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“Exceeded our expectations! The highlight of the trip!”

Rancho Chilamate Adventures on Horseback
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Owner description: Rancho Chilamate offers guided horseback rides for adventurous travelers looking to get up close and personal with Nicaragua. The ride leaves from the ranch through the local community, into open fields and over hilltops for spectacular views, crossing the river several times for excellent wildlife viewing (almost guaranteed to see monkeys) and then to the secluded beach for a refreshment break and more riding adrenalin.This solar-powered private ranch caters to smaller, more intimate groups to ensure only the best of service. Let's Ride!
Capitola, California
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“Exceeded our expectations! The highlight of the trip!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We went for our honeymoon, and what a great experience! All the reviews are spot on here. A must if going to San Juan Del Sur! Totally exceeded our expectations. We felt like we were meeting two old friends at their hacienda for a fantastic ride to the beach then catching up with some Flor de Cana rum shots later. This is not just a horseback riding tour, it's an EXPERIENCE. Oh, and EVERYTHING is provided for you (boots, hats, jeans, etc.). Just show up with a full stomach and good attitude (not hard to do when vacationing in Nicaragua!) The hosts Blue and Jaime are easygoing, professional, and really help out the local community there. They really have a passion for horses and the area there. We can't say enough about our experience with Jaime and Blue! P.S. as an extra bonus Blue will take professional photos of the ride and share them on Facebook for you. She is a fantastic photographer!

Visited September 2012
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“AMAZING!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

I've read every review on RC, and it's all true! You must do this- if youre lucky enough to be in San Juan del Sur! I went zip lining twice and sailing twice, the only regret I had was not riding twice with Blue and Jamie! It truly was
"The Best Day Ever!"
Thanks, I will be back someday xo

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Holland
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“Awesome ride with awesome people!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our day at Rancho Chilamate was the highlight of our vacation in Nicaragua. When you drive up you can immediately tell the it is a first-class operation. The horses are well fed, healthy, and properly cared for. (Unfortunately, we saw some seriously under-fed, unhealthy horses being ridden at other horse riding places). Rancho Chilamate is the real deal. Jamie is a real cowboy. And Blue is a cowgirl who makes the whole day a total blast. We rode horses that don't do the nose-to-butt, stay-in-a-line ride. They go where the rider wants not the usual nose-to-tail. The beach where we ran the horses in the surf was desolate and beautiful. The horses could not wait to run...and run...and run. Sunset on a deserted beach with 10 friends all on horseback was amazing. AND Blue was kind enough to take incredible pictures that she emailed to us when we got home. You show up as a customer and you leave feeling like a friend.

Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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“A must-do. loved it- you will too”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Its not just horseback riding - but a totally awesome way to experience San Juan and the surrounding area- to see the locals and how they live- to see the land - the fields, the landscape the beautiful beaches. Everything is taken care of - from pick up to drop-off to the cowboy looks (jeans, belts and all) - to a personal photographer with an amazing eye to capture all your moments of glee as you canter down the beach. All you have to do is bring yourself.
A total no brainer!
Blue And Jaime and warm and welcoming and know the land and everybody who lives there - they make wonderful hosets and guides- thank you both for a wonderful morning ride.

Visited September 2012
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Coquitlam, Canada
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“The Absolute Highlight of Our Trip!”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Our trail ride with Jamie and Blue was by far the highlight of our trip to Nicaragua! From the moment Blue picked us up at the café in San Juan Del Sur, we knew it was going to be a good time. Her enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious. Jamie, her equally awesome other half, was waiting for us at their beautiful ranch with all the horses fully prepped when we arrived.

Jamie and Blue run their business with heart and soul; they love what they do and it totally shines through. Their impeccable attention to detail is what truly sets them apart – everything from their easy-to-navigate website to…. prompt email responses…. to pairing each rider’s capability/preference to the appropriate horse…. to ensuring they know your drinking preferences….to outfitting us with the proper western gear….it blew us away. Most importantly, their horses are well cared for and very well trained, a true reflection of the attention and care that are given to them.

I cannot put into words the sheer joy of riding through the stunning Nicaraguan countryside. Seeing the interaction between Jamie/Blue and the local village people really shows how much they are involved and give back to their community. Arriving at the La Flor beach was the ultimate cherry on top. The professional photos that Blue took of us were amazing; so glad we have those photos to relive the perfect day.

We feel incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to meet Jamie and Blue and ride their beautiful horses. If you are looking for the perfect adventure on your Nicaragua trip, definitely book a ride with Rancho Chilamate…you won’t be disappointed!

Visited November 2011
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