Visit a working cacao plantation and enjoy a guided tour, learning about the whole process of turning Costa Rican cacao beans into one of mankind's favorite foods - chocolate.
Pozo Azul Horse Riding
Pozo Azul Horse Riding, Costa Rica
Hacienda Pozo Azul is one of the best places around Sarapiqui for horse riding.
For years the owners and operators of Hacienda Pozo Azul, the Quintana family, have been horse lovers, a very traditional and popular activity in Costa Rica. They have been breeding horses for three generations using the spirited, soft riding Costa Rican Paso horses and strong Spanish Andalucian horses, and lately quarter horses. Their knowledge, experience, guides and their well looked after horses ensure the best possible experience.
Many Costa Rican's will tell you that the horse is the ultimate "all terrain vehicle" and that the best, most comfortable way to experience the rain forest is on the back of a well trained horse!
This ride will last around two hours and will start with a safety briefing where you will be given helmets, rain ponchos and leggings if you are wearing shorts. The ride follows trails over pastureland, through the rainforest and across rivers.
Other activities at Hacienda Pozo Azul include white water rafting, zip-lining, mountain biking and rappelling. All can be combined with the horse-riding. There is also bird watching, a modern 300 cow dairy and a butterfly farm.
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Other experiences in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
The diversity of species here is spectacular, including more than 1,850 species of plants, 350 species of trees, 448 species of birds, and approximately 500 species of ants.
This trip takes in some of the best grade II and III rafting on the Sarapiqui river and offers a more gentle rafting experience than some of the other river trips in Costa Rica. Wildlife such as toucans, cormorants, kingfishers and howler monkeys can be spotted along the water's edge.