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Horseback to the La Fortuna Waterfalls in La Fortuna

Costa Rica horseback riding is a favorite activity among travelers. On this horseback ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall and Indigenous Village, you will see the spectacular Arenal Volcano and dormant Cerro Chato Volcano off in the distance with gorgeous, lush, green countryside all around.

The horses are sturdy and friendly quarter horses bred for tourism and are well-adapted to the wet, jungle environment of Costa Rica. Our horse provider, Lobo’s Tours, takes good care of their horses. The horses are well-maintained and this is an easy-going, slow ride, great for first-timers and families and adaptable for all horse riding abilities. There are also helmets and children’s seats available. (NOTE: Costa Rican horses are slightly smaller and appear skinnier than most Western horse breeds.)

You’ll start from the horse corral where you get introduced to the horse that best fits you based on riding experience and size. You then mount your horse and head to the trails that lead through the forest near the top of the La Fortuna Waterfall. You’ll be horseback riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall with an experienced Costa Rican cowboy and practice your Spanish along the way. He’ll point out some of the Costa Rican wildlife as you trot along.

After horseback riding for about 1 hour through jungle trails, you will “park” your horse and head with your guide through the forest and down about 300 steps to get to the famous La Fortuna Waterfall. The hike down to the La Fortuna Waterfall takes about 20 minutes and requires walking over rocks and crossing a river. You’ll have an opportunity to cool off in the rushing waters at the base of one of the Arenal Volcano area’s largest waterfalls. After the hike down, make your way up the same trail. You’ll then mount your horse and continue back through the woods and make a stop at a replica of a Maleku Indigenous tribe “palenque” or thatched-roof cabin to learn a little about one of Costa Rica’s few, remaining indigenous tribes that originates from the Arenal Volcano area. They will exhibit their traditional, indigenous handicrafts and tell you a little about their culture and language. Bring a little extra spending money to buy some authentic crafts to help support the Maleku community.

You’ll finish off your ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall back at the horse corral and say goodbye to your Costa Rican cowboy. This is a great way to spend a half-day in the Arenal Volcano area. The Horseback Ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall can also be combined with our Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering tour for a full-day COMBO at a special price. This will be one of your favorite days in Costa Rica near the Arenal Volcano!

Departs: 8:00am and 1:00pm                    Duration: approximately 4 hours (2-hours riding)

Includes: Transport, guide, nice horses, helmet, waterfall and Maleku Village entrance.

What to bring: Secure shoes, long pants, repellent, clothes to get wet in, change of clothes, extra spending money for Maleku souvenirs