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“Incredible experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions

El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions
Montezuma, Costa Rica
+506 8492 3249
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Ranked #3 of 23 Activities in Montezuma
Type: Horseback Riding Stables, Sports
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Owner description: El Pinto Expeditions offers daily specialized private horseback rides,overnight moon rides and stays at our farm near Montezuma. 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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Los Angeles, California
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“Incredible experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

My girlfriend and I went out with Marvin on a sunset ride to Mal Pais. It was probably the most romantic thing we did the whole trip. One special thing that Marvin does is that he keeps his rides limited to just your party; it was just my girlfriend and I, as opposed to traveling with 5+ other people like some other tours. Marvin was wonderful and really made an effort to make us feel at home. At Mal Pais he gave us our space and even cut up pineapple and opened a couple coconuts for us to drink from. Plus his dogs were hilarious and ran with us the entire ride! On the way back he gives you head lamps so you can see where you're going in the moon-lit Costa Rican night through the jungle.

When our trip was over, he also recommended a restaurant to us which ended up being one of the best on our trip!

Don't skip this if you're here with your significant other(s)!

Visited December 2012
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“Marvin and his "boys" ROCK!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We had a divine Christmas Day ride with Marvin and the happy, well-kept horses that he calls his "boys". He is extremely knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna, kept all four of us (Ages 10-74) safely and happily on our horses, and showed us terrain that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. He is funny and engaging, and we all had a blast.

In comparison to the other outfittes in Montezuma, Marvin shines. The two other Montezuma outfitters do NOT take good care of their horses, who are often visibly exhausted, lame and dispirited. Last year, there were two deaths among their number. Truthfully, a ride up the Montezuma beach to the waterfall sounds fun, but it's a long, hot trudge with little change in scenery and VERY hard on the horses with the sloped terrain and unsure footing.

In addition to the rainforest options, Marvin will arrange sunset rides in Malpais, if you want a more satisfying experience. Transportation to his stable in nearby Cabuya is easily procured and the 15-min coastal drive is lovely. In Cabuya, the bakery there is FANTASTIC for lunch or tea.

Visited December 2012
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“best horseback riding tour ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

I've gone on horseback tours in over a dozen countries, and El Pinto's ride was by far the best. Marvin, the owner/operator, takes only small semi-private tours which is by far the best way to go horseback riding and Marvin's horses are super healthy and well trained.

I recently went horseback riding in Fortuna, and the horses there were sick, full of ticks, and without shoes. The tour was also too big, as we were a group of eight riders.

El Pinto's tour was refreshingly superior. Marvin led us through the jungle and up into the mountains above Montezuma. It was breathtaking and by far the most visually diverse horseback riding tour I've ever experienced.

Marvin was raised on a farm in the mountains and he's been riding horses every day of his life. It is his expertise and his love for the horses that sets this tour apart from the rest.

I enjoyed the tour so much, I went riding again a week later.
Five stars.

Visited January 2013
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Alabama
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“Outstanding trip for our group of inexperienced riders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Marvin took my wife, daughter and family friend for a 3 hour ride along the beach. The horses were obviously well cared for, well mannered and perfect for our group of inexperienced riders. Marvin was an excellent guide who speaks english and kept the girls entertained throughout entire trip. Thanks again, Marvin!

Visited December 2012
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“BEST way to see the jungle!! truly a one of a kind experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Forget about renting the ATVs! the BEST and most beautiful way to see all that nature has to offer is on HORSEBACK! i just loved the tour that my family and I took last week through the mountains of the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. Our guide Marvin was sooo knowledgeable and even had my brother, who started the day as a total beginner (and a little scared of horses) riding like a pro with a HUGE grin on his face! it was truly a magical experience! We rode through jungle and saw some of the most spectacular views! I loved it and would recommend this attraction to anyone! a great family activity too!!

Visited December 2012
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