From morning trail rides into the mountains above San Jose to all-day expeditions through the rain forest, Costa Rica offers some of the best horseback riding to be found anywhere.
Though perhaps not expected, Costa Rica has quite a cowboy culture. With its many cattle ranches covering the forest-draped hills, Guanacaste is full of cowboys, ranch hands and wranglers. Cowboy and cowgirl wanna-bes are encouraged to visit.
Mountain resorts and nature lodges located all over the country offer horseback riding adventures through pastures, tropical forests, along beaches, and even the occasional waterfalls or hidden lake. Horseback riding tours are also excellent for bird watching and getting close to nature, and tour guides are often very helpful at pointing out interesting critters otherwise missed.
On the map you'll find Costa Rica's tourism regions, where you can participate in these activities. For more information on any of these activities, contact your travel agent or hotel.