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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Km. 159 Costanera Sur, Uvita, Costa Rica
+506 2743 8032
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Great ride, Great time!

Leandro was our horseback riding guide and he was amazing! He had patience, pointed out some... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Miami, Florida
Most unforgettable trip in Costa Rica

Sunset horseback riding along the beach -- what could be better in life? My husband and I joined a... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Rachel Z
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“beach ride” (14 reviews)
“morning ride” (7 reviews)
Km. 159 Costanera Sur, Uvita, Costa Rica
+506 2743 8032
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Leandro was our horseback riding guide and he was amazing! He had patience, pointed out some animals ( monkeys, lizards, etc) on our trail and guided us on this awesome adventure. this was a two hour tour and it was just me and my boyfriend...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Sunset horseback riding along the beach -- what could be better in life? My husband and I joined a sunset tour with a group of ~10 and no words could describe how amazing the tour was. The guide would assign horse to each individual based...More

Thank Rachel Z
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Hector was a fantastic guide! We were able to run the horses on the beach! What an amazing treat to get to do this. The horses were well behaved and the facilities are quite nice. They were ready for us when we showed up. My...More

Thank csalmela
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Incredible! We did the beach ride at low tide with Leandro who was an excellent guide, he pointed wildlife out to us and even carried our rucksack! My husband had never ridden a horse before and Leandro had us galloping along a deserted beach after...More

Thank maddy_ew
Julian O, Propietario at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

It is a pleasure to know how content you are after you visit to Rancho La Merced. Thanks to write a about your experience and share it with others. You'll be welcome any time!!! Julia Odio Manager

Reviewed 26 July 2017

This was my first time riding a horse. I was afraid but made comfortable by the wonderful guides and gentle horse. This was the best experience I've had traveling anywhere around the world. The trip through the jungle and emerging to the beach/ocean was breathtaking!...More

1  Thank MonaLisa911
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We took our grandson who had not ever ridden a horse on this excursion. We had a wonderful guide, Hector, who was patient with our grandson and was extremely knowledgeable regarding plants and animal wildlife. We were able to see both white-faced monkeys and howler...More

Thank Drhohn1
Reviewed 8 July 2017

My family and I were recently staying near Uvita and did the sunset tour. It was nothing short of AMAZING! We had a private tour and our guide was fantastic! My husband and boys had never ridden before, but they quickly felt comfortable with the...More

Thank 301rebekahw
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We did the horseback riding to the waterfall. It's beautiful, quiet and well kept. The guide was great. And most importantly, the horses are very well taken care of. Definitely recommended.

Thank Martin E
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We took the first tour in the morning with Rancho La Merced. The staff/guides are incredibly kind, they first starting with a quick introduction to riding for those who have never ridden (helmets are optional). Then off we went. The trails were very beautiful, hearing...More

Thank 70sgirl
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

There are few places in the world where you can ride horseback on the beach and look up at mountains. Esteban as a guide makes the experience even more educational with his explanations of the plants native to Costa Rica. Ishmael, in the office, is...More

1  Thank AlisonMS2
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Sheila M
23 February 2017|
Response from LisaKnoxville | Reviewed this property |
No, you can do guided hikes.
Judith D
2 March 2015|
Response from La B | Reviewed this property |
Rancho La Merced is not a hostel as far as i know, they offer wonderful horsebackriding tours....