Progressive 8 day, 7 night trek through the jungle wilderness areas of the Scarlet Macaw Corridor. we will follow the Rio Tulin from the head waters in the mountains, all the way to the Pacific ocean. Travel by horseback to some very remote and beautiful areas of Costa Rica and enjoy a rich cultural exchange staying with families along the way.(two travel days, 6 days of riding)
This trek is also offered with a Parelli workshop which takes place during the two days prior to the trek. For workshop schedules and details please visit our
“The ride through the mountains, rainforest and the beach were amazingly beautiful, and the experience of travel through the “back country” meeting and staying with the Ticos was unforgettable.” H. D. L. visited January, 2013
This trek is for experienced riders who want to really partner with their horses and explore true wilderness areas of Costa Rica. You must be in good physical condition and be able to mount and dismount your horse easily and quickly from a variety of footings and situations. You must be comfortable handling your horse on the ground. At times you will be riding on narrow and winding trails and there will be instances that you must lead your horse through some of the more difficult sections of the trail. You will be asked to adjust to rustic accommodations and simple meals. Due to the technical nature of the trails we will be traveling we are only taking 6 riders on this trek so don’t miss your opportunity to join us on our most adventurous trek of the year.
Day 1: We will meet you at SJO airport and drive for one hour Barking Horse Farm, nestled in the mountains above the bustling central valley of San José. If you arrive earlier in the day you can relax on the veranda or take some time to meet your horse.If you are combining this trek with a Parelli workshop, plan for the next two days of workshop and then head out on the trek on “Day 2” listed below.
Day 2: The first day of the trek we take our time getting ready. When we are sure we have everything just how we want it, we head out. We will travel through stunning private farms and peaceful country roads to a ridge with expansive views in all directions. On a clear day you can see the ocean from here. Arriving for the night at a rural home on the outskirts of a small town.
Day 3: Finds us traveling on one of Costa Rica’s original ox-cart roads. This trail descends deep into a valley where it crosses the old stone bridge at Rio Qivel. This trail, that used to be the only road connecting the towns of La Legua and Bocanas, is rarely traveled anymore. It is very peaceful and quiet. We will have lunch with a local family in the town of Bocanas. We continue on after lunch on more old ox-cart roads past forests and coffee farms, arriving at the town of Salitrales where we will spend the night in a rural farm-house that overlooks the Scarlet Macaw Corridor. The sunsets from this home perched on the edge of the valley are spectacular.
Day 4: Today you will be energized by the awesome beauty of the Costa Rica’s wild places. We will travel down through the Scarlet Macaw Corridor. But first a special treat, a peak into the past with a visit to an oxen run “trapiche”. Eduardo still processes sugar cane the way his grandfather did, with the use of oxen. Eduardo is known through out the area for his oxen training skills.
Traveling though private farms, through tropical forests and along the headwaters of the Rio Tulin we will be far from civilization. The trails are steep and rugged but the horses are well accustomed to the terrain. There will be steep switch backs as you descend down to the Rio Tulin. There will be rocky river crossings and steep bankings to climb. You and your horse will be partnering together as we ride these technical trails.
After lunch and a cool off in a waterfall, we continue on to Verde Energia, “An intentional community dedicated to sustainability that has thrived against all odds.” Josh, the founder, will give you a tour of the farm and members of the community will make us scrumptious meals made from food grown on the farm. They have a swimming pool, an art center with a great dance floor, and you can often get a professional massage here.
Day 5: In the morning we ride along the Rio Tulin again. We will spend the night at the Dairy Farm of Maria Eugenia. Maria runs the farm by herself and makes several varieties of delicious cheese which she sells in the towns and is proud to offer at the delicious meals she will serve you.
Day 6: Today we will ride once again along the Rio Tulin. It is much larger now that it has gathered all its tributaries. We will ride all the way to the beach along the river. On this day we will cross this river dozens of times before arriving at the sea and the Hotel Delfin where we will spend the night in well deserved luxury.
Day 7: Today is our beach ride. With out the cumbersome saddle bags, in our shorts and bathing suits, (bareback if you want) we will ride on a nearly deserted beach to our favorite lunch spot, a ¨palapa¨on the beach under the cocoanut palms where a charming old man named Leo will cook us fresh fish for lunch. Here is where we will swim with the horses in the ocean and enjoy ourselves playing in the surf. Tonight we sleep at the beach front Hotel Delfin.
Day 8: Today is your travel day back to the airport which is about 2 hours away. The staff at the Hotel Delfin will help you arrange your transportation back to the airport. Taxi’s are available for around $140 and can hold up to 8 passengers. You are also welcome to book additional days at the Hotel Delfin if you wish to stay longer. It is best to book your return flight for later in the afternoon to allow for travel time back to the airport.
Schedule & Costs:
January 28, 2017- February 4, 2017 (only 2 spaces left)
Cost: $2,500 USD
All treks include airport pick up, all lodging, all meals (except for two dinners at the beach), and of course horses, tack, and guides.
Treks combined with Parelli workshops can be selected without attending the workshop.