We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

“Great experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions

El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions
Montezuma, Costa Rica
+506 8492 3249
Improve this listing
More attraction details
Attraction details
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
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

While on our honeymoon in Costa Rica we spent a morning with Marvin and his beautiful horses and it was one of the best things we did during our whole trip. The ride itself was relaxing and beautiful complete with some adorable local dogs coming along for a run and a super refreshing dip in the river. Marvin clearly loves his horses (which was VERY important to me) I got to ride his daughter's horse Cookie. The conversation was great and we felt like old friends. Towards the end we stopped into a little saloon where Marvin treated us to a cold beer and once returning to his place we stayed and chatted for a bit. It really was a pleasant experience and since we don't know if we'll be back to enjoy it again ourselves we hope our review will help persuade others to take advantage of a kind, gentle soul and his sweet horses. Thanks again Marvin!

Visited February 2013
1 Thank brendanwood
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

108 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Definite Yes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This was a very enjoyable experience. Marvin is a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable about the area and very thoughtful of his horses. I am an experienced rider but I was perfectly happy to take the slow walk through the countryside and enjoy the flora, fauna and the vistas. Beginner riders will feel perfectly safe in his company and on his horses. Pura vida Marvin. Mi encanta

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Giantmouse1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The only horseback tour worth considering....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Marvin is hands-down the best horseback tour guide ever! My young daughter (who was nearly four at the time) and I had the most amazing tour with El Pinto last year in Montezuma and hope to return again someday. I highly recommend Marvin because he was so attentive to our safety and comfort, while entertaining us with friendly conversation, plus lots of info about the sights we encountered along the way. My daughter still remembers our horse "Niso" who carried us both with ease; steady- footed and calm. It was her first time on horseback...what a memorable experience for us both. A gracious host (who also speaks perfect English), Marvin offered refreshments when we stopped for a break, slicing up a fresh pineapple for us AND the horses to enjoy! Don't bother looking anywhere else for a horseback tour; choose El Pinto and you won't regret it.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Kristi H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Like Family... well-cared for horses and knowledgeable guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I especially like the full-moon ride. It starts in the late afternoon and heads to the falls where there are light snacks and time to explore before returning to the beach. you feel good about going with El Pinto because of the sensitivity and care the guides offer for animals and people alike. highly recommended.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank LyndaC-Traveling
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Columbia, SC
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

El Pinto Expeditions was the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica, We took a full moon ride along the beach from Cabuya to Montezuma. We began the ride with the moon rising over the gulf and came back by the light of the full moon. The experience was dream like a truly wonderful experience. Marvin was a wonderful guide and showed patience with us less experienced riders. What set Marvin apart from others is his true love for his horses. You can tell that their health and well being are his utmost priority. If you want to ride with a wonderful host who truly loves animals Marvin is your choice,

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Roi-Columbia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions also viewed

Montezuma, Province of Puntarenas
Montezuma, Province of Puntarenas
Montezuma, Province of Puntarenas
Cabuya, Montezuma

Been to El Pinto Horseback Riding Expeditions? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing