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Overview

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 ranc…

Highlights

  • Vibrant authentic Mexican ranch with superb facilities
  • Flexible packages for all levels of rider
  • Fabulous facilities for non riders
  • Well trained horses and experienced Mexican wranglers
  • Rich diverse landscape

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 12 riders per group (20 in camp)
  • Average of 1 - 6 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 210lbs / 15 stone / 95kg

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!

Horses & Riding

Tack

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

Horses

Mostly Quarter Horse and Criollo crosses.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Tailor Made Ranch Stay is a based ride

Ages

No Age Limit

Health

No special requirements.

Weight

210lbs / 15 stone / 95kg

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

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.

Itineraries

Tailor Made Ranch Stay Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

The solar-heated swimming pool with integrated jacuzzi is a real draw, providing the tired rider with a lovely way to relax. The sun terrace overlooks the beautiful surroundings and the hot tub, overlooking the waterfalls, is a great place to sit back and unwind whilst enjoying a margarita. There is a treatment room on site where you can be treated to a massage to leave you totally relaxed and invigorated.

The area is lovely for hiking or running 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?

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 price options include visits to the weekly markets, museums, monasteries and even to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (at the right time of year).

Travel

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 extra cost. These are shared group transfers and will be synchronised with incoming/outgoing international flights so all incoming and outgoing clients can be collected together (it may be necessary to wait up to 4 hours of your arrival time).

Alternatively, a private transfer can be arranged so clients are collected on arrival. These are more expensive.

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

Testimonials

Maria M., Sept. 14, 2009

Overall the holiday was fantastic, a great mix with plenty of time for relaxing by the pool or drinking margaritas in the jacuzzi. As l went for the 12 day program l found the mix of visiting different places, i.e. Monuments/ markets/San Miguel between riding days was brilliant to be able to see a bit more of Mexico and even if you are on a shorter trip the staff are very helpful should you fancy a day out instead of riding.


Lorna M., July 1, 2009

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.


Laura Z., June 30, 2009

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.


Tony K., June 26, 2009

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.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

The ranch is located only 50 miles north of Mexico City airport and transfers are available at extra cost.

Arrive and settle into your room.

Days 2 to 7

Riding: 1 - 6 hours

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!

Day 8 - Depart

Riding: No riding.

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

All nights spent in private en-suite bedrooms at the ranch.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All abilities can be catered for, with rides split into ability groups (easy, medium and advanced)

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 12
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

At any time during: Aug. 20, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021  (Flexible arrival and departures)

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2022 - Dec. 31, 2022  (Flexible arrival and departures)

Pricing

2021/2022
Classic Room; Sharing
£285 $395 €335 per night
Included Accommodation in shared rooms, all meals, all national alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, horse riding, wellness activities (yoga, meditation, stretching, Tai Chi, foam roller classes, hiking, mountain biking, cooking classes), solar-heated infinity pool, jacuzzi and hot tub, as well as shared transportation from and to Mexico City airport when you stay 5 nights or more.
Not included Flights, airport transfers on stays of less than 5 nights, personal travel insurance, gratuities (10 - 20% is customary if happy with service), drinks while not at the ranch, private riding lessons, massages and other spa services, laundry service and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021/2022 - Deluxe Room Upgrade £60 $83 €71 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for your stay
2021/2022 - High Season Supplement 20.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
Easter, Christmas and New Year dates are subject to an additional 20%
2021/2022 - Private Transfer £141 $195 €167
Paid to Far and Ride
Private airport transfer each way, up to 4 passengers.
2021/2022 - Shared Airport Transfer £40 $55 €47
Paid to Far and Ride
Shared transfers from and to Mexico City airport, each way - you may have to wait for other guests arriving.
2021/2022 - Single Supplement 20.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
There are three single rooms available at no extra cost on a 'first come, first served' basis (these rooms not available at Easter or Christmas). If these rooms are allocated then the supplement is payable.
2021/2022 - Suites Upgrade £103 $142 €122 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Upgrade to one of the Suites (Casitas & Family Room) for your stay.
2021/2022 - Upgrade to Progressive Trail Ride £330 $460 €395
Paid to Far and Ride
To upgrade to the 3 day Highland Explorer progressive ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.