Costa Rica’s rural roots are evident in the continued use of horses for real work and transportation throughout the country. Visitors will find that horses are easily available for riding, whether you want to take a sunset trot along the beach, ride through the cloud forest, or take a multiday trek across the Northern Zone.
Most travelers saddle up for a couple of hours. Rates run between $15 to $30 per hour, depending upon group size and the length of the ride, with full-day rides running around $65 to $120, usually including lunch and refreshments.
In the Jacó area, look up Discovery Horseback Tours ★ ((tel) 8838-7550; www.horseridecostarica.com). In Monteverde, try Horse Trek Monteverde ★ ((tel) 8359-3485; www.horsetrekmonteverde.com). And in Guanacaste, consider Hacienda Guachipelin ★★ ((tel) 2690-2900; www.guachipelin.com), a working horse and cattle ranch.