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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refduge

Km. 159 Costanera Sur, Uvita, Costa Rica
+(506) 2743-8032
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Ranked #5 of 20 Activities in Uvita
Type: Equestrian Trails
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Naples, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

two hours of riding on a beautiful beach.... two hours of riding in a jungle.... a river swim... healthy, beautiful horses with guides that knew exactly what they were doing every second... will never forget this experience...

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Alma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This was our second time going horseback riding at Rancho la Merced and it was just as spectacular as the first! The horses are well cared for and very well trained. I was excited to ride Apache again this trip! The guides are absolutely wonderful and do an excellent job of spotting wildlife and explaining the culture of Costa Rica.... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Me and my husband visited Rancho La Merced about a week ago. We had a great time riding horses on the beach. We have both ridden before but it's been several years. Our guide was Nisto (sp?) and he was great at instructing us how to guide the horses and making sure we were comfortable on our horses. We rode... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My husband and I took the beach ride and it was absolutely amazing. The staff at La Mercede is very accommodating and nice. Their English is fantastic and they are very knowledgeable about the wildlife that you will see along the way. The horses are gentle and Hector was great about teaching us how to ride better. Riding on the... More

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My 9 year-old son and I went on the waterfall ride. It was a wonderful experience. Hector was a fantastic guide - kind, reassuring, caring, and knowledgeable. The horses are well cared for and look healthy. There were a variety of ability and experience levels on the trip but everyone was able to enjoy it. Hector pointed out animals during... More

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Key Largo, Fl
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Well maintained and clean facility. Horses were tacked up and waiting when we arrived, the equipment was clean and well taken care of. Beautiful horses are healthy, well trained and were matched to our group's skill levels. As experienced riders, we thoroughly enjoyed the horses chosen for us. Our ride was led by Risto who is very personable, knowledgeable, and... More

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The horses here seem well cared for which was why we chose to ride here, my daughter and husband went for the beach ride. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable and once he saw that they were both good riders he let them ride pretty much how they wanted rather than in a line like your typical trail riding. They... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We decided to go horseback riding once we found out that Rancho La Merced treated their horses well. It was my first time horseback riding (my husband has been before). We did the 2/3 hour ride into the jungle to the waterfall and it was AMAZING. We even went through a few streams to get there, it was really adventurous!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Hector made this trip really really great. We enjoyed it so much - it felt better than flying.. Esther dunn switzerland

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The ride to the waterfalls is excellent! The property is very well maintained. The horses are very well trained. Ernesto was a great guide and made the trip! I would highly recommend the trip!

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