Buckaroo Balance Yoga and Horsemanship Trek

March 4-12, 2017

9 days and 8 nights

 $2800 per person

Come explore the rainforests of Costa Rica, the BEST way possible….by horseback!! With yoga instruction from Christell of Body Dynamics Studio & riding instruction from Christina Savitsky of Buckaroo Balance all taking place with the horses at Barking Horse Farm, this is a retreat you are sure to remember!

IMG_9346Included is our accommodations, meals, happy, healthy horses to ride, transportation from the airport, daily yoga (sometimes twice daily), and mounted bodywork & riding instruction. We will tour the country-side of Costa Rica getting a true feel for the people and culture that this beautiful country offers. We will see many sights! Swim with our horses in waterfalls, ride steep hills, visit a chocolate farm, and end up on the most beautiful white sand beach you have ever seen!

This is a highly integrated trek with your horseback riding instructor & yoga instructor along for the adventure every step of the way.  Christell will be teaching yoga twice daily & bringing breath-work to some of our mounted time.  Christell has multiple yoga, pilates & natural therapy certifications in addition to a lifetime of horse experience.  Christina is a multi-certified riding instructor with an experienced eye for symmetry & balance, she brings a mini-speaker to offer positive feedback, specific encouragement, and to guide riders through exercises on the trail to bring body awareness & comfort to our ride & to our horses.  Both teachers are available to you throughout the trek, encouraging self-discovery, mindfulness, balance & laughter.

Day 1:

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We all meet at the San Jose airport and hop in a van together to head up to Barking Horse Farm where we will meet our horses for the 8 day trek to the beach. The Costa Rican Criollo horses are small so there is a rider weight limit of 200 lbs.

 

 

Day 2:

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Day 3:

P1010435We ride off from Barking Horse Farm enjoying the beautiful mountain views.  Ariving to spend the night with a rural farming family. You will have the opportunity to experience true Costa Rican hospitality. Our bi-lingual guides will be present to facilitate a rich cultural exchange.

 
Day 4:
yoga1-300x225After early morning yoga we ride out heading towards the rainforest of Mastatal. The terrain is rugged, ascending and descending through the steep mountains, crossing rivers and passing cascades and small waterfalls along the way. We will have the opportunity to stop and swim in the clear fresh waters of the larger rivers.
After a long day of comfortable riding, we arrive at the Ecologically Sustainable farm of Villas Mastatal, owned and operated by Javier and Raquel, a young Costa Rican couple. They host volunteers from around the world interested in learning about sustainability. We will be lodged in the rustic setting of the bunkhouse overlooking the pasture where the horses will be spending the next two nights.

Day 5:

P1010706A day of rest for the horses and a day of fun for us. Here in the last virgin rainforest of Puriscal County we can discover the beauty of the La Cangreja National Park. Take a guided hike through 500 acres of unspoiled jungle, along the well-groomed trails, past towering trees, lush jungle and rushing rivers. Swim under a lovely waterfall deep in the rainforest.

After lunch we will visit Iguana Chocolate, a family run chocolate farm. Take part in the making of chocolate from harvesting the cocoa pods to making your own truffle. Don’t forget to take some samples along to nibble on during the ride!
Day6:

DSC06211Enjoy a day of riding through rolling hills, along trails, across a river, and through private farms. We arrive at the working farm of Jose Herrero. Relax in a hammock under the shade of his traditional “Rancho” while you watch the horses frolic in the adjacent green pasture.

 

Day 7:

IMG_9404In the morning visit Sky Mountain, one of the most thrilling Canopy Tours in Costa Rica. Experience the pure adrenaline of their zip lines. ($75 per person, transportation and park entrance fee not included in the trek package) or
Simply sleep in and spend a restful morning in the Rancho.

 

Today we will arrive at the beach. But first we must travel through the coastal plain on trails through private farms and under the shade of palm tree and banana plantations. We will be spending the night at Pozza del Pacifico at Playa Bandera. Relax in the plantation style guest home with the biggest swimming pool and water slide in the region.

 

Day 8:

IMG_9585There is nothing more enjoyable than riding on the open beach with your horse.

The beach we will ride on is virtually untouched. It has maintained it’s natural environment and we often see flocks of scarlet macaws in the trees that line the shore. Riding at low tide the beach is wide and long with lots of room to move if you want to trot and canter.

For lunch we stop at a oceanfront home for a fresh fish lunch and coconut milk. This is a great spot to swim with your horse in the warm waters of the Costa Rican Pacific Ocean. Our horses love the water and will often roll and play in the surf like children.

After lunch check in to Hotel Delfin at Playa Bejuco. Here you can relax and enjoy the hammocks, cool breeze & white sand, well deserved after your adventure through the mountains of Costa Rica. The Hotel has a full service bar & restaurant, dinner this evening is not included in the trek price.

 

Day 9:

IMG_9480The horses go home in the morning but you are welcome to book additional nights at Hotel Delfin, continue your Costa Rican adventure visiting other areas of interest, or take a shuttle to SJO international airport which is about 2 hours away.

 

Learn more about Christell at
www.bodydynamicsstudio-nm.com/

Learn more about Christina at
www.buckaroobalance.com

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