Costa Rica Horseback Riding. Vacations and Horse Riding Holidays in Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Horseback Riding.......spend 8 days exploring the beautiful areas of Monteverde, Guanacaste and La Fortuna. See amazing cloud forests, waterfalls, nature reserves, local farms, wildlife, volcanoes, hot springs and lakes. The tour starts with a pick-up from San Jose by private transport. Forget the worries about public buses and safety. Our driver will take you to the hotel where you will meet up with a staff member who will be over- seeing your tour and will give you advice and tips about the area.
Horseback Riding Vacations with Horse Trek Monteverde
Itinerary: 8 Days, 7 nights and 6 Day's Costa Rica Horseback Riding
You will be picked up at your hotel in San Jose or the airports (San Jose or Liberia) by private transport. Enjoy the scenery as we make our ascent up to the beautiful cloud forests of Monteverde. Depending on the hour you arrive you are free to do any of the activities in the area of Monteverde (which we can help you set up) or if you are arriving late you can just relax at your hotel which has a restaurant and bar. Hotel Miramontes is a 20 minutes outside the village of Santa Elena.
NOTE: If you arrive very late we will arrange a hotel in San Jose and then pick you up in the morning (we can then swap days 2 and 3) but you won´t have time for any of the extra actvities such as canopy tours (but you´ll not miss any riding days)
9.00 am Pick-up by taxi to take you on a short 10 minute journey to where our horses will be waiting for you. After an introduction to your horse we will set off! Today will be a full day excursion and we'll be riding for about 5 hours or so. We will ride down the beautiful valley of San Luis until we reach the entrance of the stunning San Luis Waterfall, a short 30 minute walk take us to the view point and natural pool (which you are welcome to swim in but it is cold!!).
After a short stay at the waterfall we will walk back to our horses and ride to a local 'soda' (small restaurant) where they breed their own Tilapia fish. Here will stop in this pretty spot to rest and have lunch.
After lunch (included in tour) we will wind our way up from the San Luis valley by a different route passing through rolling hills covered by lush coffee plantations with spectacular views of the Pacific and the cloud forests. We will end up at the Hotel Miramontes.
Hotel Miramontes is located 2 kilometers from the main town area of Santa Elena. The hotel is surrounded by pine trees and other local flora and fauna and has an orchid garden and library. The owner will proudly show you around his loved orchid garden. Butterflies and other birds are abundant because of all the tropical flowers and the hotel is a nice place to wonder around if you have a few minutes to spare.
The restaurant and bar has a wide menu of international cuisine and the full breakfast, included in the package, won't leave you hungry! You will spend three nights at this hotel.
The morning is free for those who would just like to participate in the activities available in Monteverde or just catch up on sleep, internet or washing! In the afternoon there will be a sunset horseback ride.
Optional 1 ($55pp) 6.45am Pick up from the hotel for a guided hike in the Monteverde Reserve for about three hours. The guide will explain all the there is to know about the fauna and flora of the area, as well as the history of the park and Monteverde. Price includes transport, guide and entrance fees
Option 2 ($30 or $45) depending on which tours you choose) Selvatura Park for the Canopy Tour. Enjoy the thrills of zipping from tree to tree, using cables and harnesses high in the canopies of the cloud forest. For those who want a more gentle time you can opt to so the Hanging Bridges on the Walkways at Selavtura Park, which is a 1.5 - 2 hour hike at your own pace high in the canopies along suspended bridges.
Option 3: Trapiche tour general agriculture, sugar and coffee tour) $28pp including transport
Day 3 (1.00pm) - Sunset horse ride around the local area. This afternoon we will mount up again and go to an area that has some of the best sunset views in the area (if the weather is co-operating!!). After the ride we will pass by Marvin's and Janet's house to see some of the young horses Marvin is training or a demonstration of Marvin's famous horse Gladiator!
We will then ride to Cabinas Belcruz where you will be staying for one night, the horses will also be staying near by.
AM 9.00am Enjoy an all day excursion, well away from the tourist areas. The route will be on little used dirt roads and through some farms, crossing small streams and valleys. Picnic and swim by our river and see monkeys and tropical birds. The tour is all day and you'll be back in you hotel (Cabinas Belcruz) about 3.00pm-4.00pm. About 5-6 hours riding. At around 6.00pm you'll be served a homemade dinner and then time to relax in you private cabin (Belcruz Cabins). The cabins are very comfortable, the owners charming and the area peaceful. At the restaurant the owners have a balcony at the back where they keep feeders to attract hummingbird and it is a great place in the evening to see the early evening wildlife.
Photos of Monteverde Cloud Forest if you decide to go to the park on your free morning:
Photos of Cloud Forest (Selvatura Canopy) if you decide to do this on your free morning:
Photos of Trapiche tour if you decide to do this on your free morning:
AM Today is a long day riding, from Monteverde to Solania, passing though Campos de Oro (an area famous for its coffee plantations). The route is steep in places and we will rest the horses frequently, plenty of photos opportunities of the coffee plants! You can't fail to enjoy horse riding into the heart of the mountains and the countryside, passing other riders known as campesinos (local people of the rural communities) who often rely on horses for mobility. In Campos de Oro we will stop to have lunch in a typical Costa Rican family house, a real chance to taste home cooking. Here we will rest the horses before continuing down to Solania. The ride today will be 6+ hours in total.
In Solania (real cowboy country!) we will spend two nights on a working farm in some lovely villas. They are located in beautiful gardens and have a pool and a jacuzzi. The large villas have kitchens, cable tv, a/c, sitting room and a veranda It is a good opportunity to experience staying on a working ranch and you are free to in inspect the cattle and other animals. Solania is much hotter than Monteverde being at a lower elevation but you'll have a chance to cool off in the swimming pool before taking a hike in the area, go bird watching or just relaxing on the veranda.
am Today you can have a chance to sleep in and we will set off about 10.00am for a day's ride around the cowboy country of Solania, visiting a local waterfall and local ranches.
Lots of monkeys and other wildlife can be spotted on this day
7.30 am Ride from Solania to El Dos (4-5 hours) where we sadly say good-bye to our horses. We will ride early in the morning through small villages until we reach the village of El Dos where we take a vehicle to our boat waiting on the shores of the famous Arenal Lake at the foot of the famous Arenal Volcano. The 30 minute boat trip is lovely with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. At Arenal Dam a car will be waiting to take us to a comfortable Ecolodge called Arenal Oasis.
At 6.00pm transport will pick you up and take you one of the world famous Arenal Hot Springs at the foot of Arenal Volcano.
Arenal Volcano (1,633 meters) is a picture-perfect cone. It is one the world's most active volcanoes although it has been very quiet of late but it still emits gases and rumbles!
A perfect place to view the volcano is from Baldi Hot Springs.
At the hot springs you can soak any aches away from the last few days of riding. This is a place where you can really relax and pamper yourself. Baldi has a series of freeform, landscaped pools with a range of temperatures, set amid glorious tropical gardens. It's a place where you can sit in a warm pool, sipping the cocktail of your choice. Evening buffet meal is included.
At around 1.30pm we will end the tour with shuttle transport to San Jose or we can arrange transport to some of the main beaches in Costa Rica.
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BEACH OPTION AVAILABLE. $394pp (double occupancy). 2 people minimum. Transfer to San Jose included.
Details of the Horse Riding Holiday
Cost: $1595 per person ( Single supplement $250)
Minimum: 2 people (Double occupancy) MIn 2 - Max 6-8 people.
Max weight: 200lbs, Riding Western Style
NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATES ARE FLEXIBLE!!! jUST LET US KNOW WHEN YOU WANT TO RIDE.
16 Feb, 9 March, 23 March, 06 April, 20 April, 11 May, 08 July, 22 July, 06 August, 20 August
We can be flexible with the dates - Inquire by email: email@example.com
Included on Trip: 6 days riding, 7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts and all lunches (except arrival and departure days and Day 3), evening meals on 4 nights, at Cabinas Belcruz, Villas Solania and Baldi Hot Springs, all transport, luggage transfers, entrance to hot springs and transport, experienced guides and all tours in the itinerary (except optional activities).
Not Included: Flights to Costa Rica, hotels in San Jose (which we can arrange for you - just let us know!), some evening meals, lunches on arrival day and departure days and Day 4 and the last day, optional tours or transportation to other tours.
What to Bring: T-shirts, shorts, long pants for riding (you might want to bring half-chaps), sweater or light jacket, gel seat saver for western saddles, light hiking or riding boots, sandals to walk in rocky rivers, rain jacket, water-proof pants, sunscreen, insect repellant (also recommended for insect repellant is Avon's Skin So Soft), anti-histamine cream for insect bites, any personal medication, hair dryer, shorts, swimming gear, sports sandals, riding hat (or we can lend you one - let us know), traveler's insurance (to include horse riding), full passport and a credit card (VISA and MC's only - other cards are difficult to use in Monteverde).
Costa Rica Horseback Riding
Insurance: You must have your own insurance that includes horse riding (the policy number and details needs to be send to us).