Golden Hills Trail

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1610pp

Costa Rica ( Best airport: San Josรฉ)

This ride takes you through the tropical rainforests, cloud forests and mountainous landscapes of Costa Rica. Close to the Pacific coast, youโ€™ll be staying in a comfortable hacienda high in the Montes de Oro (Golden Hills.) The hacienda itself boasts three waterfalls with natural pools perfect for swimming and each day youโ€™ll head out on horseback into the surrounding rainforest. This destination offers intermediate riders onwards an idyllic combination of exotic jungle, fabulous riding on highly trained horses and outstanding wildlife.

The Riding

This hacienda specialises in varied and beautiful riding that really takes you under the skin of the tropical landscapes of Costa Rica. Trails are focused on the unmatched wildlife and nature of this country, you could spot parrots, monkeys, ocelots, caimans and an abundance of flora such as orchids.

The riding is on varied terrain so you should be comfortable in walk, trot and canter, some sections of the ride allow for lovely long canters through long grasses and open meadows. If interested, you can also assist the hacienda with cattle work as they have a 100-strong herd of cattle which they manage on horseback.

Level of Riding and Fitness

You should be a competent rider who is confident in walk, trot and canter across varied terrain. A reasonable level of fitness is helpful, youโ€™ll be riding between 3-5 hours a day, but this isnโ€™t a tough trail so you donโ€™t need to be at peak athleticism!

Guides and Group Size

Guides for this trail are all experienced adults who speak English, Spanish and German fluently. This destination specialises in small groups, the usual group size is between 2 and 5.

The Horses

There are 12 horses to choose from at this destination. Breeds are mostly Quarter Horses, Paint Horses, Arabians and Criollos. All horses are Western trained by your hosts; Heiko and Jazmin. Heiko has trained all the horses himself, he was an active tournament rider and trainer in Germany for 20 years boasting multiple national champion and German champion titles. Horses are calm, responsive and a real pleasure to ride.

Golden Hills Trail - Costa Rica Horse Riding Holiday

Accommodation and Dining

You will stay in one of the comfortable rooms at the hacienda, known for its social and relaxed atmosphere. All rooms have private bathrooms, showers, TV, fridge and coffee making facilities. There is also a tropical garden with butterflies, hummingbirds and monkeys and a swimming pool to enjoy and spectacular views all the way to the Pacific ocean.

The hacienda is embedded in the wild and romantic landscape of Costa Rica with a view of the Gulf of Nicoya and offers its visitors many activities, but also peace and relaxation in harmony with nature. This trip offers full board with three meals a day, lunch is often a lighter meal or picnic eaten out on the trail. Local cuisine, beer, wine and refreshments are included. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice.

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Itinerary

Golden Hills Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
ยฃ1610pp

Single room supplement: ยฃ160

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Please plan your flights to/from as follows:

Arrive at San Jose airport between 9am-7pm on the first day.
Departing flights should be booked for after 11am on the final day.

Price Includes
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights in en suite room
  • Breakfasts
  • Tea, coffee, water
  • Lunches (packed lunch/sandwiches)
  • Dinners
  • 6 days riding
Price Excludes
  • International flights
  • Additional excursions
  • Tips

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