Mal Pais: Horse Riding Adventure on the Beach
- Duration: 2 hours
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We booked the trip on a recommendation by the front desk staff at Oceano Hotel. We were picked up by a bus from the ranch, arrived to welcoming, organized staff, and soon introduced to our healthy, responsive horses. Gerry, our guide, was exceedingly calm and friendly. He explained how to rein and stop the horses, and allowed those who could trot and lope to do so. After passing through several fields, including one that had a cow and her day-old calf in it, we tied up the horses and hiked ten minutes to the swimming holes, fed by mountain springs. This was heavenly! Gerry chatted with us parents as our children had an experience of a lifetime: jumping into a fresh water pool in the middle of a mountain-side, lush forest. The horses did not push home, but minded their manners on the way back as we asked them to walk, trot, and sometimes wait for gates to be opened. Back at our starting point, we washed up and enjoyed fresh fruit.
The guide was very personable and knowledgeable. The tour was wonderfully put together to see lots of wildlife with a nice dip in the ocean at the end. They also provided lunch which was excellent!
We saw all kinds of animals. Monkeys, birds, spiders, sloths. Our guide was wonderful and very accommodating