Farm-Based Riding Vacations

 We invite you to stay at the farm, meet our friends and neighbors, explore the wondrous natural beauties of Costa Rica AND ride horses every day.

Barking Horse Farm is  located in the small, rural, and peaceful village of San Rafael de Puriscal, far from tourist areas . The people in this village live much as they have for generations, farming sugar cane, cacao, beans, plantains and bananas, by keeping honey bees, by harvesting and milling hard woods and by raising pigs, cattle and milking cows. And of course there are the cowboys and their horses to herd the cattle.

We have been living in this town since 2004, becoming part of this rural community.

Join in on the adventures:

Bird watch in the tropical forests.

Bird watch in the tropical forests.

  • Follow trails  through tropical forests filled with birds and wildlife.
  • Climb to breathtaking vistas with 360 degree views.
  • Discover hidden waterfalls deep in the jungle.
  • Ride to small towns and stop for a delicious lunch in a local cafe.
  • Ride your horse across rivers and over bridges.
  • Gallop along ridges with sweeping views.
  • Stop for a picnic and go for a refreshing swim at a mountain stream.
  • Arrive on horseback to local cultural events such as town “fiestas.”
  • Ride through private farms and along abandoned ox cart trails.
  • Take your horse for a swim in a mountain stream.


When you are not riding horses there are many things to do during your  stay at the farm:  

  • Tour a “Trapiche” where sugar cane is processed into delicious brown sugar.
  • A visit to a local horse training facility where a  real Costa Rican  cowboy will present you with majestic examples of the Costa Rican horse and demonstrate his fancy lasso and roping skills.
  • Spend a lovely afternoon wandering around in Puriscal, still an authentic Costa Rican town. Sit in the park in the center of town and watch the world go by.
  • Take a 15 minute hike to either of two waterfalls right near the farm.
  • Visit the notorious “bat cave”, also a short hike from the farm.
  • Visit a nearby indigenous reserve, meet their shaman and take part in a traditional sweat lodge.
  • Visit an authentic chocolate farm and take part in processing chocolate from the tree to the truffle.
  • Hike to a beautiful waterfall in the La Cangreja Rain Forest National Park.
  • Take a boat ride on the Rio Tarcoles and see crocodiles, from juveniles to grand daddies, as well as many species of tropical birds.
  • Herd Cattle on a local cattle farm with the ranch horses and the cowboys.
  • Visit the private nature reserve of Turrubarri for an exciting zip line and gondola ride and take an informative, guided nature walk to learn all about Costa Rican flora and fauna.
  • Explore the River San Pablo where you can swim in a pool inside a waterfall.

Farm Stay :



Single and double rooms:  $75 per person, includes all meals and lodging, fresh juices and snacks on demand through out the day. 


The Dream Catcher Tree House :

Main living space

Main living space

Two treehouse stuctures. One is a 30 foot diameter octagonal structure positioned high in the tree tops, equipped with a full kitchen, the second is a 15 foot diameter octaganal structure which is the completly private master bedroom. Both structures are constructed using beautifully toned tropical hardwoods. There is a 1/2 bath in  the andlarge tree house and a full bath with a stone outdoor shower under the trees. 


  • $175 per night or
  • $1000 weekly (meals not included), 
  • $50 housekeeping fee charged for stays of less than 3 days.
  • Please visit our Dream Catcher Tree House page for details and photos. 

Meals :

  • Large, fully equipped  kitchen

    Large, fully equipped kitchen

    A la carte meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) can be provided  at the main farm house for $10 per meal.

  • A cook is available to prepare your meals in the “Tree House” for $10 per meal (not including groceries)
  • Thre is no additional fee for meals if you are staying at the main farm house.

Horseback Riding:

riding through the mountains

riding through the mountains

We have 9 different rides to choose from, ranging from 1 hour to all day and varying  in price between $55 and $130 per ride depending on the length.

Please see our Day Rides page for a detailed description of each ride. 


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