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Horse Riding Holidays Mexico – Rancho las Cascadas

Rancho las Cascadas has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays Mexico). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in Mexico for our clients.

Don’t forget our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find any of our Horse Riding Holidays in Mexico at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

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Rancho Las Cascadas

PRICES 2017

Suitable for all levels of riders, non-riders and children too. Rates are quoted per person sharing.

£250/€295/$310 per night

Upgrade to a Deluxe Room – £65/€55/$50  per room/per night
Upgrade to a Suite or Casita – £115/€105/$100 per room/per night

Single supplement is an additional 20%, surcharges apply over Christmas and New Year, please ask.

Includes – All riding, all inclusive accommodation and cultural tours mentioned in itinerary

Excludes – Flights, transfers and tips.

DATES 2017

Open all year.

Getting There
International flight to Mexico City.

Transfer
A 90 minute car transfer from Mexico City International Airport, $55 each way, paid in cash directly on arrival or departure.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Rancho las Cascadas is a fabulous cultural experience in Mexico with wonderful riding country and stylish living. This is the perfect place to bring your friends & family, a Swiss run ranch in rural Mexico, where you can be pampered and yet still experience the real Mexico. You will find your host at Rancho las Cascadas goes beyond the call of duty to ensure you have a wonderful time. Whether you’re a non-rider, nervous beginner or experienced rider, at Rancho las Cascadas there is a horse & ride to suit everyone.

This small and intimate, boutique style Rancho las Cascadas, owned and operated by Ursula, our Swiss born rancher, accommodates up to 18 guests and offers delightful (and very private) accommodation by using the colour and imagination of Mexico’s country interiors. The rooms and ranch itself are rustic chic, spotless and tastefully designed. The service and level of attention is five star and the cuisine inventive and always delicious, and the spirited but disciplined horses are a delight and do their job very well – all this is supervised with Swiss efficiency and attention to detail.

At Rancho las Cascadas rides are sensitively tailored to your requirements and each day is different. You will encounter farmers ploughing with oxen, you will cross flowing rivers with tumbling waterfalls and climb up to small villages in the mountains where the landscape is filled with cactus and tequila plants, and you can even enjoy a swim with your horse!

In addition to the fabulous riding, there are lots of cultural trips to enjoy and include the Teotihuacon Pyramids, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, day trips to Mexico City and San Miguel an old colonial town.

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THE RIDING top

Horses at Rancho las Cascadas – Criollo, Criolla Crosses, Quarter Horses & Quarter Horse Crosses.

Level of Riding & Pace – From a complete beginner to advanced rider, there are horses to suit all levels.

Tack – Mexican, very similar to Western.

Weight Restriction – 18 stone / 114 kg / 251 lbs.

Group Size at Rancho las Cascadas – Maximum 10.

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Rancho las Cascadas is a really stylish boutique ranch, with pristine en suite accommodation. There are 3 different room types to choose from, the main lodge rooms, the deluxe rooms off the main patio and the large private casitas. In addition, they have a beautiful pool to chill and cool down with lots of relaxing outdoor spaces, including a ‘Hot Tub’ to ease aching muscles.

The food is delicious, all freshly prepared and a mix of both Mexican & European styles.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at Rancho Las Cascadas is part of the collection of Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Mexico.

Please Ask About

  • Special fiesta events
  • Massages
  • Painting classes with local artist
  • Mexican cookery classes
  • Yoga Weeks
  • Add ons
    • Mexico City
    • Playa del Carmen

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Riders of all levels are catered for at Rancho Las Cascadas.

You are always welcome to skip the rides, and relax at the ranch. Alternatively, you can visit the nearby town of San Miguel, a peaceful artists’ colony or sample the delights of the nearest market in Jiltepec.

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 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

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 center 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, colorful 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.

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All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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Mexico Holidays Testimonials

Honor on Rancho las Cascadas, Mexico

The horses are in good condition - very fit and healthy. They are typical ranch bred, cross breeds and are suitable for all standards. As an experienced rider, I found them light and responsive and we had lots of great canters! I could tell though that they would really look after less experienced riders too.

Honor from London