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“Unparalleled 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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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Unparalleled experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Marvin has recently moved his horseback riding operation to Cabuya which is a quiet fisherman’s town south of Montezuma. Cabuya is very remote and the “main” street is just barely a crossroad. However, there is a lot to offer in terms of horseback riding and exploring the area. Marvin offers beach or jungle tours or a mix if you wish. He’s the only horseback riding tour in Cabuya so he has maximum flexibility to offer you exactly the experience you seek. You can also negotiate different lengths of tours from just a couple hours to the whole day. We had a beach ride and stopped for a break at a lagoon so the horses can have a rest and we enjoyed water and fresh cut pineapple. For a wonderful surprise at the end of our ride, he treated us to local beers!

Marvin has lived in the peninsula a long time and can give you fun facts and tidbits about locals and where the culture has been and where it is going. What also struck me was how well he took care of his horses. If they show any signs of lameness he’d give them plenty of rest and proper vet care and put them out of commission for a while for tours. He has strong opinions about animal welfare and partly went out on his own in Cabuya because he would be able to offer a better standard of care for the horses. His horses are all very fit and have distinct and humorous personalities. Marvin has a good eye for them and for you too if you’re an inexperienced rider. He has good tips for riding and is always watching out for the safety of horse and rider. We had a wonderful experience and I’d recommend El Pinto if you want something less “touristy” and want to explore more remote and private lands.

Visited February 2013
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“Wow, what a rush.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

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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4 reviews
“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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7 reviews
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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
2 reviews
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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
1 Thank Ian F
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