Posted by shieldwatch on May 8, 2017 8:08:06 AM

Horseback riding to the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the most sought-after recreational activities in Costa Rica. Horseback riding around this region will leave you mesmerized when you see how the majestic Arenal Volcano paints an impressive picture on the Costa Rican landscape. Though the volcano is sometimes shrouded behind a cloud forest, the view is truly awe-inspiring. While you meander through the lush green forests on horseback, you may see a thin mist hanging softly over the treetops and hear toucans calling in the distance.

Horseback Riding around La Fortuna Waterfall

Horseback riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall starts two kilometers south of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos. You can choose a horse based on your riding skills. The 45-minute ride will take you through scenic landscapes, twittering forest birds, and the gurgling La Fortuna River. If you are lucky enough, you may spot White-faced Capuchin monkeys, colorful toucans, coatis, and peccaries.

After Your Arrival near the Waterfall

Upon reaching the waterfall, leave your horse behind and walk up to the 80-meter wonder that waits for you. If you love swimming, walk further down to the river for another 20 minutes or so. You will need to cross a 20-meter suspension bridge to reach the foot of the canyon. Take a dip and feel the rejuvenating touch of cool waters. After a refreshing swim, you will have to walk back towards the top. It’s also a good idea to snack on some food because the next stop on your ride would be the Maleku Reserve, which is about half-an-hour away. This Reserve is a must-visit if you want to learn more about the life and lifestyle of the indigenous people.

Tips for Horseback Riding in Arenal and La Fortuna

  • Always wear jeans, long pants, and covered shoes. This is important to protect you from bug bites while riding through the forests.
  • Carry a poncho if you are in Costa Rica during the rains.
  • There is no need to carry backpack and food. Most probably, you will have a guide who will arrange for food, fresh fruits, and water.
  • Bring a decent waterproof camera for taking pictures of the scenic beauty around. Try not to bring your DSLR camera if you are riding for the first time. That’s just a safety measure for your expensive camera.
  • There is no need to carry mosquito repellents as the gentle Arenal breezes keep mosquitoes at bay.


Horseback riding in the Arenal and La Fortuna region is a thrilling experience for young couples and families with children. If you fall in love with the place, allow us to show you around Arenal Hills’ luxury single-family style villas that you would love to call your second home. Call us on 1-844-MY-HILLS today.

Topics: Arenal Area Attractions