La Fortuna

Arenal Volcano Horseback Riding

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Mistico Natural History Walk
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Soak up the beauty and biodiversity of Arenal by horseback on a ride through the family-owned nature reserve at Mistico Park. Known for its hanging bridges, the thoughtfully developed park also features a new riding trail that winds up to hilltop pastures boasting fantastic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake. The slow and natural pace of a horse allows you to appreciate the surrounding flora and look for native wildlife on this relaxed and memorable tour.
  • 1.5-hour horseback riding tour at Mistico Hanging Bridges Park in Arenal
  • Ride through the Costa Rican rain forest on a private nature reserve
  • Soak up stellar views of Arenal Volcano and Lake from hilltop pastures
  • Spot native birds, animals, and plant life along the way
  • Great way to slow down and observe the amazing biodiversity of Arenal
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day

What's Included

  • Horseback ride
  • Security equipment
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Meals

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges
    2km este de la represa del Lago Arenal, La Fortuna de, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica

    Sett road entrance next to the Lake Arenal dam, La Fortuna, San Carlos.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum height is 47 inches (120 cm)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Ages from 5 years old
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Travis_D
Great tour. The views were beautiful. The Guides were very nice and funny. They explained the rules and instructions very clearly. The horses were very well trained. The restaurant on the site had decent food and a gift shop for souvenirs. The volcano view was breathtaking. Thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Would definitely recommend.

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Fun hilltop, horseback riding!
Luciano_V, Apr 2024
Fun excursion that last surround an hour and a half! The guide takes you to a nice vantage point to see the volcano as well as other parts of the rainforest. Unfortunately, it was foggy and misty so we couldn’t see anything but if you go on a very sunny day, the view is amazing and he showed us videos on his phone on What the view would be like if it wasn’t misty! Definitely plan for this trip to be on clear Sunny day or you won’t be able to see much! Coconut is provided for you at the top of the vantage point and the guide. Takes pictures of you for free on your phone.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for joining us! This Private Reserve is a perfect option for connecting with nature and enjoying an outdoor activity. It’s one of the top tours in Arenal. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
First time horseback riding
Karen_L, Apr 2024
This was my first horseback riding and I can’t believe I could completed it without extra help. Thank you for the instruction, the trainers and my wonderful horse-Julie.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Awesome, you did it! We're proud that your first horseback riding experience was with us and in this beautiful place! Thank you for choosing us! Pura Vida
Amazing experience
sathish_a, Mar 2024
It was a great experience for all of us. Terrific views of the volcano and refreshing coconut water provided midway. Experience was safe for all of us and the guides were knowledgeable.
Great time!
Amy_B, Mar 2024
It was a lovely day and we had a small group of 3 which was terrific. It was a very nice ride, the guides (Gabriel was one) were very nice and took photos of us along the way. They also provided us coconut water halfway through the ride at a nice viewing area of the Arenal Volcano. We went about 11am… not sure I’d suggest earlier just b/c the volcano is generally shrouded in clouds in the morning but they burn off. Got to trot quite a bit! Wonderful time.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
At Mistico Park, we offer an accessible horseback riding tour. Our guides are professionals who ensure the care and safety of both the horse and the rider at all times. During the activity, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting horseback ride with an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano and Lake, provided the weather is clear. Pura Vida
Amazing horse riding. Highly recommended.
Zhonghua_L, Mar 2024
This was the best horse riding on my vacation. My family of 4 people as a solo group enjoyed this riding . Our guide was amazing; he made the ride so fun while ensuring we had good instructions. The horses were very well trained and responsive to their riders. We were also excited about the view, volcano mountain on the front and the Lake Arenal on the right. It was an amazing experience. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
At Mistico Park, we offer an accessible horseback riding tour. Our guides are professionals who ensure the care and safety of both the horse and the rider at all times. During the activity, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting horseback ride with an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano and Lake, provided the weather is clear.
Great Views, Wonderful Experience!
Cheryl_C, Mar 2024
Beautiful horse back ride with fantastic views of Volcan Arenal! The horses and the staff were all amazing - the ability of our guide to be able to take photos and videos of us while riding his own horse was astounding! Great to do even if you’ve never ridden a horse before!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
At Mistico Park, we offer an accessible horseback riding tour. Our guides are professionals who ensure the care and safety of both the horse and the rider at all times. During the activity, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting horseback ride with an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano and Lake, provided the weather is clear.
Awesome tour
Lamia_Z, Mar 2024
Our tour guide was extremely patient and knowledgeable on teaching us how to ride horses. I was extremely nervous at first but with the guidance of the tour, it was actually quite fun!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
At Mistico Park, we offer an accessible horseback riding tour. Our guides are professionals who ensure the care and safety of both the horse and the rider at all times. During the activity, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting horseback ride with an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano and Lake, provided the weather is clear.
AMAZING!
Margan_K, Mar 2024
Absolutely incredible experience. The guides were incredible and so friendly. The horses are amazing- one of the best things I’ve ever done
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the horseback ride at Mistico Park. Our horses, docile and well-trained, enhance the experience for our visitors. They receive proper nutrition and undergo strict vaccination controls. Additionally, veterinary visits are conducted when necessary to ensure their well-being.
Amazing Experience!!
Sonia_G, Feb 2024
This was my husband and I's first time horseback riding, so we were a bit nervous to start. However, Alfonso and the horses made us feel super comfortable and at ease the entire time. Alfonso was a great guide and took us on a beautiful route in the Mistico Park mountains. We saw a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake, valley and volcano. We happened to be the only two on this tour, so Alfonso took many memorable photos of my husband and I! At the viewpoint, he had surprised us with fresh coconut water - it was delicious! Overall, we really enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend to others! Thank you to our horses Baio and Scorpio for a great time as well!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit at Mistico Park. Paco's horseback riding allows our guests to connect with nature alongside such a wise animal as the horse and discover part of the behavior in the rainforest. In addition to experiencing the beautiful view of the Arenal Volcano and Lake. We greatly appreciate your visit and hope you come back soon!
Great views
Desirae_R, Feb 2024
The view is absolutely amazing! The trip is not very long but you stop at the top for an amazing view of the volcano and lake.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Mistico park has 6 hanging bridges of various heights and lengths, providing our guests the chance to walk close to the treetops and savor an unparalleled view of the lush rainforest. Additionally, through Paco's tour, you can experience horseback riding along a challenging trail, offering stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake. Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you again soon!
So much fun!
Becky_O, Dec 2023
Great experience! Our guides were wonderful and made us feel safe. Got to see a beautiful view. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Mistico Park is a perfect place to connect with nature, been submerged in lush rainforest, and discover the dense wildlife that habits in this magical reserve. Thank you all for your advice. We hope to see you again soon!.
great staff
Marjan_H, Dec 2023
the staff were greatly helpful when my daughter had to go back half way in the tour due to allergic reactions to the 🐴
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Mistico Park is a perfect place to connect with nature, been submerged in lush rainforest, and discover the dense wildlife that habits in this magical reserve. Thank you all for your advice. We hope to see you again soon!.
Need better communication.
Shivali_K, Dec 2023
Host failed to respond to messages about meetup location in timely manner, resulting in us missing the activity.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback regarding our recent attempt to coordinate a meetup. I'm very sorry for any inconvenience caused by our failure to respond to messages promptly, leading to the unfortunate consequence of missing the planned activity. I understand how frustrating and disappointing this experience must have been for you, and I take full responsibility for the lapse in communication. Please know that this is not reflective of our usual standards, and we are committed to addressing the issues raised to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss this matter further and gather more details about what transpired. If you're open to it, please feel free to contact me directly at info@misticopark.com. Your insights are valuable, and I want to ensure that we learn from this situation to improve our communication and coordination processes. Once again, I apologize for any inconvenience caused, and I hope we can have the chance to make amends in the future. I appreciate your understanding.
Fun Ride & Stunning Views
Charity_P, Dec 2023
We were picked up from the Mystico Hanging bridge park and taken to the ranch where the horses were saddled and ready to go. Our guide was friendly pointed us to nice restrooms and showed a short instructional video. There were pouches on the saddles for water bottles and phones. The ride was amazing. It took us up and down steep inclines to mountain ridges with stunning views. We were able to trot/gallop a bit when the terrain allowed. The guide took amazing pictures for us that we will always treasure. The best part was at the top of the mountain with a panoramic view of Mt. Arenal and the lake. Our guide brought cold coconuts and prepared them for us to drink while we enjoyed the view and nature around us. Excellent experience!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thanks for joining us! This Private Reserve is a perfect option for connecting with nature and enjoying an outdoor activity; one of the top tours in Arenal. We look forward to seeing you again son.
Horse riding
Masih_K, Dec 2023
excellent experiment. nice people. My 9 years old son had a very good memory of this activity. My wife enjoyed the riding.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thanks for joining us! This Private Reserve is a perfect option for connecting with nature and enjoying an outdoor activity; one of the top tours in Arenal. We look forward to seeing you again son.
Great tour!
Allison_H, Dec 2023
wonderful tour - the guide was thoughtful and informative. Everything felt safe. The scenery was beautiful and it was a great experience.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Mistico Park is a perfect place to connect with nature, been submerged in lush rainforest, and discover the dense wildlife that habits in this magical reserve. Thank you all for your advice. We hope to see you again soon!.
Nice!
SreeramaMurthy_P, Dec 2023
Views from the view point is amazing. We are first time riders and the staff made it so easy for us. Friendly horses and very good experience with family
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Mistico Park is a perfect place to connect with nature, been submerged in lush rainforest, and discover the dense wildlife that habits in this magical reserve. Thank you all for your advice. We hope to see you again soon!.
Amazing!
SamuelleRuth_S, Nov 2023
It was an amazing tour! Highly recommend. My friends and I were the only ones for the timeslot so i felt like we paid for a private guide for a fraction of the price. And out guide was such a good photo taker too! 100% recommend this tour!
10/10 recommend
Megan_S, Jul 2023
Amazing excursion. 10/10 recommend. Horses are treated well and taken care of. Tour guides are amazing and knowledgeable. On a clear day views are unbeatable
Great guides and comfortable, well-trained horses!
Michele_W, May 2023
I had a great experience horseback riding and looking at the gorgeous views surrounding us!! I highly recommend this experience!! We even drank coconut water from the fruit!! I loved my horse “Princessa” because she truly was a princess. She avoided the rocks when she could. Lol!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Mistico Park is a perfect place to connect with nature, be submerged in lush rainforest, and discover the dense wildlife in this magical reserve. Thank you all for your advice. We hope to see you again soon!.
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