Nauyaca Waterfall

Horseback Riding to Nauyaca Waterfalls, Manuel Antonio

Horseback ride on a 5-mi (8-km) trip to Nauyaca Waterfalls, where you can swim, dive off the rocks and wildlife-watch


Embark on a classic Costa Rican adventure, horseback riding to the stunning Nauyaca Waterfalls near Dominical Beach in Manuel Antonio. Follow an eight-kilometer nature trail through lush rainforests, keeping an eye out for exotic wildlife, such as capuchin monkeys. Spend a few hours at the falls, swimming in the lagoon and exploring the rock outcroppings before enjoying a traditional lunch and returning on horseback.


  • Embark on a horseback riding adventure to the stunning Nauyaca Waterfalls
  • Explore rainforest nature trails and spot exotic wildlife like capuchin monkeys
  • Dive into the refreshing lagoon at the base of the 150-foot waterfalls
  • Savor a delicious traditional lunch and sample the best ceviche ever
  • Learn about horse riding techniques from fun and knowledgeable guides

Know before you go

5 hours
Recommended for
All ages
Small group
Food & Drink
Lunch Included

What you'll do

Today, you'll embark on an exhilarating adventure to one of Costa Rica's most beloved attractions – the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Your journey begins with a horseback ride through lush rainforests near Dominical Beach in Manuel Antonio. Over the five-mile (eight-kilometer) ride, your guide will lead you on nature trails abundant with exotic wildlife such as capuchin monkeys, so keep your camera handy!

Upon arrival at the impressive Nauyaca Waterfalls, you'll have a couple of hours to explore and take in the breathtaking views of the falls as they cascade nearly 150 feet (45 meters) into a crystal-clear lagoon. Don't forget to pack your swim gear, as this lagoon is perfect for a refreshing dip. For the more adventurous, there are rock outcroppings around the falls that make for ideal diving spots!

After a fun-filled time at the waterfalls, you'll hop back on your horse and make your way to a traditional lunch prepared by a local woman. Savor the delicious meal and learn more about the culture and cuisine of Costa Rica. With full bellies, you'll begin your horseback ride back to the starting point, filled with cherished memories of your waterfall and rainforest adventure.

Please note that transportation to the starting point is not included but can be added for an additional $190 per group. The activity package includes a knowledgeable guide, lunch, and all necessary equipment.

According to previous participants, this experience is truly unforgettable. One review highlights the exceptional lunch, the fantastic horse guide with a contagious smile, and the breathtaking beauty of the Nauyaca Waterfalls. So saddle up and prepare for a remarkable day exploring the natural wonders of Costa Rica!

Start times

  • Daily
    9:00 am
  • Sunday
    Not available

What's included

  • guide
  • lunch
  • equipment

Traveler reviews

Audrea H.
Brenham, TX | Reviewed on Dec 02, 2022

Breath taking experience. Horses are so fun and make the travel to the falls so easy. You fall in love with your horse and get to know there personalities. Horse guides are fun and make you smile. Horse guides also teach you a lot about riding a horse. Lunch after visiting the falls is amazing as well. Read more

Breath taking experience. Horses are so fun and make the travel to the falls so easy. You fall in love with your horse and get to know there personalities. Horse guides are fun and make you smile. Horse guides also teach you a lot about riding a horse. Lunch after visiting the falls is amazing as well.

Tips for future travelers

Wear pants and wear a swim suit under. You will love swimming in the falls.

Quality of Experience
Lunch made by local woman was amazing.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dennis was a super fun horse guide. He always had a smile you his face and answered all our questions.
Private transport stop at his house to give us fresh made ceviche his wife made. BEST CEVICHE EVER! Nicest couple you will ever meet. They would of invited us in for dinner and made us feel welcomed.

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