Barking Horse Farm is located near San Jose, Costa Rica, in the mountains, far from the tourist areas. Let us take you on a journey on horseback through rural Costa Rica.

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USA (001) 850-677-3780
 Costa Rica (011) 506-2416-1393



We specialize in long distance endurance style rides that begin in the mountains and travel for several days, traversing a variety of ecosystems to finaly arrive at pristine Pacific coast beaches. Our clients are intermediate to expert riders, most of whom are, or have been, horse owners. We keep our groups small (2-6 riders) to provide for the most enriching and intimate experience posible. Our treks are perfect for couples or riding buddies looking for a relaxing yet adventurous vacation. Our happy, healthy, responsive, horses are trained with the gentle techniques of Natural Horsemanship with the goal of providing you with a safe and bonding experience. Along the trek route you will stay with rural Costa Rican families where you can experience first hand the warm hospitality that Costaricans are proud of.


 Choose From 3 Unique and Beautiful Treks


Jungle River Trek: 

nights lodging, 4 full days of riding.  

P1010649Follow the Tulin River from its headwaters high in the mountains, as it passes through a variety of different ecosystems, through the Scarlet Macaw Corridor, to finally arrive at the beautiful and pristine beaches of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. This trek includes some exciting techinical riding in the mountains and, as the river assimilates its many tributaries and widens, plenty of chances to ride all gaits. At the beach you will enjoy galloping along the uninhabited beaches and swimming with your horse in the ocean. Lodging is with rural, farming families along the trek route (3 nights) and at an upscale beach front hotel (2 nights). For a detailed trek itinerary with schedules and pricing, please visit our Jungle River Trek page.

Rain Forest Trek: 

nights lodging, 5 full days of riding, 1 rest/touring day.

March fotos 015Begin your vacation in rustic luxury at Establo San Rafael Bed and Breakfast, adjecent to Barking Horse Farm. Then travel through the high mountains of Puriscal to the Rain Forests of Mastatal.  Tour Iguana Chocolate, an authentic chocolate farm, and learn first hand how chocolate is made. Hike the well groomed trails of La Cangreja National Park and swim in a jungle waterfall, or tour the inovative structures and systems at the Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center. Dare to thrill to the excitement of the longest zip line in Costa Rica at Sky Mountain Canopy  Zip Line, then ride through plantations of Papaya and Banana, to finally swim with your horse in the ocean. Lodging is at Establo San Rafael Bed and Breakfast (1 night), with a rural farming family (1 night), at local guest houses (3 nights) and at an upscale beachfront hotel (1 night).  For a detailed itinerary  with schedules and pricing please visit our Rain Forest Trek Page.         

Sabanero Nicoya Trek 

7 nights, 5 full days of riding, 1 beach rest day 

DSC07609We have joined up with our good friend Jorge Sauma, at Sabanero Horseventures in Nicoya to offer you the following trek.  The Sabanero Trek takes you on a spectacular journey full of the natural beauty unique to the Nicoya Peninsula. Ride through jungles, swim with your horse across estuaries, see howler monkeys, dive into lagoons & waterfalls, enjoy fresh Pina Coladas and soak up the sun & surf at the beaches. The trip will feature a variety of first rate accommodations, including a mountain eco lodge with restaurant and pool, a beach front house, and two 5 star resorts plus one night in the rustic homes of local villagers.

For a detailed itinerary, schedules and prices please visit our Sabanero Nicoya Trek page.


Barking Horse Farm 

in partnership with Establo San Rafael

also offers:

 Lodge Based Riding Vacations


We invite you to meet our friends and neighbors, explore the wondrous natural beauties that Costa Rica has to offer and ride horses every day! Enjoy rustic luxury at Establo San Rafael Bed and Breakfast, hike on trails to nearby rivers and waterfalls, and be nourished by delicious meals, made just for you from farm fresh local produce.


Daily Horseback Rides


Nine different rides to choose from!
We will match you to a horse that is perfect for your riding level. Trails vary in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Intermediate and advanced level riders are welcome to ride all gaits. Enjoy lunch in a quaint town, ride across rivers and into deep tropical forests, climb to spectacular vistas, or play with your horse in a mountain river.

Individually Designed Riding Vacations that combine  a Lodge Based Riding Vacation with a Multi-Day Trek can be arranged. Please contact us for more information.

Please browse our website, check out our events page for the latest news, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Pura Vida!
Liz Hawkins
and the BHF Team

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