Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Uvita

4.7
#2 of 12 in Trails in Province of Puntarenas
Equestrian Trail Nature / Park
Explore pastures, beach, and mangroves at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, spread across 506 hectares (1,250 acres) of primary and secondary tropical rainforest. Listen for howler monkeys on a hike through the reserve's trails, take a horseback tour, or try your hand at herding cattle. A great venue for nature-lovers, the ranch offers different surroundings and plenty of chances to spot reptiles, insects, mammals, and more than 310 bird species. Consider taking a guided bird-watching tour to see and learn about the sanctuary's feathered residents. You can extend your visit with a stay in the 1940s farmhouse. Plan to visit Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Uvita attractions using our Uvita itinerary planner.
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  • We booked an evening stroll. We arrived in a deserted place. We almost go back to seeing no one. Finally our guide came and took us to this private ranch. The day we organize horseback ballads. The guide, which was to be a "vaquero" the day drove us through the pasture (allow boots) where we saw more cows and calves than any other animal. Without interest
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  • This was my first time riding a horse. I was afraid but made comfortable by the wonderful guides and gentle horse. This was the best experience I've had traveling anywhere around the world. The trip t...  more »
  • We took our grandson who had not ever ridden a horse on this excursion. We had a wonderful guide, Hector, who was patient with our grandson and was extremely knowledgeable regarding plants and animal ...  more »

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