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Establo San Rafael

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San Rafael Floralia Frente al Mirador del Rio, Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My time at the farm has been the best time of my life. I have never felt happier. Friendly animals (horses), beautiful nature and of course amazing people. Brenda and her family all have such big hearts, and such love for each other and the animals. I came as a work study. The work was sometimes hard, but always rewarding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We felt so incredibly welcome and "at home" at Establo San Rafael! We spent two weeks there... It was a great experience and the cabins are super-comfortable and everything is beautifully arranged. If we ever have the possibilty to come back to Costa Rica, we'll definitely go to this place again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I did a 3 hour ride with my daughter at Brenda's place between Christmas and New Year and we had a fantastic time; the trail and the horses were amazing and Brenda was a fantastic host and guide. We've been riding at many locations but have rarely seen so much love and caring for the horses as at san Rafael.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We were looking for a place to stay near Puriscal and are very glad we found Establo San Rafael. Brenda was easy to correspond with before our arrival and when we got to Puriscal, Abel met us in town to guide us down the road to their place (which was helpful in the dark!) The little cabin was cozy. Its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

I stayed with Brenda and Abel the entire month of June. Brenda is the best teacher I've ever had and I learned so much from her. She takes so much time for her students and really goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable. I asked hundreds of questions and she always has an answer that would improve... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I can't begin to describe how amazing our stay was at Establo San Rafael! Who knew there was such a paradise hidden in the Costa Rican jungle?! Brenda and her husband Abel were gracious hosts and made us feel right at home. Coming from the big city in Texas to this intimate ranch home made me appreciate the riches of... More 

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Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We spent a great morning at Establo San Rafael. Most of us were beginners, but we felt really in control of our horses. Our guide Brenda was very kind and welcoming and gave us a short but useful introduction to horseback riding. The lunch was fantastic! We will surely come back with our kids next time!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I spent nearly a month on a work study programme working with the horses, learning the basics of natural horsemanship through unlimited access to both videos and hands on practice with the horses. I really enjoyed my time at Establo San Rafael and learnt a lot. I loved the daily contact with the horses and the opportunity to try putting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Arriving at Establo San Rafael felt like coming to a hidden little paradise in the middle of nowhere and nature. For me it was the perfect place to let go of all my everyday-stuff and concentrate on just being, being with all the different animals and taking in and learning about natural horsemanship with Brenda's characterful and very diverse horses.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Whether you stay to learn or practice Natural Horsemanship, or are coming for a few days for B&B only, I can't speak highly enough of this place. Waking up in the beautiful, peaceful cabina, you will feel renewed with energy and there is not much better than greeting the day with a herd of horses at your doorstep. A hearty... More 

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