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Horseback Riding to Rio Negro & Azufrales in Rincon de la Vieja

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Hour Glass 6 hours

Calendar Tuesday – Sunday

Clock 8:30 a.m.

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Adult (Ages 13+)
Child (Ages 4-12)

Take a Ride to Rio Negro and Azufrales on Horseback

In Costa Rica, some say the best “all-terrain vehicle” for navigating the country is a horse. Enjoy an amazing day tour in Guanacaste horseback riding to the best hot springs at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano! On this Costa Rica adventure tour, you visit both the Sulfur Springs and also Rio Negro Hot Springs.

We ride our calm and friendly horses from Hacienda Guachipelin’s stables on scenic trails through tropical dry forest and the Hacienda ranch. Spot a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles on our two-hour journey into the Santa María section of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park to the Sulfur Springs. These natural volcanic hot springs have a high concentration of minerals with healing properties.

After a relaxing break, we mount up to ride an hour to the Rio Negro (Black River) Hot Springs. There, we enjoy our delicious picnic lunch by the river, soaking in the amazing natural beauty of the area.

Surrounded by thick tropical dry forest, the Rio Negro Hot Springs is a lovely, tranquil setting. The crystal clear river flows through 10 man-made pools filled with steaming mineral-rich water heated naturally by the Rincin de la Vieja Volcano. You access pools on both sides of the river by two hanging bridges. Heated volcanic clay is available to smooth all over like a spa “body masque.” After it dries, wash it off with cool river water before jumping back in the hot pools.

There are changing rooms, bathrooms, and lockers at the hot springs entrance. From there, you walk on a pretty trail less than a quarter-mile (350 meters) through the forest to the hot springs pools. Afterward, we leisurely ride back to Hacienda Guachipelin (one hour).

All of our horseback rides follow mostly forest trails, with very little time on transited ranch roads. Tours are guided by one of our experienced ranch cowboys. All tour participants must wear riding helmets. We recommend using closed-toe shoes and long pants or long shorts.

The entrance fee to the park is not included in the price.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Long pants
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat