After the "English saddle" I looked forward to good, old-fashioned walking. The guide (from the lodge) will take you down the country roads into the cloud forest which is kind-of a jungle in the mountains. It's dark and ancient looking, ooooh... saw a coati and a quetzal on the way too.
You could walk, the two Swiss guys did, but you shoulda seen the sunburn they got. No, I'm afraid you're gonna have to ride the horse, do you know the difference between an English saddle and an American saddle? Unfortunately, I do - talk about excruciating - somewhere down there is about a 2 centimeter area that doesn't hurt too bad - how many times do you think I actually managed to find that spot while my horse was galloping along wildly? By the time we reached the volcano I was virtually crippled but somehow managed to hobble down to the rim of the smoking, blurbling volcano - very other-worldly and very wet (in the clouds). Yeah, in spite of the pain, you will want to do this (maybe my ass is too bony?)
Ok - This ROCKED. About 3-4 class Vs and a few more class IVs. Even one of my fellow travelers that is not a big water fan loved this. We were served a great lunch on the river.
Definitely go with Roberto at Tico's River Outfitters. They had a guy come along with a camera in a kayak and we got awesome pics on CD (mailed to us later). Roberto is a top-notch guide and knows the river so well!
More than 345 birds have been seen within 2 miles of the lodge.
Four main trails are on this ranch. They are well maintained and not difficult to walk. You will find shelters and benches along the way.
The guides are very helpful and knowledgeable.
My favorite humminbird was the tiny snowcap.
I am sorry to say that I did not take this picture.
After a morning of walking the trails you may want to go for a horseback ride.
Horses are available here.
There is a balcony the full length of the lodge.
From there you can birdwatch, look at the beautiful flowers, watch them plant crops on the hillsides with a mule, or just rock.