Latin America has a highly developed horse culture which predates the start of our Western riding culture in the US by several centuries. In fact our “cowboy” culture and riding style was mainly derived... Read more
Horseback Riding in Costa Rica
This is an excellent destination for adventure travel and the best way to see the most fascinating parts of the country is through horseback riding in Costa Rica. This small country stands out in Latin America as a haven of political stability, safety, freedom and ecological responsibility. It is blessed with a tremendous variety of ecosystems from the Caribbean to the Pacific and an unprecedentedly high percentage of it is given over to national parks. The bio diversity is tremendous and goes from coastline to highlands to volcanic peaks. In a short time you can change from a gallop on the beach to walking along a trail through the tropical forest with its lush jungle life. This is the home of monkeys, tree frogs, lizards, butterflies, orchids and countless other fascinating flora and fauna.
Costa Rica is comparatively easy to reach with many short flights from the US and no jet lag. Ticos, as the local people call themselves, are friendly and welcoming. They are proud of their rich culture and the beauty of their landscape which they have made such efforts to protect. It is easy to see why this attractive country has become such a popular tourist destination. The horses used for the ride are primarily Criollo and Paso Costariccense – the gaited horse of Costa Rica; a cross between an Andalusian and a Peruvian Paso. These beautiful, smooth-gaited horses help make horseback riding in Costa Rica a memorable pleasure.