Rainforest Multisport

Pacific Coast Costa Rica: (IT-CR-HRO10-S)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/costa_rica_rainforest_horseback_ride.aspx

Introduction
Pacific Coast Costa Rica  
If you are an advanced rider looking for a more varied riding holiday or a novice rider who wants to join your first horse vacation to gain more experience in the saddle -  this is a flexible itinerary that can accommodate everyone!

This Rainforest Multisport Ride provides more freedom than you will find with the average equestrian holiday. You will have the opportunity to enjoy miles of riding trails in the forested interior and along on the coast: to the North, the terrain is picturesque, predominantly flat with gentle slopes and forested valleys, while to the South there are savannahs, large mango plantations and the Dry Forests, mangrove swamps and estuaries leading out to the Pacific Ocean--spectacular views! Experience the local culture, the "Tico way of life," while staying at one of two comfortable jungle lodges with their warm hospitality and tasty local food, while learning how to identifying the local wildlife and flora. Each day enjoy a range of different half day rides or all day rides, combined with time salted for great alternative sport activities like Canopy and Zipline tours, the Hanging Bridges, kayaking on the ocean or taking a crocodile boat safari! Throughout your stay you are accompanied by a professional guide who will be sure to point out the monkeys you see and hear, or the spectacular tropical birds such as the Trogons, Parakeets, Scarlet Macaws and Toucans or creatures like the coatimundis, iguanas, anteaters or crocodiles. The perfect retreat for a week in Costa Rica, sampling the various adventure tours that attracts tourists from around the world to their country!

This ride is equally ideal for young adults, romantic couples, families with children (for kids under 11 we provide a bilingual nanny while the parents ride and they can be taught basic riding lessons).
 

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a stationary ride. Your first and last nights are at a city hotel in San Jose. The remaining 5 nights are spent at a lodge.

Description
Both lodges are in close proximity to each other. You'll have access to a pool at all locations to cool off after a good ride. The accommodations below are usually used during this trip. However, changes may occur without notice, based on availability at the time. Laundry is not available for this trip.

Night 1 & 7: Park Inn Hotel
This hotel located within walking distance of San Jose’s city center offers 117 comfortable rooms with amenities including air conditioning, WIFI, and TV. The private bathrooms all include free toiletries. An outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, and fitness center are available for guests’ use.


Night 2-6: Maravilla Lodge
The lodge is part of an estate that encompasses over 1500 acres (a working cattle and plantation Hacienda) which includes its own protected zone (Cuarros) with Premontane and Transitional Forests amongst many other unique features, making this one of our top horse riding locations. Accommodation is in a typically large family owned hacienda house with traditional wood finishing touches. It has 4 spacious bedrooms located at the corners of the Hacienda house with a hallway in between. Each rooms is wall-to-wall tiled with painted murals, with twin single beds, ceiling fan, fitted closet, wooden ceilings, and has country decorations including two wooden tables, local crafts, and lamps. There is one spacious tiled hot-water shower and bathroom for every two rooms.
Facilities include: A large central hall, fully fitted kitchen, large twelve-seater 'ranch table' dining room. Outside there is a BBQ. There are hammocks along the outsides of the ranch house and mountain trails to explore on foot, as well as miles upon miles of mango plantations. Life at Maravilla Hacienda is friendly, relaxed and informal, get up at dawn and coffee and other drinks will be available to quietly welcome in the day. Even join the sabaneros (cowboys) in the morning milking if you have the mind to.


Cerro Lodge- extra fee
This lodge is an environmentally friendly project located on a farm in Tarcoles (central pacific) just 10 minutes from Carara National Park. This small lodge offers 8 bungalows with private bathroom and its own indoor garden, and a dining area. All this is surrounded by trees, palms, gardens, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, mangrove forests, and Carara National Park - one of the most important refuges for the Scarlet Macaw; we often see these spectacular red, blue, and yellow parrots as they fly through the valley at Cerro Lodge. We provide daily transfers between the lodge and the horse stables at Maravilla (15 to 20 minutes away). One of the principle goals of Cerro Lodge, is to operate as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. Always looking for ways to reduce impact, they re-use water for irrigation, compost organic garbage, and they have worms that make organic fertilizer from cow manure. They are also hoping to put together a bio-digestor and would like to produce their own electricity in the near future.

Room Occupancy
The single supplement fee applies if we are unable to find another rider to share.
Triple occupancy is available at all locations.


Meals
Most meals are included in this trip from breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 7, as well as breakfast on Day 8. Meals on the first day and dinner on Day 7 are not included. Due to its geographical location and climate, Costa Rica has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables; which when combined with the interplay of native and European ingredients translate into a unique Costa Rican flavour. The basics of the Costa Rican diet are: rice, beans, and tortillas, which consist primarily of corn. 
 
The ingredients used by Costa Rican cooks include simple native foods, such as "chayote" (squash), avocados, and the ever present corn. Costa Rican cuisine is also characterized by its' mildness and comes as a surprise to many visitors who might have travelled through Mexico and expect to find the same love spicy chillies in Costa Rican foods. Chillies are used to some degree, however, they are most commonly used in hot sauces with accompany broiled meats and poultry. Tubers, such as sweet potatoes and cassava, commonly known as "yucca" frequently accompany lunch and dinner meals.

In many dishes yucca is often substituted for potato, perhaps boiled and mashed, fried to exquisite crispness to accompany meat and sandwiches instead of fries, or simply boiled and served with butter and garlic. Plantains, a type of banana, are another Costa Rican favourite, and are most often boiled, mashed, stuffed with cheese, or fried to accompany meats or bean dishes. Unlike bananas, plantains are much larger and need to be cooked to be eaten. Costa Rican diet also includes plenty of meats including: Poultry, fish, beef and pork.. do not expect to find any Ecuadorian or Peruvian delicacy!!

Breakfast
A traditional Costa Rican breakfast consists of "gallo pinto" (Pinto Rooster), eggs, tortillas and sour cream, with coffee and fresh fruit juice. Most restaurants will offer some international options.
 
Lunch
Typically known as "casado" (Married), includes: rice and beans, one choice of meat (beef, chicken, pork, or fish), salad, fried plantain (a type of banana, very sweet and very tasty).
 
Dinner
Pretty much whatever you like, and fish and seafood here is excellent, well priced, and fresh, as are the fruits and vegetables. Of course Costa Rica produces some of the finest coffee in the world and it's not uncommon to see bumper stickers around proclaiming that "Juan Valdez drinks Costa Rican coffee"

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
Ideal for serious riders looking for a more varied holiday and less intense riding experience, or beginner riders who want to gain experience without long hours in the saddle. The ride is a great alternative for families where one of the parents does not ride at all or only wants to ride a couple of days.

Pace
Total of 4 days riding with an average of 3-5 hours per day.

Horses
Costa Rican Criollo, Paso, and mixed breeds (Spanish, Andalusian & American Quarter). They range from 14 to 16 hands.

Tack
Costa Rican saddles (adapted McClellan).

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1

Arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, where you will be met by one of our representatives at the ramp, assisted and transferred to San Jose Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2
Morning transfer to the ranch and stables, located along the Trinidad river in the Dry Central Pacific Region, the starting point of your riding adventure. On arrival you will be introduced to your riding horse, the ranch and its facilities, and the guides. You'll get the opportunity for you to fully acquaint yourself with tack and Costa Rican riding style. After horse assignment, we will head towards Hacienda La Maravilla, riding along rolling hills and meadows into the Gallery Forest alongside the Cuarros river – an excellent spot for wildlife encounters! We meander across the river following a country lane passing en route farmland, rural homes and finally arriving at the hacienda grounds.
Meals: B, L, D. (BG) (LG)

Day 3
Today’s ride will take you to the Machuca River basin, passing Cascajal village. You will ride into the area where this river canyon broadens onto the plains. Heading towards the Jesús María River basin allows for exploration of the plains and forested valleys along the Machuca River Canyon, where the land is very fertile and most commonly used to cultivate melons. We finish the ride at a local hacienda and transferred back to your lodge.
Meals: B, L, D. (BG) (LG)

Day 4
Today you will have a break from riding and be filled with some of Costa Rica's best tropical adventures including a sightseeing Crocodile Boat Safari tour down the Tarcoles River and a visit to the Rainforest where you will do the Aerial Tram and the Zipline Canopy Tour (see non-riding activities below).  
Meals: B, L, D. (BG) (LG)

Day 5
Today takes you into the center of rural communities, where you can visit and meet with the people of the communities that have helped play host to you during your week with us. Nothing is ‘staged’ about this event, what occurs is the natural exchange between peoples. On your way you will pass through Santa Rita village, then travel along old railroad tracks, now overgrown and returning to nature, finally arriving La Ceiba town – we will stop at a local venue for a short break and having a drink at John Wayne’s style!!
Meals: B, L, & D. (BG) (LG)

Day 6
Today’s rides take you on a splendid journey (approximately 5 hours riding), following a route which was first used by the Spaniards as they began exploring and settling along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica nearly 500 years ago. Sights to be experienced include rivers, jungles, Gallery Forests, and by following a rural road, Tivives Crag, (which before a landslide into the sea was formerly known as the Port of Landecho). From here you have unforgettable views of the Pacific. Indeed, from this historic site the Spaniards first started their conquest of the Central Pacific in the late 16th century.  With a really satisfying day’s riding safely behind you, there will be plenty to talk and share over dinner and well beyond.
Meals Included: B, S, D. (EG & LG) (BG) (LG)

Day 7
Today’s a non-riding day. You will enjoy an Ocean and Kayaking experience on the Central Pacific coast warm waters and will be transferred back to your hotel in San Jose.
Meals: B, L, D. (BG) (LG)

Day 8
Morning at your leisure and transfer to the Airport in time for your flight and our farewells. ($29 dollar departure tax is payable at the airport)
Meals: B


Keys: (B) Breakfast,  (L) Lunch, (S) Snack/Picnic Lunch, (D) Dinner, (TG) Transfer Guide,  (EG) Equestrian Guide, (LG) Local Cowboy Guide.

Important Note: This is a sample ride itinerary, planned several months in advance, the ride can be operated in different order other than as described above. Arrangements (routes or facilities) are subject to variation by the outfitter depending on local conditions. All riding times contained in our itineraries are based upon riding at a slow/moderate pace throughout.

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Non-Riding Activities

Crocodile Boat Safari
This two-hour boat ride explores the Tarcoles river, home of one of largest colonies of crocodiles in Costa Rica, with specimens which length range between 10 to 23 feet.
The area where the river merges with Guacalillo estuary, and then both blend into the ocean is one of the best locations to see endangered birds such as the Mangrove Cuckoo, Mangrove Hummingbird, Mangrove Vireo and the Panama Flycatcher, etc. Also commonly encountered are water birds like Pelicans, Boat-billed Herons, Spoon-billed Egrets and Cattle Egrets. *Please note that this activity will be scheduled depending on sea tides (a high tide is required)*
 
Aerial Tram Tour
The Aerial Tram is one of the most unique Costa Rica excursions, featuring 18 gondolas with a capacity of 9 passengers each including one bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide for a tour to the canopy and the rich ecosystem of Costa Rican rain forests. The transitional tropical rainforest is ideal for Costa Rica bird watching. It is home to more than 50 species of native birds which Rainforest Adventures has committed to help save. During this tour visitors are shown all the different layers of the rainforest, from the floor to the treetops. The Costa Rica canopy is home to an enormous amount of flora and fauna; eager to find light and space, many plants have colonized the treetops, turning them into small, independently functioning ecosystems. This tour also includes a visit to the Heliconias Gallery, Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Garden and Snake Exhibition in the middle of the forest.

Canopy Tour
Glide over treetops for a compelling and exciting way to have a clearer view of Costa Rica Pacific Rainforest with our Tranopy Zip Line Tour. This adventure includes 15 platforms and 10 cables – five of them over 200 meters long (656ft.) and covering a total distance of 1503 meters. Take pleasure in the comforting atmosphere of the Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific canopy zip line tour. Glide over treetops for a compelling and exciting way to have a clearer view of Costa Rica Nature and Adventure Together At Last! This new adventure allows you to experience the thrill of a zip-line canopy tour without missing out on the rainforest’s rich wildlife. The innovative Tranopy Tour combines the up-close views of an aerial tram with the excitement of a canopy zip-line tour. A professional naturalist guide will accompany you and pointing out some of the secrets of the rainforest that surrounds you.

Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
This tour starts in Punta Agujas located in the Central Pacific area, only 20 minutes from Jaco Beach. After a brief introduction and demonstration, your ocean adventure will start. You will get to paddle and enjoy the sensation of moving on into the ocean under your own power. You will paddle on kayaks or Hawaiian style outrigger canoes past spectacular cliffs filled with frigate birds and pelicans, finally landing on a small barrier island in Playa Limoncito where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and when conditions permit view spectacular sea-life in the warm Pacific waters. The beach is in a sheltered cove and nearby is a coral reef where it is possible to view a wide variety of marine life. Continue exploring by kayak or relax on the beach where you will enjoy a delicious fresh fruit buffet before going back to Playa Agujas. Snorkeling is included (snorkel vests provided) - Please note the water conditions depends on current rainfall so this results in good and bad days when it comes to visibility. We go snorkeling from the beach so if you are new to the sport it is much easier to get comfortable with your feet on the ground rather than jumping out of a boat. Maybe you just want to be a beachcomber!


Rates and Dates for Rainforest Multisport

Rates include:

Accommodations (2 nights San Jose hotel and 5 nights rainforest lodge), all meals (except in SJ), 4 riding days with bilingual guide, rain ponchos and horse-bags, water (1 litre per person per day), the following activities: Crocodile Boat Safari, Ocean Kayaking & Snorkelling, Tram & Canopy Tour. Airport transfers

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP except in San Jose- La Maravilla Lodge$1595
    • Single supplement$195
      Triple Room Occupancy Discount, pp($95)
  • B
    20198 day trip, AP except in San Jose- Cerro Lodge Upgrade$1795
    • Single supplement$395
      Triple Room Occupancy Discount, pp($45)

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from San Jose airport any time, included first and last day $0
2019 Solo rider supplement $1,480
2019 Non-Rider Discount $-260
2019 Child (up to 11 years old) discount $-285

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP except in San... 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP except in San... 2 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Some meals (all meals on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7), alcoholic drinks, gratuities for guides, drivers, and service providers, Personal and/or medical expenses. Any additional/extra tours or park

Other Info
Meeting: San Jose
Airport: Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport (SJO)
Transfer: San Jose International Airport or hotel

Climate:


Alajuela area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

82

83

85

85

83

82

82

82

81

80

81

81

Average Low Temperature (°F)

63

63

64

65

65

64

64

64

63

63

63

63

Average High Temperature (°C)

28

28

29

30

28

28

28

28

27

27

27

27

Average Low Temperature (°C)

17

17

18

18

18

18

18

18

17

17

17

17

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

0

0

1

5

16

19

14

17

21

22

11

3

Source: NOAA

 

Seasons
Almost ideal year-round for visitors, the climate is moderate up in the highlands, whilst at the lowlands and coastal areas can range from the low 70's to the high 90's degrees Fahrenheit.

There are 2 main season: summer, which is usually dry and lasts from December to May, and winter, also known as the rainy season and usually running from the end of May to November.

The heaviest rainfalls usually occur in September and October.

What To Bring:
Recommended List
- Riding gloves
- For your safety we strongly recommend you to bring a riding helmet with a shade-rim to give you extra protection by blocking the sun from your face and neck
- Riding boots or hard-soled shoes and boots
- Rain gear (e.g. raincoat or a poncho)
- Long riding trousers or jeans
- Chaps
- Comfortable clothes of a light material, preferably cotton. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable in San José (during the day, if planning to go out in the evening trousers are highly recommended as some restaurants will not admit you in shorts or sandals).
- Loose-fitting long-sleeve shirts and trousers are recommended during forest explorations or if you take any day trips out to smaller towns, where immodest attire is frowned upon. (Jeans tend to be more uncomfortable during long walk although better for horse riding)
- Pack a light sweater or jacket for San José's cool nights and early mornings and for trips up volcanoes, Monteverde, etc
- Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are essential if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and hiking.
- Waterproof hiking sandals or other footwear that lets your feet breathe are good for strolling about town, and also for beach walking, fording streams, and navigating the myriad mud holes you'll find on rain forest and cloud forest trails.
- Insect Repellent
- Sun screen lotion (spf-15 or higher)
- A small notebook and pen
- Binoculars & camera
- Any medication you may require, please consult with your G.P. for health advise.
- And but overall a great adventurous spirit! IMPORTANT: *** Please double-check the expiry date of your passport. ***

The tone here is casual wear - it is not necessary to dress up to go to dinner. Comfortable lightweight is best. In the higher elevations, San Jose, the volcanoes, or Monteverde, temperatures are cool and sweaters or light jackets are suggested.

We recommend for women to ride in leggings with a big shirt over them. The leggings are not too hot, and they dry out quickly if they get wet.

Sensible precaution
Almost all encounters with noxious insects & plants can be avoided by watching where you walk and sit, by not touching non-recognizable insects, plants, etc. by tucking pants in your socks, by using an insect repellent, by spraying shoes and ankles to avoid bites, by always following tour guide's instructions to the letter, and finally, avoid using perfumes, after-shave, or other scents that will attract insects.  Please leave your valuables at home.