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Itinerary for Coast to Coast Kaleidoscope Ride in Costa Rica



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Important Note: This is a sample ride dossier, 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.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José. Upon arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel near the airport.
Meals Included: none
Overnight in San Jose


Day 2: Presentation & Build-up ride
Morning transfer to Cien Fuegos Eco-Ranch & Stables, located along the Trinidad river in the Dry Central Pacific Region- the starting point of your riding adventure. After horse assignment and our presentation, you 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. This afternoon, there will be an exploratory ride following the private trails. The next three nights will be at Maravilla House lodge (shared bathrooms), whose remote location and attractive scenery will no doubt gives a better feel of typical Costa Rican life and living than anywhere else on the locations you will be visiting.
Riding: ~ 3 hours
Meals Included: B, L, D (EG & LG)
Overnight at La Maravilla (standard) or Cerro Lodge (upgrade)


Day 3: Coastal Ride
Today’s ride will take you to the Pacific coast following country lanes and an old ranch trail which lead to Tivives Crag. The Spaniards first started their conquest of the Central Pacific around 1561 right from this very spot! Ride across the Cascajalillo Mangrove Swamps and along the coast. Depending on tide times, lunch will be served at a local café or as a picnic on the beach or back at Maravilla. Again, depending on the tide you climb on horseback towards Cuevas Crag, enjoying unique views of the Pacific Ocean or alternatively, ride along the shoreline towards Guacalillo beach. Follow a country lane back to hacienda Maravilla.
Riding: ~ 5-6 hours
Meals included: B, L, D. (BG) (LG)
Overnight at La Maravilla (standard) or Cerro Lodge (upgrade)

Day 4: La Mariana Estate & Countryside
This morning you have an exploratory ride of the hacienda’s 1000 acres and its private reserve, riding through rolling hills and savannahs towards the transitional-dry forest and the lush gallery forest. Here, the terrain is picturesque, predominantly flat with gentle slopes and forested valleys. As you ride over the higher areas you will be able to gain excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and perhaps spot some of the local area’s wildlife too. Back at the hacienda in time for lunch and relaxation. This afternoon there will be an optional ride in the Southern part of La Maravilla Hacienda. After a few gentle hill climbs you may experience an Ocean view sunset – the Pacific coast has the reputation for being amongst the world’s top best places to experience this beautiful event.
Riding: ~ 3-6 hours
Meals: B, L, D. (BG) (LG)

Overnight at La Maravilla (standard) or Cerro Lodge (upgrade)

Day 5: Machuca River Canyon Ride
Your final ride in the Central Pacific 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, allowing 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. Afternoon you will take a 3 1/2-hour transfer by vehicle to the Northern Region home to Arenal Volcano which last erupted in 1968 and remains one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Riding: ~ 4-5 hours
Meals Included: B, S, D. (BG)

Overnight in Arenal

Day 6: Arenal Volcano Ride & Thermo-mineral Hot Springs
This morning we will do the Don Tobias horse ride, a 3-hour horseback adventure through the Arenal countryside. The tour ascends a mountain as it traverses both rainforest and cattle fields. On your way  up, you’ll stop at a beautiful lagoon where the horses will refresh themselves and you’ll be given time to stretch and look around. Continuing on, you’ll come to a lookout with marvelous views of the Arenal Volcano. This trail mainly covers private property, and was initially used by Don Tobias, a well-known horse breeder in the Arenal area.  Afternoon guided visit to Arenal volcano and enjoy free time at the beautiful Arenal hot water springs and gardens - an excellent complementation to your riding adventure! These thermo-mineral waters, which some people claim to have healing powers,  will help you to leave feeling relaxed!
Riding: ~ 2-3 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Overnight in Arenal

Day 7: Shuttle transfer to the Caribbean Coast & Coastal Exploration
Early morning pick-up around 6:00am for a 5-hour regular shuttle transfer (shared basis) to the Caribbean Coast. After checking in your room and some free time to unwind, this afternoon there will be a briefing about our new set of horses. After horses are allocated, we will do an exploratory ride of on the Caribbean Coast in order to get acquainted with your new horse. You will take a brief walk following a jungle trail and then do some coastal riding, with opportunities for longer relaxing trails at a walk, trot, or a breathtaking canter. A stop for swimming and resting on the beach is usually included.
Riding: ~ 3-4 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Overnight in Cahuita

Day 8: Caribbean Beach Ride
This morning you will take as short walk to the horse stables and ride over the scenic Playa Negra (Black Beach), then partway over the village road towards Playa Grande (Long Beach) – a secluded, quiet and deserted Caribbean beach which is ideal for horseback riding and a nice brisk canters. You will then enter into a beautiful tropical forest, where you may be able to spot howler monkeys, sloths, and a variety of exotic birds such as Toucans. Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the local flora and fauna. During one of the rest stops while the horses rest in the shade of a tree, your guide may display his coconut pealing technics using machete! On the way back there are again several nice opportunities for stretched-out canters. On the way back to the lodge you may stop to see some nice local artisans and souvenir shops, and have an excellent Caribbean lunch at one of the local restaurants. Afternoon at leisure to take any local excursions or rent a bike or surfboard (at an extra cost). 
Riding: ~ 4-5 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D
Overnight in Cahuita


Day 9: Mountain and Waterfall Ride & Shuttle transfer back to San Jose 
After enjoying breakfast, take as short walk to the horse stables. You will do a mountain trail ride, first riding along the beach and then following a mountain trail through a local farm reaching the trail head. We get off our horses and do a 50-minute hike following a forest trail to the secluded and enchanting waterfall where we will swim and enjoy a picnic-style lunch before we hike back and ride back.  You will be back to the lodge in time for a refreshing shower and to take your regular shuttle (shared basis) transfer back to San Jose (3 1/2 hours) for your last night stay in Costa Rica. 
Riding: ~ 3-4 hours
Meals Included: B, L. (EG & LG)
Overnight in San Jose

Day 10: Departure
Morning at your leisure and transferred to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in time for your flight back home and we say our farewells.
Meals included:  B

Keys: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (TG) Transfer Guide,  (EG) Equestrian Guide, (LG) Local Horse Master/Guide.
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Coast to Coast Kaleidoscope Ride in Costa Rica
Tour Code: IT-CRIR01CC
10 days / 9 nights ~$2,325.00
Dates : Available all Year

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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B 2020 01/23 - 02/01 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 01/23 - 02/01 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 02/11 - 02/20 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 02/11 - 02/20 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 02/20 - 02/29 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 02/20 - 02/29 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 03/19 - 03/28 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 03/19 - 03/28 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 04/16 - 04/25 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/16 - 04/25 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 04/22 - 05/01 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/22 - 05/01 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2020 05/21 - 05/30 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 05/21 - 05/30 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 06/11 - 06/20 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 06/11 - 06/20 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/14 - 07/23 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 07/14 - 07/23 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 08/25 - 09/03 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/25 - 09/03 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 09/08 - 09/17 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 09/08 - 09/17 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 10/06 - 10/15 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/06 - 10/15 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/20 - 10/29 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 10/20 - 10/29 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/17 - 11/26 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/17 - 11/26 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 12/08 - 12/17 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 12/08 - 12/17 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 12/22 - 12/31 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 12/22 - 12/31 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 01/19 - 01/28 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2021 01/19 - 01/28 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 02/23 - 03/04 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2021 02/23 - 03/04 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 03/30 - 04/08 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2021 03/30 - 04/08 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 04/20 - 04/29 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2021 04/20 - 04/29 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP except in Sa... 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Costa Rican saddles (adapted McClellan...
Horses: Costa Rican Criollo, Paso, and mixed b...
Pace: Moderate with trots, canters, and some...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport
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