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The Riding Adventure Tours
Beach Horseback Riding Adventure Near Jaco BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $85
The Riding Adventure Reviews
This was a great experience! I've been to Costa Rica many times and I felt this gave us a great feel for the countryside and the locals side of the tourist trade. Diego and his brother Gustavo were co... more »
From the moment Diego and Gustavo picked my wife and I up from our hotel they were extremely friendly. They took us on a beautiful ride down to their ranch, where we went out with them to get one of t... more »
Let me start off by saying Diego himself was a nice person and that the horses seemed to be well kept. Our ride was cut short because a bad storm was about to hit which we understand was not in Diego'... more »
Fantastic time, highly recommend. Diego does a great job instructing riders and making sure all riders are safe. The horses are gentle and well-trained. He will work with all ages and all skill levels and provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy his horses and the beautiful Esterillos area. We took a 2 hour beach ride with 2 inexperienced 12 year old riders, 2 inexperienced adults, and 2 adults with a lot of experience. All of us had a fabulous time, each horse was selected for our abilities and Diego gave personalized instruction to each rider. I would definitely return and recommend Diego and his horses. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
This was the highlight of our Christmas vacation!! I would give Diego and his crew 10 stars. After a minor mix up with the time Diego sent a taxi to our hotel, called me personally in the taxi, and had his brother drive us back after a refreshing drink at the Hotel Pelicano (Thanks Mark from Minnesota). The horses were very well cared for. The sunset was perfection! I would recommend Diego and the Riding Adventure to everyone who visits Costa Rica!!!
Our whole family had a great time riding with Diego. The beach in Esterillos is beautiful and the horses were great with each of the riders in our party.
These horses love Diego and are clearly loyal to him, but are conditioned to allow for some independence so their rider can have their own experience. The saddles are fitted, well padded and are not only beautifully made, but also worn nice n smooth. He handmakes his own halter and bitless bridles. (Smart, effective and humane!) Their feet are trimmed and healthy, their eyes calm and content. Just watch Diego go around his horses, how he tacks them up, how they stand calmly for him. This is a horseman who is in it for his love of horses. If you want a barn with fancy stalls and landscaping and clipped horses, you're expectations of the Costa Rican ranch are way off. We felt very safe with him. Gentle guidance with a sparkle of kindness in his eye...and clearly the community loves him too, judging by the personable greetings he received from everyone we encountered. The food and view were fantastic (see photo)! The tour is very informal and adapted to the demands of that day so don't expect a choreographed itinerary. Go with the flow and allow yourself to savor the contagious joy of horses with Diego. Thank you, Diego for a dream-come-true ride! (And Happy Birthday, David Bowie! Rest in peace)
THIS IS NOT OK. Please do not support this treatment of animals. These are the horses left at the site after I refused to ride on Diego’s beach trip. I can’t believe so many people said this company is reputable. I was fooled. Once they left, I took the saddles off and gave the horses water. They were so thirsty and I found saddles sores on all of them. It is not ok to support this company. My heart is broken for these poor horses.
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