For a true Costa Rican experience, saddle up like an authentic Sabanero cowboy and take to the range! You’ll ride through forests and under open skies to a mirador where you can see two majestic volcanoes towering above the mountainous landscape on the horizon. Guanacaste’s drier climate and savannah terrain maintains the heart of cattle ranchers and cowboys alike.
The tour begins at Canyon de la Vieja Lodge where you will meet your trail boss who will take you out to the stables. According to your ability, you’ll be matched with a good-natured horse and helped up into the saddle by your guide. A helmet will be provided for your safety.
You’ll be keeping the traditional spirit alive as you follow the trails through the tropical dry forest and out across the open prairie. Here you will find a scenic view of the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and its sister, Santa Maria Volcano sitting side-by-side in the distance.
Tropical dry forests of the world are disappearing at an alarming rate due to the wealth of timber they provide and easy harvesting. There is an effort being made to preserve these forests and their unique habitats. This is an opportunity to explore the outdoor beauty of this type of forest while traveling the traditional way, by horseback.
Costa Ricans are proud of their horsemanship with almost every local pueblo hosting an annual rodeo. Sabaneros, or cowboys, show amazing performance skills as they lasso bulls or mesmerize you with their trained dancing horses.
Guanacaste is the center of cowboy country and you’ll often find many people living in small rural towns still riding horses for transportation. There is a charming rustic feel to participating in this kind of laid-back lifestyle, reminiscent of days gone by.
This 1 to 2 hour leisurely Horseback Riding Tour includes an experienced guide and safety helmet. Tour starts from the Canyon de la Vieja Lodge. There is NO TRANSPORTATION included in this tour (other than on the horse of course!)
Please wear long pants and fully enclosed shoes. Lightweight clothing, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended. Be sure to bring your camera to capture memories of your day out on the range with a true-to-life cowboy as your guide.