Undoubtedly the most scenic and fun way to travel between Arenal and Monteverde is on horseback, crossing straight over the old mountain trails which separate the lake from the cloud forest.

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Flight from London London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

After leaving the town of La Fortuna, you will be driven to Lake Arenal for a boat crossing. Horses and guides will be waiting on the far shore, and it is then a four hour ride through rivers and lush forests up to the town of Monteverde. Climbing up to 3,600ft over steep mountain passes, enjoy stunning views of the lake and volcano in the east, and the pristine cloud forest to the west.

The ride can also be done in the opposite direction, descending down through the forests from Monteverde to the Lake Arenal Basin. Whichever way you choose to go, this peaceful ride is makes a great alternative to a car transfer and the best way to experience the natural wonders of this part of Costa Rica at their finest.

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Due to the terrain covered during the ride, the horses travel slowly so you do not need to be an experienced rider to enjoy this excursion. Your luggage will be taken to your end destination by vehicle and will be waiting for you on arrival.

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Where to stay

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Located four miles from Fortuna on the lower slopes of one of the world’s most amazing volcanoes, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens has some of the best views of the smoking crater of Arenal.

Monteverde Lodge

Monteverde Lodge

Monteverde Lodge is the best option for comfort in Monteverde.

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel

Located in Alajuela in north-central Costa Rica, Villa Blanca offers access to some of the country’s pristine cloud forest.

Poas Volcano Lodge

Poas Volcano Lodge

Poas Volcano Lodge is a boutique hotel situated on the edge of a protected sub-tropical cloud forest, with views of Poas Volcano and the northern Caribbean Plains.

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Will and Kate B are our Volcanoes and Cloud Forests experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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