Nicaragua on Horseback: Riding in San Juan del Sur

Posted on October 16, 2013 by

Our editor, Elica Sue, recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua, where she traveled all over the country. Today she shares her experience in San Juan del Sur. 

Combing through the walls of sturdy tree trunks and canopies of lush green leaves, we set out from Morgan’s Rock in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, on the back of a truck just before the afternoon heat reached its highest. We reached the stables by dirt road in less than ten minutes, where we met our horses. I was introduced to my partner for the day, Palomita. Swathed in beautiful blond hair and a smooth brown coat, Palomita was the horse I’d always dreamt of: gentle, calm, and wise beyond her age.

Lead the WayExploring the jungle on horseback

Wildlife Encounters

Once we mounted on our horses, we set off down the dirt paved roads into the thick forest. Along the way, I didn’t expect to meet as many animals and creatures as we did — a white headed capuchin monkey hung from the tree branch overhead and a large lizard slithered its way across the trail. The monkey stopped and stared at us for a brief moment before taking the path of branches above us, where it met its family and a baby. Hector told us that it was a rare treat to see a white headed monkey and we felt privileged to have had such a close encounter.

White FaceWe found a white headed capuchin on the way

A View to Behold

The path began to curve up a slope, and the horses worked hard to keep their pace. All of a sudden, we emerged from the thick foliage and arrived at a ledge that overlooked the rest of the jungle and  the coastline. Hector rolled out a picnic for us while the horses stopped for a rest. Everyone watched the clouds roll overhead and their shadows cast upon the trees beneath our feet. From afar, the waves crashed onto the beach in a hypnotic motion. It was a sight to behold.

Look at the ViewThe view from the lookout point

A Closer Look at the ViewA close up of the beach

Riding by the Sea

It seemed like only a moment ago when we were peering at the beach from above. Now we were trotting by the sea, with the hooves of the horses softly sinking into the sand beneath. The hoof prints were prominent in the light sand, like the imprint the waves had left before retreating into the sea. The horses took their time strolling on the beach, giving us time to enjoy what we had left of our horseback riding experience.

Beach with HorsesRiding on the beach


Disclaimer: This was made possible by Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge, but all opinions expressed are our own.

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About Elica Sue

Elica is WildJunket's web editor. She grew up with an exposure to a menagerie of culture, language, and art. She is a student who is enamored with learning and pursuing what she is most passionate about: writing, photography, and traveling. She blogs at Travelengua.

3 Responses to “Nicaragua on Horseback: Riding in San Juan del Sur”

  1. Nancy D Brown October 16, 2013 5:11 pm
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    This sounds like a magical day horseback riding in Nicaragua. What a trip!

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