La Fortuna

Arenal Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Horseback Riding AMA
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Feel like a jungle explorer as you venture into the lush rain forest around Arenal Volcano on a horseback ride from La Fortuna. Climb atop a tame and trusty steed to follow a guide along a scenic trail that hugs a river canyon, stopping to admire the cascades of the Pino Blanco Waterfall and the famous La Fortuna Waterfall. Cool off with an optional swim at the base of the falls, and learn about Costa Rica’s indigenous culture with a visit to the Maleku Indian Cultural Rescue Center.
  • Ride a horse through the tropical rain forest of Arenal
  • Learn about Costa Rica's indigenous roots at the Maleku Indian Cultural Rescue Center
  • No horseback riding experience required
  • Family-friendly activity suitable for ages 4 and up

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Horseback ride
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of helmet
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Arenal Mundo Aventura Park
    La Fortuna - Catarata Río Fortuna, Provincia de Alajuela, San Ramón, Costa Rica

    Travelers who come to the park directly can park their car in the parking area and go to the reception to star the check in .

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Your Pick Up time will depend on the Hotel Location. If your hotel is not listed, please contact us!.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • Wear long pants for the horseback riding
  • Bring your swimwear
  • Restrooms are available in between the activities
  • The maximum weight limit is 220 pounds.
  • Visitors must be in good physical condition, as the hike to La Fortuna Waterfall is considered a moderate hike.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Featured review
Great staff and horses were quite easy to control. We had several small children in our group and they all had a blast. Very safe and beautiful ride and the hike to the waterfall also amazing. Great for beginners . A little tame for experienced riders.


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Unsafe terrain, not best horse riding
Jen_M, Mar 2024
The guides were amazing and the waterfall was as well. The problem I had with this tour is as a horse owner myself, I felt the route for the horses was very unstable and unsafe. All concrete and rock hills, the horses were actually slipping going back down. Rather than a scenic trail, it was actually a rocky/semi-paved road that was shared by large tractors carrying tourists. The horses were often trotting up and down these steep hills. I wouldn’t do this tour via horseback again, although the guides were great and so was the waterfall.
Great for old and young!
Tom_G, Mar 2024
Great staff and horses were quite easy to control. We had several small children in our group and they all had a blast. Very safe and beautiful ride and the hike to the waterfall also amazing. Great for beginners . A little tame for experienced riders.
Fun experience and great...
Justin_B, Jun 2023
Fun experience and great way to get to la fortuna waterfall. Our only criticism is the group of 23 horseriders is very large. Be prepared for that.
Must be athletic for the hike!!
Sharmelle_G, Apr 2023
The hike is very rigorous. If you are not athletic it will be hard. I went with my 17 year old daughter and even she had to stop a couple times going back up. The climb down is hard but going back up I didn’t think I’d make it sour of the rain Forrest alive. Danny was my house and he was very patient with me.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for joining us for Horseback Riding adventure with a visit to the La Fortuna Waterfall and for sharing your feedback with us. We understand that the hike to and from the waterfall can be challenging for some, especially going back up, but we're glad to hear that our guide Danny was patient & supportive for you to be able to conquer the quest and get to enjoy this incredible nature setting. We always want to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, and we appreciate your feedback. We hope you enjoyed the overall experience and hope to welcome you back soon for another adventure. Pura Vida!
Easy ride horses
Tamar_K, Mar 2023
Our family loved the horseback riding and the waterfall is very pretty too. We were two adults and a seven year old and it worked for all.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Tamara, thank you for sharing your positive experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed the horseback riding tour with us and found the waterfall beautiful. We always strive to create an experience that works for everyone, and we're glad to hear that it was the case for your family. Thanks for choosing Arenal Mundo Aventura!
The guides were relaxed...
Kathryn_F, Feb 2023
The guides were relaxed and friendly. Paired the horses well according to everyone’s specific abilities
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you Kathryn, we are happy to read that you enjoyed your Horseback Riding trip at Arenal Mundo Aventura. We would have liked to read why one star is missing on your evaluation as we always thrive to better our experiences and service. We hope to welcome you back one day. Many more adventures are available at AMA. Pura Vida!
Great waterfall, boring horseback
Matt_M, Feb 2023
The entire ride is on the road to the top, shared with tractors taking zip liners up to the top. My wife got kicked in the foot by another horse and has a nice bruise this morning. We were really hoping for a walk through nature or the farm. The walk to the waterfall and the waterfall itself was very pretty. That made the trip worth it. But quicker ways to see it are available.
Glad we did it!
David_T, Mar 2022
Sweet horses, gorgeous waterfall. It was raining quite hard at times , as it does so often here in Costa Rica, but it didn’t stop us from having a terrific time on this tour
Response from Host, Mar 2022
That is the adventure spirit. Thank you so much David for this wonderful review. We are so glad you made us part of your Costa Rica memories joining our horseback riding experience. We hope you will return soon and get to experience any of other fabulous adventure combos. La Fortuna invites to keep exploring. Thank you & Pura Vida!
Not worth the money
Lone_B, Feb 2022
The tour was planned to 4 our, it took 2,5 our.. Up of the trays with rocks and stone all over.. The poor horses was skinny and fought with a terrain, who wasnt good for their legs. No good animal welfare. Beautifull waterfall.
Friendly, helpful guide, amazing waterfall!
Tina_G, Jan 2022
Rode horses up for 30 minutes to the top of the steps to go down to the waterfall. It's about 400 steps. The horses were well behaved. The guide was very friendly. He went down to the waterfall with us and stayed with our bag while we went into the waterfall pool and did waterfall pictures. Even in the rain it was good tour.
Horseback riding/water falls
Maxine_M, Oct 2021
Excellent time. I have been riding for many years and these horses were well behaved and well kept. The guide was also very knowledgeable about his botany. We were lucky enough to see howler monkeys and a hawk on our ride and hike. The trek down to the waterfall is steep but well worth it. I would recommend bring a small bag with water a snack and a camera. They provide fresh fruit after tour, but would definitely recommend having breakfast first and snack if you get hungry easily. I thought they were providing lunch and I was famished by the end of the ride. Our guide Paz was interactive and hilarious. Definitely would do this trip again.
Best excursion in Costa Rica thus far
Tina_M, Jul 2021
Loved this excursion. My boys thought this was the best thing we have done since being in Costa Rica. The horses were fun our guide was super friendly and the water fall and the surroundings were beautiful.
Amazing horseback waterfall hike
Craig_D, Jul 2021
Horses were the most well behaved horses I’ve ever been on! The hike to the waterfall was so amazing. Crystal was a fantastic guide.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thank you Craig !
Great Day
margaret_D, Mar 2019
Just beware, the hike is rigorous! You don’t ride the horses to the waterfall, there is a hike down and up. That being said, it was a wonderful experience. Our guide Carlos was pleasant company, had interesting and informative things to say about things alingbthe way. Our group was small. The horses are typical service animals, not flashy or pet like. Carlosntreated them with kindness which made us feel good. The waterfall (Fortuna) and swim refreshed and invigorated us while also amazing us. Worth the price and a good day.
Vijaya_S, Jan 2019
The whole experience was great ! They pick you up from the hotel and take you to the place where the horse riding begins. The guide was excellent! Waterfall and hike were breathtaking . You have to be fit enough to hike up the last stretch to the waterfall.
tourist trap
Daniel L, Aug 2018
A pity.The horses are injured and should be at rest.You just ride 45 minutes on a rocky way to reach the place to walk to the waterfall La Fortuna.There you have to go down the stairs ( slope of 600 meter) to reach a hole where you have 100 people bathing in a rapid river, you make a short halt and after go up the stairs.On the way back, you stop in a tourist gift shop presented as a village of natives???A real tourist trap.Buy a picture of the waterfall it is cheaper and less exhausting
Geoffrey_R, Feb 2023
Achat dune excursion à cheval de 4h pour 5 personnes. Nous n'avons fait que 3 heures au lieu de sur ces 3h il y a seulement une marche à cheval sur un chemin qui ne se trouve pas du tout dans la jungle puis ensuite on pose les chevaux pour marcher un bon moment et arriver à une rivière où une foule de personnes se baignent. Bref passez votre chemin vu le budget de cette ballade
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Geoffrey, thank you for your review. Please kindly not that our tour time may vary depending on the number of participants in each tour. In your case, we were lucky to actually have a small group which also makes for a more personalized experience. We are sorry that the tour may have not fulfilled your expectations, we however do lay out in the tour descriptions what to expect. The La Fortuna Waterfall is a highlight for many visitors that join us here every year and we are glad to have a direct access via Arenal Mundo Aventura. We very much appreciate your review as all your observations help us to better. Thank you so much!

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