Riding: 1 - 2 hours
Arrive to Liberia Airport (LIR) or Tamarindo Regional Airport, your hosts can help to organise transport to the ranch, located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste.
Accommodation in provided in modest, yet comfortable air-conditioned casitas onsite or in a private villa close-by if the ranch rooms are booked.
Provided you arrive in good time, there may be an opportunity to have a Ranch Orientation and a Criollo Horse Demonstration in the late afternoon. Depending on the weather, you may also be able to take your first short relaxed ride to the town of Portegolpe. Here, you will tie up your horses and stop for a cold drink at a local Cantina in the village before returning to the ranch at sunset. Dinner at the ranch or a local restaurant. NB: Itinerary depends on arrival times.
Riding: 2 - 4 hours
After a tasty Costa Rican breakfast, you will have a short introduction to riding the beautiful Spanish Criollo horses of Costa Rica known for their noble temperament and smooth ride. Once comfortable, you will set off towards the small cattle town of Tempate following the Old Spanish Trail. These trails were traveled by the early Spanish Conquistadors and will take you through many large haciendas (local farms). Keep an eye out for monkeys, tropical birds and dry tropical vegetation on this back country trail. You will have the opportunity to stop for cold drinks in Tempate, before riding on to the village of Cartagena where you will have lunch at a typical restaurant. Afterwards you will return to the ranch by truck and will have the afternoon free to enjoy a dip in the pool and relax before dinner is served later that evening.
Riding: 1 - 3 hours
After breakfast, you will be picked up for a tour to one of Costa Rica's famous volcanic mountain rainforests. You can either spend the day at the Hacienda Guachipelin resort for zip-lining, a visit the the thermal pools and mud baths, horseback riding to the waterfalls (with another outfitter) as well as a selection of other activities. Tours will need to be arranged in advance and please do note that some may not be available at the time of your visit, depending on the season and weather conditions.
An Arenal Mountains Day Tour is also available but please do note that this requires a long bus ride each way. (Breakfast and Lunch included, Dinner by arrangement). NB. Extra activities/tours are not included in the package and are available at an additional cost.
Riding: 2 - 3 hours
This morning, you will be given the choice between a natural horsemanship lesson with Esteban or your may choose to forego riding and instead visit Flamingo Beach to swim or just relax under the shade trees. (Option for a massage on the beach, at extra cost.)
Later that afternoon, you will mount your horses for a short and relaxed ride through the ranch property and to a small village where you will find one of the most popular cantina stops in Guanacaste. "Chilito’s", in the small town of El Llano, is famous for their fried chicken and chips - a local delicacy and a real "Taste of Guanacaste". You will return to the ranch at sunset or by truck if it is too dark.
Riding: 3 hours
After breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit the nearby beautiful Hacienda Roble. This is a working cattle ranch where the cowboys will take you exploring through the wetlands to see a variety of birds and crocs on horseback. For the adventurous there is an option of taking an exciting canopy zipline tour.
The afternoon is then free to organise other activities. You may want to visit one of the beautiful local beaches or take part in another organised tour if you are feeling more active. River Tours, a visit the Monkey Park, or to Coco Beach are all well worth considering.
A visit to Tamarindo Beach is highly recommended, offering shopping, swimming & surfing lessons. You can enjoy sunset on the beach and your choice of where you will like to have dinner that evening. Your hosts will come to collect you from Tamarindo at an arranged time.
Regardless of your chosen activity, dinner is to your own account this evening.
Riding: 2 - 3 hours
Today you can grab a cup of Costa Rican coffee or juice before your Breakfast Ride through local ranches and along oxcart trails. You will be passing through beautiful wooded countryside, small ranches and typical Costa Rican villages. Along the way you may spot (or hear the whooping of Howler Monkeys in the trees above you.
Once you have returned back to the ranch, you will tie up your horse and enjoy a typical "Tico" breakfast, cooked the traditional way, over firewood.
Afternoon free to relax at the ranch, explore the local area or try out a different local activity.
Dinner to your own account again this evening.
Riding: 2 - 3 hours
Today's ride will depend very much on the tide times at the local beaches. The ride will be scheduled to tie in with the low tides and so may take place in the morning or the afternoon. In either case, you will begin by loading the horses on the truck and driving to meet them at the small village of La Garita. Your adventurous ride today will take you along secluded back roads, through giant trees in the dry tropical forest reserve and looking for more howler monkeys along the way. Eventually, you will reach the beautiful beach and can enjoy a stop at Puerto Viejo for a cold drink and a rest. Mounting up once more, you will ride along the pristine white sand Pacific beaches of Pt. Viejo, Conchal and Brasilito. There will be time to play in the water and have photos taken once you reach the end of the beach. You may which to take a swim in the sea or a walk on the beach before lunch or dinner at Don Brasilitos.
Riding: 1 - 2 hours
After breakfast take your last photos before you return to the airport or your next destination. (Breakfast or snack bag for the plane will be made up for you by arrangement).
Depending on your flight time, there may be an option for a last horse activity before you set off today.
** Although this is an example of a week-long itinerary, we are also able to tailor-make shorter and longer stays, from 3 - 14 nights, for our guests. Please do get in touch to discuss your requirements with us and we will be happy to put together a tailored itinerary for your stay.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.