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“best horseback riding tour ever”

El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I've gone on horseback tours in over a dozen countries, and El Pinto's ride was by far the best. Marvin, the owner/operator, takes only small semi-private tours which is by far the best way to go horseback riding and Marvin's horses are super healthy and well trained.

I recently went horseback riding in Fortuna, and the horses there were sick, full of ticks, and without shoes. The tour was also too big, as we were a group of eight riders.

El Pinto's tour was refreshingly superior. Marvin led us through the jungle and up into the mountains above Montezuma. It was breathtaking and by far the most visually diverse horseback riding tour I've ever experienced.

Marvin was raised on a farm in the mountains and he's been riding horses every day of his life. It is his expertise and his love for the horses that sets this tour apart from the rest.

I enjoyed the tour so much, I went riding again a week later.
Five stars.

Thank sallyricefotos
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Marvin took my wife, daughter and family friend for a 3 hour ride along the beach. The horses were obviously well cared for, well mannered and perfect for our group of inexperienced riders. Marvin was an excellent guide who speaks english and kept the girls entertained throughout entire trip. Thanks again, Marvin!

Thank iwant2fish
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Forget about renting the ATVs! the BEST and most beautiful way to see all that nature has to offer is on HORSEBACK! i just loved the tour that my family and I took last week through the mountains of the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. Our guide Marvin was sooo knowledgeable and even had my brother, who started the day as a total beginner (and a little scared of horses) riding like a pro with a HUGE grin on his face! it was truly a magical experience! We rode through jungle and saw some of the most spectacular views! I loved it and would recommend this attraction to anyone! a great family activity too!!

Thank ImSarahRice
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

My girlfriend and I recently booked a ride with El Pinto to go into a private reserve next to Cabo Blanco National Park. We decided not to go on the beach because it was too hot. This ride was absolutely beautiful. We left from Cabuya, about 3 miles south of Montezuma. After we passed through the gate into the reserve, which only El Pinto has exclusive access, there were no more barking dogs or cars, just pristine jungle and tranquility. It was so magical. When we reached the top the view was breath taking. We got off the horses and Marvin, our guide, informed us that the forest there was a virgin forest, untouched by humans. The horses were so calm and beautiful and well cared for. Perfect for the beginner rider. My horses name was Romeo and he cetainly was a real romeo. If you are looking for a ride off the beaten path and different this is the ride for you. A must see experience.

Thank Gypsywind1951
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Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Surfed out,sphagetti arms, flat or aint no grommit? Go up to the pure nature horseback experience with marvin!!!!

After taking the quad from santa theresa up the windy washed out road up to cabuyo's delicious bakery we met marvin and his horses just around the corner.
After matching us with our horses depending on hight,weight and previous ridingexperiences we emerged into the jungle.
Marvin has lived for more than a decade in canada which has you marvel at this perfect english which facilitates the flow of teaching and sharing for the non hispanohablantes.
Birds,flowers,wild oranges seemmed our trails also looking out for medicinal herbs.
After quenching the horses thirst and treating us to the sweetest pineapple ever we continued.....and just wanted to continue....

Facts:small groups, very well cared for and with love and good horsemanship trained horses,best guide of the region (forget the cheap montezuma or santa theresa rip-off-horsetours who beat their horses and don't feed enough), about 60 dollars per person for 3hour tour.
Take the jungle tour! (Its safest to explore the jungle on horseback and guided, not barefoot and alone.... But the beach you can explore on your own.)

Un abrazo grandote para ti marvin desde berlin! Tina y chris

Thank Solarflexus
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