Tropical Riding Adventure

Guanacaste Costa Rica: (IT-CRIT17)

Guanacaste Costa Rica

"Come to ride, relax and experience our very special corner of Paradise.  We are not just a 'nose to tail' ride, but a ranch that caters to real riders who care about the quality, care and treatment of horses. Our goal is to provide an unforgettable cultural and equestrian experience to our clients and friends." -  Kay and Esteban, owners.

Join us for an exceptional riding getaway at a intimate horse ranch located minutes from the famous white sand beaches of Guanacaste. Known for their beautiful, well cared for and expertly trained Criollo horses, Kay and Esteban will personally treat you to a sincere home -style hospitality and excellent  riding.  They have developed their home into one of the finest horse ranches in the area, breeding and training their own special stock -  including a vivid line of painted Pasos and Criollos!

Located in an oasis of large Guanacaste trees and surrounded by green pastures, you will be just minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.  The ranch is also centrally located to take advantage of Guanacaste’s famous tourists attractions and is a haven for wildlife, especially howler monkeys and tropical birds.  After your daily riding ventures, take a refreshing dip in the casita -side splash pool, lounge in a restful hammock in the shade with a good book, or take a bird walk on the surrounding trails.  Kay will take you to visit and play in the local seasonal fiestas and truly involve you in a taste the authentic culture with her friends and the locals.  Visit the nearby national park and its resident volcano, ride along the pretty beaches and experience the traditional sabanero cowboy culture of Guanacaste! This trip can be designed to please both avid riders and their non rider friends... Kay and Esteban are more than happy to try and work with your vision of the perfect horseback vacation and deliver it in a big way!

Spacious private casitas with queen beds, air, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, DVD and open sky shower in private bathroom. High speed internet and WIFI available.
All accommodations have access to splash pool, bar and maid service. Cool off in the splash pool after your ride or sip a cold drink while you watch the horses from the porch rockers.
Casita Mandrina – a comfortable, spacious, casita with queen bed and queen fouton, kitchenette, outdoor star shower, air-conditioning, cable TV with DVDs, high speed internet.
Casa Roble – a new 1 bedroom furnished house with queen bed and LR queen fouton, dining area, full kitchen bar, fans and air conditioning in the bedroom. Extra single bed available.

There is a safe in the main ranch house.


Ranch breakfast, lunch and most dinners provided on the garden porch or poolside. Selection from a breakfast menu daily, including fresh fruit, cereal, eggs, meats, pancakes, fresh baked breads.
Most lunches at typical restaurants on the rides.
Dinners at the ranch and at local restaurants.
Wine, beer and liquor are extra. Refrigerators are stocked with drinks. We will also take clients to a local supermarket to shop.
Vegetarian meals are available, with a variety of menu options.


Pace: The pace is adjusted to rider level and experience. Walk/trot on most of the trails, with cantering in safe and open areas, beaches and country roads. Walk, trot and cantering in the arena.

Helmets: Are available, mandatory for riders under 16.

Equine Education: Learn to ride or just sharpen your riding skills. Private lessons are offered by internationally recognized instructors. Learn ground work to dressage on well trained horses. Traditional, high stepping Spanish style instruction is also available on the famed Costa Rican Pasos. We offer a variety of clinics featuring experts in horse training, health and natural horsemanship (not included).

Horses:  Chosen for their noble temperament and comfortable gate, the Spanish Criollo horses of Guanacaste are used for cattle ranching, rodeo, pleasure riding, fiestas and even lower level dressage.  A combination of blood lines from the Andalusian, Barb, Jennet and later the Peruvian Paso, the Criollo horses are also the foundation for the Paso Costarricence. We  will match rider to horse to give the best riding experience available in the area.  Most of the horses were born on the ranch and trained with Natural Horsemanship, Imprinting and other non-violent methods.  Most recently the finca began a “Paint and Paso” breeding program with a goal of breeding Criollo horses with “color and comfort” using their handsome paint stallion and Criollo mares.


Old Spanish Trails & Pacific Beaches

Day 1: Arrive to Liberia Airport (LIR), private transport to the ranch located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Accommodations in comfortable air conditioned Casita Mandarina. Late afternoon, you will have a Ranch Orientation and a Criollo Horse Demonstration of the beautiful Spanish Criollo horses of Costa Rica known for their noble temperament and comfortable ride Dinner at the ranch or local restaurant with your hosts to personally plan your week. (LD) Itinerary depends on arrival times.

Day 2: After Breakfast, you will leave for the small cattle town of Tempate riding the Old Spanish Trail, the same trails traveled by the early Spanish Conquistadors, ride along large haciendas and beautiful Guanacaste ranch country. Look for monkeys, tropical birds and dry tropical vegetation on this back country trail. Stop for cold drinks in the old ranching town of Tempate, then mount your horses and ride over the coastal hills on the Spanish Trail. When you reach the beach stop for photos and lunch at Las Brisas, a favorite beach restaurant. After, return in the truck for a dip in the pool and relax before dinner at the ranch. Afternoon Natural Horsemanship option. Dinner at the ranch. (BLD)

Day 3: After breakfast, you will be taken to the beautiful Hacienda Roble, mount your well trained criollo ranch horses for a cowboy around the large working ranch exploring the wetlands to see a variety of birds and crocks on horseback with your wildlife guide. For the adventurous you have the option of adding an exciting canopy zipline tour. After lunch at the ranch, late afternoon, mount your horses for a ride through beautiful ranch country and the small village of Lorena to one of our most popular cantina stops at Chilito’s - La Cima, sample their famous fried chicken and chips, a real Taste of Guanacaste. Return to the ranch at sunset. (BLD)

Day 4: Today, grab a cup of Costa Rican coffee or juice before your Breakfast Ride through ranches and on oxcart trails, passing through beautiful wooded countryside, ranches and small typical villages. Along the way you may see Howler Monkeys, colorful Portegolpe. When you arrive back at the ranch, tie up your horse for breakfast at rancho for a typical Tico breakfast cooked the traditional way, over firewood.  For your free afternoon, you will have the option of visiting one of the beautiful local beaches or other tours. Visit Tamarindo Beach with shopping, swimming, surfing, enjoy sunset and a dinner on your own in Tamarindo, then we will pick you up by arrangement. Dinner by arrangement. (BL)

Day 5: After breakfast, our trainer will give a demonstration of Natural Horsemanship Training on one of our young horses. Later, your horses will be loaded on the, and you will meet your horses in the small village of La Garita. Ride secluded back roads through giant trees of the dry tropical forest reserve, looking for howler monkey on the way. When you reach the beach, stop at Puerto Viejo for a cold drink and a rest, then ride along the beautiful white sand Pacific beaches of Pt. Viejo, Conchal and Brasilito. Time to play in the water and take photos when you ranch the beach end. Take a swim or walk on the beach before lunch on Brasilitos. (BLD) Times depend on low tides. All day beach trek along remote Southern beaches with lunch available by arrangement.

Day 6: After breakfast. Riding activities depend on departure times. Return to the airport or next destination (B)

Optional add-ons:
* Granada, Nicaragua – guided tour to Nicaragua featuring Catalina, Masaya Market, an active volcano and the beautifully restored colonial town of Granada on Lake Nicaragra. City Tour and accommodations at an historic colonial hotel.
* Monteverde Cloud Forest and Santa Elena – add a 2-3 night package in Monteverde of the most famous cloud forests in the world. Perfect for birdwatching, guided hikes, hummingbird experience, and choice of horseback riding tours.
* Other day or overnight tours to  Arenal Volcano, Flamingo Beach, Tamarindo Beach or a variety of mountain or volcano lodges.


All itineraries are subject to changes!

Rates and Dates for Tropical Riding Adventure

Rates include:

Accommodations, meals as indicated on itinerary, 4.5 riding days, Liberia or Tamarindo airport transfers

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    20186 day trip, AP (High)$1880
    • Single supplement$200
  • B
    20186 day trip, AP (Low)$1680
    • Single supplement$200
  • C
    20188 day trip, AP (high)$2180
    • Single supplement$250
  • D
    20188 day trip, AP (Low)$1880
    • Single supplement$250

Rates Note:

Can be booked between 5-7 nights

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Can be booked between 5-7 nights

Transfer and Other Charges:

2018 Transfer from/to Liberia Int'l Airport or Tamarindo Regional included, return $0
2018 Transfer from Liberia (1-6pax) per car, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
2018 Beach Extension (1-3 nights) addition (starts at $200pp, please inquire for updated prices) $0
2018 Monteverde Extension (starts at $690US for 3 nights pp, please inquire for updated prices) $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2018 01/01 - 07/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (High) 2 /4 Reserve
C 2018 01/01 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (high) 2 /4 Reserve
D 2018 08/01 - 11/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 2 /4 Reserve
B 2018 08/01 - 11/14 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (Low) 2 /4 Reserve
A 2018 11/15 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (High) 2 /4 Reserve
C 2018 11/15 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (high) 2 /4 Reserve

Dates Note: Available any time of the year - a minimum of 2 riders

Rates do not include:

1 lunch, gratuities, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch
Airport: Liberia Airport / Tamarindo
Transfer: Tamarindo or Liberia Airport


This particular area of Costa Rica has three distinct seasons:  December to April is the dry season; May to September the green season with occasional rains; and September to mid November the rainy season.

What To Bring:

Long pants, closed shoes or boots for riding, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, insect repellent, bathing suit, and sandals.  For mountain extensions, rain jacket and sweater.  Please bring a copy of your passport and other identification. 

We have certified riding helmets, but most are small and medium, no large (7 1/4 +). In any case, only riders under 18 are required to wear them. 

If you want to bring your own, we recommend it for a proper fit.

This list is only a guideline for you


Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Visa (check with your consulate)


Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection


Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Bag for dirty clothes
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films and batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm