Today we arose early to go horseback riding. We didn't realize the adventure would start before the ride. Heading off the main paved road to a narrow gravel one, we passed by farms, fields with lush green trees behind them, and crossed a meandering river several times. Fortunately, we had written directions to get there as we drove into driveways and through pillars, across cattle grates and finally came to the paddock. Chris and Andrea greeted us and acquainted us with the much loved horses. The horses all vied for Andrea's attention as she had a pocket of treats for them. The horses were easy to handle as Andrea gave us a quick lesson on how to hold the reins and give the horses the right signals. We rode through open fields, and past primary and secondary forests. As we rode through a tall shaded forest on clear trails except for the odd fallen tree, roots and streams, we enjoyed the cool air and loud noise of the cicadas. We came to a fresh spring where we enjoyed a mud massage and soaked in the cool clear waters. Andrea provided us with water and juice and fresh fruit. The ride back was shorter and for the most part shaded. We did hear toucans, but never saw them. I do suggest you take water with you as I had forgotten mine and needed it. When we were finished Andrea suggested a soda for lunch. Turn right onto the road and go for approximately 200 metres. We had chifrio con pollo which is a Costa Rican dish a combination of rice, beans, chicken and chopped tomatoes with tortilla chips.
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March 18, 2013
I am so glad you had a great time. it is always best to carry water at all times in Costa Rica as dehydration is the travelers No 1 enemy. We always carry water in the guides saddle bag in case of thirst along the way. Also 45 mins into the ride we stop and have water, fresh juices and water.
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