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Mountains and Pacific beaches of Costa Rica

10 days, 7 riding from 2584€

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in luxury or boutique accommodation. Rooms have private bathrooms. 

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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COSTA RICA-Mountains and Pacific beaches of Costa Rica

10 days, 7 riding from 2584€


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Embark on a fabulous riding holiday in Costa Rica, known for its incredible beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. On this horseback trail, exclusive to Equus Journeys, ride from the majestic Turrialba volcano to the wild beaches of the Pacific ocean. Perfect for riders looking to explore Costa Rica differently and to discover the incredibly rich Tico culture.

Strengths

- Discover Costa Rica’s exceptional biodiversity.
- Meet Costa Rican people and enjoy their Pura Vida lifestyle.
- An itinerary combining mountains, tropical forest, agricultural crops and the chance to have a canter on the beach.
- A unique kind of accommodation, our eco-decks, completely open to nature and eco-friendly

Itinerary

Day 1 : UK - SAN JOSE -

Pick-up at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at 18:00. You will be transferred to the hotel.
Dinner will be at the hotel or in the city, depending on the participants' arrival time.

Day 2 : SAN JOSE - PAVONES - 3h transfer - 2-3 hours ride

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Hacienda (2h30 - 3h drive) in time for welcome drinks and snacks with the rest of the team. Settle in to your eco-deck, completely open to nature, with breath-taking views of theTurrialba Valley and its volcano. Before lunch, you will have the opportunity to discuss your riding abilities with your guide who will assign a suitable horse to each rider.

After lunch, you finally get to meet the horses. You will try out your steed in the arena, getting some pointers for the riding style from your guide before the ride. Once everybody feels perfectly at ease, you head out for a short hack around the Hacienda's grounds, across sugar cane and coffee plantations. The views are stunning and after a short break under a centenary, a sacred Ceiba tree, you head back to the stables to enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner.

Day 3 : PAVONES - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Eco Lodge

After breakfast, you head out into the tropical forest, under the shades of the big Espavel trees. You ride across green plains, catching a glimpse of the grazing cattle. Lunch is taken by the river, and those who wish to are welcome to go for a swim!

After lunch, you circle back to the Hacienda, stopping on the way to look at the Estate's waterfall. Dinner will be had at a local restaurant (typical tico dinner) and if the weather is with you, you will enjoy a beautiful sunset over the valley.

Day 4 : PAVONES - RIO PACUARE OR PAVONES - SILENCIO - 2 or 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Eco Lodge

After breakfast at the Hacienda, the choice for this morning's activity is yours:

• Two hours ride
or
• Rafting on Rio Pacuare with lunch alongside the river.
or
• Horseback guided tour around the property and near by villages with spectacular views on the Angostura Lake. Lunch ar Doña Rosa's.

Back to the stables in the mid afternoon to ride to the “beneficio” – the coffee processing plant. Your visit to the beneficio will help you discover why Costa Rica's coffee is so particular and learn all the steps of the coffee-making process, including tasting the different cacao, coffee and sugar cane based products.

Enjoy dinner at la hacienda and overnight at your eco-deck.

Day 5 : PAVONES-GUIONES- PLAYA GARZA - 2 hours riding

After an early morning breakfast at the Hacienda, you leave at c.07.00 for the Pacific coast (7h drive).
You stop along the way for lunch and should arrive at the village of Guiones mid afternoon. Your hotel is very conveniently located a few metres away from the Guiones beach.

Later in the afternoon, you head to the stables, a few miles away from the hotel. Get ready for a short, but very pleasant ride to enjoy the sunset.

Dinner near your hotel, before a well-deserved night sleep.

Day 6 : GUIONES - PLAYA PELADA -OSTIONAL - 5 hours riding

Breakfast at the hotel before the shuttle takes you to the stables for some gallops down the coast. Ride through the most beautiful beaches of the Nosara Peninsula, where you will be able to admire mango plantations, rivers, wild groves and beach heights that offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Lunch break at your host's house to share a cold ceviche and some beer.

Car transfer back to the hotel (30min drive) to get ready for dinner at a local restaurant. Night at the hotel.

Day 7 : GUIONES - PLAYA OSTIONAL - 3 hours riding

Today, you ride through the wonderful Guanacaste's wild forests, where koatis, monkeys, birds and thousands of butterflies live.

These sites preserved from all infrastructure will make you discover the real Costa Rica, the « Costa Rica pura vida »!

After saying goodbye to the horses, the group will head back to the hotel to get ready for a delicious and unforgettable evening facing the ocean.

Last night at Guiones

Day 8 : GUIONES - SAN JOSE - No riding

Breakfast at the hotel. This last morning is free for you to enjoy it your way. You can choose to relax on the beach or buy some souvenirs in the village.

Lunch by the beach, to enjoy the ocean view, one last time before heading to San José (4H30 drive).

Dinner in a restaurant near the hotel where you will spend your last night.

Day 9 : SAN JOSE -

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to meet your flight.

Day 10 : UK -

Arrival in the UK


Price details

Promotional rate for 4 first bookings until 26/12/2019.

- Flights are not included

- Group size is usually between 2 - 6 riders

- It is possible to guarantee the departure with one rider only with a supplement of €745/£655 - this will be refunded if more riders join your ride.

- There is a single supplement if you are in a single room (and no sharer is found). This is approx. €225/£200 in 2019 and €265/£230 in 2020.

- IMPORTANT: on your way out of the country, you will have to pay a USD27 tax (payable by credit card, in dollars or local currency).
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English and French-speaking horse guide

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 support vehicle
1-2 cooks

Inland transport

Airport transfers

Accommodation

2 nights in a hotel in San José
3 nights in a hotel in Samara
3 nights in an eco-lodge (no electricity)

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to your last breakfast. Non-alcoholic drinks are included.

Additional equipment

Saddle bags
First aid kit

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International flights

Extras

Small group supplement - see above for the details
Tips to the local team

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

Tips are welcome but not expected. You should tip what you feel the service is worth and what you feel comfortable with.

HORSES

The horses on this trail ride come from two different stables, 80% Ibero Americano and some Quarter horses. Most can be ridden bitless and are very responsive, yet well behaved.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You must be comfortable and balanced at all 3 paces - walk, rising trot and gallop - in open countryside and over varied terrain. You must be an intermediate to experienced level rider.

The weight limit for this ride is 14 st/198 lb/90 kg, please contact us if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight

PACE

The main pace of the ride is a walk with trots and canters everyday.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be asked to help groom and tack up the horses during the ride, to create a bond with your horse. Help is always on hand if necessary.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You must be fit. Please note that on some occasions, you may have to dismount and lead your horse over difficult terrain. Expect variable weather conditions.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Comfortable western saddles. A few English saddles are available in Samara.
Bitless bridles.
Saddlebags.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit

COMFORT

2 hotel nights in San José
3 nights in an Eco Lodge in Turrialba (no electricity; showers available)
3 hotel nights in Samara

CLIMATE

This ride takes place in two different parts of the country, with varying climate:
- Turrialba: average temperatures of 22,5°, rainy summers (European winters)
- Samara: average temperatures of 28° with rainy summers to.

Meals

All meals are provided during the ride. Meals are varied and consist of local produce.
Lunches are cold. Vegetarians can be accommodated, please let us know.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Local team with English-speaking guide.

Packing list

Head
- Helmets are mandatory. Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather (can also be worn at night)
- Down jacket or warm coat for the cold evenings
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared.

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermals in case of cold weather

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Good walking boots (or hybrid walking/riding boots)
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Our Recommendations
- You should use a soft sided suitcase which can easily be transported - we recommend a large backpack or rucksack of c. 60-80 litres. Remember that your luggage is carried by pack horses!
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for swimming/bathing in rivers
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
- Water bottle - 2 x 1 litre, or equivalent


In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent


In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Micropur or similar water purification tablets
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- Toilet paper

ENTRY FORMALITIES

British nationals don't need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You may stay as a visitor for up to 3 months under a tourist visa waiver, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. If you plan to work, or stay for a longer period, then multiple exit and entry isn't an approved alternative to obtaining the relevant visa for your circumstances. You should check the requirements with the Costa Rican authorities. Entry to Costa Rica may be refused if you are unable to produce evidence of return or onward travel (for example a return air ticket).

The immigration authorities are strict about foreigners who have overstayed.

Your passport should have at least one day's validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/costa-rica/entry-requirements

Please consult with your local governing authority prior to your departure.

Addresses of consulates

  • En Curridabat Del Indoor Club
    Curridabat
    1000 San José
    Tél. : +506 22 34 41 67
    Fax : +506 22 34 41 95
  • Ambassade en France
    4, square rapp
    75007 Paris
    Tél. : 01 45 78 96 96
    Fax : 01 45 78 99 66
    embcr-fr@rree.go.cr
  • Ambassade du Costa Rica
    Marktgasse 51
    3011 Berne
    Tél. : 031/372 78 87
    Fax : 031/372 78 34
    costa.rica@bluewin.ch
  • Ambassade du Costa Rica
    Avenue Louise, 489
    1050 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 2 640 5541
    Fax : +32 2 648 3192
    info@costaricaembassy.be

HEALTH

UK health authorities have classified Costa Rica as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre on the TravelHealthPro website and by NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website.

Since 2013, there has been a sharp increase in cases of dengue.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Costa Rica and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Medical care in Costa Rica is of a generally high standard. Ambulance services in remote areas may vary. Only initial emergency medical treatment is available without charge for visitors. Subsequent treatment will be charged. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/costa-rica/health

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Embark on a fabulous riding holiday in Costa Rica, known for its incredible beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. On this horseback trail, exclusive to Equus Journeys, ride from the majestic Turrialba volcano to the wild beaches of the Pacific ocean. Perfect for riders looking to explore Costa Rica differently and to discover the incredibly rich Tico culture.

  • Riding towards the Pacific in Costa Rica
    Riding horses in Costa Rica and trail ride
  • Pacific beaches best explored in the saddle!
    Riding holiday and trail riders in Costa Rica
  • The central mountains and volcanoes of Costa Rica
    Trail riding in Costa Rica
  • Explore the stunning countryside on horseback
    Central Costa Rica on horseback
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunsets of Costa Rica
    Couple on horseback in Samara, Costa Rica
  • Trail riding in Costa Rica
    Riders on the beach in Costa Rica
  • Spectacular beach rides in Costa Rica
    Beach ride on horseback in Costa Rica
  • Enjoy beautiful relaxed canters along the beach
    Trail ride in Costa Rica
  • Discover the local flora and fauna
    Monkeys in Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica boasts an exceptional biodiversity
    Iguana in Costa Rica

STRENGTHS

- Discover Costa Rica’s exceptional biodiversity.
- Meet Costa Rican people and enjoy their Pura Vida lifestyle.
- An itinerary combining mountains, tropical forest, agricultural crops and the chance to have a canter on the beach.
- A unique kind of accommodation, our eco-decks, completely open to nature and eco-friendly

ITINERARY

Day 1 : UK - SAN JOSE -

Pick-up at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at 18:00. You will be transferred to the hotel.
Dinner will be at the hotel or in the city, depending on the participants' arrival time.

Day 2 : SAN JOSE - PAVONES - 3h transfer - 2-3 hours ride

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Hacienda (2h30 - 3h drive) in time for welcome drinks and snacks with the rest of the team. Settle in to your eco-deck, completely open to nature, with breath-taking views of theTurrialba Valley and its volcano. Before lunch, you will have the opportunity to discuss your riding abilities with your guide who will assign a suitable horse to each rider.

After lunch, you finally get to meet the horses. You will try out your steed in the arena, getting some pointers for the riding style from your guide before the ride. Once everybody feels perfectly at ease, you head out for a short hack around the Hacienda's grounds, across sugar cane and coffee plantations. The views are stunning and after a short break under a centenary, a sacred Ceiba tree, you head back to the stables to enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner.

Day 3 : PAVONES - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Eco Lodge

After breakfast, you head out into the tropical forest, under the shades of the big Espavel trees. You ride across green plains, catching a glimpse of the grazing cattle. Lunch is taken by the river, and those who wish to are welcome to go for a swim!

After lunch, you circle back to the Hacienda, stopping on the way to look at the Estate's waterfall. Dinner will be had at a local restaurant (typical tico dinner) and if the weather is with you, you will enjoy a beautiful sunset over the valley.

Day 4 : PAVONES - RIO PACUARE OR PAVONES - SILENCIO - 2 or 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Eco Lodge

After breakfast at the Hacienda, the choice for this morning's activity is yours:

• Two hours ride
or
• Rafting on Rio Pacuare with lunch alongside the river.
or
• Horseback guided tour around the property and near by villages with spectacular views on the Angostura Lake. Lunch ar Doña Rosa's.

Back to the stables in the mid afternoon to ride to the “beneficio” – the coffee processing plant. Your visit to the beneficio will help you discover why Costa Rica's coffee is so particular and learn all the steps of the coffee-making process, including tasting the different cacao, coffee and sugar cane based products.

Enjoy dinner at la hacienda and overnight at your eco-deck.

Day 5 : PAVONES-GUIONES- PLAYA GARZA - 2 hours riding

After an early morning breakfast at the Hacienda, you leave at c.07.00 for the Pacific coast (7h drive).
You stop along the way for lunch and should arrive at the village of Guiones mid afternoon. Your hotel is very conveniently located a few metres away from the Guiones beach.

Later in the afternoon, you head to the stables, a few miles away from the hotel. Get ready for a short, but very pleasant ride to enjoy the sunset.

Dinner near your hotel, before a well-deserved night sleep.

Day 6 : GUIONES - PLAYA PELADA -OSTIONAL - 5 hours riding

Breakfast at the hotel before the shuttle takes you to the stables for some gallops down the coast. Ride through the most beautiful beaches of the Nosara Peninsula, where you will be able to admire mango plantations, rivers, wild groves and beach heights that offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Lunch break at your host's house to share a cold ceviche and some beer.

Car transfer back to the hotel (30min drive) to get ready for dinner at a local restaurant. Night at the hotel.

Day 7 : GUIONES - PLAYA OSTIONAL - 3 hours riding

Today, you ride through the wonderful Guanacaste's wild forests, where koatis, monkeys, birds and thousands of butterflies live.

These sites preserved from all infrastructure will make you discover the real Costa Rica, the « Costa Rica pura vida »!

After saying goodbye to the horses, the group will head back to the hotel to get ready for a delicious and unforgettable evening facing the ocean.

Last night at Guiones

Day 8 : GUIONES - SAN JOSE - No riding

Breakfast at the hotel. This last morning is free for you to enjoy it your way. You can choose to relax on the beach or buy some souvenirs in the village.

Lunch by the beach, to enjoy the ocean view, one last time before heading to San José (4H30 drive).

Dinner in a restaurant near the hotel where you will spend your last night.

Day 9 : SAN JOSE -

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to meet your flight.

Day 10 : UK -

Arrival in the UK

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Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.