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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Km. 159 Costanera Sur, Uvita, Costa Rica
+506 2743 8032
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Ranked #6 of 21 Activities in Uvita
Type: Equestrian Trails, Ranch & Farm
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Type: Equestrian Trails, Ranch & Farm
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Flower Mound, Texas
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My family really enjoyed themselves on this tour. The horses are not ornery and the guides are friendly. Sadly, the waterfall is NOT to be compared with Nauyaca. The river has some strong currents and the my little 7 yo got swept down a bit and scared us all, so please watch out. The river is also very rocky. Naturally... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Highly recommend this outfit and the jungle/waterfall ride. Easy enough for beginners and the waterfalls are beautiful. Good value for the $. Hector was our guide and he was great. They love the horses and it shows.

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Naples, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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