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Meeting: Lodge near La Fortuna
Airport:   Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)      
Transfer: La Fortuna, Liberia International Airport, or San Jose Airport    Distance: 126 km / 78 miles

Transfers are available from La Fortuna, Liberia International Airport, and San Jose Airport at anytime on any day of the week. If you prefer to rent a car - please get a 4x4 vehicle since the unpaved road to the ranch can get muddy.

Tack: Western
Horses: Costarricense de Paso, Quarter, Criollos
Pace: Moderate with some canters. Some long days in the saddle over rough terrain and through rainforst
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2.5 to 3 out of 5)    Low Intermediate+
Age: Min 16
Weight: Max 230 lbs
Riders: Min 4 riders Max 8 riders

The Horses
The Costa Rican horses, Costarricense de Paso also known as Criollo, are a combination of several Spanish horses (Barb, Andalusian, Arab) and the Peruvian Stepping Horse. This magical combination has created horses with a smooth, comfortable gait. They are fearless, sure footed, hardworking and extremely versatile. The horses are cared for and trained using natural/relationship based horsemanship techniques. We use Dr. Cook’s Bitless Bridles. Options range from the highly spirited Criolla to low key Quarter Horses and anywhere in between. The riding style is Western. We will help you choose just the right horse. Maybe your horse will choose you! In Spanish it is called `Vinculo’ ; it is an explainable bond between two souls. Join us in Costa Rica for the best horseback riding experience of your life!

The Guides
All treks are led by three guides; a bilingual naturalist, a local cowboy, and a horseman. Your guides will become fast friends and lifelong kindred spirits. They will give you guidance and encouragement to improve your horsemanship skills and facilitate a Vinculo (special connection) with your equine companion.

The Culture
The Costa Rican people call themselves Tico’s. They are friendly, welcoming people who are proud of their country and are incredibility hospitable. Horses are a part of the culture and used for work on farms and ranches. Community events such as Rodeos, Topes (dancing horse parades), Cabalgatas (group cross-country rides) and Endurance Rally’s are yearly events in many communities. Experiencing the culture and people of Costa Rica is an important element of the Equestrian Journeys’ experience.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least 30 days after arrival or for the length of stay, whichever is greater. Passport Note(a) Nationals listed above must obtain an exit visa from the Immigration Department in S. more
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Arenal Volcano & Waterfall Horse Journeys
Tour Code: IT-CRLL01
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,230.00
Dates : All year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2020 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day Ride, AP 4 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Western
Horses: Costarricense de Paso, Quarter, Crioll...
Pace: Moderate with some canters. Some long ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
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