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5 Day Riding Adventure and Surfing in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Rancho Chilamate, Escamequita, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Amazing Horseback Riding Holiday in Nicaragua

Rancho Chilamate, known for their beach and jungle adventure rides, invites you for an authentic equestrian adventure in Nicaragua, Central America. You can tailor make your holiday to suit your needs. There are amazing riding trails, outstanding surfing on deserted beaches, and delicious family-style meals in the main Hacienda. Get closer to nature and unwind in the tropical jungle while you watch the sun go down!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 175 pounds / 79 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 14 hands
  • Tack type: Western tack
  • Horse breed: Rescue creole


  • 3 one-and-a-half-hour rides
  • Drop-offs to the nearby beaches
  • 2 surf lessons (1 hour each lesson)
  • Western style riding through tropical jungle and stunning surf beaches
  • Pick-up and drop-off from and to San Juan del Sur
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 1 hour massage

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


4 days with activities in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (US$110 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$100 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rancho Chilamate is a small eco-friendly boutique hotel with a rustic Nicaraguan style and a bohemian feel about it. The hacienda was designed and built by Blue, the owner of the ranch, who came to Nicaragua from Canada over 10 years ago. There is an authentic feeling of the Wild West, with its swinging doors and boot room where you get dressed up for the ride of your life.

The place is open, fresh, and cool, with a gentle breeze flowing through and relaxing music always on the go to add to the chilled vibes. All the rooms lead to the central patio / pool area where you can chill out and relax. Immerse yourself in the stunning tropical landscapes and arouse your senses with the magnificent colors of the lush flora and fauna.

All bedrooms are air conditioned and offer double beds with extremely comfortable mattresses, stone floors, and genuine Nicaraguan furniture. Spacious bathrooms are en-suite. Everything is solar powered. You can step straight out of your bedroom into a refreshing pool. There are comfortable sun loungers to lie on with staff at your leisure to bring you a cold cerveza when needed.


First Day Arrival - Let's get you in the saddle right away and ride up into the hills or out to the beach [depending on your arrival time]. Family style dinner at the Ranch and a good nights sleep

Day 2 - Early morning river ride with monkey viewing. Afternoon in the cool surf town of San Juan del Sur. Back to the ranch for your massage and dinner.

Day 3 - This is a combo beach ride day and surf lesson at the gorgeous Hermosa Beach. Timing will be tide dependent on this day.

Day 4 - Morning yoga or beach walk. Play time with the horses in the river. Check out to your next destination.

Included excursions

Your Adventures include 3 horseback rides and surf lesson, plus a massage

  • 1.5-hour River and Monkey viewing Ride includes lunch in our local village
  • 2 surf lessons (1 hour each lesson)
  • 2-hour Sunset Beach Ride
  • 1.5-hour Mountain Vista Ride
  • 1-hour post ride massage


Based two hours from Liberia, in Costa Rica, and two hours from Managua, Rancho Chilamate is a short 20-minute drive from the surf town San Juan del Sur.



  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff


  • Free Wi-Fi


During your stay, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as drinks. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit and coffee, with a burrito or omelet. Lunch is generally a salad with pasta or beans and rice. Dinner is at our large ranch table with selection of dishes including meat or fish, vegetables, green salad, pasta or potatoes and of course desert. Dinner includes wine and beer. Dinner is served family style and we can assure you will never go hungry.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Catamaran trip
  • Photoshoot
  • Guided Night Walk
  • Yoga classes
  • Riding Lessons
  • Add on extra night stay

Spa treatments

  • Pedicure
  • Manicure
  • Facial
  • Body Scrub
  • 2 hour massage [yes, be decadent]

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 horseback adventures
  • 2 surf lessons (1 hour each lesson)
  • 1 hour massage
  • Transport to the Beach
  • Transport to San Juan del Sur
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Drinks

What's not included

  • Additional surf lessons
  • Airfare
  • Airport pick-up (110 USD)
  • Yoga classes

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from San Juan del Sur

  • As you approach San Juan del Sur, take the road on your left, just past the Pali grocery store. Allow 20 minutes from here.
  • Continue on the pavers, following signs to Escamequita.
  • The pavers end, but continue on the dirt road.
  • When you reach the baseball diamond, turn left through the green gate. There is a sign there.
  • Continue for one mile and Rancho Chilamate is a white hacienda on your right-hand side.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Transfers from this airport are available at the additional price of 110 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

Irma, Rancho Chilamate's local driver is available for shuttle services to and from the ranch. Please let Rancho Chilamate know if you wish them to make arrangements for you.

From Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) to the ranch the cost of the shuttle is 110 USD. From the ranch to San Juan del Sur the cost is 20 USD, while to Rivas / ferry to Ometepe the cost is 30 USD. From the ranch to Granada the available shuttle is 70 USD and to Aqua Resort / Popoyo the shuttle's price is 50 USD.

Airport: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport Airport transfer available: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (US$110 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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