Horseback riding tours
Intro to Costa Rica
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
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)
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.
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
Conquistadores Odyssey Explorer
Tour Code: IT-CR-HRO10
Dates: Available all Year
Trip Rating :
Day to Day Itinerary
Caribbean Adenture Ext.
Modified McClellan, some Western
4 to 6 hours per day
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Location on Google Map
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Customer Trip Rating
What To Bring
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does
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.
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.
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and
is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling
a spirited horse in open country.
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