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This is the perfect mix of education, adventure & luxury! After the horsemanship clinic your journey begins with your Trek leader, Jorge Sauma, a local farmer and horse enthusiast whose extensive knowledge and connections will get you deep inside the real culture of Costa Rica for a truly authentic experience. Unbelievable meals, well cared for and reliable horses with exceptionally smooth gaits, incredible scenery and secluded beaches to gallop along are just a few of the highlights.
The trip will feature a variety of accommodations, including a Mountain Eco Lodge, 5 Star Resorts and beatiful beach houses. Your luggage will be waiting to meet you at each destination. Ride through jungles, swim in estuaries, see howler monkeys, dive into lagoons & waterfalls, enjoy fresh Pina Coladas and soak up the sun & surf at the beaches. This Trek takes you on a spectacular journey through exclusive parts of Costa Rica not seen by many tourists, and is full of the natural beauty unique to the Nicoya Peninsula.
You’ll be picked up from the Liberia International Airport in a private shuttle and driven 1hr to La Grama Farm in the town of La Mansión de Nicoya. Relax in the beautifully restored Costa Rican Hacienda and meet the horses! Take this day to kick back and relax, get to know your fellow adventurers and enjoy some unbelievable meals and drinks. This is where you’ll spend the next 3 days of your adventure!
You’ll be paired with your Trek horse and equipment today and given plenty of time to make sure everything is ready to enjoy the clinic and trek ahead.
Horsemanship Clinic at the Ranch – Exact times will de defined by the instructor.
We will load the horses on the truck for their transport to Punta Islita 5-star resort, where they will spend the next 2 nights. We will depart from La Grama Farm in our private van and visit the charming town of Hojancha [broad-leaf]: a village which leads in the change from farming & cattle to reforestation & land protection. We will also visit the Monte Alto Natural Reserve which today boasts over 800 hectares of protected forest that started with an effort from the local villagers to preserve a critical water resource, which is now the main water supply for the towns of Nosara, Samara and many others. We’ll then head down towards the little town of lslita and have a tasty lunch at Boqueria don Ramiro, the best local restaurant. After settling in the beautiful villas, we’ll go for a sunset ride, climbing some hills to enjoy spectacular views of the bay, and while the sun is descending into slumber, the beach will take us back to the hotel.
This is the day to enjoy the beautiful Punta lslita resort and all its amenities. There are plenty of activities to choose from: the spa, macaw tour, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, or simply just taking a book and soaking up the energy and surroundings. The local cooks will prepare your meals right at the house.
The horses will be available at any time to play and ride on the beach, just let us know what your plan is and we’ll get them ready. Or just make your way down to the resort pool, where the friendly bartender will fix you up fresh cocktails while you watch yet another breathtaking sunset.
Departure times will depend on the tides. We will have a leisurely ride along the beach & play in the waves with the horses for a few hours before arriving at Playa Corozalito for lunch. Then we will head towards the secluded beaches of Playa Bejuco, where riders can gallop in the sand and surf for more great photos. We then have to cross an estuary to reach a privately-owned beach house in Playa San Miguel, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Enjoy another unforgettable sunset while playing with your horse on the beach, or just relaxing on a hammock right on the sand.
Again, our departure time will depend on the tide. After a 2-hour ride,down yet another secluded beach, we find ourselves at Casa Caletas. This unique boutique hotel is located where the Coyote River meets the sea, and we’ll cross another estuary to reach it. There will be lots of time for swimming in the ocean and/or the pool. Take time to play with your horse in the estuaries, which are quite wide but shallow enough to easily swim or wade across horseback, depending on the tide. This is one of the best places to appreciate the sunset and capture amazing pictures.
After another great breakfast by the ocean, we will send our mounts back to the ranch, and we will head out to beautiful Playa Carrillo, our next stop. Located in a more “developed” area of the Peninsula, this chalk colored sand beach, is a perfect for swimming and snorkeling, with very quiet waters … There are also plenty of restaurants and nightlife options close by. We will stay at Montelaguna Boutique Hotel, just 3 minutes’ walk from two beautiful and safe swimming beaches: Carrillo and Samara.
After spending the morning enjoying our last day at the beach and a tasty lunch, we’ll take our private van back to La Grama, to check on the horses and say good bye to them.
Next morning after breakfast we’ll head to the airport or any other destination … if you’ve chosen to stick around alluring Costa Rica.
Waking up at the ranch again feels like coming home. Say good bye to the horses and enjoy a good cup of coffee before heading to the airport or any other destination of your choice. Departure of van to airport will depende on earliest guest flight, but you can leave at any time you want. Transport at a different time can be coordinated. We can also help you arrange transportation to any other destination if you have decided to stick around Costa Rica a few more days.
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