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