The town of San Juan del Sur, located in the department of Rivas, has become a renowned destination due to its tourism development. Here, it is possible to organize horseback riding tours with Rancho Chilamate to the nearby beaches that are famous for the beautiful scenarios, tranquility and isolation.
The guided tours can be made at any time of the day, whether it is very early in the morning, at noon or during the sunset. National and foreigner tourists will get the chance to visit local communities, majestic open fields that go right into the dry tropical forest and finish with the spectacular, secluded beaches of the Pacific Ocean.
Visitors are always leaded by the owners, who are environmentally aware and willing to share interesting information about the area. Generally, small groups take these tours so they can enjoy an intimate experience with nature. Other services offered are return transport from San Juan del Sur, equipment for the ride (cowboy boots and hat), a photo shoot, 3 hours in the saddle and a refreshment break during the ride, besides a cowboy toast after the ride. The rates starts from US$65 per person.
Only a limited number of riders are booked for each tour so it is best to book in advance and saddle up for the ride of your life!
Getting to: San Juan del Sur Beach
If you are traveling in your own vehicle, you must take the road that leads to Rivas. After passing the city, you must continue until reaching the crossroad "La Virgen" (on the highway that takes you to the border with Costa Rica). From there, turn right and follow the 18 Kms that separates this point and San Juan del Sur.
If you are using public transportation, take a bus to the city of Rivas. Once you get to the municipal market, take another bus that will leave you in San Juan after about 45 minutes. In Managua you can find direct buses to San Juan del Sur in Roberto Huembes Market terminal.
During Holly Week, it is common to find people asking for financial aid at the entrance of the town when traveling in private transportation. This does not happen for buses.