Horse Trek Monteverde's three day horseback riding monteverdepackage tour combines 3 popular horse trips into one spectacular package. Ride through picturesque agricultural land, along forested streams, skirt cloud forest and share the beauty and diversity of the Monteverde area before finishing in La Fortuna where you can take in the spectacular Arenal Volcano. The journey begins in Monteverde where you'll spend 3 days exploring back roads and quiet trails on our well-trained horses. Your final day with us will see you journey to Arenal by taxi-boat-taxi. This is a wonderful scenic 1.5 hour shared van ride down to Arenal Lake, followed by a beautiful 30 min boat ride passing the foot of Arenal Volcano and then a 30 minute car ride. You will be dropped in La Fortuna town or a hotel in the drop off zone (hotels on the way from the Lake to La Fortuna)
Day 1 - Monteverde Horseback Riding
The first day starts in the afternoon to give you a chance to arrive from other areas in Costa Rica before starting horseback riding monteverde. Once you've settled in at your hotel we'll transport you to the stable where we'll introduce you to the horse you'll be riding for the next 3 days. Some guests enjoy helping groom and tack their horses, but if you prefer we can have your horse all ready for you. You'll saddle up and head out with our guide for a two and a half hour ride to get the lay of the land and explore a bit of the countryside.
One of our experienced guides will take you down back roads and over trails while you take in the range of crops grown in the area. The banana, coffee and sugar farms are beautiful and you'll enjoy seeing the day to day ranch life of the locals while our guide shares his knowledge of the region and local customs. Monteverde is famous for its biodiversity and during your ride you may see monkeys, sloths and toucans. Horseback riding Monteverde is a great way to explore the area.
After your ride we'll chauffeur you back to your hotel where you can spend your evening as you like.
Accommodations: We use the quiet locally owned Hotel Rustic Lodge or Monteverde Villa Lodge for the first night only. The hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the commercial center of Santa Elena . Note: if you have a preferred accommodation provider that you would like us to use, we are happy to make those arrangements for you subject to any applicable cost adjustments.
Day 2 - Further into the countryside
This full day ride is based off our popular all day cowboy ride. Your guide will take you down along a river flanked by forest. As you ride, you'll hear monkeys chattering from the trees and a cacophony of bird calls. The forest pulses with life and sunlight dapples on the water rushing past. After a 2 and a half hour ride you'll reach the site of your picnic on the bank of the river. The horses will rest while you dine on a beautifully prepared picnic lunch. After lunch you're welcome to take a swim the the refreshing waters.
In the afternoon your guide will lead you on along a different route passing by a local watering hole where you'll have the option to stop for a beer or soda and take in some regional color. Thirst sated, we'll mount up again and continue on to the Cabinas Belacruz where we'll break for the night.
Accommodations: We use Cabinas Belcruz for our second evening. The hotel is a locally owned bed and breakfast with an authentic, family feel. The grounds are spectacular with views of the countryside and strategically placed hummingbird feeders to draw in the birds. The owner, Randall, will prepare a home-cooked meal to help you re-fuel from your ride.
Day 3 - 4 Hour Ride Followed by Taxi-Boat-Taxi to Arenal Volcano
Today we go on a pretty 4 hour local ride and then we bring you back to your hotel. Here you will have lunch. About 2.20pm or so you will be picked up a shared van and travel onward to La Fortuna and the Arenal VolcanoThe first transportation is to Rio Chiquito. The trip takes approximately an hour and a half and passes through beautiful countryside. Once you've arrived at Rio Chiquito you'll taken to the boat 'port'where you'll board the boat to complete the 30 minute trip across the lake. There, a transport van will pick you up for the half hour drive into La Fortuna.
A great tour for those wanting to go horseback riding monteverde!
Suitable for: Ages 10 and up. Riders with limited experience may find some of the longer rides taxing and riders will spend up to 5 hours a day in the saddle.
Includes: Two nights accommodation (based on double occupancy), 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner on day 2, luggage transfers and transportation to and from horse tours.
Pricing: Starting at $399 USD based on double occupancy. Single supplements and accommodation changes available.