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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Km. 159 Costanera Sur, Uvita, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2743 8032
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As soon as you entered the gates to this property you knew you were entering a real ranch where owners took pride in every detail of what they do. The property was very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

As soon as you entered the gates to this property you knew you were entering a real ranch where owners took pride in every detail of what they do. The property was very well manicured and clean around the buildings and it was obvious that every detail was organized and done to perfection. We were a group of three people... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Galloping in the surf on the beach, need I say more? The horses were well cared for, the staff was friendly and you had the freedom to ride at your level regardless of others in the tour. $45 for 2 hours seemed reasonable. Very happy! Would recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I ride on almost every vacation I go on, and this is hands down the best place to ride. Their horses are very healthy and it's obvious they take very good care of them. Our group had experienced and first time riders and everyone loved it! We did the beach ride where you wind through the forest path to get... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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24 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Quick note: I am sure this place is lovely for horseback riding, and they really do seem to take good care of the horses there. And the people are very nice. That's the only reason this is a two-star instead of one-star review. So, we booked a night hike (not cheap at $35/person here) last week. The details: Length was... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We found Rancho la Merced by driving by and I am sure glad we did. The horses are very well behaved and well cared for. Our guide Evaristo was the best. He was very knowledgable about everything around us on our ride to the beach. He was always watching and making sure our horses were behaving and watching for things... More 

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Faribault, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We have visited Rancho La Merced on three occasions. It is a very beautiful and well maintained ranch housing approximately 40 horses. They offer beach rides and a jungle waterfall tour. We have experienced both, but our favorite is the waterfall tour. Their guides are very cordial and well informed of the plant and wildlife encountered along the tour and... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went horseback riding through the jungle and onto the beach. Our guide Evaristo was very informative and spoke English very well. Horses are different, they are a little bit this and a little bit of that. Very well behaved and trained, no bits, just halters. Riding on the beach was great. Very hot, need a sun hat. Sun was very... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Rancho La Merced was highly recommended by the hotel we stayed at and it did not disappoint. My wife and I enjoyed several pleasant hours riding through forests led by Hector our Cowboy / Naturalist. We took the waterfall ride through forests, crisscrossed a small river and finally ended at a beautiful water fall with a lovely pool for swimming... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The owner of the resort where we were staying recommended Rancho La Merced because they do not overwork their horses like some other tours and you do not ride along any cliffs (I do not enjoy looking down at sheer drops from the seat of a horse). I had not ridden in a long time and felt rusty, but our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I went on a tour twice, once with my inexperienced partner, who enjoyed it very much and had a really great horse! Mine had a bit more temperament but was also well schooled. The waterfall is really beautiful and the beach is just stunning! Risto, the guide was taking very good care of us. The second time I went on... More 

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