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“Fantastic experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alberto's Horses

Alberto's Horses
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9043
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Owner description: We have a tour at 8:30 in the morning or at 1:30 in the afternoon. We have the tour to La Fortuna waterfall. The tour consists of a one hour ride through pastures and farmland. Then we venture into the jungle were we cross a river and proceed up the mountain to the waterfall Rio Fortuna. There you may swim for approximately one hour after we return down the mountain to our farm. The tour is around 3 or 4 hours. You are going to need long pants, good shoes, a bathing suit and towel, along with anything else you feel necessary. At the end of the tour we will be at our house waiting with a delicious organic chicken barbecue with natural juice $80 per person.
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“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I highly recommend Alberto and his horses. The horses are well cared for, well trained, super calm, strong and sure footed. I've rarely seen better horses available for trail rides. This ride could be challenging for some, and that's exactly what made it fun for us. You'll want to wear jeans and boots that cover your ankles. We just wore shoes, because we didn't want to pack boots for our trip. Regular shoes work, but are not ideal. If you want to swim at the waterfall, you'll want to either wear a swimsuit under your clothes or pack one. You'll also want towels, and something dry to change into if you don't want to soak your jeans with a wet swimsuit on the way back. There is no support vehicle, you need to carry everything yourself, so a backpack is highly recommended.

Alberto's horse tours will take you from the town of La Fortuna to the waterfall. You may also visit the waterfall by driving to the parking lot of the waterfall, or going on an ATV tour or taking another horse riding tour. Personally, I'm really glad that we took Alberto's horses.

We had Alberto himself as our guide and he and his dog took great care of us.

We contacted Alberto's horses via the email listed on Trip Advisor. We were told to be behind the church in La Fortuna at 1:30 pm. We were there early, and when we didn't see anything that referred to "Alberto's Horse Tours" behind the church, we asked at one of the tour companies behind the church. They directed us down the road (with back of church on your left), across the bridge and down the road a little bit more. They told us there would be signs on the right side of the road when we'd reached Alberto's horses. Since we had a car, we drove there and found the place. There were a couple of vans there at the stable. So we're not sure if we had just stayed behind the church if they would have picked us up there, or they expected us to find our way on our own. We never asked. But no one else reviewing on Trip Advisor has noted problems connecting with Alberto's Horses, so I'm assuming finding the way works for everyone.

We were charged $130 for 2 people in November of 2012. We signed a release form, and were offered helmets. Our horses were already saddled and ready to go. We traversed several fields, including one with Brahman cattle with several calves that were curious and playful around the horses. After the easy field crossings where Alberto expertly opened and closed gates, we traversed down steep muddy banks, forded a rocky shallow stream a few times, and up steep muddy banks on the other side. We then followed a paved road to the waterfall. We parked the horses with an attendant, and walked the rest of the way to the falls. Signed a waiver there, and then walked into the park. Alberto came with us. At the top of the trail there are rest rooms that include a shower. There is also a tourist shop where you can buy souvenirs, snacks and drinks. We walked down the trail (someone else wrote 400 steps, that seems about right). Swam in the cold pool, dried off, hiked back up the 1000 steps (ok, it just seems like there are more on the way up). At the top again, we changed into dry clothes. We walked to our horses, and then rode back the way we came to Alberto's. I think our total trip was a little over 3 hours.

If you are not conditioned to riding horses, this will wear you out and leave you sore. The terrain is certainly more difficult than most tourist trail rides, and Alberto will let you run with the horses in the fields if you are comfortable. Of course, he will keep the pace to a walk / trot if that is as fast as your comfort level will allow (as it was for us).

We're really happy we took this tour and would highly recommend it to those that enjoy horseback riding.

Visited November 2012
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“Horseback and Waterfall Swim!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you like horses, and love the waterfalls this might be for you. We made reservation for the next morning, and it was only me and my hubby. We were greated and saddled up, then they took pictures of us before we headed out to the waterfall. We crossed cattle fields, rocky rivers, climbed up some hills and saw beautiful views of Arenal volcano. Our guide was interesting, and could open and close gates for us eventhough he had a broken arm. We arrived at the waterfall, a horse keeper was there to care for the horses while we decended to the waterfall. Our guid decended with us and waited for us to finish our swim, which was about 45 minutes. Climbe up was a bit of a work out. There is a store above where you can purchase souvenirs, and drinks! There is also a changing room/restrooms to change in dry clothes.
We hopped back on our refreshed horses and headed back the same way. The hill was a bit steep but the horses managed to go slow and safely. Alberto's horses and well cared for and trained well for this various terrain. They are well behaved. We cantered back through the fields and it was alot of fun.
This took all morning and we got back in time to get lunch in La Fortuna. He is near downtown. A must do in Costa Rica. He also has a page on facebook.

Visited May 2012
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“Great Family Activity!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This was my 6 year old son's favorite activity on the trip! The horses were very tame, and the ride was nice. Alberto was a great guide, with lots of interesting information about the area. The only thing that would have made the trip better was to spend a little more time at the waterfalls. They were spectacular!

Visited July 2012
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La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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“Nervous Newcomer to Horses Rides Successfully”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I have been on a horse twice in my lifetime. I really wanted to conquer my fear of riding and Alberto helped with this. I agree that this isn't the average packaged tour. This tour is special. I have lived in La Fortuna the entire year and before leaving I wanted to do something memorable. I was the only one on the tour and it is very obvious Alberto takes great care in what he does and has a profession tailored to him. If this frightened person can be convinced to trot a horse than anyone can do it. I lived her for 9 months. I get the packaged tours, and the businesses and the profit that is trying to be made. This tour isn't made like that. If you want canned, nose to butt, travel at everyone else's pace then don't come here. This will go down as one of my more memorable adventures here in Costa Rica solely because of what Alberto does for the tour. If you want to ride horses in La Fortuna, this is the way to go. Alberto represents what is truly La Fortuna.

Visited September 2012
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“Fun Way to See the Waterfalls!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We had a great experience riding the horses to and from La Fortuna waterfalls. We are a family of four, (kids ages are 9 and 12 years old) with limited to no horseback riding experience. Alberto welcomed us, and made sure we had horses that worked for us. The horses were very well trained, and we felt safe and enjoyed a special morning of horseback riding through fields and a brook to get to the Waterfalls. It was a highlight of the trip!

Visited August 2012
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