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Colours of Mexico, Mexico





Reviews



It was an unforgettable week on a beautiful ranch and was one of the best holidays ever. It's amazing how well these horses respond to the rider. They are forward going but can be held back at any time and at any speed. The ranch is beautiful with a lot of attention to detail and you feel at home immediately. It was perfect.

Tony K.
Absolutely fabulous, a real definition of a holiday! A mixture of great horse riding and a well deserved break at this wonderful retreat, a ranch fit for a queen. Overall I found perfect weather, fantastic horses for any riding level, excellent service from staff, excellent food and very attentive and welcoming host. My favourite memory was lying down sunbathing by a natural pond in the mountains eating a picnic with the friends I had made, looking at our horses above as we relaxed.

Laura Z.
Fabulous! The food, the riding and the scenery were fantastic, overall really good and my favourite memory was galloping across the open plains.

Anne-Marie S.
An amazing holiday, fantastic horses, superb scenery, beautiful setting, lots of riding with different rides everyday, yet very relaxing. My favourite memory was riding through the villages seeing life at a relaxed pace, hearing the music and then tying the horses up while we had a drink in the shade. All of the horses were super, a horse for everyone.

Lorna M.
Lovely unique experience in a super setting. Riding tailored perfectly to suit our needs. Horses well matched to our level of experience and confidence. Incredibly hospitable hosts that couldn't do enough for us.

Lucy M.
It was really wonderful, the horses were great and it was lovely not to have to stop for fences or gates! Riding through the fields of flowers was my favourite memory. I was very happy with both the accommodation and the food. I rode several different horses and all were good.

Glenys R.
We had a great time, thanks. Special thank you to Sue who was fantastic in advising me & following it through. Everybody at the ranch made us feel so welcome, a wonderful hostess and the staff were so eager to share Mexico with us, what a refreshing and fantastic holiday! From the wranglers who not only gave us fabulous riding throughout the magical countryside to their lovely cheerful nature, to the horses who were brilliant, to the tasty food, to the friends we made, perfect! The attention to detail makes the ranch a very special place. Mexico is a true revelation! Thanks again & looking forward to my next adventure with you guys.

Caroline D.


The ranch was absolutely wonderful! The horses, the riding, the accommodation, the food, the jacuzzi! They really have made a wonderful place. Christmas Eve was probably the best I’ve ever had! It’s just a pity it’s so far away and I would recommend going away for two weeks! I’d love to go again.

Shirley E.
Just a brilliant experience from beginning to end. I would love to return. On offer was as much horse riding as you could fit in (or fitness would allow) balanced by trips to local markets, firework display, rodeo, allowing us an insight into the Mexican culture. Each day brought a different riding route with a different experience. One day we trekked to the top of a local mountain, the views from the top were just breathtaking with the surefootedness of the horses allowed lots of confidence over the rocky terrain. Another day galloping along a wide track that just went on and on forever - just amazing. I rode three horses altogether and found them kind, surefooted, spirited but also responsive to commands. The guides and all the staff were helpful and polite.

Audrey P.
Everything was great from the staff to the horses and the scenery. Would love to return when able to.

Helen N.
The holiday was enjoyable, relaxing and fun. The ranch was lovely, the horses fun and well behaved and the food was very good. My favourite memory was galloping through open shrub land, sun shining, grinning with delight.

Lisa H.
Wonderful. Great hosts, great people. A wonderful location - close to Mexico City but also a world away. Relaxing but enough activity to prevent boredom! Favourite memory: galloping down the road! Really letting the horses go.

Laura M.
Fantastic, experience of a lifetime, possibly the best riding holiday I have taken. Favourite memory? "Mountaineering"!! Going up (and then having to come down) on the most surefooted of horses. Scary, exhilarating but wonderful! Accommodation and food were excellent in all respects. All needs appeared to be catered for. More than happy with the horse!

Mary H.
Brilliant - can't fault it! Favourite memory? Galloping across fields under a big blue sky!

Chris W.
Had an absolutely amazing time. The ranch far exceeded my expectations - it was beautiful, quirky, the horses were lovely and the staff were friendly and efficient. A true escape from it all.

Jean T.
I got back from my trip to the Rancho last night, and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. The ranch was beautiful and comfortable, the horses were adorable and well behaved and the staff took good care of me. I enjoyed every minute of the stay, including the trips to the markets, swimming in the pool, getting a good massage, chatting with the other visitors at dinner and playing pool afterwards. As for riding, I had the time of my life. I had a glimpse of rural Mexican life, which was a great experience for me, and was also able to make a lot of new friends. All in all,a great trip! Thank you for making the trip smooth and congratulations on a job well done! Next time, I would love to go to the Canadian Rockies that I missed this time!

Mio
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Mostly Quarter Horse and Criollo crosses.

Nature of horses:

Responsive, fit and very sure-footed.

Height of horses:

14 - 16hh

Weight limit:

210lbs / 15 stone / 95kg

Tack type:

Mexican Charro - all saddles and tack are locally made, similar to western style.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This beautiful Mexican ranch is a haven for all levels of rider and non-riders alike, providing guests with a taste of Mexican vibrancy, fantastic cuisine, superb facilities and a stable of responsive trail horses. The majority of the staff are Mexican, including most of the wranglers, but the ranch itself is owned by an experienced Swiss lady who ensures high standards. The ranch is great for single travellers looking to make friends, couples wanting a romantic getaway, families or even large groups of friends or colleagues. Single lady travellers will also be made to feel welcome and secure here, just one of the reasons why many guests look to return. Decorated in vibrant and authentic Mexican style, each room offers a beautiful base for your Mexican riding adventure. Meals made with quality local ingredients, beautifully tended gardens and the quality of the horses are just further examples of the owner's exceptional attention to detail and the pride that the staff take in offering you unbeatable levels of service.

If you love horses and free, open riding, you will fall in love with this idyllic location. Set on a central Mexican plateau at 7500ft and bordered by three beautiful waterfalls, the ranch offers varied terrain and fantastic riding opportunities for everyone from the nervous beginner to the seasoned rider looking for a challenge. The rural countryside is unchanged by time and farmers plough the land with oxen whilst longhorn cattle, goats and sheep graze freely on the rocky terrain. As you ride out across the patchwork of small farms and quaint villages, you may cross flowering rivers, view the tumbling waterfalls or perhaps observe the egret and ducks. Depending on your riding level and preferences, rides out might involve gentle strolls around the lake, cantering up a hill side, traversing rocky mountain paths, galloping across the open plains or perhaps swimming with the horses on a sunny day. Advanced riders can enjoy great faster paced riding whilst those with less experience will head out with a separate guide to ensure that all have the best horseback experience.

The extinct volcanic geology of the region has created an area crisscrossed with ancient lava flows. These have evolved into a rich landscape creating low undulating hills, volcanic outcrops, narrow stream valleys, dry seasonal common pasture, ancient barren lava fields, seasonally lush shallow lake shores, high hill climbs with fabulous views and dry plains. The seasons produce fields of maize, wheat, oats, beans, squash and sunflowers. Wild saguaro and nopal cacti, agaves and thorn bushes predominate on the the common grazing land and from June to October, which is the green season, you will see a colourful riot of wild flowers. There is a temperate climate with daily temperatures of around 22C which is ideal for horse riding.

When out of the saddle guests can enjoy one of the many fascinating cultural and historical excursions which are available from the ranch. These optional cultural tours are the ideal way to explore more of Mexico and they can take you to places such as Teotihuacan, where you can see the pyramids of the sun and the moon, or perhaps to the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. You might also wish to take a dip in the solar heated infinity pool with built in jacuzzi, relax in the hot tub with a margarita or select a book from the ranch library to enjoy in one of the garden's hammocks. Massages can also be arranged on site and offer the perfect way to end a day in the saddle.

This destination was visited by Holly from Far and Ride in Sept/Oct 2012. Feel free to call or email the office to ask her about it!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The ranch is made up of various buildings, all decorated in vibrant Mexican style, and surrounded by beautiful gardens which are well maintained. The standard rooms (some in the main house, some in the 'Pueblito') each have their own dressing area and en-suite facilities. They are all provided with towels, hairdryer, bathrobe, purified drinking water, liquid soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner.

Deluxe rooms are available for a small supplement and these have an additional seating area. There are also two casitas which are small detached lodges to offer more privacy. Each casita has its own shaded veranda and seating area, as well as a lounge area, work space and internet connection. There is a supplement if you wish to stay in a casita.

Facilities at the ranch include lounge, small library, conservatory with guest computer, bar (they use an honesty system), billiards table, dart board and a large, open style kitchen. There is a solar-heated infinity pool which is set into the sun terrace and surrounded by loungers. There is also a hot tub - the perfect place to unwind after a day in the saddle. A massage room is on site and massages can be booked at an extra cost. If you explore the beautiful ranch grounds then you are sure to find tempting hammocks or the interesting cactus garden.

There is a daily maid service and laundry services are available.

Quality local ingredients are used by the ranch's skilled chefs to create both authentic Mexican and international cuisine. Meals are designed to introduce the characteristic flavours of the area and you can be assured of attention to detail. Chilli is a common ingredient used throughout the recipes but don't worry if this isn't to your liking, meals can easily be adapted to suit your preferences and special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice.

Each morning you can enjoy a varied breakfast which is served on the veranda. Lunch is usually served outside under a large oak tree or, if you are out riding around lunchtime, then you might stop off for a delicious picnic. Each evening there is a four course dinner, served with wine, which guests eat in the rustic style dining room.

 

Activities

The solar-heated swimming pool with integrated jacuzzi is a real draw, providing the tired rider with a lovely way to relax or to enjoy a refreshing swim. The sun terrace with loungers overlooks the beautiful ranch surroundings and guests may also wish to take a dip in the hot tub, overlooking the waterfalls, where they can sit back and relax whilst enjoying a margarita or two. There is a massage room on site where you can be treated to a Swedish or hot stone massage to leave you totally relaxed and invigorated.

The area is lovely for hiking or running as the varied terrain provides a challenge in a physical sense whilst the pretty landscapes make great views. You can explore quaint local villages or perhaps take some time to explore the wildlife in the area. Photographers and painters are bound to be delighted with colourful aspects of the land - the cacti, wild flowers, historical haciendas, tumbling waterfalls and not to mention the birdlife. Bird watchers should definitely bring their binoculars in order to view the hawks, kites and eagles as they soar across the blue skies or to view the wild turkeys as they dash through the bushes.

The lounge provides guests with the chance to play a game of darts, pool or chess, to listen to some music or to enjoy a drink from the bar. Anyone for a margarita? The library is also well stocked with volumes in English, Spanish and German so why not pick yourself out a great novel and retire to one of the hammocks.

For those with an interest in Mexican culture or history there is a fabulous range of fascinating excursions which can be arranged for you at an added cost. These optional cultural tours are the ideal way to explore more of Mexico and they can take you to places such as Teotihuacan, where you can see the pyramids of the sun and the moon, or perhaps to the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. These excursions are the ideal way for non-riders to make the most of their time at the ranch. They are by car/minibus and an English speaking staff member accompanies each trip. Some require a minimum of two persons. Please contact us for a list of the available excursions and their prices… options include visits to the weekly markets, museums, monasteries and even to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (at the right time of year).

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish, German and French. Guides' English is limited.

Health requirements: No special requirements.

Age limit: None.

Tuition: No (private riding lessons are available at an added cost).

Included: Classic room double occupancy, all hotel taxes, daily horseback riding as per itinerary, cultural excursions mentioned in the programme, three delicious meals a day, open bar at the ranch (including soda, wine, beer and alcohol). Wifi, use of all ranch facilities.

Not included: Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, drinks while not at the ranch, private riding lessons, massages and other spa services, laundry service, gratuities (10 - 15% is customary if happy with service) and extras not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

It's easy to get here - the closest airport is Mexico City International, a very modern and safety oriented airport. The ranch is located only fifty miles north of the airport.

Airport transfers can be arranged for $55 per person, each way, payable locally. Hotel transfers are $75 per person payable locally.

The transfers are to and from Terminal 1/ Puerta 8 of Mexico City International Airport and they can be arranged for any time of the day or night and any day of the week.

Airport: Mexico City

 

Programmes


Tailor Made Ranch Stay



During a ranch stay, riders of any level head out from the main house to follow a variety of paths. There is a choice of morning rides (approximately 2 - 4 hours), afternoon rides (approx 1 - 3 hours) and all day rides (approx 5 - 6 hours). You can decide one day ahead what your next day's riding plan will be.  There are also progressive rides available, as well as a programme combining horse riding with yoga.

Horses can be swapped on a regular basis to ensure that both horse and rider have the best experience, though the horses have great stamina and fitness. Groups are split according to ability and preference of speed and each head out with a wrangler who will take pride in ensuring that you have the best riding experience possible. 

The ranch also offer a unique approach to riding in that they are able to offer 'combined rides' for partners, friends or family who are of different riding levels but who want to be together. These mixed groups are taken out by two wranglers and when some are walking comfortably, the others can head off for a canter or a gallop with the other wrangler before joining their friends again further down the road. This means that you can spend your holiday together but still enjoy a great ride, each one at their own pace. 

Each stay is really tailor made according to your wishes and there is no strict programme - just plenty of riding and fun! 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 20
Ability description: Rides are now split into groups: easy, medium, advanced and challenging so novice riders are catered for.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: Flexible, as per itinerary.
Departure dates: All year round: arrival and departure is possible on any day and stays can be of any length!
 
Pricing: 2017:
£230 per person, per night based on standard double room occupancy.
£1534 per person (7 nights stay)

Upgrade to riding package (3-day Highland Explorer ride) £234 per person

Deluxe room supplement: £78 per room, per night
Casita supplement: £156 per room, per night
Single supplement: +20%
Christmas, Easter and New Year supplement: +20%
Private Wrangler Half Day £55 Full Day £78

Price is inclusive of:
16% taxes,
All inclusive shared room accommodation,
Riding and sightseeing "A la Carte",
All national alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee at the ranch,
Use of amenities, including solar heated pool, jacuzzi and hot tub.




Mexico Canyon Explorer



Day 1: Saturday

Arrival

After being collected from the airport you will be driven to the ranch and given time to get settled, have a drink or snack and explore the ranch and its wonderful facilities. If time permits on your arrival day there is the option to view and be matched with your first horse and to ride out that very afternoon. You may ride to the nearby village of San Agustin, view the church dating form the 1700s and begin to become accustomed to the friendly, relaxed pace of life in rural Mexico.

That evening you can unwind in the hot tub with a margarita, overlooking the waterfalls or go for a swim in the infinity pool. Enjoy your first 4-course dinner - a delicious fusion of Mexican and international cuisine, served in the ranch’s dining room.

Day 2: Sunday

Heroes de Carranza - La Copa - San Juan Daxthi - Santa Cruz

On your first full days riding from the ranch the trail winds through farm land and plateaus. You will notice the intricate network of irrigation canals managed by the local farmers to water the crops until the rains come. 

Travelling through valleys to the cliffs at 'la Copa' in Santiago Oxthoc the waterfalls spring from the rocks and fall into a martini glass shaped rock formation. A sign by the pool says 'viva el 3 de Mayo 1842" or "cheers to the 3 of May 1842"! This celebrates when the waterfall miraculously sprang from the wall, a phenomenon attributed to the Virgin of Guadalupe. She is venerated in a small shrine just before the waterfall.

Your expert horses will help you climb to the top of the cliffs and along onto the high plains. On clear days the views from this rocky plateau are simply spectacular. On Sundays in San Juan Daxthi, where you will stop for lunch, there is a charming local fruit and vegetable market to explore and during holidays the town hosts a small rodeo. With great opportunities to canter and gallop you are in for a fun afternoon on your way back to the ranch.

Day 3: Monday

Monday: Cerro del Ahorcado - San Antonio - Xochitlan de las Flores

This morning you will ride up to hangman's hill, 'Cerro del Ahorcado', and then into the steep valley of San Antonio. Be sure to bring your camera, especially today, as the views from the hill and scenery in the canyon are superb. After taking lunch at a small restaurant in San Antonio and a small rest you ride to the pretty village of ' Xiochitlan de las Flores' - the village of the flowers. The trails in the afternoon follow the contours of the rolling hills and lead you back to the plains and to the ranch. 

Day 4: Tuesday

San Miguel de la Victoria - Comunidad - Canalejas - Cathedral de Canalejas

Today you will ride through the rugged landscape of extinct volcanoes to San Miguel de la Victoria for a little drink. From here on the landscape changes to the green forest of Canalaejas. This area has wonderful tracks for cantering through the forest towards the town of Canalejas.

Lunch in this town will be delightful, the barbecue restaurants offer tacos filled with delicious meat and vegetables. Suitably tasty full vegetarian options can also be arranged. Lunch will also provide time to stretch your legs after the morning's ride and walk around the small town if you wish.

In the afternoon the trail rises to the Cathedral of Canalejas. This church, set atop a hill, dominates the local view. It was built on the spot where an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was found in a rock, which now forms part of the altar. 

The ride from the cathedral meanders back through the small surrounding villages of Canalejas to the overnight stables for the horses. Here you are met by the ranch staff and driven back to the ranch for a well-earned swim and relaxing hot soak before dinner. 

Day 5: Wednesday

Canalejas - Lago de Huapango - Agua Escondida

Through forest trails and hillside slopes you come to real treat of the day - wide, flat, well irrigated lowlands surrounding the 10,000 acre Lake Huapango. There are endless trails on which to canter and gallop through this area of scenic low impact agriculture. After a picnic on the shores of lake, you have time to relax before the two hour ride through the small villages and woods to the area where the horses are left stabled overnight. Transportation brings you back to the ranch (approx. 30 min) where another mouthwatering dinner awaits.

Day 6: Thursday

Agua Escondida - San Francisco Soyaniquilpan - El Fresno - Atlantes de Tula

As you head towards San Francisco/Soyaniquilpan you are heading south out of the hilly terrain to an area of flat, rich and fertile area where paths for cantering and galloping divide up the farmland. You can rest up in the the village of El Fresno Village and tie up the horses at the local shop. You will the ride through the cobbled streets and past a magnificent ruined hacienda and into the nearby canyon. The delightful valley leads to a river lined with old cedar trees. Through the cedar trees are best waterfalls in the region are hidden just behind the cedar trees and well worth a visit on your way to the clearing for your picnic. After lunch a short drive then takes you to the archaeological site of the Atlantes of Tula, which is thought to be the most important Toltec site in Mexico. It gives a great insight into the rich history of this region. In Tula there is a fine market as well as a couple of Western and charro outfitters. Guests wishing to buy hats, boots, belts, belt buckles, shirts, saddles and charro riding tack can shop to their hearts content. 

Day 7: Friday

San Miguel de Las Piedras - Los Organos - Vista Hermosa

Today you will ride back into the more rugged landscape of 'Los Organos', a place forgotten in time and giving you the impression you are riding right through the set of a western movie. The trail, passing San Miguel de las Piedras leads into the canyon where wild horses roam. You'll visit the geological wonder of 'Peregrinos Petrificados'. A natural rock formation, where it is said that “the Pilgrims turned into stone because they did not want to finish their pilgrimage”. Your lunchtime picnic will be taken by the quiet river as sheep and goats graze nearby. Here the river is mixed with a volcanic warm spring so it is very enjoyable for a swim while your horses are resting.

Homeward bound you climb up out of the steep canyon trails, giving the horses opportunity to show off their technical ability. As you near the top you will be close to the village of 'Heroes de Caranza'. After a short drink break, ride back over the open plains offering the chance to canter or gallop home, sound in the knowledge that after such a long day out a soothing swim and a hot shower await at the ranch.

Day 8: Saturday

Departure

If you have time, enjoy a short morning ride before you are transferred back to the airport.

Please note the itinerary may change due to local circumstances and is flexible.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Advanced
Type of ride: Based Trail
Total riding time: 6 hours average per day
Departure dates: Starts every second Saturday of the month
 
Pricing: 2017:
£1768 per person, based on double room accommodation.

Price is inclusive of:
Local 16% taxes,
All inclusive shared room accommodation,
Riding and sightseeing,
All national alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee at the ranch,
Use of amenities, including solar heated pool, jacuzzi and hot tub.

Upgrades:
Deluxe room supplement: £78 per room, per night
Casita supplement: £156 per room, per night
Single supplement: +20%
Christmas, Easter and New Year supplement: +20%



Magic of the Mexican Highlands



Day 1: Sunday 

Arrival 

You’ll be met at the airport and be driven directly to the ranch. Get settled into your room, explore this beautiful place and discover its many amenities. If time permits, the first afternoon ride takes you to our local village, San Agustin, with its ancient church dating from the 1700s. During this ride you will be able to familiarise yourself with your horse.

Afterwards relax in the hot tub overlooking the waterfalls with a margarita or go for a swim in the infinity pool. Enjoy your first 4-course dinner - a fusion of Mexican and international cuisine – served in the ranch’s dining room.

Day 2: Monday

Tula - Atlantes plus Western Apparel & Mexican Tack Shops 

Enjoy this first morning with a ride on one of the beautiful horses through this epic and diverse countryside. If you wish however, you will have time to get to know the ranch, take the morning to relax by the pool or go on a hike.

In the afternoon, take a short drive to the archaeological site of the Atlantes of Tula. On top of one of the pyramids you will find the great Atlantes, four huge and impressive warrior statues of black basalt. Following this you will visit the town centre of Tula and some shops around it. Take in the vibrant colours and life of the main square before heading back for dinner.

Day 3: Tuesday  

Cerro de las Caballos - Ex Hacienda La Goleta 

Start the ride today crossing the old stone bridge 'El Puente del Muite' (built in the late 17th century). The horses follow the beautiful green path towards the 'Cerro de los Caballos' - The Horses’ Mountain. The flat fields and quiet unpaved roads provide excellent gallops for confident riders, one of the great thrills on offer!

On the way you'll back encounter ancient churches, lakes and rivers. At the end take a beautiful stroll to the hacienda (estate) called ‘La Goleta’ which was built around 1690 by the Spaniards. The wrought iron windows were brought from Sweden, the tiles covering the front porch from Spain, and you can still admire part of the original blue wall paintings. 

Day 4: Wednesday 

Teotihuacan - Archeological Site of the 

Sun & Moon Pyramids - you'll visit Teotihuacan - the place where gods were born. The Aztecs believe that the gods created the universe here. This site will prove to be a fascinating and worthwhile experience! Many people today believe that Teotihuacan is a place of great energy, and it is quite common to witness people meditating at the top of the main pyramids.

Before an enjoyable lunch near the site, you will take a stop at a silver shop, where you will learn about a special drink known as Pulque (distilled agave liquor) made in honour of the god of fertility. 

In the evening, enjoy another relaxing sunset at the Rancho followed by cocktails and dinner. 

Day 5: Thursday 

Tandeje, El Fresno & The Waterfalls 

This ride takes you to the old hacienda of Tandeje and to the waterfalls of Fresno with its breathtaking ancient oak trees. The climb on your horse takes you up to the little sanctuary of the Virgin of Guadalupe from where you have a beautiful view into the canyon below.

This afternoon you have some time to relax at the pool or go for another ride.

Day 6: Friday 

Jilotepec - Local Market Tour 

Today is Market Day and you will have the chance to get immersed in the feelings, colours, vibes and flavor of this incredible place. Mind-boggling arrays of chilies, an almost astonishing variety of Nopales (cactus paddles), aromatic herbs, spices, scrumptious Oaxacan cheese and so much more.

Markets aren’t just for shopping, eating and drinking. They are a microcosm of society and therefore offer a fantastic insight into the culture and everyday life of the folk around here.

Back at the Rancho enjoy the infinity pool, go on a hike or take another ride.

Day 7: Saturday 

Xochitlan de las Flores – Ex Hacienda San Antonio 

Today's ride takes you along a picturesque canyon to the village of 'Xochitlan'. You will be amazed by the sure-footedness of your four-legged friends. Now and then you will enjoy some easy canters between the corn fields.

'Xochitlan de las Flores' got its name from the many flowers that grow here due to the temperate climate. Experience the leisurely way of living, visit the beautiful old church and have a little rest and some refreshment.

On the way to San Antonio, you have a lunch stop in a local 'Fonda'. Heading back you cross countryside that is straight out of an old western movie. Then you follow the ‘Camino Real’ an old Spanish road used by the royal carriages.

Day 8: Sunday 

Lake District & Local Sunday Market in San Juan Daxthi 

Start your ride crossing the Rio Rosas and passing through the quaint little village of 'Los Colorados'. Heading along country lanes you ride through the community of 'Heroes de Carranza' before entering the lake district, which offers incredible views and varied terrain for some delightful and diverse riding.

At the small town of 'San Juan Daxthi', enjoy a local Mexican lunch, before taking a stroll through the vibrant market. 

In the afternoon, the open fields heading back to the ranch are perfect for a canter, and the occasional gallop too, if you like. Local cowboys (charros) and farmers use the myriad of trails to tend to their farm plots and small herds. 

Day 9: Monday 

San Miguel de las Piedras - Organos - Peregrinos Petrificados 

Back into a more rugged landscape today, you would think you were on a western movie set. Ride to 'Los Organos' a place forgotten in time. The trail, passing San Miguel de las Piedras leads into the canyon where wild horses roam. You'll visit the 'Peregrinos Petrificados' a natural rockformation, where it is said that “the Pilgrims turned into stone because they did not want to finish their pilgrimage”.

Your lunchtime picnic will be taken by the river. Goats and sheep graze nearby. Here the river is mixed with a volcanic warm spring so it is enjoyable for a swim while the horses are resting.

Homeward bound, you climb up the canyon and pass through the village of Carranza with its church dating from 1697. On to the Presa of La Goleta, where the soft flat lake shore offers you a final opportunity to canter or gallop, arriving at the ranch late afternoon.

Day 10: Tuesday

San Miguel de Allende – Architecture, Arts & Shopping 

Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the town of San Miguel de Allende is our stop for today. Without a doubt, it is an incredible place. Also called ‘The Heart of Mexico', this will be a milestone during your visit.

A great trip for shoppers and a real treasure for architecture lovers, this amazing city boasts beautiful churches, small town squares, dreamlike alleys and many hidden patios (Mexican courtyards). You can find coffee shops, antiques, handicrafts, jewellery, paintings and many other things while you wander around this enchanted town. 

We will be spending the night in San Miguel, ensuring you fall under the magic spell this city casts on you. Enjoy our special Sunset Surprise.

Day 11: Wednesday 

San Miguel de Allende - La Aurora & Cactus Gardens 

Absorb the special atmosphere of San Miguel during breakfast in a lovely courtyard. Take time for a stroll through other parts of town. Visit the old street market and/or La Aurora - an old factory turned into an exclusive arts and crafts gallery.

Before heading back to the Ranch, you will visit the famous cactus garden which was sanctified as a peace zone by the Dalai Lama. Enjoy the many different species of native plants and animals and a beautiful final view of San Miguel.

Day 12: Thursday 

Departure Day 

Enjoy a nice breakfast and some R&R before we bring you to the airport to catch your flight.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Rides suited to ability
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: 6hrs average per day
Departure dates: Starts every 2nd Sunday of the month
 
Pricing: 2017:
£2936 per person

Price is inclusive of:
Local taxes of 16%,
All inclusive shared room accommodation,
Riding and sightseeing,
All national alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee at the ranch,
Use of amenities, including solar heated pool, jacuzzi and hot tub.

Upgrades:

Deluxe room supplement: £78 per room, per night
Casita supplement: £156 per room, per night
Single supplement: +20%
Christmas, Easter and New Year supplement: +20%



Colours of Mexico



Day 1:

Saturday: Arrival

You’ll be met at the airport and be driven directly to the ranch. Get settled into your room, explore this beautiful place and discover its many amenities. If time permits, the first afternoon ride takes you to our local village, San Agustin, with its ancient church from the 1700s. During this ride you will be able to familiarize yourself with your horse.

Afterwards relax in the hot tub overlooking the waterfalls with a margarita or go for a swim in our infinity pool. Enjoy your first 4-course dinner - a fusion of Mexican and international cuisine – served in the ranch’s dining room.

Day 2:

Sunday: Lake District & Local Sunday Market in Daxthi

After breakfast overlooking the pool and surrounding countryside, you start your ride crossing the Rio Rosas and passing through the quaint little village of 'Los Colorados'. Heading along country lanes you ride through the community of 'Heroes de Carranza' before entering the lake district, which offers incredible views and varied terrain for some delightful and diverse riding. At the small town of 'San Juan Daxthi', enjoy a local Mexican lunch, before taking a stroll through the vibrant market. In the afternoon, the open fields heading back to the ranch are perfect for a canter and the occasional gallop too, if you like. Local cowboys (charros) and farmers use the myriad of trails to tend to their farm plots and small herds. 

Day 3:

Monday: Ex Hacienda Tandeje - El Fresno- Atlantes of Tula - Western & Charro Shops

The morning ride takes you to the old hacienda of Tandeje and to the waterfalls of Fresno with its breathtaking ancient trees. A short climb on your horse takes you up to the little sanctuary of the Virgin of Guadalupe - The Black Virgin of Mexico, from where you have a beautiful view into the canyon below. In the afternoon, take a short drive to visit the archaeological site of the Atlantes of Tula. The site is thought to be the most important Toltec settlement in Mexico. Then, visit the town centre of Tula and shop for some boots or hats in the local Western and charro shops. Soak up local life in the main square before heading back to the ranch.

Day 4:

Tuesday: Cerro de los Caballos - Ex Hacienda La Goleta

Start the ride today crossing the old stone bridge 'El Puente del Muite' (built in the late 17th century). The horses follow the beautiful green path towards the 'Cerro de los Caballos' - The Horses’ Mountain. The flat fields and quiet unpaved roads offer excellent gallops for confident riders, one of the great thrills on offer! Once you reach the monument at the top of the mountain, the panoramic views are stunning. The monument stands for the battle that took place here where the Mexicans defended this territory and won.

Lunch will be served in a little local Mexican restaurant in Deguedo. Back on the horses enjoy some nice canters this afternoon through this open sky country. Nearing the end of the ride you take a stroll to the hacienda (estate) of ‘La Goleta’ which was built around 1690 by the Spaniards. The wrought iron in the windows was brought from Sweden, the tiles covering the front porch from Spain and you can still admire part of the original blue wall paintings. The old aqueduct continues to produce water for the many families living around the hacienda. Back at the ranch, enjoy a sunset cocktail in the hot tub or at the bar and share experiences with your fellow riders.

Day 5:

Wednesday: San Miguel de las Piedras - Los Organos - Peregrinos Petrificados

Back into a more rugged landscape, you would think you were on a western movie set. Ride to 'Los Organos' a place forgotten in time. The trail, passing San Miguel de las Piedras leads into the canyon where wild horses roam. You'll visit the 'Peregrinos Petrificados' a natural rock formation, where it is said that “the Pilgrims turned into stone because they did not want to finish their pilgrimage”. Your lunchtime picnic will be taken by the river. Goats and sheep graze nearby. Here the river is mixed with a volcanic warm spring so it is enjoyable for a swim while the horses are resting.

Homeward bound, you climb up the canyon and pass through the village of Carranza with its church dating from 1697. On to the Presa of La Goleta, where the soft flat lake shore offers you a final opportunity to canter or gallop, arriving at the ranch late afternoon.

Day 6:

Thursday: Xochitlan de las Flores - Ex Hacienda San Antonio

Today's ride takes you along a picturesque canyon to the village of 'Xochitlan'. You will be amazed by the sure-footedness of your four-legged friends. Now and then you will enjoy some easy canters between the corn fields. Xochitlan de las Flores' got its name from the many flowers that grow here due to the temperate climate. Experience the leisurely way of living, visit the beautiful old church and have a little rest and some refreshment.

On the way to San Antonio, the lunch stop is in a local 'Fonda'. Then you follow the old Spanish plastered stone road towards el ‘Bordo Viejo’. Pass by a race track where once a month there are non-professional horse races. Back at the ranch, we'll show you how to make your own margarita. Salud!

Day 7:

Friday: Mercado del Viernes - Cerro del Ahorcado

Today is market day in the town of Jilotepec. Approximately a 30 minute drive from the ranch, you will discover the biggest weekly market in the region where all the people from the surrounding villages bring their goods to sell. All types of livestock, colourful vegetables, tasty fruits, fashionable sombreros, fine leather boots, tack for horse and rider and great mounds of chili peppers are on offer.

After lunch, saddle up to ride through the village of Vista Hermosa (which translates into ‘beautiful view’). From there, a steep climb takes you up the Cerro del Ahorcado (the "hanged man’s hill’) with a 360º view of the entire region. A canter beneath the eucalyptus trees takes us down to the lake where the horses love to splash along the shore. A candlelit dinner completes the day. 

Day 8:

Saturday: Departure Day

Depending on your flight's departure time, enjoy a morning ride, two half day rides, a full day ride or time at the pool and then individual transfers to the airport. 

Itinerary is subject to change due to local circumstances



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Rides are now split into groups: easy, medium, advanced and challenging so novice riders are catered for.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: Flexible
Departure dates: All year round; Friday to Friday
 
Pricing: 2017:
£1534 per person

Price is inclusive of:
16% Local taxes,
All inclusive shared room accommodation,
Riding and sightseeing,
All national alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee at the ranch,
Use of amenities, including solar heated pool, jacuzzi and hot tub.

Upgrades:

Deluxe room supplement: £78 per room, per night
Casita supplement: £156 per room, per night
Single supplement: +20%
Christmas, Easter and New Year supplement: +20%