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Establo San Rafael Natural Horsemanship Equestrian Center

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Address: San Rafael Floralia Frente al Mirador del Rio, Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2416 1393
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Natural horsemanship equestrian center, offering recreational trail riding,...

Natural horsemanship equestrian center, offering recreational trail riding, natural horsemanship sessions, lessons in natural dressage and jumping . Spend your days in a lush valley surrounded by majestic mountain views, where you may choose to spend time improving your skills and techniques with riding lessons, trail ride through the beautiful rural countryside or combine your time between the two. Vacation packages are available. day trips are welcome. We are located about one hour from San Jose in the tropical mountains of Puriscal Costa Rica. We have healthy beautiful horses and endless mountain trails.

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Amazing people, horses, knockledge, nature... awesome experience!

I came to Establo San Rafael last year in October right in the beginning of my trip to participate in the work & study program. I cannot express how amazing my time there was! I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

I came to Establo San Rafael last year in October right in the beginning of my trip to participate in the work & study program. I cannot express how amazing my time there was! I couldn't ride before but within one month I learned so much about riding and horses, their personalities and my behaviour around them; even about myself!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

My stay at San Rafael was wonderful. Having stayed for a week as part of a three month trip down through Central America this was definitely one of the highlights for me. The horses were nothing short of wonderful. I quickly fell in love with the incredibly trusty and reliable Tivo. Following a bad fall and subsequent knock in confidence... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

How often you have met people that you could admire? The hostess of Establo San Rafael, Brenda, came from North America and she had built here, in the middle of nowhere, a beautiful house, stables, guest cabins and now a swimming pool is under construction. She is an organizing mind of this place and it is worth going there just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

I spent two months doing the work study program at Establo San Rafael and was never happier in my whole life. I have missed it every single day since I left. It is very difficult to capture the magic of the farm in an internet review. The horses are incredibly lovely and each has such a unique and special personality.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We went to Establo San Rafael for a trail ride and I never imagined that we'd have such an incredible time! Brenda was so sweet and a joy to ride with. The property was beautiful, as were all their horses; they had such personalities! There were differing levels of riding experience, yet it was incredibly fun for all. The ride... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

The 'ranch' is set in the mountains with amazing views. Upon arrival, we were greeted by smiling faces and soon we felt like part of the family. The horses are Brenda's babies, well cared for rescues that have the scars to prove their painful past. Despite that, they are well behaved and very docile. Brenda has done a remarkable job... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Wow-Wow-Wow-Wow-Wow!!! My work/study at Establo San Rafael will always be cherished. The many empowering and silly memories shared with the family, 11 resident horses, four cats and one very spirited Loki will forever be a source of inspiration. Brenda and Abel are amazing hosts who put in much thought and effort into all aspects of their farm and programs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

I stayed one month and my room was great, the food was great, the host Brenda is one of the nicest people i've met and we became friends. The horses are incredible teachers and i learned so much from my month at Establo San Rafael. Brenda is a great pedagouge and i always felt safe with her. The farm has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

I had high hopes when starting the work study program at Establo San Rafael, and these expectations were almost immediately surpassed as I met Brenda and Abel, got to know the horses, and spent time lazing around with the cats, hanging out with the comical goats, and trekking through the river with new friends. The time spent with the horses... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

We have been twice and planning another trip this July. My daughter has so much fun she would prefer to spend every vacation at Establo San Rafael. Brenda and Abels families are lovely people and make you feel so comfortable and at home. My daughter has learned so much from Brenda and enjoys every minute spent at the ranch. I... More 

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