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Horseback Riding to Rincon De La Vieja National Park + Rio Negro Hot Springs & Mud Baths

Our best Costa Rica horseback riding tour combines hiking in the Rincón de la Vieja National Park and relaxing in the Rio Negro Hot Springs … what a perfect day!

From Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, you will ride our friendly ranch horses 45 minutes on a pretty forest trail to the Las Pailas entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Meaning “The Cauldrons” in Spanish, the Las Pailas area spectacularly shows off the awesome power of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Steam and sulfur pour out of yellow and rust-colored ground at natural fumaroles. Clay and coffee-colored pools boil with hot volcanic water. Smooth gray volcanic mud bubbles and explodes in large pits. It’s an experience like no other volcano in Costa Rica.

Hiking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park on the Las Pailas loop trail takes you 2.5 miles (3.5 km) through dry tropical forest to see the best views of the volcano, incredible nature and volcanic activity. You will cross little rivers and see small waterfalls along the trail. More than 300 bird species live here, along with animals like white-faced, howler and spider monkeys, armadillos, collared peccaries, iguanas, snakes, and white-nosed coatis. Our bilingual naturalist guide will help you spot any wildlife during your hike, and explain the amazing sights you’ll see.

When you finish in the park, the horses will be ready to take you back to Hacienda Guachipelin (45-minute ride).

All of our horseback rides follow mostly forest trails, with very little time on transited ranch roads. All tour participants must wear riding helmets. We recommend using closed-toe shoes and long pants or long shorts. For the national park, we recommend bringing insect repellent and sunscreen.

All tours are arranged at Hacienda Guachipelin’s Adventure Center; open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for hotel guests and day visitors.

Tour times:

Tour times: 8:00 AM / 12:00 PM

Tour duration: 4.5 hours

Tour Prices

  • Adults: USD $49 (11+ years)
  • Children: USD $44 (4-10 years)

* Please note: Park entrance fee ($15 /person) is not included in the tour price. The Rincón de la Vieja National Park is closed on Mondays. However all of the rest of our tours operate every day.