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Authentic Horse Riding Vacation in Panama

Make your dream come true by riding a horse on a never-ending tropical beach, with an interesting estuary and river mouth to discover. And that is only the beginning of your horse ride adventure! Just behind the mangroves, discover a private trail with a variety to offer, from dramatic hilltop views on the islands dotted with ocean and Vulcan Baru in the distance. There, you will have the unique opportunity to discover an intriguing rock formation, rocks carved with ancient petroglyphs, flower-filled valleys with butterflies, brilliant-colored birds, lush grasslands with cattle and horses, mangroves with monkeys, wild fruit trees, aromatic plants, and rippling streams.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 134 to145 centimeters / 13.1 to 14.3 hands
  • Tack type: Authentic Panamanian Western Style
  • Horse breed: Well trained, Paso Fino and other Spanish breeds. All Creole and there is a crossing with Quarter of a mile and with Andaluz (Paso Fino)

Meet the instructors

Gama
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Highlights

  • 3 days of authentic Panamanian Western-style riding
  • No head-to-trail-ride, guided by an authentic Panamanian and passionate cowboy
  • Ride through empty beaches and hills, some gallops during the rides (level dependant)
  • Only small groups of a maximum 4 people
  • 2-hour relaxing riding along the beach and estuary for all levels
  • 2-hour adventure ride in the hills behind the mangrove, with indigenous rock carvings
  • 2-hour mountain tour with cattle and training/exercises
  • 3 nights of beachfront accommodation at the beautiful tropical beach of Playa Las Lajas

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Spanish
Group size: 2-4 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
03:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Las Lajas Beach Resort is a 14-room hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the only hotel directly situated on the beach with all the amenities mentioned above. The complex includes a lush garden, the heart of the facilities, where you can find the swimming pool, sunbeds, beachfront palapas, and an outdoor bar-restaurant. Take a few steps and you will sink your toes into the soft sand of Playa Las Lajas.

Their personalized rooms are spacious and can accommodate up to 5 people. All rooms border the rich, lush, and manicured lawn area which surrounds a free-form shaded pool, from where you will enjoy the views of the beach and the island-dotted ocean. Two suites are available on the first floor of the hotel.

Free wireless connection to the internet is available on the whole property for those who want to stay connected. Their open-air bar-restaurant offers local and international cuisine and as well as an interesting choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Massages, yoga classes, tours, body- and surfboards are available for guests upon request.

Beach rooms

Eleven of the 12 beach rooms offer accommodations that include two queen-sized beds, one single bed, air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, a hot water shower, a safety box, and a ceiling fan. The bathrooms are stocked with shampoo, body wash, hand soap, body lotion, and facial tissues. One beach room has a suitable handicap access bathroom and two queen-sized beds.

Beachfront suites

The resort also offers two upstairs beachfront suites, equipped with a king-size bed, air conditioning, dual hot water showers, ceiling fans, cable TV, safety box, with a small bar and refrigerator. The bathrooms are stocked with shampoo, body wash, hand soap, body lotion, and facial tissues. Both come with spectacular views of the beach and the island-dotted ocean from your semi-private covered deck.

Pool

Refresh yourself in a free-form swimming pool with a shaded swim area and a view of the ocean. An outdoor shower allows you to wash off the beach before entering your room again.

Program

Welcome to this horse riding adventure! Get ready to experience three different types of horse rides in a natural and authentic way.

Relaxed Beach Riding

No matter your level of experience, Playa Las Lajas offers a perfect beach for horseback riding. Follow the long palm-lined coast and explore the estuary's interesting nature, while learning about the unique flora and fauna of the area.

Adventurous Trail Riding

You will ride unique, private trails in the hills above the beach and mangroves. Enjoy the beauty of nature at the Playa Las Lajas ranch all year round. These rides take you through open plains, wooded enclosures, and rippling streams. Along the way, you'll discover rocks with native petroglyphs and be treated to stunning views of the ocean and Vulcan Baru. Descend to an intriguing rock formation on the border of the mysterious mangroves, and leave your stresses behind as you relax during this challenging trail through the stunning countryside.

Adventurous Mountain Ride with Cattle and Training/Exercises

Depending on your level and preferences, your guide will teach you the tricks of the cowboys, helping you connect and become one with your horse. Experience the awakening of nature during an early morning ride and immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you.

Rider Levels

The holiday does accept beginners but you will need to inform them of this in advance in order to avoid putting beginners with more experienced riders. Communication is very important in this case and the group has to be small. For riders experiencing their first time on a horse, the group’s size will have a maximum of 2 riders.

Children

There are no saddles for children under 12, but the guide can take a horse with a child pulled by the rein.

Guides

Your guide is the passionate owner and trainer of the horses.

Program

The program schedule will be determined by the daily tides of the Pacific Ocean, which change daily. Beach rides can only be done during low tide, so once you have your dates of stay, your rides will be scheduled accordingly.

Example Program

Day 1

  • Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed with check-in.
  • Start your experience with a refreshing welcome drink while enjoying the view of the ocean and receive an initial briefing about the program.
  • Don't miss the opportunity to witness the breathtaking sunset, a truly magical moment of the day!

Day 2

  • Begin your day with a delicious breakfast.
  • Take some time to familiarize yourself with the horses and your guide in preparation for your first ride.
  • Enjoy a satisfying lunch.
  • Indulge in some leisurely afternoon free time, whether it's lounging by the pool, relaxing under the shade of beachfront palapas, or even renting a surf or bodyboard for some ocean action. Alternatively, you can schedule a rejuvenating massage of your choice at the BeachFront Yoga & Massage Rancho.
  • Of course, another day brings another beautiful sunset to stare at!

Day 3

  • Start your day with a delightful breakfast.
  • Continue with another authentic ride through nature.
  • Enjoy a fulfilling lunch.
  • Take advantage of your free time to engage in any activities of your choice. Or just walk on the kilometers-long sand beach, enjoying the salty air, following the sun going down that is painting the sky.
  • After dinner, gather around a bonfire on the beach for a cozy and memorable experience.

Day 4

  • Get up with the sunrise for an early morning ride to kick-start your day.
  • Savor a delicious breakfast.
  • Closing circle

Please note that check-out of your room is at 12 midday. However, you are welcome to continue enjoying the beautiful grounds with beach access. If needed, the office can assist you with storing your luggage.

Included excursions

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Instructors

Gama

Location

A sandy beach stretching for 12 kilometers with gentle waves, a soothing breeze and beautiful sunsets is what makes Playa Las Lajas so irresistible. Las Lajas Beach Resort is located just in front of this famous, but still unspoiled beach in all of Panama. There, you can enjoy the sandy Pacific beach stretching for kilometers in either direction on horseback!

Play in the warm inviting waters and relax below palm trees, or in the shade of traditional palapas. Discover the many activities offered, besides horse riding on the beach. Playa Las Lajas is ideal for activities like long sunrise and sunset walks, bird watching, swimming in the mellow waves, horseback riding, body boarding, and surfing.

Las Lajas Beach Resort is located by car less than an hour east of David (Panama’s second largest city) and six hours west of Panama City along the American Highway in the town of Las Lajas, situated in the province of Chiriquí. It is located just a 2-hour drive from the border with Costa Rica, in case you would like to visit both countries on your trip.

Distances

  • David - 1 hour
  • Boquete - 1,5 hours
  • Bocas del Toro - 4 hours
  • Panama City - 6 hours

Food

Savor the ultimate dining experience at Las Lajas Beach Resort's beachfront bar and restaurant. Enjoy the cooling sea breezes and stunning sunsets while indulging in a delicious meal. Their menu features a range of cuisine from around the world, including traditional Panamanian food, and vegetarian and vegan options, all with a focus on seasonal ingredients. In addition to the regular menu, they also offer daily specials.

Quench your thirst with aselection of exotic tropical cocktails, fresh juices, smoothies, beer, wine, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Our full bar has everything you need to satisfy your cravings.

Please note that meals are not included in the rates.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
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)

  • Nature hike including a visit of an indigenous family
  • Massage treatments in a private, open-to-the-air beachfront ancient rancho
  • Yoga classes in a beachfront rancho
  • Bodyboard and surfboard rental

Spa treatments

  • Deep and relaxing full body Fusion massages with 100% plant-based oil
  • Full body massages with fresh organic Aloe Vera
  • Tsuboki Japanese neck-face-hand-feet massage
  • Restorative Bodywork

The treatments are not included in this package.

What's included

  • Welcome drink
  • 3 nights accommodation in Las Lajas Beach Resort
  • 3 horseback rides
  • A bonfire on your last night (depending on the weather)
  • Breakfast from our menu a la carte
  • Coffee, tea, bottled water
  • 10% tax

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and drinks that are not mentioned
  • Other activities than horse riding
  • Massage treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Las Lajas Beach Resort is located in front of Playa Las Lajas in the province of Chiriqui, on a six hour drive from Panama City.

Driving directions from Panama City

  • Drive along the American Highway in the town of Las Lajas.
  • Take the Las Lajas exit at the return of San Felix and travel approximately 13 kilometers, through the town, looking for Las Lajas Beach Resort signs and the playa/beach sign until you reach the “T” in the road at the beach.
  • The resort is approximately 400 meters down the road to the right.
  • Look for the yellow building with the red roof and you will be here ready to enjoy the relaxing and soothing lifestyle of the beach.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and then choose between either a flight from Tocumen International Airport to David Airport (DAV) or a rental car/bus with a driving time of approximately 6 hours. Las Lajas Beach Resort can arrange airport transfers at an additional cost. Please contact them for further details.

Arrival by bus

Las Lajas and San Félix are easily accessible by bus; from/to the bus terminal in David (every 30 minutes max.) as well as from/to the Albrook bus terminal in Panama City with connections every hour (6-hour ride – 5 hours the night express bus). The stop is at the main intersection of San Félix.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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Please note that for this holiday there is a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people. Depending on the level of the riders, a family or friend group of 6 people can be accommodated.

Availability and price information 
  • Before booking always check prices and availability.
  • Prices vary according to the season. 
  • During Christmas, New Year, Carnival and other local holidays, these packages are not available. 
 
 
Green season
  • May 2 - December 20

 

High season
  • January 2 - April 30
 
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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