If you like horses I strongly recommend the whole day horseback riding you can do here at Hacienda Guachipelin. You don’t have to be good on horseback riding to do this tour!
I do my internship here at Hacienda Guachipelin and works with the horses every day, and this tour is my favorite because you get to see the best sides of Guanacaste Costa Rica. You get to see everything from dry jungle to rain forest. You get the chance to ride in rivers, up on hills and around the area of other farms. Maybe the monkeys jump over your head as you ride in the forest. You will probably see a lot of beautiful birds and other animals.
The adventure tour starts at 8 am and the ride goes to Oropéndola witch is a big and beautiful waterfall where you got the opportunity to jump from the cliffs and swim in the clear water.
After the visit to Oropéndola you get up on the horses again and start the ride to Rio Negro hot springs, when we are arriving at Rio Negro you get to see the beautiful hot springs where you get painted in mud from the volcano. You can sit and relax in the hot springs where the water comes directly from the volcano. There are different pools with different degrees in it, so you can chose the one that fits you best. After the relax at the hot springs you start to ride again.
More bathing and refreshing surprises will be discovered under the day.
I am not very good with horses and that’s because I don’t have any experience. I can count the times I’ve been on the back of a horse on one hand. I like horses and I think that they are beautiful animals but at the same time I’m scared that they will hurt me. What I’m trying to say is that if I can go horseback riding here, anyone can. These horses are very friendly and I think it’s amazing how some animals can calm you down just by being there.
You can choose where you want the horses to take you, maybe up to the spa for a mud bath, to the adventure tours for a thrilling adventure or just take an hour outside to enjoy the nature. Sometimes the destination is not the most important thing. When I went horseback riding I enjoyed the company of the other people on the tour, the nice views of the volcano, the open landscape and the quietness around us.
The horses give me a feeling of calm and freedom. They are not stressed, not thinking about tomorrow, they just are.