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10 Day Old Spanish Trails and Pacific Beaches Horse Riding Holiday with Monteverde Extension

Hilton Garden Inn, Liberia, Costa Rica

Horse Riding Holiday in Costa Rica

Love horses? And looking for the best horseback riding or equestrian getaway? Search no more! This horse riding holiday offers cozy accommodation, rides to beautiful places, and professional horses, trained with natural horsemanship and known for their comfortable ride and noble character.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 200 lb (97 kilograms) weight limit for beginners to 220 (100 kilograms) for experienced riders.
  • Tack type: Western, English, and Costa Rican tack available
  • Horse breed: a mix of the noble Spanish horses

Highlights

  • Cowboy experience at Hacienda Roble
  • Enjoy a demonstration on Natural Horsemanship
  • Look out for monkeys, birds, and vegetation on backcountry trail
  • Suitable for beginners to advanced riders
  • Transfers and most meals included
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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Accommodation

Upon arrival, stay overnight at Hilton Garden Inn. Then, check-out and stay in the ranch's spacious suite or one-bedroom furnished house. Air, high-speed internet, cable, delicious meals, and real Guanacaste hospitality awaits you. In addition, the ranch has one and two-bedroom houses for families and small groups.

During this holiday, you will also enjoy a two-night stay at Mar Inn, Santa Elena, Monteverde.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Late arrival to Liberia, transfer to the Hilton Garden Inn for overnight.

Day 2

At 11 a.m., there will be a morning private transfer to the ranch located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Early check-in.

In the late afternoon, you will have a ranch orientation and a Criollo horse demonstration of the beautiful Spanish Criollo horses of Costa Rica, known for their noble temperament and comfort. If there is time you will have a short ride through Rancho Cartagena and the back roads to the village of Portegolpe, stopping off for a cold drink at a local cantina before returning to the ranch at sunset.

Dinner at the ranch or local restaurant with your hosts. The itinerary depends on arrival times.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will have the option of a visit to Monkey Park Rescue Center or a Natural Horsemanship session with the young horses. After lunch, you will leave for the small town of Tempate, riding along the old Spanish Trail, the same trails used by the Spanish Conquistadors, riding along large haciendas, and through the beautiful Guanacaste countryside.

Look out for monkeys, tropical birds, and the dry tropical vegetation on this backcountry trail. Stop off for cold drinks in the old ranching town of Tempate before you have dinner at a cowboy cantina. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

Day 4

After breakfast, you will be taken to the beautiful Hacienda Roble and mount your well-trained criollo ranch horse for a cowboy experience. Ride around the large working cattle ranch exploring the wetlands and seeing a variety of birds and crocodiles with your wildlife guide. For those with adventure in their hearts, there is the option to take a canopy zip line tour.

After lunch at the ranch in the late afternoon, continue riding through the gorgeous ranch country to the small village of Lorena for your evening meal at a popular cantina stop, where you can sample a real taste of Guanacaste. Return to the ranch at sunset.

Day 5

Today grab a cup of Costa Rican coffee or juice before your breakfast ride. This ride is along oxcart trails passing through wooded countryside, ranches, and small villages typical of the region. Along the way look out for Howler monkeys and pass the colorful town of Portegolpe.

When you arrive back at the ranch and have tied your horse up, it is time for a typical Tico breakfast, cooked over lena - firewood. The afternoon is free for you to go to the beach or choose one of the other tours available. At Tamarindo beach you can swim, surf, shop, and have dinner on your own at sunset. You will then be picked up by arrangement. Dinner by arrangement.

Day 6

After breakfast the resident trainer will give a demonstration on Natural Horsemanship, training one of the young horses. Later your horse will be loaded onto the truck and transported to the small village of Garita where you will rendezvous.

The ride today will be along backroads through giant trees of the dry tropical forest reserve, looking for Howler monkeys along the way. You will stop off at Peurto Viejo for a cold drink, before continuing to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Peurto Viejo, Conchal, and Brasilito. There will be time to play in the water and take photos at the end of the beach ride. Take a walk or a swim before lunch / dinner. The ride time today depends on tides.

Day 7 and 8 (extension to Monteverde)

After breakfast, at 8:20 a.m. enjoy a transfer to Monteverde for an extension of your holiday. Accommodation is in the Mar Inn, Santa Elena, Monteverde for two nights. The hotel can make tour arrangements for you. The Casagua Horses team can do it too. Suggested tours: half-day horseback riding in the clouds, Hanging Bridges, and the Monteverde cloud forest guided tour with Hummingbird Garden. Breakfast included.

Day 9

After breakfast, at 9:10 a.m. pickup for transfer to Liberia. Overnight at Best Western El Sitio Hotel.

Day 10

After breakfast, transfer to Liberia Airport for the flight home.

About the horses

You will love riding Casagua Horses' well-trained horses, a mix of the noble Spanish horses, known for their easy ride and great temperament not only on trail rides but also in the typical fiestas Sunday horse parades called Topes. Many of the horses were born and trained on the ranch using Natural Horsemanship techniques. Western, English, and McClellan saddles available.

Note

  • Personalize your days.
  • The sequence of days and times may change due to tides or weather.
  • Emergency or Covid cancellation, no fee to rebook.

Location

The Painted Pony Guest Ranch at Casagua Horses is located on Route 155, just minutes from some of Costa Rica's famous Pacific Gold Coast beaches, such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, and Playa Grande, in the heart of Guanacaste's famous ranch country.

Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the relaxed environment on the 50-acre horse ranch, an oasis of tropical trees and dry forest flora and fauna. Wake to monkeys calling from the trees and horses nickering in the pastures. Ride the old Spanish trails, mountain trails, sandy beaches on comfortable, well cared for horses with expert bi-lingual guides. Experience a real "Taste of Guanacaste" culture.

Casagua Horses team would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best riding in Guanacaste, and is located 15 minutes from the beach, 40 minutes from the Liberia Airport (LIR), and 20 minutes from the Tamarindo Regional airport.

Things to do (optional)

Located minutes from the most popular Pacific Beaches there is ample time to take advantage of beach activities, canopy tours, fishing, river floats, and more, or stay a night or two at the beach or mountain volcanos. On the ranch, watch the Howler Monkeys feeding in the trees, and colorful tropical birds and flowers in the gardens while you enjoy a cup of Costa Rican coffee.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Rides, lessons, or training
  • Most meals (usually one on their own when off the ranch)
  • 13% vat tax
  • Transfers by arrangement

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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