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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Km. 159 Costanera Sur, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Nice Horseback Ride in Costa Rica

Rancho La Merced takes great care of their horses, and offers a nice trail ride through their beautiful property to a nice waterfall. The staff were very friendly, spoke great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Rancho La Merced takes great care of their horses, and offers a nice trail ride through their beautiful property to a nice waterfall. The staff were very friendly, spoke great English and offered some interesting insights into the local flora and fauna. One of the guides spotted a black and green poison arrow frog which he noticed whilst riding on... More 

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clinton, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

had fun riding on the beach. Saw great wildlife and was able to run the horse is always a plus. Great scenery.

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Fergus Ontario
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were disappointed with the 3.5 km self guided hike here. The trail has not been maintained and there were many places that large trees had fallen across the trail. It was not clear how to get around these trees and then find the trail again. We informed the staff so hopefully, they will go up and do maintenance.

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Waterloo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They matched all five of us with the perfect horse. We had all different levels of skill. Landon the guide was wonderful. Very accommodating to all our wishes. We finally got to see the monkeys!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We did a 3 hour morning ride . The horses were really calm so we could look around at the rainforest and wildlife. Saw whiteface monkeys. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the different plants and wildlife. Enjoyed the river and waterfall at the halfway point.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I had the opportunity to do both the 3 hour jungle ride and the 2 hour beach ride with Esteban who is a really great guide!! He is easy to talk to and will take the extra time to show you any animals that may be around. He is very knowledgeable about the different plants, trees, creatures, etc. He is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We had a great experience with our guide Esteban. We spent two nice hours walking around the ranch to discover the night wild life. We saw frogs, toads, spiders, birds!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We enjoyed a safe quiet ride into the jungle on well kept horses with a knowledgeable guide. The waterfall is small but refreshing. A lovely, mostly non intrusive way to see the Costa Rican forests. We saw capuchin monkeys and hummingbirds in the same tree and dozens of moving lines of leaf cutter ants. Worth the trip.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Three days ago we took the gorgeous 2 hour sunset horseback tour through the forest to Playa Hermosa. We are novice riders, so our guide Leandro paced our ride accordingly. Our horses were placid and responsive. Two others who joined our group had more experience and they led their horses on a moderate canter on the beach. Leandro was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

I finally got to check "running a horse through the ocean waves at sunset" off my bucket list thanks to Rancho La Merced! We did the sunset tour - really fantastic experience. The initial walk through the jungle/forest was incredible because of the size of the trees and the howlers up above and our tour guide explained a lot of... More 

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