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“Marvin, the horses, and the beaches are great!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions

El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions
Montezuma, Costa Rica
+506 8385 7919
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Montezuma
Type: Horseback Riding Stables
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Owner description: El Pinto Expeditions offers daily specialized private horseback rides in Cabuya(near Montezuma). Beach, Jungle and Overnight Moon rides. The horses are family to us, so we love and take good care of them. They are well suited to trail riding, and we care very much about matching people with the right horse. Our speciality is beginner to intermediate level. Marvin gives instructions on techniques for safety & comfort for both the rider & the horse.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Marvin, the horses, and the beaches are great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We had a fantastic time on the Beach and Waterfall Tour!

The horses are clearly well taken care of and well behaved. My wife had some difficulty, although the problem was more with her than with the horse :-).

Marvin was really interesting to talk to and we talked about all kinds of things, including globalization, the tourist economy of CR, his background, his horse business, etc.

When we arrived at the ocean waterfall, we hiked all around it and through the tidal pools. After exploring, we shared a fresh pineapple and some water with Marvin and the horses and then headed back to Ylang Ylang. On the way back, a giant boa constrictor began to cross the trail in the middle of our group. Marvin cooly calmed us and the horses down and we continued back to Ylang Ylank after the snake crossed the trail. This was an unexpected exciting part of the ride!

Thanks, Marvin!

Visited May 2012
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Mission, BC
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“Wonderful horses on the beaches of Montezuma”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

My husband and I took the horseriding tour with Marvin and it was wonderful. Great scenery, nice canter on the beaches. The horses were excellent. Would definitely recommend taking this trip.

Visited May 2012
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Fredericton
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“If you only do one thing in Montezuma this has to be it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

We had the pleasure of going with Marvin on his horseback ride. His horses are in great shape, well cared for and very well trained.It was hard to believe they still responded to neak reining after all the different people that have sat upon them. The ride is about 8 km each way and the trail travels along the beachs and in the jungle. The waterfall was beautiful and worth the ride.
This was the best Horseback tour we were ever on and hope to do it again. Thanks Marvin Pam and Neil

Visited May 2012
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“Horse back in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

They care about their horses and know a lot about the area

Visited January 2012
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“The #1 Highlight of our visit to Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

My wife and I are from Alberta, Canada. We have had horses all of our lives and have done many trail rides, on our own and with tours. We had the chance to go with Marvin along the beaches at Montezuma and could not have asked for more. El Pinto tours makes the ride a true personal trip by keeping the group size to 4 or 5 riders. Departure times are dictated by the tides.

The horses we rode were very well looked after, conditioned, outfitted with quality tack, and as were to find out "good horses". After we were matched with the horse we were to use for the trip we set out along the stunning beaces north of Montezuma. The pace, set by consideration for the horse, the terrain and by rider ability. Perfect!!

What to bring....previous experience not required. What else: a camera. The surf, sand and trails are spectacular. A hat, long sleeves (or serious sunscreen) and long pants if you have them and swimwear optional. This is a half day ride with a break at the oceanside waterfall (nice cooldown).

This is a "must do" with a horseman who shares his love of horses and his country with his guests. Marvin... a special thanks from Diana and Pete.

Visited March 2012
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