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“Wow, what a rush.” 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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“Wow, what a rush.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing outfitter. Marin is the most gracious host and well informed guide. His horses are loved and cared for and it's obvious by the way they do their job. They actually take care of you. Mavin knew everything there was to know about his country and the area we rode in and he is very entertaining to boot. Thank you Marvin it is so special to meet someone as dedicated to his horses as you.
Jacki and Bill
Ontario Canada

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Ayr, Canada
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“Fun filled afternoon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Marvin was a wonderful tour guide and had beautiful well kept horses for us to ride.
All four or us enjoyed our ride into the mountains and gained a lot of knowledge about Costa Rica from him.
Anyone would enjoy this attraction.
Very reasonably priced too!!
Thanks Marvin for the GREAT time!!

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“The best !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I've gone on horseback tours all over the world and El Pinto's ride was by far and away the best. Marvin, is an absolute legend! and his wife is charming! They take only small tours which is far superior to the other rides available that take large groups on flea bitten horses that really dont look happy or well kept. Marvin's horses are super healthy and well trained and for want of a better description have a really friendly nature which you can only put down to being lovingly looked after by Marvin.

Marvin led us through the jungle and onto the beach to a stunning secluded waterfall. One of only 7 in the word where fresh water meets the ocean! it is truly breathtaking!

Marvin is beyond knowledgeable and has a really great way about him. It truly is his expertise and his passion for the horses and Montezuma that sets this tour apart from the rest.

We enjoyed the tour so much, we went riding again the next time we were passing through and it was just as fantastic the second time!

Five stars is just not enough!

Visited February 2012
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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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