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Ensenada Extension

Ensenada Lodge Extension 

Day 1 to 5 -- same as 8-day tour

Day 6:   Thermal-mineral Hot-water springs & Transfer to Abangaritos
Today is a relaxing day to explore Arenal. If the weather is clear, you may wish to join a walk to the surroundings of the volcano. Enjoy free time at the beautiful Arenal hot water springs and gardens - an excellent complement to your riding adventure! These therm-mineral waters, which some people claim to have healing powers,  will help you to leave feeling relaxed! In the afternoon you have a transfer by vehicle to Abangaritos, enjoying a scenic drive down to the International highway and passing the Continental Division line - a location where the arid Pacific area greets the humid Cloud Forests. We will stay the next three nights at La Ensenada Lodge which is a his family run lodge located on a 1000-acre hacienda which offers guests the opportunity to participate in the typical farm activities such as cattle raising, horses and the production of salt and fruit.
Included - B, L, D, EG & LG

Day 7:   Exploratory Ride at Ensenada (Approx. 4 hours in the saddle)
This morning there will be a briefing about our new set of horses and after horses are allocated, we will do an exploratory ride of La Ensenada which will help us learn more about our horses and the terrain we will be discovering over the next few days. During today’s horseback adventure you will explore inner grounds at Hacienda Ensenada where the majority of the area is used for grazing beef and dairy cattle and it also includes a protected wetland area which has been declarated a "national refuge for fauna" including mangrove swamps, wetlands at the Abangares river delta. La Ensenda Wildlife refuge protects some of the remaining primary and secondary forests of the northern Puntarenas province - all this makes this place an ideal location for horse explorations and bird-watching! The afternoon will be free to enjoy the swimming pool. Overnight at La Ensenada Lodge.
Included - B, L, D, EG & LG

Day 8:   Ensenada Lodge (Salinas & Miradores Rides) (Approx. 5 hours in the saddle)
This morning we will head to towards the Eastern side of Ensenada where the Salinas and various lagoons are located including Laguna Augusta and Laguna Jacana-during high tide and with some luck, this could be a fantastic ride to do some bird-watch on horseback as these wetlands and lagoons are frequented by water-birds. Part of this ride develops over area neighboring the Tropical Mangrove Swamps - The gulf of Nicoya, the mangroves and the Salinas (Salt Lagoons) offer bird lovers and photography enthusiasts alike the opportunity to see many different species of birds such as pelicans, herons, parrots, Montezuma oropendula, bellbird, white iris and great egret amongst others. Later this afternoon, you will  follow "La Pizota" trail which develops over varied terrain including plaints, grassland, slopes and  rolling hills which are natural lookout points that provide excellent opportunities to enjoy a full Ocean view and Golf of Nicoya. Depending on the time we leave it could be a great Sunset ride with Panoramic views of the Pacific ocean! Overnight at La Ensenada Lodge.
Included - B, L, D, EG & LG

Day 9: Ensenada Lodge (Farms and Rural land trail) (Approx. 4-5 hours in the saddle)
This morning you take a further exploration of area,  following a completely different route covering a wide range of terrain and countryside scenes - It starts bordering the coast line on the trails that skirt the mountain slopes that meet the Pacific Ocean towards the Eastern side of the Hacienda. Then continues on a rural road visiting the rural community of Manzanillo where life is rustic and simple and will give us get a better feel about the real rural Costa Rica. Then we will enter a sister property of Ensenada crossing the Cañamazo river and continuing on farm trails through reforestation plantations of Teakwood and Melina trees. Later on, you will cross Congo River and head back to the lodge crossing Abangares river and stopping at a local town for a drink. The ride back to Ensenda will provide a great opportunity to do some cantering! You will get back in time for lunch. Afternoon transfer back to your San Jose Hotel (3 1/2 hours) for your last night stay in Costa Rica. 
Included - B, L, EG & LG

Day 10:   Departure / Flight Home.
Morning at your leisure and transferred to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in time for your flight back home and we say our farewells.
Included - B
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Conquistadores Odyssey Explorer
Tour Code: IT-CR-HRO10
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,595.00
Dates: Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Ensenada Extension
Caribbean Extension
Caribbean Adenture Ext.
Tack: Modified McClellan, some Western
Horses: Criollos
Pace: 4 to 6 hours per day
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: San Jose
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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