I have very little experience horseback riding. This was my second time on a horse during my week long trip. Marvin is an excellent guide. He picked me up and dropped me off at my hotel. He was very patient and he showed me how to properly mount my horse how to get it to speed up and stop and how to turn. He gave great instruction for a beginner and it made my experience very memorable and easy. I did the four hour "In the clouds" tour which took me to the continental divide. Marvin was really good about pointing out different plants and animals and giving info about coffee plantations. We got to take a break at a cute little café where I got some juice and pastries and coffee. There were hummingbirds there and the owner of the little cafe place was very nice.
Marvin also taught me how to gallop my horse I think that was one of the best experiences. I got to gallop it several times and I'm a newbie and I was able to do it under his guide and that was very exciting. The views were amazing. I loved my horse. He was the cutest and nicest thing in very well behaved. Towards the end, though not part of the tour---but because I asked---Marvin showed me his new baby stallion and also his prized horse---a show horse that does tricks. That was so cool. Marvin also told me how he feeds and cares for his horses. Amazing experience and guide. I gave him an extra tip. Also the ride was extremely affordable. I will definitely use Horse Trek Monteverde again when I come back to Costa Rica.