Rustico del Caribe

Caribbean Coast Costa Rica: (IT-CRSR06)
URL: https://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.

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 stay in clean and spacious cabins right by the beach. There are cabins for single, double/twin, or triple occupancy. The cabins are all equipped with a private bathroom, kitchen, 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.

The zesty cuisine found in Cahuita is renowned as some of the best in the country. 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.

Breakfast is served at the ranch from 7am to 11am.
Lunch is eaten either on tour or at the ranch.
Dinner is always eaten at a restaurant nearby (various options).

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

Note: 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.

Day 1: Arrival
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.

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

Beach & Jungle 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. Then, it is time to go back to 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).
Duration: approximately 3 hours

Mountain & Indian Village Ride
On this tour you will enjoy a diversity of landscapes. You will ride up in the mountains to discover a hidden Indian village into beautiful nature. On the way, we will have a little break by a river where a guide is waiting for you to take you for a little hike. The view over the Caribbean sea and the rainforest will make you forget about the workout you had to climb this hill. Then, you will enjoy a nice meal before we head back home.
Duration: about 4-5 hours

Riding on the beach and Chocolate tour
After 1-2 hours riding, we reach at the Finca. 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. 
Duration: approximately 4 hours, maybe more

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


Non-Riding activities in the area - extra cost (paid locally)
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.

Surfing Lessons - $50US per person
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: 1-2 hours  

River Kayaking on Tuba Creek - $55US per person
After a 10 minute drive, you will reach the outlet at Tuba Creek. You start your guided kayaking adventure through the lagoons and forest. You will get the opportunity to spot some wildlife on this tour, including birds, iguanas, lizards and many more.
Duration: 2-3 hours 

Snorkeling in Cahuita National Park & Optional Hike - $25US per person / $35US per person with the optional hike
After a 5 minute boat ride from Cahuita into the National Park, you will jump into the crystal clear water of the reef. The guide will be nearby to show you the diversity of the corals and find the colorful fishes.
After snorkeling, you will enjoy a little break with some drinks and fruits on the white sandy beach. Before going back to town, you can choose between a guided or unguided hike back to Cahuita throw the park or take the boat.
Duration: about 3 - 4 hours

Night Jungle Tour - $35US per person
This tour is always a surprise. We cannot be sure of what we will meet and see in the dark, however, we can promise that you will see many interesting things. The rest is a surprise!
Duration: approximately 2 hours (starting around 6pm)

Chocolate Tour - $35US per person
The Chocolate tour take place at Finca Indio Desnudo. To start the tour, we enjoy a walk trough the medicinal garden. 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.
Duration: approximately 1.5 hours

Cooking Class - $35US per person
In the outdoor kitchen of our Finca, you will learn and help to cook a tasty specialty of the Caribbean. You will open a coconut and help in the kitchen, peeling roots and making coconut milk. We can enjoy the meal together on the Finca or you can take it home.
Duration: approximately 2 hours

Yoga Class - $10US per person
We organize yoga classes on request. You can choose the date, time and the location.


Rates and Dates for Rustico del Caribe

Rates include:

Beach cabin accommodation, All meals & Riding days depending on package

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20205 day trip AP (3 riding days)$570
    • Single supplement$130
  • B
    20204 day trip AP (2 riding days)$415
    • Single supplement$95
  • C
    20203 day trip AP (1 riding day)$250
    • Single supplement$60

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$
2020 Transfer from San Jose by shuttle bus each way pp (8am from San Jose, 7am and 2:30pm from Cahuita) $75
2020 Private transfer by taxi, per car, each way ~
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
$275
2020 Special tours/ excursions - please inquire $0
2020 Child 6-12 yrs -- 50% OFF $0
2020 Child below 6 yrs old -- FREE $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip AP (3 riding days... 1 /6 Reserve
B 2020 01/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip AP (2 riding days... 1 /6 Reserve
C 2020 01/01 - 12/31 3d / 2n 3 day trip AP (1 riding day) 1 /6 Reserve

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

Rates do not include:

Excursions and upgraded tours, Gratuities, Transfers & Additional riding

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

Climate:
                                                    Cahuita area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

84

84

85

86

87

87

85

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

30

30

31

31

30

29

Average Low Temperature (°C)

21

21

21

22

23

23

23

23

23

22

22

21

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

17

15

16

16

17

17

20

17

13

14

17

19

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The driest and most stable months of the year are September/October and February through April/May. During those months, the sea is often as smooth as a lake, while there are usually a lot of waves during the rest of the year.
It should be noted that humidity is very high year-round.

Sea temperature is around 28-30 degrees Celsius (82-86 Fahrenheit), year round.
Average air temperature is usually around 26-32 degrees Celsius (82-89 Fahrenheit) during the day and at night it drops to 22-26 degrees Celsius (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