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Costa Rica

series: Equitrekking Adventures

air date: 5/25/13 9:00 AM

Equitrekking's Emmy nominated host Darley Newman discovers Pacific Coast beaches and the fertile farmland and lush forests of the San Carlos Valley in Costa Rica. Mixing horseback riding with tree climbing and hot air ballooning, Equitrekking captures the true spirit of adventure in Costa Rica. Riding gaited Paso Fino and Peruvian horses, Darley makes a trek to the famously furious Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. As smoke billows off the flowing lava, Darley and her local Costa Rican guides ride among lava rocks from the 1968 eruption. Next, Equitrekking takes viewers to the beach, exploring Costa Rica's extreme biodiversity by spotting scarlet macaws, crocodiles and iguanas. Darley lives every horse rider's dream by taking a sunset ride on the beach, before heading back to San Carlos to climb a ten-story tree! Next, Darley enjoys getting in touch with the local culture, by riding in a Cabalgata, a horse festival where hundreds and sometimes tens of thousands of local Costa Ricans open up their farms so that riders can pass through them in a wild trail ride. Darley visits a frog sanctuary to view rare frogs, like the red-eyed tree Frog, and rides horses to a spot where howler monkeys make their home in the trees. Finally, Equitrekking takes viewers to hear the rainforest wake up, flying above it in a hot air balloon at dawn.

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