Costa Rica Tour - Horseback Riding Vacation
People riding in Monteverde Costa Rica with Sabine's Smiling horses:
bicycle adventure Costa Rica by Peter http://www.globalpeter.com
Steffi - riding guest with horse stable in Germany http://www.feriengut-elsberg.de
Guide book recommendation:
New Key to Costa
Sunset and moonlight tours, and tours to
waterfalls. Sabine carefully selects horses for children to ride, and kids will
enjoy her farm, with ponies, ducks, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Horselovers can
volunteer at the farm. Sabine has a nice vacation house for rent.
Lonely Planet 2008: indication of address at the farm and not in town: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1226068
Lonely Planet Costa Rica 2008 recommendation online out of the guide book: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=h6aL4iyai0YC&pg=PA195&dq=sabine+monteverde+costa+rica&ei=99NfSbGsH5mUMfGn9LgF#PPA196,M1
TICO TIMES recommended day trips http://www.ticotimes.com/detail/link-857.html
US Today 25th of April 2010 http://traveltips.usatoday.com/equestrian-vacations-costa-rica-1133.html
Clinics held in Monteverde Costa Rica:
horse hoof clinic Monteverde Costa Rica with Michael http://www.oregonfarrier.com
horseman ship clinic Monteverde Costa Rica with Frank http://www.horsewhisperer.com
Guide books and internet recommendations:
http://www.moon.com o http://www.moon.com/planner/costa_rica/mustsee/monteverde.html
http://www.casabambu-beach-house-rentals.com - Casa Bambu Costa Rican Rainforest Beach House. Beach front house in pristine Costa Rican rainforest on the Osa Peninsula
Rural community tours (one day and three days/two nights) to visit artisans and farmers and learn about their lives and their work. We also lead a half day socioeconomic tour.
Travel info Costa Rica and horseback riding online:
http://www.sleepingwiththetoucans.com Sleeping With the Toucans is a new book with detailed, experiential reviews of our favorite 100 small hotels, eco-lodges, and B&Bs in Costa Rica. The web page provides some additional information not in the book, including descriptions and pointers to a larger number of services and environmental and community development organizations.
http://www.costaricareisen.de is one of the most important web site for Germans interested in a door way to Central America's nature habitats.
Travel Excellence an established Tour operator in Costa Rica with high end quality: http://www.travelexcellence.com
Vacation Aid - a Valuable Vacation Directory and Information Resource.http://www.vacationaid.com/horsebackridingvacation http://www.VacationAid.com/partner.html
Horses HQ at http://www.HorsesHQ.com a Valuable Horse Directory and Information Resource.
information about Costa Rica:
http://www.costaricadirectory.com or http://www.costaricadirectory.com/directory/Maps_and_Views/Maps_and_Views.html
Travel reports Costa Rica:
Language schools and Monteverde Cultural Center:
get yourself started living and participating in Monteverde's cultural center at http://www.monteverdeconnection.net
http://www.mvinstitute.org Monteverde Institute, tutor of the famous music festival
Learn Spanish look up http://www.spanishprograms.com
Schools for children and Volunteer work in Monteverde:
http://www.mfschool.org/home/index.htm Monteverde Friend School
http://www.cloudforestschool.org Monteverde Cloud Forest school
Maps of Monteverde and Costa Rica:
Hotels in Monteverde direct booking!!! Benefit goes directly to the owners.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p170000 - living in the treetops in Monteverde -
http://monteverde-costarica.com/monteverde-vacation-home.htm first vacation home rental in MONTEVERDE in the Cloud Forest
http://www.monteverde.co.cr Hotel Finca Valverde in Monteverde is one of the nicest places I know of in the village and still hidden form the business in town. Nice cabins, trails and look-out points.
http://www.lacolinalodge.com the very nice owners make sure you are very welcome and warmly hosted.
http://www.tourism.co.cr get more Information about Costa Rica
Real Estate in Costa Rica:
looking for a new home in Costa Rica? Here is the answer: http://www.intertica.com
International tourism link recommendation:
I have been personally rafting with him on Karnali river for 10 days in 1994 go and visit his website at: www.outdoornepal.com
horseback riding stable recommendation:
2 brothers have been riding with us. They have experience not only in Australia, but also in California in big riding stables. We highly recommend them if you ever go to Australia. http://www.bogonghorse.com.au
other useful horse sites:
Horse Racing http://www.progroupracing.com.au
Australian Horse racing tips, selections and information
service for Australian and International punters.
equine health information sources:
since 1999 Gallastar Equine Center visit online at http://www.gallastar.org For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Gallastar Equine Center, Route 2, Box 264, Afton, Virginia 22920
in Malvern, Pennsylvania http://www.thorncroft.org
trail rides around the world:
Beach Equestrian Center, Portola Road & Alva Lane, PO Box 1498, Pebble
Beach, CA 93953
Ph 831-624-2756 or fax 831-624-3999 or online at http://www.ridepebblebeach.com/Trails/trailrides.htm
horse pictures online:
Volunteering with horses:
Costa Rica weather and most recent Monteverde weather, satellite view and forecast
Mean temperature : 16-18 C (61-64 F) Annual rainfall : 3,000 mm (118 inches) Dry Season: December to March. 225 km northwest. of San Jose, 3h30 by 4x4, 4h30 by car, 5h by bus. Population of Monteverde: 250. Population of Santa Elena: 6,500. Altitude, village Santa Elena: 1,250 meters or 4,100 feet, highest trails: 1,800 meters or 5,900 feet.
Because we are near the equator the sunrise is roughly at 5h30 am & sunset is at 5h30 pm all year long. See our Costa Rica Sunrise Sunset Time Table or this educational page about why season changes (opens in a new window).
By car, see northwest Costa Rica region map. By bus (See Northwest map to follow, keep an eye on your luggage):
From San José
You can take a bus at 6:30 AM or at 2:30 PM. You can ask for the old Puntarenas bus stop, at Calle 14, avenida 11 y 9 . The morning bus pass by Lagartos at about 9 h AM arriving in Monteverde at 11h AM. The afternoon bus pass by Lagartos at 5h PM arriving at 7h PM, later in wet season.
There are 2 buses: one at 1:00 PM (via Las Juntas) and one at 2:00 PM (direct). The 1:00 PM bus pass by La Irma, and the 2:00 PM bus pass by Lagartos at 3h PM both arriving in the village at 5:00 PM.
There are buses from Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playas del Coco, the Nicaragua Border and Liberia. Taking one of these buses, you can go to Lagartos and La Irma and hop on one of the Monteverde buses. See above, San Jose.
The bus leaves Tilarán for Monteverde at 1 PM, arriving at 3.30 PM approximately, later in wet season. Don't eat a big meal before, it's a bumpy ride.
From Southern Pacific beaches: Ballena National park, Uvita, Dominical, Matapalo, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Herradura, go to Puntarenas.
Live Quetzal cam in the Monteverde Costa Rica Cloud Forest Reserve!
Live Colibri (humming bird in Spanish) can in the Monteverde Preserve.
See more than 80 spectacular photos & short descriptive texts about the Cloud Forest wildlife found in the Monteverde Costa Rica Preserve on the website of Cloud Forest Alive managed by the Tropical Science Center: the not for profit organization managing the Preserve.
BBC's web page about climate change & endangered species in Monteverde Costa Rica
http://www.acmonteverde.com/iacm.html The Monteverde Conservation League - a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the tropical forest.
http://www.mvinstitute.org The Monteverde Institute - a non-profit educational association by Monteverde residents, the MVI blends international study and research with educational and cultural opportunities for local Monteverde communities.
of Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve - a U.S. based non-profit organization
dedicated to preserve the biodiversity of the
Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve.
Monteverde Costa Rica Cloud Forest research data base Over 125 ecologists, agriculturists, and educators have contributed to the natural history and ecology of the area. Our objectives are to bring together the extensive body of knowledge that researchers and natural historians have gathered; to point up connections, to identify areas for future research. Extensive bibliography related to Monteverde.
Monteverde Natural History - Plants & butterflies of Monteverde: Identification and Other Resources by William A. Haber.
Monteverde Costa Rica type of Rain Forest Types of Rain Forests: a tool for young students, and naturalists, informatory and educational .
Monteverde Friends School - bilingual (Spanish and English) school serving preschool through high school students in small, multi-age classes. Founded 50 years ago by the original Quaker settlers who left the United States for Monteverde Costa Rica. Now primarily serves local Costa Rican children as well as children of North American parents, this non-profit school is looking for volunteers & contributions.
http://www.cloudforestschool.org Creative Learning Center. Elementary non-profit school in Monteverde
http://www.tierrapreservada.org/ Foundation for permanent preservation of land and natural resources, including Costa Rica and other Latin American countries.
Monteverde Costa Rica Priory Travel Guide Stuart M Melvin's Independent travel guide & photos. Nice photos of Monteverde, Costa Rica, Argentina, Galapagos, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, etc.!
Beautiful photos of birds of Costa Rica. Stunning!
Costa Rica's Hot Spots for birders. Lots of links to great photo sites.
http://www.habitatcostarica.org/monteverde.htm Habitat for Humanity - Monteverde chapter. A non-profit volunteer organization building houses for low-income families in Costa Rica
http://www.coffeetraders.com/monte.html Montana Coffee Traders - if you live in USA and would like to buy online fair trade Monteverde's cooperative coffee.
http://www.coffeefarmerscoop.com/coffees.html if you live in USA and would like to buy online fairtrade Monteverde's cooperative coffee.
http://gallery.uunet.be/guido.gevels/index_en.htm photos of Costa Rica, and travelogue of Guido Gevels
http://home.knuut.de/Peter.Sparlinek/co_cr.htm A personal travel report about Costa Rica, with some nice photos, and informative comments.
http://www.banales.net/daniel/archive/basement/photos/index.html Nice photos of Costa Rica, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, etc.
http://www.werne.com An interesting website about a one-year trip through Central- and South America, with travel notes and lots of photos.
ATM automatic teller machine locator: (note: Visa is the most accepted card in Costa Rica by far because of the high commission rate charged to merchants by MasterCard & American Express. Traveler's check in US$ and US cash are accepted everywhere.)
Locator of ATM in Costa Rica accepting MasterCard, Maestro, and Cirrus. Select Costa Rica under "choose a country": http://www.mastercard.com/cardholderservices/atm/
Visa & Plus ATM locator for Central America & Costa Rica. Select Costa Rica under "choose a country": http://visaatm.infonow.net/bin/findNow?CLIENT_ID=VISA
ATM of Costa Rica by region:
Banco de Costa Rica: http://www.bancobcr.com/html/bancas/personas/index.htm
Banco Nacional: http://www.bncr.fi.cr/BN/esp/conozcanos/cobcajeros.html
Airlines of Costa Rica:
Sansa Airlines or http://www.tacaregional.com/sansa/ing/saitinerarios.html Costa Rica internal flights Domestic Airline
Travelair - http://www.travelair-costarica.com - Costa Rica's most reliable and efficient domestic airline. Schedules
Lacsa/Costa Rica Airlines - now part of Taca.
Taca Airlines Regional flights in Central America - http://www.tacaregional.com/
ACC Aero Costa Rica: http://www.centralamerica.com/cr/tran/aero.htm -11-99 no longer in business
La Nacion Costa Rica's national news paper (English weekly summary version also on this site).
The Tico Times Costa Rican newspaper, in English
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cs.html The CIA's Costa Rica Factbook page.
http://www.casapres.go.cr/enlaces.html links to the websites of Costa Rica's government as well as the site of the President, including ministries, Independent Institutions and State Banks.
http://www.geocities.com/westcornersville/costarica.html Brandt's Palm & Tropical / Subtropical Tree Page, photos taken during his Costa Rica trip.
http://www.geocities.com/overheadsurf/ Costa Rica Surf Site
http://www.matapalo.com Matapalo Educational & Ecological Foundation. Ecotourism, Youth Camps. Self-improvement for children
http://www.playasamara.net/ Samara Beach, a hidden tropical paradise on the Pacific coast ....
http://www.zurqui.com/crinfocus/info.html Costa Rica In-focus - Easy access to information about products and services in Costa Rica.
http://www.CostaRicaCalling.com/ Newsletter, property, investment catalogues, services for visitors, retirees & investors. Includes nice message board
http://www.forwiss.uni-erlangen.de/~alewand/costaric/fotos.htm Travelogue of Costa Rica, and nice photos.
http://www.infocostarica.com Good general info on Costa Rica. Lots of links.
http://www.cocori.com Experience ecological projects, tourist destinations, how people live, work and play in this tropical paradise.
http://www.rainforesttram.com See the rain forest through the eyes of a wild bird, the Rain Forest Aerial Tram.
http://www.worldheadquarters.com/cr/protected_areas National Parks of Costa Rica. Missing private non-profit reserves, like Monteverde.
http://www.externalharddrive.com/countries/costarica.html Search engine and links to Costa Rican sites
http://www.TravelsInParadise.com Backpacking & budget travel guide for Honduras. Maya pyramid ruins of Tikal and Copan photos & many other places.
http://www.roatanonline.com/ Visitors Guide to Roatan in the Bay Islands of Honduras
http://www.primatesofpanama.org/ Nice pictures & research center about Primates in Panama
http://www.guatemalatravel.com Guatemala Travel Planning Specialist Web
http://www.guatemalaWEB.com Info and links about Guatemala
http://www.planeta.com Eco Travels in Latin America - Virtual library for those interested in eco-tourism in the Americas.
http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu/html/index.html Tropical Ecosystems: Coral Reefs, Rainforests & a Potpourri of weather, Earth Science, etc.
Other sites of interest:
http://www.ecofuture.org/ecofuture/pk/pkorgs.html Extensive web resources and info, dedicated to sustainability and the ecological future of our planet.
http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/8089/costarica.html World Travel Link, official Internet travel sites directory
http://www.tarantulaplanet.org A neat site, everything you want to know about tarantulas!
http://forests.org/forsite.html Forest, Rainforest & Biodiversity Conservation Internet Resources
http://www.Eco-Portal.com site which is very unique in allowing you to search the Internet for the best ecological resources.
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/pm.blais/index.anglais.html Orchids of France Provence, and Mediterranean Orchids.
webdirectory.com Environmental Organization WebDirectory
http://www.akrain.org/ Alaska Rain Forest Campaign
http://www.samexplo.org/ South American Explorers, an information web for travelers (non-profit).
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