiful waterfall where you can take a dip and cool off.