WARNING: Not suitable for people inexperienced with riding horses! Steep inclines and uneven terrain with sharp rocks everywhere. I've gone riding a dozen times but this was the first time I've gotten thrown off a horse. That being said, this was a relly cool tour and the places we saw were amazing!
While the shortened experience we had was nice, I could not honestly recommend this to other travels. First, the description of this horseback riding adventure is highly inaccurate. 1) The departure time states 9:30 a.m. Because we had to confirm pickup details, we called the local provider who informed us she would pick us up at 8 a.m. 2) The description states that the activity is perfect for beginners and that there would be a brief overview and safety training. We basically showed up and our guides helped us up on the horses. My partner has experience riding, but I didn't. My partner rather than the guides had to teach me how to ride a horse. 3) A short while into the tour, one of the guides received a call on his cell phone that instructed him to bring us in after 2 hours. I understand that the total approximate time of 4 hours can vary, but we were intentionally cut short because our driver said she had another client to pick up in the afternoon and she had to leave early. Moreover, when we returned after our short ride, there was already another group waiting to be taken on a tour, which made us feel like they were rushing us in order to accommodate that group. Conclusion: Again, the actual riding time we had was nice although not what we expected. There was no actual tour guide experience, and we just quietly followed the guides as they led us around the trails. At times it was a really scary experience as I hadn't received any basic training. I am most displeased, however, in how the local provider forcibly shortened our experience when we had paid for the full experience. If they were not able to accommodate us for the entire experience, we would have simply chosen to visit on a day when it was available. I hope future Viator users will not be conned into this activity, and I certainly will not be using Viator for my future travels.
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