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4 Day Beautiful Beach and Jungle Horseback Riding Holiday in Mal Pais, Puntarenas

Star Mountain Jungle Lodge, Malpais, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Horseback Riding Holiday in Costa Rica

If you are planning to visit Costa Rica, you must include Star Mountain Jungle Lodge as your destination and place to stay. They offer you this wonderful horse riding holiday. You will ride the horses in the forests bringing you closer to nature and also along beaches which is relaxing and refreshing. Star Mountain Jungle Lodge is also located inside the tropical rain forest. Get ready to immerse yourself in the jungle of Mal Pais.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 180 pounds / 82 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13 to 15 hands
  • Tack Type: Western
  • Horse Breed: Criollos

Highlights

  • Ride along beaches
  • Morning and afternoon rides
  • Ride in the tropical rain forest
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 hours
  • English, French or Spanish speaking guide
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Star Mountain Jungle Lodge provides a serene, peaceful setting which is perfect for nature lovers and tranquility seekers. Their eco lodge is surrounded by extensive tropical gardens with impressive jungle trees and a multitude of flowers visited by butterflies, hummingbirds, and other exotic birds.

In the middle of the hotel compound is the large swimming pool with sun deck and lounge chairs. From here, you often see families of capuchin and howler monkeys traveling through the canopy.

The lounge, designed in a traditional Costa Rican rancho style, is a comfortable and cozy place to relax in a hammock, socialize with other guests, or do computer work. The hotel provides high-speed Wi-Fi served through glass-fiber cables.

The lodge is also where Star Mountain Jungle Lodge serves breakfast in the morning. Please note that they do not serve lunch or dinner. A few steps above the hotel rooms, you'll find the yoga shala quietly secluded in a jungle clearing. Here, you can practice your poses on a 700-square foot teak platform with only the sounds of birds and monkeys as a symphonic backdrop.

Program

The horse tours start and finish at Star Mountain Jungle Lodge, 2 kilometers uphill from Mal Pais. Star Mountain Jungle Lodge's experienced guide will be your shepherd along the way.

From the horse corral, you set out on a trail through pastureland and the rolling hills of Mal Pais where you can absorb the tranquility and bucolic scenery of the Costa Rican countryside.

The tour then descends to the beach in Mal Pais with its dramatic rock formations and deserted beaches. Finally, the horses turn onto the road to Cabuya, riding through a lush jungle canyon back to Star Mountain Jungle Lodge.

The horses amble at an easy pace to afford the rider the opportunity to experience and soak in the beauty of Costa Rica’s bountiful rainforest.

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival, afternoon ride
  • Day 2 - 3: Breakfast, morning ride, time off, afternoon ride
  • Day 4: Breakfast, morning ride, departure

The horses

The horses are very gentle and suited for all levels of riding skills - from absolute beginners and children to experienced riders. Star Mountain Jungle Lodge provide riding helmets for all and they have smaller saddles for children.

Star Mountain Jungle Lodge seeks to match a horse’s temperament and other characteristics to the rider’s experience. The horses are Criollos - a typical Costa Rican breed which are well-adapted to the tropical climate. Criollos are a bit smaller than Arabians so the weight limit for the riders is 180 pounds / 82 kilograms.

Location

Mal Pais is a small fisherman hamlet on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. From its southern border at the Cabo Blanco National Park, it extends around four kilometers until the neighboring village of Santa Teresa.

While Santa Teresa has become a busy surfer village with lots of action, Mal Pais has retained its laid-back vibe. The coastline of Mal Pais is rather rocky which keeps the crowds away. The views, however, are scenic and undisturbed by construction. Mal Pais is the right place for people who love tranquility and nature. Besides surfing, Mal Pais offers many other activities and tours.

Star Mountain Jungle Lodge is located two kilometers uphill from the village of Mal Pais, on the road to Cabuya. That same road also leads to Montezuma with its famous waterfalls and to the entrance of the Cabo Blanco National Park.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • 6 hours of horseriding (morning and afternoon)
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from San Jose, Monteverde, or Arenal

  • Drive to the port town of Puntarenas to take the ferry to Paquera, across the Gulf of Nicoya.
  • From Paquera continue west through Tambor and Cobano until Mal Pais.
  • At the Mal Pais / Santa Teresa intersection, take a left into Mal Pais until you arrive at Mary’s restaurant.
  • Right after Mary’s is the road to Cabuya take a left.
  • Continue uphill through the jungle, crossing 2 creeks
  • After 2 kilometers, you see the Star Mountain Jungle Lodge entrance gate to your right. Please note that you need a 4WD for the roads in the area.

Driving directions from the northern areas of Costa Rica like Liberia or Tamarindo

  • Drive south via the town of Nicoya to Paquera
  • From Paquera continue west through Tambor and Cobano until Mal Pais.
  • At the Mal Pais / Santa Teresa intersection, take a left into Mal Pais until you arrive at Mary’s restaurant.
  • Right after Mary’s is the road to Cabuya take a left.
  • Continue uphill through the jungle, crossing 2 creeks
  • After 2 kilometers, you see the Star Mountain Jungle Lodge entrance gate to your right. Please note that you need a 4WD for the roads in the area.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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