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Old Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 09:03 AM
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Within 2 weeks we will visit Aruba for the first time and plan to do a horseback riding trip. From the websites the El Paseo Ranch and the Rancho Daimari seems to offer great tours.
But I can not chose between them.
Any suggestions/recommendations?
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We have used Rancho Daimari, and one other one but it's not Paseo. Can't remember. Both were good - El Paseo may have been called something else then. The only suggestion I would have is to plan the ride towards the end of your vacation. When we went riding, they were long and rigourous, and definitely so much fun climbing the rugged terrain and running along the sand and going to the natural pool. But our bottoms were a little sore for a while, so we started going at the end of our vacation instead of the beginning. LOL. Have fun.
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Old Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 10:12 AM
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Thanks for your fast reply. The riding will not be a problem, we are both rather experienced, just wanted to know a good ranch with horses well kept.
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I'm sure all the tours remind you to wear Sunblock and a hat would be recommended. It gets seriously hot and sunny! Water if it's not supplied.
Don't mean to bore anyone with this trivial info but it's for sure important to some.
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Old Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 02:04 PM
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On my 1st trip to Aruba back in 98 I used Rancho Notorious. They were very good and If you go to their website they can explain more and they do discuss the care of their Horses and they also have atv and quad tours too
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We've tried them all and go at least once a year. As an experienced horse person speaking by FAR, the best and probably the least hyped is Rancho La Ponderosa - www.rancholaponderosaaruba.com

Well kept horses, clean stables, polite and informative guides, excellent instruction for the less experienced, great tours for all.

Note - we went on the Natural Pool horseback tour with Rancho Daimari on our last trip. The tour and guide I thought were terrible. We were picked up at our timeshare (45 minutes late) with no apologies or even a hello from the driver. They stopped at a convenience store on the way to the stables and we sat in the van for 15 minutes (again - no explanation). We got to the stables and were asked to sit down and given a waiver and a pen....no speaking, just the paper shoved in front of you. When it was time to go, the driver of the van came over, showed us our horses and helped us up. Again, no introductions - nothing. My husband finally said - 'excuse me - we're Nancy and Tim Gallagher...and YOU are?' He then finally introduced himself and spoke to us briefly. No letting us know where we were going - anything about the terrain. He interrupted the ride sporadically with a sweep of his hands saying, 'isn't this beautiful?' At one point he grabbed my camera from me (which is an expensive camera) and began snapping pictures. We have about 50 shots of us on horseback which is nice, but instead of enjoying the ride, I felt like we were on a magazine shoot and was requested to move my horse here, closer to my husbands, near the rocks etc. Finally I said, ok - no more pictures. We were at the natural pool a LONG time before the guide was ready to go. We were sitting at the entrance in the hot sun while he was talking to some guys he knew near the entrance. The most he spoke was when he was suggesting tips at the end of the tour. I really felt taken advantage on this tour and would not use them again.
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Old Sunday, July 11th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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Wow, that's sounds like a horrible experience for sure. Although we've used other stables besides Damairi, we never had an experience like yours at any stable. Maybe we were just lucky, but our guides with Damairi were always great -- I guess it's a crapshoot. I mean, if the guide stinks, the ride stinks. Thanks for the tip on Ponderosa. We will give them a try.
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