We had a good time doing the 4-hour horseback riding tour to La Cascada de San Juan. My wife had never been horseback riding and what better place to do so in such a beautiful setting.
We actually stayed at the Finca Magdalena (their Finca) and so we were able to start the ride after we'd had breakfast that morning (I'll independently review the Finca later). So, around 9am, we went into the pasture and our horses were ready and waiting. I'd been horseback riding a couple of times (many years ago), but it was just like riding a bicycle. My wife was instructed on how to sit, position her feet, and how to control the horse. All good refreshers for me since it had been years.
From there we made our way down to the main road to the main entrance to La Cascada (the Waterfall). There is an entry fee, so you'll need maybe 30 cords per person, but Hari will let you know much you'll need to bring with you.
The Cascada Property has bathrooms (which is nice although typical Nica style - e.g. no soap, no hand towels, don't flush tp, etc...) and the ride up was very cool. On the way we saw lemon trees, avocado trees, and various fora and fauna. Since I'm not a science type, I didn't know what most of it was, but Hari knew a fair amount about the property since he does the ride probably 4-5 times per week depending on the season. Oh and incidentally, we didn't see any monkeys that day, but that would have been an added plus.
Once about 100 meters from La Cascada, you dismount your horse, and then walk the final 100ms on foot (since the horses couldn't really get up there). Very cool to see and was well worth the $8 per hour per person.
One caveat is that if you don't ride frequently, your [--] will be sore the next couple of days and you'll really feel it after your first shower. Ouch the sting! You'll see what I'm talking about.
Very enjoyable excursion, and despite the fact that Hari's is "technically" rated #2 on TripAdvisor (even though it has way more positive reviews then the #1 spot), it's likely the best activity you can do on Ometepe!
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