Tropical Riding Adventure

Guanacaste Costa Rica: (IT-CRIT17)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/costa_rica_guanacaste_tropical_adventure.aspx

Introduction
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."

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, our guides 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. The hosts are more than happy to try and work with your vision of the perfect horseback vacation and deliver it in a big way!

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent in the same location.

Description
We have 2 spacious private casitas with that can sleep up to 4 people each. All casitas have air conditioning, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, DVD, High speed internet, WIFI, and open sky shower in private bathroom. All accommodations have access to splash pool, bar, and maid service. Cool off in the swimming pool after your ride or sip a cold drink while you watch the horses from the porch rockers. There is a safe in the main ranch house. Laundry is available for an additional fee.

Casita Mandrina
A comfortable casita with a queen and double bed, kitchenette, indoor star shower, cable TV with DVDs.

Casa Roble
A new 1-bedroom furnished house with a queen bed, single bed, and LR single bed, dining area, and full kitchen bar. 

Room Occupancy
There is no single supplement fees.


Meals
All meals are included  in the package except 1 dinner on Day 4. Selection from a breakfast menu daily, including fresh fruit, fresh juices, cereal, eggs, meats, pancakes, fresh baked breads. Breakfast is provided on the garden porch or poolside. Most lunches are at typical restaurants on the rides. Dinners at the ranch and at local restaurants. Wine, beer and liquor are extra. Guests are free to bring their own.

If adding on the Beach Extension dinner is not included on Day 7, lunch and dinner not included on day 8.
For the 4 night Monteverde Extension lunch not included on day 7 and dinner not included on day 8 and 9.

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

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


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. 4.5 riding days with 3-5 hours in the saddle per day.

Lessons
Learn to ride or just sharpen your riding skills. Private lessons are offered (at an extra cost) by internationally recognized instructors. Learn groundwork to dressage on well trained horses. Traditional, high stepping Spanish style instruction is also available on the famed Costa Rican Pasos.

Horses
We are proud of our horses, trained with natural horsemanship and known for their comfortable ride and noble character. You will love riding our well-trained horses, a mix of the noble Spanish horses, known for their easy ride and great temperament.  Many of our horses were born and trained on the ranch using Natural Horsemanship techniques, 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.
We will match rider to horse to give the best riding experience available in the area. 

Non-Riding Activities
Located minutes away from the most popular Pacific Beaches, there is ample time to take advantage of beach activities, canopy tours, fishing, river floats, and more.  On the ranch, watch the Howler Monkeys feeding in the trees, and colorful tropical birds and flowers in our gardens while you enjoy a cup of Costa Rican coffee.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1
Arrive to Liberia Airport (LIR) or Tamarindo Regional Airport (TNO). We will provide private transport to the finca, located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Accommodations in comfortable air conditioned casa or casita. Late afternoon, you will have a ranch orientation and a Criollo Horse Demonstration, then meet your horse for your first short ride. When we reach the town of Portegolpe, we will tie up our horses and stop for a cold drink at a local Cantina in the village. At sunset we ride back to the ranch.  Dinner at the ranch or local restaurant. (L, D)
Itinerary depends on arrival times.

Day 2
After breakfast, you will leave for the small cattle town of Tempate, riding the Old Spanish Trail, which is 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. (B, L, D)

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. (B, L, D)

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, and enjoying the sunset and a dinner on your own before we pick you up by arrangement. (B, L)

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 trailer 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. Times depend on low tides. All day beach trek along remote Southern beaches with lunch available by arrangement. (BLD)

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

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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.
 


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$
    A
    20196 day trip, AP (High)$1880
    • Solo Rider Supplement$90
  • B
    20196 day trip, AP (Low)$1680
  • C
    20198 day trip, AP (High)$2180
    • Solo Rider Supplement$110
  • D
    20198 day trip, AP (Low)$1880

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:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from/to Liberia Int'l Airport or Tamarindo Regional included, return $0
2019 Transfer from San Jose (1-6pax) per car, roundtrip $220
2019 Beach Extension (1-3 nights) addition (starts at $200pp, please inquire for updated prices) $0
2019 Monteverde Extension (starts at $690US for 3 nights pp, please inquire for updated prices) $0
2019 Single supplement- no extra fee $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2019 01/01 - 04/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /4 Reserve
A 2019 01/01 - 04/29 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (High) 1 /4 Reserve
B 2019 05/20 - 09/29 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /4 Reserve
D 2019 05/20 - 09/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /4 Reserve
A 2019 11/05 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (High) 1 /4 Reserve
C 2019 11/05 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /4 Reserve

Dates Note: Available any time of the year - a minimum of 2 riders
Sold Out dates: January, Feb 6-11 & 15-22, March 1-8 & 15-23, Apr 16-30, May 1-15, Aug 27-31, Sep 1-10 and Dec 22-31

Rates do not include:

1 lunch, gratuities, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch
Airport: Tamarindo Airport (TNO)
Transfer: Tamarindo airport, Liberia airport, or hotels

Climate:
                                                Cartagena area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

92

93

95

96

93

90

90

90

88

88

89

90

Average Low Temperature (°F)

72

73

75

76

76

75

74

74

73

73

72

71

Average High Temperature (°C)

33

34

35

36

34

32

32

32

31

31

32

32

Average Low Temperature (°C)

22

23

24

24

24

24

24

23

23

23

22

22

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

0

0

0

1

12

15

12

14

17

17

8

1

Source: NOAA


Seasons
In some ways, Costa Rica is unlike almost all other countries in the world. The country is made up of many different climate zones, which also creates a lot of microclimates within the country. There is not a true winter season, and it is classified as a tropical country because of how close it is to the equator. It is more or less divided into two seasons, a dry season, often referred to as high season, and a rainy season, often referred to as green season. There is consistently about twelve hours of sunlight per day for the entire year.

During the months of February to April, you will find the highest temperatures. Similarly, months like September through November are generally the coldest months that the country sees.

The amount of rainfall in Costa Rica does fluctuate fairly drastically. From May to November, the rainfall is quite heavy, with the most rain coming in September and October. Opposite of that, December through April has very little rainfall, if any. Nationwide, the country averages around 100 inches per year, with some specific areas receiving up to 25 feet of rainfall per calendar year in mountainous areas.

This particular area of Costa Rica known as Guanacaste has 3 distinct seasons: 
-          Dry season (December to April)
-          Green season (May to September) with occasional rains;
-          Rainy season (September to mid November)

What To Bring:
This list is only a guideline for you

 

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

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended) - available to borrow
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pajamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Swimsuit
Sandals
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
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