I booked the ride through Anywhere Costa Rica which included transportation from and back to my hotel. The owner picked me up at the hotel (not so far from the stables) and introduced me to my guide, Eric. Eric asked if I rode and I mentioned not for very long time. I signed a waiver, chose a helmet and saddled up. We’d ride up towards the volcano, water and rest the horses, then continue and end up at the restaurant where we’d have a fruit drink and rest the horses again before heading back down to the stables. Eric’s English was okay (my Spanish is non-existent) but he made clear that he wanted me to feel safe. He explained how to take the steep slopes up and down. He also took my camera so he could take lots of photos of me on my horse with fantastic views for the back drop. The horse was well behaved and responsive and I felt completely safe and comfortable the entire time. I was happy to trot a bit and even canter but it was only briefly. Frankly, most of the trail is pretty strenuous and rocky—the horses are sure-footed but it is a fairly demanding trek in some parts and the horses do need the rest breaks. When we got to the Benedictus restaurant we tied up our horses and enjoyed a gorgeous view of the valley over a pineapple smoothie. There was also a bathroom to use. After 20 minutes we mounted up and took a different trail back to the stables. All in all, it was exactly what I wanted out of the ride—a beautiful day enjoying the outdoors on horseback.