My husband and I visited Costa Rica for 3 weeks in Jan-Feb 2013. We spent several days in the Monteverde area, and by far the highlight of the trip was our experience riding with Horse Trek Monteverde.
We were picked up at our hotel by Marvin, and brought back to the ranch, where we saw first hand how loved and cared for all the horses are.
Then Davis, Marvin's nephew, took us on a beautiful ride through the countryside for a couple of hours. Our horses were gentle, very smart, and definitely comfortable with beginner/novice riders. Davis was a great guide/tour-leader and really made the ride special. He was keen to point out wildlife, and explain things along the way for us, which we really appreciated.
When we finished our tour, we came back to the ranch and we were treated to a very special "show" by Marvin with his special show horse. I have never seen such a well-trained animal, it was truly a magical experience.
Finally, when we went back to our hotel, we realised that we had forgotten our sunglasses at the ranch. We still had another week left of our vacation, and it would have been a real hassle to lose them. Marvin and his wife went out of their way to drop them off back at our hotel for us, and we were very grateful.
In summary, if you are in the Monteverde area, and have even the slightest interest in a horse riding experience -- we would highly recommend Horse Trek Monteverde. It is a wonderful family-run ranch, with animals that are well-cared for (truly loved), and the countryside is beautiful. The experience was truly magestic, and one we will never forget.
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