Ride past farmers plowing with oxen, longhorn cattle, goats and sheep free-grazing on rocky terrain. Cross flowing rivers with tumbling waterfalls, see egrets and ducks roosting on tranquil lakes as the horses splash along the water's edge.
Choose from a wide variety of rides to see the many magnificent panoramic vistas, mountain ranges, historic haciendas, traditional villages and other spectacular scenery in the area. We provide a unique riding experience for everyone, anything from a gentle stroll along the lake, cantering up the side of a hill, galloping across open countryside, crossing rivers, swimming with the horses in the lake or traversing rocky paths to the top of a mountain. You’ll ride in open, big sky country where you can choose to walk, canter or gallop for miles and miles. There is no nose-to-tail riding here!
The ranch offers tastefully-decorated Mexican style courtyard rooms and ‘casitas,’ each with luxurious private baths and first class amenities. Staff prepare gourmet meals, provide personalized service and plan activities and excursions customized to the interests of our guests.
The paddocks are filled with beautiful horses - mostly Quarter Horse/Criollo blends – who are in excellent shape, easy to ride, sure-footed in every pace, and trained to accommodate riders at every skill level from absolute beginner to expert rider.
The weather conditions are very moderate. The sun shines, the mountain air is crystal clear, and the sky is bright blue almost every day. The average year-round daily temperature at midday is in the mid 70’s (around 22º C). Depending on the season, the nights may get cool, but the day-time temperatures are perfect for riding year-round.
For non-riders and riders alike, there are numerous ways to relax at the ranch: unwind at the heated pool or in the hot tub; explore three waterfalls on the ranch; enjoy a margarita and refreshing breeze in the hammocks; play a game of pool; learn to make Mexican foods and drinks in the ranch kitchen or bar; or read one of our many equestrian magazines and other books in our living room, lounge, or patio.
Or spoil yourself with a hot stone massage, a facial or manicure .... in the new Spa facilities.
We also plan a number of activities and optional excursions to historic sites and colorful markets to help you get to know the real Mexico.
Day 1: Arrival Day. Airport pick up and transfer to the ranch. If you arrive early enough, you can enjoy a short afternoon ride. Your first, tasty, Mexican Tequila, or soda awaits you upon arrival at the ranch. Salud! Settle in and have a nice Mexican dinner with lovely wines.
Day 2: The first ride will take us along the hills to the village of ‘San Agustin Buenavista’. The village has a relaxed vibe on Sundays, and we stop to visit their beautiful old church, a trip that takes you back in time. After a nice canter or gallop you will enjoy lunch back at the ranch. Over lunch we discuss and evaluate the riding abilities of the group and if necessary, split into two groups. The afternoon ride takes you on another route down to the river. After crossing, there is a steep climb up the rocks. A lovely ride through crops and little ponds leads us to the the "sunset hill." There we enjoy a long gallop around the hill, with a final canter to its peak where you can enjoy the stunning view of the countryside which you will explore in the coming days. Horse and rider both will enjoy the sun’s glorious display as it slips silently behind the mountain range during the ride back to the ranch.
Day 3: After a tasty Mexican breakfast, we are off, following the old, stone paved Camino Real the route which the royals used to travel from one Hacienda to the other. We stop for refreshments at the Hacienda of San Antonio and then follow the stone path to the old village of San Miguel de Las Piedras, a beautiful little village built into the canyon. After leaving the village we stop in the shade of the trees along the river where we will enjoy our picnic. If you like you may take a dip in the water. Refreshed, we continue following the canyon, pass by giant rocks and climb up the steep tracks to the top of the canyon. On the way back we cross the authentic Mexican countryside and finish the day with a nice canter or gallop.
Day 4: Today after leaving the ranch we will canter across an open plain. The first hours take us into a shady valley full of old oak trees covered with Spanish moss. We climb to the little sanctuary of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Riding along the river we takes us through the village of El Divisadero. Once past the village, we are cross into the open country. Exhilarating canters and gallops take us through the vast cornfields. Pause for lunch and enjoy some great local cuisine. After this break the horses are fresh again and ready for another gallop across open fields on the way back. Before arriving at the ranch we pass the village of San Agustin Buenavista and admire its church, built in 1701.
Day 5: Heading out north we will pass quaint little villages on the way to the Lake District. A beautiful ride takes us alongside the lakes, and in no time we arrive in Santa Maria Macua, a beautiful village built into the mountains. Explore the traditional village before departing to climb into the mountains for our lunchtime picnic on the mountains ridge. Admire the mighty canyons and the Mexican landscape as you savor the delicious food.
The return trip takes us through Heroes Carranza, a dreamy little village with an enchanting old church. Here we can stop for refreshments before cantering or galloping back to the ranch.
Day 6: The longest ride will take you today to the Cathedral of Canalejas. Through open fields we pass the village of Zaragoza, from there we canter cross country to arrive at the wells of Mexicaltongo next to the village of El Tejon. Then the route takes us up through the hills of Jilotepec over to Canalejas where we climb the little mountain with its Cathedral on the top. After the visit of this beautiful Cathedral where many weddings are held we ride down into the village of Canalejas where we will enjoy the real Mexican Tacos at a place well known by us. On the way back through ever-changing countryside you will have several opportunities for a relaxed canter or a speedy gallop.
Day 7: Today let’s “saddle up” for the morning ride, which takes us 2,000 feet up the mountains. The countryside changes quickly as the sure-footed horses begin the climb beyond the small villages into the mountains where the landscape is filled with cactus and tequila plants.
Now you have the chance to swim with horses before we take a last afternoon ride, depending on your likings, galloping across open plains and through the fields or visiting the old hacienda of San Agustin after crossing the beautiful antique bridge ‘Puente del Muité'.
Day 8: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on your last day at the ranch. Depending on your flight out, maybe there is still time for a quick morning ride. Say goodbye to your horses and then we head for Mexico City.
Itinerary subject to change!
Rates are ‘all inclusive’ meals, riding and transfer from Mexico City
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