I,too, recently booked a zipline excursion with Adventure Park and had the choice of riding a horse or taking a 4x4 ride to the beginning of the zipline. I am definitely a novice horseback rider, as are probably most of the ziplining guests to Adventure Park. As we stood on the balcony which overlooks the corral and has a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean beyond Punta Arenas, we watched as the tour guides saddled about 20 horses. Several of our group chose to take the 4x4 ride, rather than the horses. I was among the 19 who had chosen to ride a horse. The tour guides sized us up and asked if we we had ever ridden a horse before and then assigned the horses to each of us. I thought my horse looked like a pretty nice horse, but of course, what do I know? I was the last guest to leave the corral,with a guide bringing up the rear on a horse which was startlingly skinny. Now, the first part of the journey to the beginning of the zipline wasn't terrain that I had expected. I had expected a trail ride and we were walking our horses up a steep concrete road that was a bit slick that morning. After that the roads were still extremely steep and many places were tough for the horses to walk due to the extremely rocky conditions. As I said, I am a novice horseback rider, but I did not feel many of the horses were in good enough condition to be carrying riders up such steep and difficult roads.
As far as the ziplining went with Adventure Park, I have told EVERYONE it was AWESOME! I can't imagine having a better ziplining adventure anywhere!!! The guides made the adventure just that, AN ADVENTURE!!! It was truly an experience of a lifetime. Having said that, I feel Adventure Park could omit the horseback riding portion of the excursion and go totally 4 x 4 and not lose any business.
The hotel is a 1.5 star at the most, with a nice restaurant facility. It has beautiful grounds including a swimming pool and great views of the Pacific. We did spend the night. The beds in our rooms were doubles, with one of the rooms being very musty and had lots of ants. They all needed updating, but given the locality and the small size of the hotel, I don't imagine updating is cost effective for them at this time.
I, too, have pictures of horses. The saddled horse without a rider is the same horse the guide is on in the next picture. Take a look at them and decide for yourself if this last horse in the corral should have been ridden by ANYONE. You be the judge. I have always heard, "A picture is worth a thousand words."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo is a gateway to adventure in Costa Rica. The peaceful resort with a magnificent view over the Gulf of Nicoya offers a great source of outdoor entertainment. Its unique Waterfall Canopy Tour over 11 Waterfalls is the attraction for adventure loving people. A second Canopy Tour includes one of the longest cables in Costa Rica,an ATV- Funpark, Horseback riding and the only High- Ropes Course in Costa Rica complete the range. ... more less
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