Go horseback riding in the tropical dry forest of Guanacaste to see the other face of nature in Costa Rica’s ecological diversity. Get ocean views and look for monkeys, birds, iguanas, deer during your 2-hour ride, We will stop for a break on the most beautiful views of Salinas Bay. Includes bottled water, use of equipment, and pickup and drop-off at select hotels ONLY!
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
Use of helmet
What's Not Included
INFANT: Age: 4 - 6
CHILD: Age: 7 - 11
ADULT: Age: 12 - 70
Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
Service animals allowed
Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Maximum Weight 100 kgs / 220 lbs
Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
Public transportation options are available nearby
Specialized infant seats are available
Loved this horseback riding tour
Great spot if you want a horseback riding tour while visiting this corner of Costa Rica.
It’s ideal for beginners and advanced riders alike: although I’m an intermediate dressage rider, my boyfriend is a complete beginner and we both felt equally safe and engaged during our ride. The horses are calm, docile, and sure footed for the hilly and rocky terrain. I took all these photos with my camera while the horse kept walking — perhaps some are a bit blurry but it shows well how easy going they are.
The guides are passionate about animal husbandry (this is a ranch as well) and love their horses. They explained us the ins and outs of the traditional Costa Rican tack (it’s basically a western saddle) and let us help tack the horses.
The course is on the ranch’s property, which encompasses many many mountains and fields. We easily rode for at least 1.5 hours without touching the same area twice, and it is completely secluded from public traffic. During your ride you will see cattle, other horses, wildlife, and the pinnacle of the ride is a brief rest on a mountain top with gorgeous views.
We found this ranch via the tourist office within Dreams Las Mareas but I am sure you can contact them directly as well. If you - like myself - are passionate about riding horses on your vacations, Hacienda El Cenizaro is an ideal spot for you.
Had to go back
Phenomenal ride with Popeye—again! We traveled to Costa Rica a second time in December 2020, and I just had to revisit the beautiful Hacienda el Cenizaro for another ride. It did not disappoint. Popeye is the consummate guide—knowledgeable, considerate, and congenial. He makes a point of not only pointing out any and all animals and plants of interest, but he also allows time to take lots of pictures. And I sensed no impatience from Popeye when we stopped so I could try to “talk” to a family of capuchins. All in all, a perfect ride. Thank you, again, Popeye.
Amazing view. Popeye showed us various monkeys, amazing views and so very friendly. I plan on taking my small sin when we return
Found this randomly when pulling off the road. What a gem. Popeye came out and greeted us and scheduled my lady and me for a ride the next day. He got us on friendly horses, and we toured all around the properties getting first hand glimpses of monkeys and the beautiful landscape of the Salinas Bay and the enveloping wooded jungle canopy. It was quiet, peaceful, and Popeye was as excited, or perhaps exuberantly more so, than us, every time we saw creatures doing their things all around us. Highly recommended!
rosie b, 13-09-2019
I went on a 3 hour private tour if the amazing estate where this stable is based. My guide ‘Popeye’ was knowledgeable and looked after me well . The horses are well looked after and trained and although I ride in the UK, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company for novice or non-riders.
Popeye constantly looked for wildlife and we saw Spider monkeys , howler monkeys and a Sloth. The view from the top of the ridge was stunning .
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