Fodor's Expert Review Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Ballena National Marine Park Forest

Ride the range on a 1,250-acre property combining forest and pasture ($45) or gallop along the beach at sunset on horseback ($50). Explore the forest on a nature hike ($35) or go bird-watching ($45) with an excellent guide. Riding tours also include a guide and helmets, and kid-size saddles are available. All tours begin at the pleasant reception center, where you can freshen up in clean, modern restrooms. For $6 you can explore the 10 km (6 miles) of hiking trails on your own with a trail map that includes a wildlife picture guide. There's also a night tour with a naturalist guide ($35).

Forest Farm/Ranch Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Trail/Path Family

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Km 159 of Costanera Hwy.
Uvita, Puntarenas  60504, Costa Rica

-2743–8032

www.rancholamerced.com

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Rate Includes: $35–$50

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