Where do I even begin? Marvin made possible what was undoubtedly the most unforgettable night of my life. I'll start with the general, and move onto the specific. He will provide you with the most personalized, attentive, and unique experience you could ever hope for (as if riding horseback through Costa Rica wasn't special enough already). He's kind to his horses and puts them first, but provides a safe ride as well as informative tour. See @AZURAMSmom's post on that -- I agree with her entirely!
We started our ride in Cabuya, just my boyfriend and I and Marvin, down the side roads heading up into the jungle. We then rode, for just over 2 hours, literally through the jungle and up and over the mountain, alongside the National Preserve, from one side of the peninsula (on the Nicoya Bay) to the other (the Pacific Ocean). Once we got to Malpais Beach, Marvin tended the horses and gave us time to wander off down the shore, sit on the rocks, and watch the sunset. After that gorgeous sight, we started to head over toward the horses, as we had dinner plans and a 2+ hour ride back ahead of us. Marvin asked me where we were going to dinner and said "this place is better" gesturing to his left. That's when my boyfriend pulled me aside, told me he loved me and that I was his best friend, whom he wanted to spent the rest of his life with, got down on one knee, and PROPOSED. To our left, sure enough, I then saw a tiny table set up on the rocks, with orchid petals and paper lanterns leading up to it, next to a small bonfire, and a private caterer who had caught lobsters out of the sea and was cooking them for us for dinner. We sipped champagne, in awe of our circumstances, as I kept sneaking glances down at the extremely sparkly new jewelry on my left hand. Marvin waited for us to finish, as a group of free horses trotted down the beach in the background behind us. We then rode back the same way we came, via moonlight this time, with howler monkeys and glowing eyes in the dark all around us as I thanked him profusely for helping make this happen for us.
WHO DOES THIS?! The only word I have for it doesn't even suffice, but it is: amazing. I will never, ever forget this. If you are looking for something special to do -- CALL EL PINTO!!! Marvin is the best, bar none.
~Kristin and Freddy, Chicago IL
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