Tours in Uvita
Horseback Riding Costa Rica
Experienced and inexperienced riders will enjoy the ride in Rancho La Merced.Book now
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge is home of a great diversity of birds.Book now
It consists of riding with the cowboys; herding cattle, check cows and calf that are in the grass, learn to how to rope calves, and other...Book now
Rancho La Merced
National Wildlife Refuge
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Pacific Coast, near Punta Uvita and Ballena Marine National Park.
It counts on 506 ha of primary and secondary tropical wet forest, besides pastures, mangroves next to Morete River and the beach.
Furthermore, it offers different environments to explore nature; it is easy to find amazing birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals.
Here, you will enjoy hiking on the reserve’s trails, admiring the tropical rainforest and mangroves, riding horses just for pleasure, and visiting the Ballena Marine National Park, which is to be found adjacent to the refuge.
Rancho La Merced has been protected from hunting for many years and it is an active member of the Asociacion de Amigos de la Naturaleza del Pacífico Central y Sur (ASANA). Furthermore, Rancho is part of the Tapir’s Path Wildlife Corridor.
It was recently awarded with the “Bandera Azul Ecológica” and the Certificación de Sostenibilidad Turística from the Costa Rican Tourism Bureau.
I went on an afternoon beach ride. I had my own guide, Esteban, who was awesome, and a very nice horse, Gitano. Esteban knew many plants and animals around the ranch and really took care of my preferences and the horses well being.
For a refresher we stopped at a palm tree and Esteban got some coconut, the one I chose, and opened it for a nice drink on the beach.
The whole place was run very professionally, clean and great.