I opted for the overnight horseback tour and it did not disappoint! I was looking for a tranquil getaway and my experience exceeded my expectations. The horses were very well-trained, so calm and easy to ride. It was a very relaxing and gorgeous six hour ride from the farm below up to the cabins at the top of the mountain. The view from the cabins is incredible and it is extremely tranquil. Valentin was an extremely kind, friendly and generous host as well as a great conversationalist. Osvaldo was an incredible guide, chef and companion. Not only did he prepare us sandwiches on the way up to the cabins, but once we arrived he prepared handmade tortillas, empanadas with fresh cheese, and a much desired coffee. Rudy/Chito was at the cabins when we arrived and was extremely accomodating and very funny. Osvaldo built us a campfire and proceeded to prepare a very delicious and authentic dinner of rice, beans, vegetables and pork. It was an extremely enjoyable and relaxing night after a day of horseback riding. The next morning, Osvaldo prepared a great breakfast, I watched the guys milk the cows, and enjoyed chatting with Valentin a bit more. Then Osvaldo and I began our ride back down the mountain. It was a gorgeous day with unbelievable views of the mountains, rivers, ocean, etc. Osvaldo gave me a great tour of the area, plants, flowers and wildlife. He took me to a beautiful waterfall where we could swim. It was so refreshing after a day of riding! Once we arrived back to the farm, we were taken to Valentin's house where we ate a delicious lunch prepared by his wife. It was definitely one of my favorite experiences in Costa Rica, and one I would love to have again. I highly recommend the overnight tour. It was a welcomed getaway and an opportunity to meet and spend time with some really wonderful people. Thank you, Valentin and family, Chito, and especially Osvaldo for an unforgettable weekend!!
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