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7 Day Hacienda and Cloud Forest Adventure Horse Riding Holiday in Montes de Oro, Puntarenas

Hacienda Sassenberg, Tajo Alto, Calle Velazquez, Miramar, 60401, Montes de Oro, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Mountain Horse Riding Holiday Costa Rica

Are you looking for adventure and a holiday away from the usual tourist centers? Then you should visit Hacienda Sassenberg in Costa Rica. Explore the cloud forests of Costa Rica and its beauty with well-trained horses. During the star rides, you will discover on horseback the diverse landscapes Costa Rica has to offer - from exotic jungle to vast or mountainous landscapes that remind you of Montana or Switzerland. Costa Rica's nature and adventures will surely make your holiday an unforgettable one!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 85 kilograms / 187 pounds
  • Horse Breed: Quarter horse and quarter horse mix
  • Tack Type: Western
  • Horse heigh: 14 to 15 hands

Highlights

  • 5 riding days, 3 to 8 hours daily
  • Group assigned according to riding skills
  • Hike and swim in a natural undisturbed waterfall
  • Ride into the cloud forests and jungles, witnessing its flora and fauna
  • Panoramic ride with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and mountains
  • Half board meals with beer and wine
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
02:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Kitchen

You will be accommodated in a comfortable guest house with a small kitchen, bathroom, shower, TV, and direct access to the pool. The Hacienda is nestled in the wild and romantic landscape of Costa Rica with views of the Gulf of Nicoya and offers its visitors many activities, but also peace and relaxation in harmony with nature.

Program

Day 1

You will be picked up at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). The drive to the Hacienda takes about two hours. Arrived at the Hacienda, you can expect a snack and a non-alcoholic welcome cocktail. Depending on when you arrive, enjoy the tropical garden with butterflies, hummingbirds, and monkeys and the swimming pool.

Day 2

After an exclusive breakfast rendezvous together, you will get to know your horses. After the briefing and assessment of your riding skills, you will be assigned your horse for a trial ride in the riding arena, followed by a panoramic ride with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. The hacienda lies at about 750 meters above sea level, the Pacific is in front of you and the cloud forest behind. After this ride, you take the horses to the river where they can cool down.

Day 3

You ride to the Hacienda's own waterfall. A little climbing is announced today after a beautiful ride over the Hacienda and by grazing cattle herds, you reach the mountain river Zamora. You hike/climb the river upwards after about 20 minutes until you reach the waterfall with a very nice pool. There, you can swim undisturbed and enjoy a packed lunch.

Day 4

What could be more beautiful - apart from getting up early - than a ride around 5 o'clock in the morning (or earlier) to experience the sunrise and the awakening of nature from the back of a horse? Exactly, such an early morning ride is on today's program. Breakfast is served today out of the saddlebag.

The silence is impressive. Coyotes, coatis, possums, and deer live there undisturbed and because they are not hunted, they are not very shy. On your way to the Hacienda, you will visit different and very old but still active gold tunnels.

Day 5

After a delicious breakfast, you ride into the cloud forest, where pumas, jaguars, and ocelots live in the wild (but don't be afraid, they are very shy and show themselves only rarely). Orchids grow there at the roadside.

You ride on to one of the most beautiful Fincas of the whole area. With a few gallops over lush meadows, you reach the jungle. Trees so lush and overgrown with completely different epiphytes that even dead trees still look alive. One automatically thinks of a fairytale forest.

After you have brought the horses to pasture, you also treat yourself to a nice dinner and spend the night in bungalows right next to the jungle.

Day 6

Get up at 7:00 a.m. and take care of the horses. When this is done, a hearty typical breakfast is waiting for you. Today is all about the cloud forest. You ride to a waterfall and cross a suspension bridge. In the village, there is still an ox mill in operation with its sugar cane's ground.

Lunch is served in a local restaurant. Now, the horses also get a little break and you walk a footpath of about 40 minutes through the cloud forest. After a coffee break, it goes now again back to the Hacienda.

There, you are away from tourism, the people are very friendly, and you can feel the "Pura Vida" what Costa Rica is so famous for.

Day 7

Breakfast and, depending on departure time, lunch and farewell take.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place at Miramar, Costa Rica. Costa Rica should be the country where there is no military and the longest democracy in Latin America. In the mountains of Puntarenas in Montes de Oro, a beautiful Finca Hacienda Sassenberg overlooks the Pacific with its own water springs, three waterfalls, and an average temperature of 28 degrees.

Distances

  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 2 hours

Food

You will be served two meals per day including beer and wine. Vegetarian and lactose-free food can be arranged on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Hacienda Sassenberg can recommend and arrange for you to take part in the following programs:

  • Sea turtle watching in Tortuguero
  • Whale watching (humpback whales) in Bahia Ballena
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Rio Celeste (sky blue river)
  • White water rafting
  • Monte Verde canopy (zip line)
  • Beach stay one or more nights

What's included

  • 5 riding days
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Briefing on the level of training of the horses
  • Half board meals including beer or wine
  • Provision of horses including equipment
  • Rides
  • Support by German, Spanish and English speaking guides
  • Transfer from and to the airport

What's not included

  • Personal expenses, tips, and souvenirs
  • Optional excursions, whale watching, national parks, etc.

How to get there

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Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría 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.
7 days / 6 nights
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Low season
  • July 15 to November 15

 

High season
  • November 16 to July 14
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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