Authentic Ranch Vacation in Mexico

Join this special program in which you will get to experience the beautiful surroundings of Ajusco National Park on horseback! During this special program, you will get to stay in a real Mexican Ranch. You will climb up to 13 feet (4,000 meters) to see one of the oldest inactive volcanoes of the area, visit a hidden village, seek for a herd of wild horses, and lots more. The almost 50-year-old ranch is all about authentic atmosphere and personalized service; you will feel like you are at home.

Key information

  • Tack type: Mexican Charro or Western tack (others including English available on request)

Highlights

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Approximately daily riding time: 3 - 5 hours
  • A service of wranglers and use of riding equipment
  • 3 daily meals and beverages and quality wines
  • Free use of the ranch amenities
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport (US$50 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area

You will be staying at Ranch Guadalupe during this holiday. There are a limited number of rooms at the ranch and Ranch Guadalupe can guarantee the quality of service, privacy, and a relaxing stay. All rooms are decorated in Mexican style with unique paintings, antique furniture, and beautiful details in each one of them. All rooms and suites have a private bathroom with hairdryer, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, and bathrobe. Each room is also equipped with a heater, safety-deposit box, and extra blankets for your convenience.

Ranch Guadalupe Mexico Ranch Vacation Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Ranch Guadalupe's representative will meet you at the Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and drive you straight to the ranch. Take a tour around the installations and meet the horses or maybe take a margarita and wait for a delicious buffet-style dinner! Daily changing menus and local specialties like cheese-stuffed huauzontles and creamy salmon with chipotle will blow your mind. Quality wines are always served with dinner and lunch. Let the staff help you get comfortable and discover all the amenities.

Day 2: Ajusco surroundings

On your second day at the Ranch, Ranch Guadalupe will take you for a short ride for about two to three hours in the morning. You will get to climb up a hill where there are usually hundreds of goats and sheep enjoying the day and eating green grass. After lunch in the afternoon, you will ride to a nearby volcano from where a great view to Mexico City opens. It’s just marvelous when the sun sets on this huge capital.

Day 3: Hidden villages and wild horses

Now that you got a feeling on the horses and got to do two shorter trails, you should be ready for a half-day in the saddle. Today, Ranch Guadalupe will take you to a five-hour trail to a hidden village called Capulín, where you will have the opportunity to purchase locally prepared beverage called “Conejo” or maybe just an ice-cold “cerveza”. This beautiful village has only about 300 habitants and the nearest city is about two hours' drive away and if you are lucky, there is a possibility to spot a herd of wild horses on your way.

Day 4: Mountain riding

On your fourth day at the Ranch, Ranch Guadalupe will take you for a four-to-five-hour trail to an enormous inactive volcano you can see all the way from the ranch. Now that you probably are used to the altitude, it’s the perfect timing to climb even higher to 13 feet above sea level. The view is absolutely amazing from the top of this volcano. After lunch, Ranch Guadalupe can take you to Downtown Ajusco for some shopping and sightseeing or maybe you would like to skip a day of riding and do a tourist excursion to one of the many sights in the City.

Day 5: Departure

If you have an early flight to catch, Ranch Guadalupe will serve you a breakfast before it’s time to go and one of the drivers will drive you to the airport upon request. In case your flight leaves at night, you will have time to do one last trail near the ranch and Ranch Guadalupe will accommodate with lunch and dinner to your schedule.

General information

If you don't know how to ride, you will have to request for a private wrangler for riding in the wilderness. He will help you at all times. Ranch Guadalupe also has two paddocks where you can practice or take some riding lessons in English if you do not feel sure about riding in the wilderness. Ranch Guadalupe also has many other activities for people who are not that in to riding and just want to experience the lifestyle in a real Mexican ranch.

Ranch Guadalupe recommends their trails for medium-advanced to experienced riders who are capable to control a spirited, well-fed horse. All the horses are very well trained and experienced in the fields and they do not get scared easily. Some of the horses are less energetic than the others but mainly they are not for people who have never gotten on a horse. Ranch Guadalupe can arrange short rides for people who have never been on a horse. All beginners should pay for a private wrangler who is there at all times to attend and help you with the horse.

Usually when on a riding trip, the guides mostly walk at a fast pace because the terrain is very varied from ups and downs to open fields. Ranch Guadalupe doesn't have that strict rules on the trails, for example, everyone doesn’t have to stay behind the guides or in a formal order. If you want to canter, Ranch Guadalupe will show you the perfect places to do so and there are many open and straight places suitable for cantering.

In addition, mostly, Ranch Guadalupe uses Mexican Charro or Western tack, but they have some other tacks available upon requests, such as English, Australian, Galápagos, and Women's saddles.

Location

Ajusco is a natural park in the south of Mexico City. The area is famous for its highest point, a 3,930-meter (13,000 feet) high lava-dome volcano called “Pico de Águila”. Many residents of Mexico City and tourists visit the area around the highest points with activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and climbing. The mountains in Ajusco offer stunning views, where all Mexico City can be seen.

Nearby places

  • Mexico City International Airport, 38 kilometers - 45 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 days of riding
  • Riding and equipment
  • Wranglers
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Meals
  • Beverages and quality wines with dinner and lunch
  • Amenities
  • 15% tax

What's not included

  • Transportation from the airport and back
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuity (10 to 15%) if you are satisfied with the service
  • Other optional services

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request for 50 USD per car.

Airport: Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport Airport transfer available: Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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