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.

  Peak Season

January, February, March, April, December

  Quiet Season

May, June, July , August, September, October, November

  Timezone in Costa Rica

Central Standard Time (GMT-6)

  International Airports

San Jose International Airport (SJO), also known as Juan Santamaria International Airport is located in Alajuela

Climate in Costa Rica

Almost ideal year-round, the climate is about 72 degrees in the highlands, while the lowlands and coastal areas range from 70’s to 90’s. Evenings in San Jose are free of humidity and the beach areas are cooled by ocean breezes. The rainy season is from the end of May to November with the heaviest rainfall in October.

The Pacific and Central parts of the country are the driest from January through March. There is a frequent misconception of the “rainy season” being monsoon-like and that it never stops raining; nothing could be further from the truth. Sunny mornings are followed by showers in the afternoons and evenings. There are plenty of days without rain. This region experiences a “short summer” during the rainy season and the weather is quite pleasant. Average temperatures will be in the 80’s during the day and 70’s at the night.

  Average Temperature

85 °F » 68 °F


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Odyssey- Costa Rica riding vacation along beaches

Costa Rica Odyssey

Ride on rural roads through the countryside and farmland, down a dramatic river canyon, towards the arid Pacific Coast with its volcanic sand beaches, then transfer to the Caribbean side where you will experience not only a different coastline with exuberant lushness but a... Read more

Rainforest Adventure- enjoy nature riding in Costa Rica

Rainforest Adventure

This stationary itinerary lets you enjoy miles of riding on nature, rural and coastal trails. Learn about the local fauna and flora with your knowledgeable equestrian guide but also enjoy the non-riding activities built into this itinerary to show you some of the variety... Read more

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I cannot say enough good things about the Rainforest Adventure. The hosts were both wonderful - knowledgeable, friendly, fun and competent. They were always alert to riders and horses and the horses were amazing - well trained, responsive and fun! We loved every minute of it - from waking in the morning to setting down at night under the mosquito nets, it was the perfect balance of fun and relaxation. I would highly recommend this ride!

Maggie Driano, 2010