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Ranch Stay & Horse Riding Holiday in Costa Rica

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Come to Guanacaste and explore the stunning nature on horseback. This holiday is perfect for you who love horses! Combining award-winning Guest Ranch, offering all the amenities in a cozy, intimate tropical forest setting and professional horses, this holiday will be an unforgettable experience.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 200 lb (97 kilograms) weight limit for beginners to 220 (100 kilograms) for experienced riders.
  • Tack type: Western, English, and Costa Rican tack available
  • Horse breed: a mix of the noble Spanish horses


  • 4 days with riding
  • Ride along old Spanish trails
  • Opportunity to ride along the pristine white Pacific beach
  • Look for monkeys, tropical birds, and dry tropical vegetation along the way
  • Opportunity to watch young horses' training using Natural Horsemanship Techniques
  • Located minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


4 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Tamarindo Airport
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Kitchen

You will stay in the ranch's spacious suite or one-bedroom furnished house. Air, high-speed internet, cable, delicious meals, and real Guanacaste hospitality awaits you. In addition, the ranch has one and two-bedroom houses for families and small groups.


Day 1

You will be transferred from the San Jose Airport or Tamarindo Regional to your comfortable accommodations at the Painted Pony Guest Ranch located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Welcome dinner will be served either at the ranch or a local restaurant.

Lunch and dinner are included.

Day 2

Enjoy a full ranch breakfast, then you will have a ranch orientation and a Criollo horse demonstration. You will have a chance to try out your horses in the ring or take a refresher lesson.

After lunch, mount your horse riding through oxcart trails and large working cattle ranches on the old Spanish Trail. Follow the trails of the conquistadors to Cartagena where you will gather at a typical cowboy outdoor cantina for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included.

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast, you will ride along an old Spanish trail that traverses through large haciendas and backcountry trails. Along the way, you can look for monkeys, tropical birds, and dry tropical vegetation. Stop in the cattle town of Tempate for a picnic lunch and cold drinks then ride the “Old Spanish Trail” back to the ranch.

Take a dip in the pool and relax before dinner at the ranch. Afternoon option: you can watch the head trainer work with young horses using Natural Horsemanship Techniques.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included.

Day 4

After breakfast, begin the day with a non-riding visit to Monkey Park and Rescue Center to see the native wildlife and birds found in Guanacaste or a Natural Horsemanship or Centered Riding lesson.

After lunch, you will ride your horse through the beautiful ranch country and over the coastal hills to the small village of Lorena for a stop at one of the most popular cantina stops, Chilito’s – La Cima to sample their famous fried chicken and chips – a real “Taste of Guanacaste”. You will then ride back to the ranch at sunset.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included.

Day 5

After a delicious cup of Costa Rican coffee and home-made goodies, you will take an early morning Tico Trails tour, passing along rivers, through impressive wooded countryside, ranches, and picturesque villages. Along the way, you may see Howler monkeys, and colorful tropical birds as well as getting a glimpse of the traditional Sabanero cowboy culture. When you arrive back at the ranch, a traditional Tico breakfast cooked over firewood will be served.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included.


Day 5

When you reach the beach, saddle your horses then ride will start in Puerto Viejo then travel along the pristine white Pacific beach of Puerto Viejo, Conchal, and Brasilito. Here you will take time to play in the water and photos. You can then either swim or walk on the beach before lunch or dinner at the beach (times depend on the low tide).

Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included.

Day 6

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport or to your next destination by arrangement. Breakfast is included.

About the horses

You will love riding Casagua Horses' well-trained horses, a mix of the noble Spanish horses, known for their easy ride and great temperament not only on trail rides but also in the typical fiestas Sunday horse parades called Topes. Many of the horses were born and trained on the ranch using Natural Horsemanship techniques. Western, English, and McClellan saddles available.


  • Personalize your days.
  • The sequence of days and times may change due to tides or weather.
  • Emergency or Covid cancellation, no fee to rebook.


The Painted Pony Guest Ranch at Casagua Horses is located on Route 155, just minutes from some of Costa Rica's famous Pacific Gold Coast beaches, such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, and Playa Grande, in the heart of Guanacaste's famous ranch country.

Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the relaxed environment on the 50-acre horse ranch, an oasis of tropical trees and dry forest flora and fauna. Wake to monkeys calling from the trees and horses nickering in the pastures. Ride the old Spanish trails, mountain trails, sandy beaches on comfortable, well cared for horses with expert bi-lingual guides. Experience a real "Taste of Guanacaste" culture.

Casagua Horses team would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best riding in Guanacaste, and is located 15 minutes from the beach, 40 minutes from the Liberia Airport (LIR), and 20 minutes from the Tamarindo Regional airport.


Meals as outlined in the itinerary are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Located minutes from the most popular Pacific Beaches there is ample time to take advantage of beach activities, canopy tours, fishing, river floats, and more, or stay a night or two at the beach or mountain volcanos. On the ranch, watch the Howler Monkeys feeding in the trees, and colorful tropical birds and flowers in the gardens while you enjoy a cup of Costa Rican coffee.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Rides, lessons, or training
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • 13% vat tax
  • Transfers by arrangement

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tamarindo Airport Airport transfer included: Tamarindo Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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