Horse Tours

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.

Mal Pais Horse Tours

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

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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.

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What a wonderful and exciting way to see Costa Rica! Friendly guides, gentle horses, and an exciting ride make for a wonderful experience! It is a MUST do!
We were so fortunate to have chosen Star Mountain Horse Tours to take our grandchildren on a horseback riding tour of a lifetime. The jungle, the beach, the animals and the sunset were way more beautiful than we ever expected. Thank you to the owners and the guide. We have ...
(...) The tour is the perfect way to head to the empty beaches of Mal Pais as opposed to the more populated (still pretty much to yourself) beaches of Santa Teresa. Getting to ride through some hidden jungle trails and popping out onto a beach where literally the only company ...
The Star Mountain Horse Tour was great. My husband and two sons loved the mountain and beach scenery. It was our first time on a horse tour and we would highly recommend this one. The horses were gentle and the tour guide was accommodating to us. We are definitely doing ...
Star Mountain Horse Tours is the best in all of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa! My boyfriend and I had the most romantic ride through Mal Pais. The horses were friendly and well groomed. The scenic tour was unforgettable. I definitely recommend this tour for other couples or families visiting the ...