La Fortuna

Rio Celeste Horseback Riding Tour

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Rio Celeste Costa Rica Horseback Riding Tour
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the rain forest around Arenal on this horseback riding adventure that takes you to the enchanting, sky-blue waters of the Rio Celeste. Here you are free to swim in a natural river pool and splash into the water on a giant Tarzan swing — things you can't do inside Arenal Volcano National Park. Well-trained horses and a local guide help ensure a safe, one-of-a-kind experience near La Fortuna.
  • Explore the jungle on horseback to avoid fatigue
  • Swim in the Rio Celeste, made bright blue by a mineral reaction
  • No experience necessary; horses are matched with each rider's ability
  • Boutique tour operator is locally owned and known for personal service

What's Included

  • Local Professional Guide

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Calle Asentamiento el Pilón, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa Rica

      1/2 Mile Northwest from Station El Pilon Tenorio National Park (waterfall entrance) in the Guatuso direction, then turn left in the grave road continue 1/2 mile turn left in front of the local School and continue 1/2 mile on left side before the La Posada Rest and Hotel

    Start time

    Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

    Opening hours

    • 9/13/2019 - 2/20/2025

      Monday - Sunday : 07:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Rio Celeste

    2 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    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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    Danielle_B
    David was an AMAZING guide. My daughter got nervous on the steep hills and David immediately helped guide her horse right along next to him. We stopped at a Tarzan swing that gave beautiful views of the rainforest and was so fun! Then we ended up at the Rio Celeste that was incredibly blue and refreshing for a swim. Once again David took our daughter in the rapids and made sure she was having the best time. He cut us fresh pineapple that was delicious and then we were able to feed the rest to the horses. 10/10 recommend this tour! One of our favorite things we did while in Costa Rica! Oh and he has a restaurant on the property that was delicious for lunch after. I can’t say enough good things!

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    David made the Experience! A must do!
    Allison_P, Apr 2024
    I can not say enough amazing things about this tour! It was the best bang for our buck while visiting Costa Rica! David was Amazing and had such a sweet Personality that truly made the experience! The water is really as blue as it looks in the pictures and it was so relaxing to swim in! My only thing was that it is quite a drive if you are staying near La Fortuna and the roads on the way were incredibly rocky and rough.
    Magical Experience
    Ashley_D, Apr 2024
    David showed us a great time. His horses were so sweet and well behaved. We took a tour with three adults and two children and he was able to manage us all so effortlessly. You could tell the horses were well taken care of. The ride to Rio Celeste was the perfect length of time. David let us swim and take our time in the water, which was phenomenal. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to experience Rio Celeste by horse bike. Thank you for showing us a wonderful time, David!
    It was amazing!
    Anna_B, Apr 2024
    We are a family of 5: 2 adults and 3 boys (7, 9, and 11 y/o). For me and my 7 y/o son, it was our first time doing horseback riding and it went great for everyone! David was very caring to make sure everyone was safe and receiving the most from this experience. We rode horses for some time, then made a stop at the giant swing that was a lot of fun for everyone. After that, we continued our ride to Rio Celeste. We had enough time to swim there. There is a place to change. Also, there is a tire connected by rope to the tree - my youngest one used it. David brought a delicious pineapple to snack and then we fed horses with peel. PS. We had lunch at the Tilapia restaurant (not 100% sure about the name), near the place we started our tour. They have fresh tilapia, delicious beef nachos, and fresh juices. Kids did a boat ride while we waited for food.
    Best Experience of our Vacation
    Jacquelyn_W, Mar 2024
    When we arrived at the property I was delighted to find birds everywhere - they were beautiful - tanagers, toucans, and an ibis . . . I could have walked the grounds all day! The horses were extremely well-behaved and trained. They matched my 7 and 9 year old up with the perfect size horses. We loved the horse ride, the stop at the massive, super-fun swing, the dip in the gorgeous blue river. It was paradise. David and his brother were amazing hosts - if I ever go back to Costa Rica I am renting a cabin on this property and doing the tour again. My entire family agrees this was our favorite experience during our entire vacation!
    Great way to experience Rio Celeste
    Cheyenne_M, Mar 2024
    The horseback riding was a great reprieve from hiking and getting to swim in Rio Celeste was a wonderful experience. David was a perfect guide. My partner said this was his favorite tour we did in our 2 weeks in Costa Rica!
    Amazing experience
    Mariana_C, Feb 2024
    David & Elías were extremely nice and the experience was unique. The horse ride was super cool and the horses were so well behaved .
    David was a brilliant...
    Sophie_N, Feb 2024
    David was a brilliant tour guide. An unforgettable experience that I would definitely recommend and do again!
    Sweet spot
    Claudia_C, Jan 2024
    David was fun and interactive! I would do it again and recommend him to anyone wanting to visit the rio Celeste
    Book this!
    Dylan_J, Oct 2023
    David was a great tour guide, best tour we did the whole time in Costa Rica! Your crazy if you don’t book this tour! Our guide didn’t make us feel rushed on the contrary it felt like he wanted to stay longer!! He showed us the secrets of the rio Celeste, turquoise waters, mud masks, beautiful horses seriously awesome experience. Fresh tilapia at the restaurant after the day of riding around was awesome too!
    Awesome day!
    Erica_S, Sep 2023
    David was amazing! He made sure to understand our horseback riding skill level before starting. Then he started us off on an easier path. He also had a few surprises for us with the Tarzan swing and showing us more places in Rio Celeste. Overall it was great first horseback riding experience for me. I would highly recommend!
    5 stars
    Larissa_M, Sep 2023
    I 100% recommend doing this tour it was amazing David was an amazing guide and we had a great time the path to get there is a little challenging so having the horses was amazing feeding the horses some pineapple at the end was the cutest they were so happy thank you again David for a great time
    Favorite day in Costa Rica
    Danielle_B, Jul 2023
    David was an AMAZING guide. My daughter got nervous on the steep hills and David immediately helped guide her horse right along next to him. We stopped at a Tarzan swing that gave beautiful views of the rainforest and was so fun! Then we ended up at the Rio Celeste that was incredibly blue and refreshing for a swim. Once again David took our daughter in the rapids and made sure she was having the best time. He cut us fresh pineapple that was delicious and then we were able to feed the rest to the horses. 10/10 recommend this tour! One of our favorite things we did while in Costa Rica! Oh and he has a restaurant on the property that was delicious for lunch after. I can’t say enough good things!
    Unique Family Friendly Rainforest Excursion
    Karynne_C, Jul 2023
    Our tour with David was one of the highlights of our Costa Rica trip! My husband and I brought our 1 (almost 2) year old toddler who loves animals. We chose this tour as this was one of the only ones who mentioned that they would allow infants. While the trail was steep and rocky at times, David made sure we felt safe and secure at all times. We had such a wonderful time getting to see the rainforest and Rio Celeste from this unique perspective. We got to swing on a jungle swing offering a cool view of the forest and swam in the beautiful blue river. We would definitely come back next time!
    Great trip
    Stephany_S, Jun 2023
    The horses were well trained. Our family enjoyed the ride down to the river, the tarzan swing, swimming in the river and the fresh fruit. Great trip!
    Amazing experience!
    Lisa_Z, May 2023
    This was an amazing excursion. David was so nice and communicated well. The horses were great and we swam in the most beautiful water in the world. Please note that you need transportation to the stable and it is over an hour away but it is worth the drive! This was our favorite activity of our vacation!
    Magical experience
    Anne_G, May 2023
    David was exceptional, funny and knowledgeable. He spotted a sloth on our way down to the Tarzan swing and took the time to make sure we all got a glimpse. Loved swimming in the pool, adventurous and great for the whole family.
    The tour was just so...
    Grace_O, Apr 2023
    The tour was just so nice.... Nice ride into the surrounding area. The horses in the group were so lovely and calm...anyone could ride one. David the guide was just so nice, patient and funny ensuring everyone had such an amazing experience. Highly recommend. The only thing is to make sure you are driving to the location the right way. We came the opposite way (should have checked the map!) And the roads were terrible! Also nice place for lunch and amazing refreshing drinks at the starting point to refresh after
    This tour couldn't have...
    Shari_M, Apr 2023
    This tour couldn't have been better. David was a fabulous host and we had so much fun there is swimming in the beautiful blue Rio Celeste and Horseback Riding and a surprise where photos and videos are a must. I recommend this for anyone! All 🤩
    Great experience!
    Jenny_B, Apr 2023
    This was such a fun experience! The owner is so kind and he really wants everyone to have a great time. It’s totally worth going.
    We love the tour with...
    Connie_Z, Apr 2023
    We love the tour with David, my daughter had lots of fun with riding the horse and swimming in the river. We ended up getting a very delicious lunch at David’s restaurant. IT’s recommended for everyone.
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