The first European to reach Costa Rica, was Christopher Columbus in 1502, and although it became a Spanish colony, it long remained to develop on its own. Most Costa Rican settlers had to work their own land, thus creating a more egalitarian society than other colonies, without oppressed “subclasses”. Costa Rica finally became independent in 1838.Coffee and bananas used to be the main exports, but today one of Costa Rica's main sources of income, is tourism. It is a democratic and peaceful country, it has not had an army since 1949. Its exuberant nature, its wild beaches, its active volcanoes, its contrasting landscapes, its biological diversity, make Costa Rica a perfect destination for an equestrian vacation or a horse riding trip.
Costa Rica stretches majestically from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. Between crops and cattle pastures, mountain areas, tropical forests, paradisiacal beaches, horseback riding is never monotonous, and is an excellent way to observe birds and get closer to nature. Owning and riding a beautiful horse, is sacred to Costa Ricans of all economic levels. The quality of Costa Rican horses is recognized. The Costa Rican Criollo is small and safe. The Criollo is a cross between several Spanish breeds Arab, and Peruvian horses. They have a heart and a mind that defy their size, and they have the very special pace, the paso, which makes the hours spent in the saddle, particularly comfortable.
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