Mal Pais Horse Tours
Star Mountain offers Horse Tours in the morning or afternoon. Our standard 2-hour horse tour costs $45 per person, but we are also happy to customize an itinerary for you and your group.
For your comfort and security we recommend long pants at least down to the knee and firm shoes. We can provide helmets and for your use. If you elect not to, then you may opt to wear a hat to protect against the sun, especially on the beach portion oft he ride. A small backpack is useful for carrying a bottle of water and your camera.
To reserve your horse tour please drop us an email or call Star Mountain Lodge: 2640 0101 (English, Spanish, French, German) and 2640 0102 (only Spanish). In the US you can call: 702-802-9972 (English, Spanish, French).
Our horses are very gentle and suited for all levels of riding skills – from absolute beginners and children to experienced riders. We provide riding helmets for all, and we have smaller saddles for children.
We seek to match a horse’s temperament and other characteristics to the rider’s experience. Our horses are Criollos – a typical Costa Rican breed, which are well-adapted to the tropical climate. Criollos are a bit smaller than Arabians so the weight limit for the riders is 180 pounds.
Our horse tours start and finish at Star Mountain Jungle Lodge, 2 km uphill from Mal Pais. Our experienced, Spanish-speaking guide will be your shepherd along the way. From our horse corral, you set out on a trail through pastureland and the rolling hills of Mal Pais where you can absorb the tranquility and bucolic scenery of the Costa Rican countryside. The tour then descends to the beach in Mal Pais with its dramatic rock formations and deserted beaches. Finally, the horses turn onto the road to Cabuya, riding through a lush jungle canyon back to Star Mountain Jungle Lodge. Our horses amble at an easy pace to afford the rider the opportunity to experience and soak in the beauty of Costa Rica’s bountiful rainforest.