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“Rancho Chilamate rocks! Nothing like seeing Nicaragua on horseback.”

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!
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Rancho Chilamate owners, Jamie and Heather (who goes by Blue), are the kindest and gentlest couple you'll every meet; they will make you feel right at home on their stunning ranch in San Juan del Sur. They take care of everything from outfitting you with proper riding boots, hat and bandana, as well as teaching you appropriate techniques for riding so that you can feel comfortable as soon as you're on the horse. It was only my second time riding, and I instantly felt confident because of the guidance from Jamie and Blue. Even if you're an advanced rider, I would imagine that they would ensure that your experience is appropriate for your level, as they were very flexible depending upon the varying skill levels that my friend and I had. The horses are well trained, which was important to me. Additionally, the scenery along the ride was beautiful. There is no better way to see Nicaragua than on horseback, because only on horseback can you truly savor the rolling hills and fields, homes of the locals, the wildlife (cows, chickens, horses, monkeys, etc.) and more. On our ride, we passed through rich forests and ended up on one of San Juan del Sur's serene beaches. All the while, Jamie and Blue were eager and happy to teach us about NIcaragua and to answer any questions that we had about the land and the people. Once at the beach, we stopped for a cold beer and a small snack together. We also had the opportunity to practice cantering and galloping with the support of Jamie and Blue. Blue is a photographer as well, so she takes photos for you on your trip so that you don't have to worry about trying to capture everything while attempting to focus on riding your horse. It costs an extra $20 for the photos, but it is well worth it, as Blue uses the money to help the local Nicaraguan schools. This dynamic duo is incredibly warm; their positive energy will surely lead to a magical adventure for anyone who has the good fortune to visit Rancho Chilamate. We ended up back at the ranch after about a 3-hour ride, which was the perfect amount of time. My friend and I shared a sip of rum and refreshing juice made from a flower similar to hibiscus with Jamie and Blue. I felt like I was visiting old friends, and I hope to see this special couple and ranch again soon!

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Blue and Jamie were such awesome guides!! The ranch was breath taking and the pictures Blue took of us 5 girls were one of a kind!! From the moment we got to the ranch we were spoiled. I can't wait to go back and visit again!!

Thank Annmarie1168
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

My wife doesn't ride horses, so she hung around the pool with Blue and her two awesome dogs. Jamie and the rest of us giddied up (is that a word?!) through the trails, forest and onto Escamequita beach, the so-called Survivor beach. The beach was empty. Completely. For those who wanted, we opened the throttle on their healthy and happy steeds. I swear, these two make me want to become campesinos. Loved, loved, loved it.

Thank ReleasetheKareken
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Give it up to Jaime and Blue! Best host and hostess for horseback riding I've ever had. I've been on lots of rides but never one this friendly and relaxing. If you're near San Juan del Sur make sure you do this ride! Where else in can you splash in the ocean with your horse and feel like you're an explorer from the simpler days. Kick back and relax and you'll see all kinds of wildlife like monkeys, tropical birds, and maybe a sloth. This is A++++++

Thank Kevin L
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Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Giddy up! Get ready to go on a wonderful ride with two truly exceptional people. Their horses are fun and well trained. We're beginner riders but were able to gallop on a beautiful beach. Especially the horse Durango was great! Highly recommended. We will definitely take their other tours when we come back to SJDS.

Thank colibritravels
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