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Old Spanish Trail

Fiestas and Topes


From the end of November to the end of July is Fiesta Time Costa Rica. Every weekend traditional small town fiestas feature bull riding, traditional foods and dance. Horses abound, from Guanacaste cowboys to residents and visitors riding a variety of Costa Rica horse breeds. Costa Rican pasos offer a smooth highstepping ride. Excellent horses available for all riding abilities. Your horse will be waiting for you at the fiesta.

Sundays from 50-500 horse enthusiasts meet for the colorful Topes or horse parades and fiestas. Anyone can join in the festivities as a band leads the high stepping horses through town to the fiesta. After the parade, riders and their guests are treated to a reception with traditional food, drinks and music. Later riders join the fiesta to watch the bulls on horseback or can ride through the surrounding countryside. Half day rentals by arrangement, all ages and riding levels welcome, a real Costa Rican cultural experience.
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Old Spanish Trail of Guanacaste
Tour Code: IT-CRIT14
8 days / 7 nights ~$0.00
Dates: All year except October

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Fiestas and Topes
Tack: Western, English, McClellan
Horses: Spanish Criollos, Paso and Quarter mix
Pace: All paces according to riding level, 3...

Airport: Tamarindo Airport (TNO)
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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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