Rustico del Caribe

Caribbean Coast Costa Rica: (IT-CRSR06)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/costa_rica_caribbean_rustico_ride.aspx

Introduction
Caribbean Coast Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Caribbean coast feels a world apart from the rest of the country.

Here the pace is slower, the food is spicier, the tropical heat more palpable and then there's that rhythmic reggae music that fills the air! So remote was the Caribbean coast from Costa Rica's population centers in the Central Valley that it naturally developed a unique culture all its own. The original inhabitants of the area included the people of the Bribri, Cabécar, and Kékoldi tribes and these groups still maintain their cultures on indigenous reserves in the Talamanca Mountains today. Here we offer a horseback vacation full of vibrant culture, contrasting landscapes and a true appreciation for the nature around us. Explore the area around the Cahuita National Park, ride across the famous Caribbean beaches and venture inland through the jungle to the highlands. Enjoy lovely canters and ride on interesting jungle trails, where we see baby howler monkeys, sloths, jungle cats and get to know all about the local fauna conservation by the renowned Spanish biologists.

This is a great budget-minded and backpacker style Caribbean getaway ride that can be customized for 3 to 6 nights. Accommodations are in very basic, but cute and clean cabins at the popular riding center, just 150 feet from the beach!

The town of Cahuita and your host Brigitte have a relaxed relationship with traveling folk discovering their beloved Caribbean coast, beaches and protected park land. Here you will find that most of the businesses are still owned by friendly locals and the vibe is very laid-back, keeping an authentic sleepy beach town feel while others grow busier each year with tourists. The black sand beach of Playa Negra is an unusual and ethereal presence and the waters are safe to swim and play in, offering horseback riders and beach bums a chance for some true R&R... Relaxation and Riding!

Accomodation


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

Description
You will be in rustic, clean, and spacious cabins right on the beach. They are nicely decorated with Costa Rican hospitality. We have cabins for single, double/twin, or triple occupancy. The cabins have bedrooms with one bathroom, ceiling fans, a seating area, a terrace, and WIFI access. Laundry service is available for an additional fee.

An upgrade to a local beach hotel with pool is possible on request.



Meals
All meals are included during your stay from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day. You will get to indulge in homemade Caribbean cuisine, such as Rondon, banana pancakes, el tico caribeno, el surtido, and more! One thing is for certain: food here is different from the traditional gallo pinto and other inland cuisines that dominate mestizo culture. In comparison, Afro-Caribbean food is a fusion of different European cuisine and is characterized by dishes such as jerk—seasoned meats—and curried goat or chicken. Seafood dishes and spice are also customary. Drinks such as coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juices are all available. Alcohol is not included in the trip, however you are free to bring your own.

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

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding
Each riding day includes 3 hours (half day) of riding, usually from 9am or 2pm.

Horses
The horses do not live on the ranch. Instead, they all live on a large meadow with an open stable. They are brought to the ranch every day at 7AM and remain there, depending on the tours, until the afternoon. After that, they get brought back to the meadow.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1

Arrive to the Caribbean Coast. Check in and settle into your private cabin just 150 ft from the beach. Enjoy the beach for a relaxing afternoon - maybe try some surfing or snorkeling. Your cabin is simple (ceiling fan - no AC) with private bathroom facilities. Wifi service is available. The zesty cuisine found in Cahuita is renowned as some of the best in the country. One thing is for certain: food here is different from the traditional gallo pinto and other inland cuisines that dominate mestizo culture. In comparison, Afro-Caribbean food is a fusion of different European cuisine and is characterized by dishes such as jerk—seasoned meats—and curried goat or chicken. Seafood dishes and spice are also customary.

Day 2-4
During your stay there are a number of different rides and activities to chose from - all depending on your length of stay:

Riding on the Caribbean Coast
At first, in order to get familiar with the new horses, you will be taken on a brief horse's walk on the jungle’s trails. Then you will have options for longer relaxing trails at a walk, trot or a breathtaking canter. A stop for swimming and resting on the beach is usually included.
Duration: As long as you can handle it - usually 3 hours (up to 6 hours with the full day ride upgrade)! 

Beach Ride
First we ride over the very scenic Playa Negra (Black Beach) then partway over the village road, towards Playa Grande (Long Beach). This is a really wild, quiet and deserted Caribbean beach, excellent for horseback riding and a nice brisk canter. We then enter into a beautiful tropical forest, where you can see the magnificent toucans and other colorful birds, sloth, howler monkeys and more. Your guide is very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, so you can learn a lot during the ride. After 1.5 hours of riding we stop for a break. While the horses rest a while in the shade of a tree, Raúl may chop open some coconuts with his impressing machete and everyone gets one with delicious, refreshing coconut water inside to drink. On the way back there are again several nice opportunities for stretched out canters. After about 3 hours you arrive back at the riding center where you can refresh with a cold drink. On the way back to the lodge you may stop to see some nice boutiques and souvenirs shops there, and have an excellent Caribbean lunch in one of the local restaurants (not included).

Moonlight Tour (upgraded tour)
This tour is especially for romantic types. We start when the moon comes up and head for Playa Negra where you can enjoy a romantic view under the moonlight. This tour is only possible on certain days of the month and the sky must be free of clouds. (3 hours). If you want to go on this tour, make sure to check the moon phase calendar for the month you want to come, so you know when the moon will be full and at its brightest! (tour starts at around 7pm).

Mountain and Waterfall Ride (upgraded tour)
The 6-hour ride starts at 9 AM or earlier (depending time of year). First we head to the beach and then up the mountain and straight up to the beautiful farm of Don Paco with his large herds of different animals. We leave our horses here and hike for about 45 minutes on jungle trails to an enchanting and pristine waterfall. Here we enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch and a refreshing swim. In the afternoon we return via a different trail to the riding center.

Carbon 2 Village Ride (upgraded tour)
Another exciting riding day. We start riding through the town of Cahuita. Near the National Park we have to cross the highway in order to get onto the mountain trails that take us to the Carbon 2 Village. Here we have a completely different landscape with beautiful mountains, virgin jungle, rivers and waterfalls. The ride with stop for picnic will take most of the day.

Riding on the beach and Fruit tour
After 1-2 hours riding the horses we get to a farm full of exotic fruits. While the horses get a rest, we go for a walk with the owner of the farm, Ramon, to explore and learn about different kind of fruits. If the trees have a lot of fruits, you’ll be able to take some home. This tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

Riding on the beach and Chocolate tour
After 1-2 hours riding, we reach at the Finca INDIO DESNUDO. While the horses get a rest, we enjoy a tour trough the medicinal garden of the place. There you can learn a lot about different plants that are in the jungle and about the cacao tree. Then we are going to make our own chocolate. Everybody needs to help, you’ll be able to taste the fruit during the whole process, starting from fresh cacao and at the end the hot chocolate. This tour takes approximately 4 hours, maybe more.

Other activities in the area
Snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, rafting, etc. are all possible for an additional fee.
There is also a beach near the cabins with nice white sand by the national park nearby and is very nice to spend time on.
Other activities could be visit to lagoons and river tours to see crocodiles, zip lining, hiking to waterfalls and chocolate tours.
Scuba diving and a lot of other nice beaches are only about a short 30 minutes bus trip to Puerto Viejo.

Rain Forest Canopy Tour
Eight aerial platforms joined by 1200 meters of cable are nestled into the jungle. Our professional guide will help you travel from one platform to the other securely attached to the cable. He will teach you the names of plants, animals, and how the local indigenous use some of the herbs you will see. You will enjoy the jungle from up above.  Duration: 4 hours  Departure time: 8:30 AM   $ 55 per person (Minimum 2 people)

Surfing Lessons
You don't need to be a professional surfer to experience the thrill of riding a wave. Our instructor is experienced and the Caribbean Sea is gentle with first-time surfers. Don't miss the opportunity! We will provide you with a surf board for the time of your life.
Duration of the lesson: 2 hours   $ 60 per person

Sea and River Kayaking
At Punta Uva ‘s beach, with the help of a guide, you will kayak in the ocean first and then slide towards the Punta Uva river that unwinds into the jungle. After the kayaking, the options are: exploring the Punta Uva’s promontory, snorkeling or sunbathing at the beach. Punta Uva (Spanish for Grape Point) has been described by Outside magazines “one of the best seven beaches of the world.”
Duration: 3 hours + beach time   Departure time: 9:30 AM   $ 80 per person

Biological Reserve Tour
The virgin rain forest harbors thousand of known life forms, many of them yet to be described. Filled with birds’ songs and howler monkeys calling at dawn, the rain forest is quiet in the heat of the day, its stillness punctuated by the whistle of poison dart frogs, the rasping of cicadas or the sound of wrens and ant-birds. The dark, cool interior of the primary forest is surprisingly free of entangling vegetation. Only where light manages to filter through the interlocking canopy can vegetation proliferate. Walking into the rain forest is like taking a step back in time.
Duration: 2 hours   Departure: any time before 2:00 PM   $ 10 per person

Cacao Trail Park Tour
Visit a corn plantation, a cacao plantation, a botanical garden, a medicinal garden and an iguana farm, all part of the Cacao Trail Park. The tour also includes exploring the Park’s canals in a canoe all the way up to the adjacent Cahuita National Park. After walking through the Cahuita National Park and visiting a turtle’s nesting beach, you will enjoy a Caribbean style buffet lunch.
Duration: 6:30 hours   Departure: 9:00 am   $ 52 per person

Chocolate Tour
This tour begins at 8 AM and lasts about 4 to 6 hours.
Visit Bribri Indians to enjoy a tour through a garden with cacao trees and other plants. After a walk through the village, depending on circumstances, you can participate in arrow target shooting. Along the way you'll learn about chocolates and then see the process of chocolate making from beginning to end. You can participate in the process and also try the end product in the end and enjoy a fresh cup of hot chocolate! To cool down you can go to the nearby river or visit one of the waterfalls close by. $55US per person

Shaman's Tour
A 30-minute drive will take you to the heart of the Bribri Indigenous Reserve in Suretka. After crossing the Sixaola river on a small boat, a 30 minutes ride will bring you to the area where two shamans of the Bribri’s tribe live and practice their traditional medicine. You will be able to ask questions and visit the “healing house,” a sacred space where rituals and healing sessions take place.
Duration: 5 hours    Departure time: 9 am   $ 65 per person (2 person minimum)

Day 5
Possible short beach ride before taking the shuttle transfer back to San Jose - drop off in San Jose city.


Be sure to bring some cash (US$ or Costa Rican Colon) for some of these extra activities which are paid locally. Our partner would be more than happy to help you schedule your activities -- please coordinate ahead of time to confirm what you would like to do. Half day horseback riding (or substitute kayaking) is included in the base package.


Rates and Dates for Rustico del Caribe

Rates include:

Beach cabin accommodation, all meals from lunch on first day to breakfast on last day, 3/2 riding days (half day, 3 hours each) - additional days/nights are available to add to package

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20195 day trip AP$655
    • Single supplement (in cabin)$55
      Upgrade to hotel near beach, dbp, pp$455
      Upgrade to hotel near beach, single$190
      Non-rider discount($370)
  • B
    20194 day trip AP$470
    • Single supplement (in cabin)$40
      Upgrade to hotel near beach, dbp, pp$340
      Upgrade to hotel near beach, single$140
      Non-rider discount($280)

Rates Note:


Additional days possible -- please inquire

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:


Additional days possible -- please inquire


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from San Jose by shuttle bus each way pp (8am from San Jose, 7am and 2:30pm from Cahuita) $75
2019 Private transfer by taxi, per car, each way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
$275

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip AP 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip AP 1 /6 Reserve

Dates Note: Arrival can be any day of the week.

Rates do not include:

Hotel upgrade, excursions, gratuities, transfers, additional riding

Other Info
Meeting: Cahuita
Airport: San Jose
Transfer: San Jose by shuttle bus

Climate:
                                                    Cahuita area
 

Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

84

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86

87

87

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86

87

87

85

84

Average Low Temperature (°F)

69

69

70

72

73

73

73

73

73

72

72

70

Average High Temperature (°C)

29

29

30

30

30

30

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31

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29

Average Low Temperature (°C)

21

21

21

22

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21

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

17

15

16

16

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13

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19

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The best, driest and most stable months of the year are September/October and February through April (even though April sometimes does what it wants). During those months, the sea is often as smooth as a lake. In the other seasons there are always waves.

The temperature of the sea is always approximately 28 to 30 degrees (82-86 Fahrenheit). The humidity is very high even when it’s dry season. Air temperature is always around 28-32 degrees (82-89 Fahrenheit) by day and at night it’s 22-26 degrees (71-78 Fahrenheit).

The local temperature remains stable year around. The climate has often been called a "micro-climate", implying that the variable factors affecting this region are independent from the rest of the neighboring areas. This region shares very little in common with the rest of the country's weather cycles and prognostication, as the rainy season is often blessed with several weeks of dry, hot and sunny days, while weeks of unstoppable tropical rains can be experienced during the summer season.

What To Bring:
The tone here is casual wear - it is not necessary to dress up to go to dinner. Comfortable lightweight is best.

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

It is suggested to bring your own riding helmet. The stable does not provide riding helmets nor is it mandatory to wear one. Bicycle helmet can be borrowed.

SENSIBLE PRECAUTIONS.... Almost all encounters with noxious insects & plants can be avoided by watching where you walk or 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. We recommend you leave valuables at home.

Most important of all to bring to Costa Rica: "Sense of adventure, open mind and  big smile"

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport and copy of passport kept in a separate location
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Comfortable light weight riding pants or jodhpurs
Short boots and half chaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat or visor
Rain coat/Wax jacket

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Sweater for higher elevations and chilly nights in San Jose
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Wind breaker or light jacket
Comfortable walking shoes like lightweight hiking boots with a good tread for hikes
River sandals or aqua socks
Swimsuit and beach towel
Bandana
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Day pack and fanny pack
Personal Toiletries
Insect repellent : at least 75% DEET
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Camera and enough extra films (it is expensive in Costa Rica)
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion with high sun protection factor, such as SPF 29-40
Binoculars
Flashlight
Water bottle
Battery alarm clock
Plastic bags - for keeping books, binoculars and other items dry, and for wet clothing