Cascadas Yoga Retreat

Central Mexico Mexico: (IT-MXRLC02-YOGA)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/america_central_mexico_colores_mexico_yoga.aspx

Introduction
Central Mexico Mexico 'Namaste, Yeehaw and Quetzalcoatl' - Letting Go in Mexico...

Yoga Retreat in Mexico
Once a month we organize special yoga weeks, where you may choose between yoga, riding and cultural tours to sacred places. In the mornings after breakfast there will be a 90 min. yoga class or a longer ride and in the afternoon shorter rides or a 60 min. "Power Yoga" class.
This Yoga Retreat is integrated in our famous horseback riding weeks. We have horses in great shape and well maintained to give you the greatest pleasures you can have in horse riding.

We also integrate horses in some of our yoga classes so you can strive to connect to another being through your inner force. Connected through energy.
The week includes: Yoga; meditation; horses; sacred places; extraordinary vistas; beautifully appointed living accommodations; deliciously prepared meals...

Yoga in Mexico is invigorating. The colors, the food, the vibes!
Nestled in a magnificent valley on a high mountain plateau in Central Mexico, this Yoga Retreat at our Rancho Mexicana is the perfect environment to enjoy a week of peace and tranquility. The retreat is bordered by three waterfalls, with its constant flow of water/energy, offering some of the most stunning scenery Mexico has to offer.

Enjoy the physical challenge of this varied terrain; take in the vibrant color of this rural landscape; revel in the beauty of the plants indigenous to the area and discover quaint villages unchanged by time.

This trip is for you if...

  • You've never experienced Mexico for its true color, food and vibes.
  • You are new to Yoga or you are a Yoga enthusiast, that would like do some expert, daily, personal coaching in a week long retreat in beautiful sunny secluded paradise.
  • You would like to learn how to horseback ride or you are an expert rider and would like to experience a free style of riding on our fantastic horses, with unforgettable views and terrain.
  • You would like to stay in a beautiful Mexican style ranch in a tranquil setting.
  • You would experience the great history, sacred places, culture and colorful life of Mexico.
  • You would love to bundle all of the above into a week of discovery, invigorating workouts and secluded relaxation
  • And most importantly, this is for you if you love to have a good time, share some laughter with others, or enjoy your time in the sun with a margarita.physical challenge of this varied terrain; take in the vibrant color of this rural landscape; revel in the beauty of the plants indigenous to the area and discover quaint villages unchanged by time.
If you are an Instructor and looking for the perfect retreat to bring your own students, we have a special offer for you - please inquire.

Accomodation

Located at at a 7,500 ft. elevation on a plateau in the mountains, Rancho las Cascadas is bordered by three waterfalls.
The ranch is made up of several Mexican-style buildings, set in beautifully tended gardens. Facilities include a spacious and comfortable lounge and library, a conservatory with guest computer, a well-stocked bar, billiard table and dart board and the heart of any Mexican home, a fabulous open kitchen.
Outside is the beautiful infinity pool with jacuzzi set within the sun terrace, decked with loungers and a hot tub – the perfect place to unwind. All overlooking the breath-taking rolling hills and natural waterfalls below. A walk around the grounds of the ranch offers further 'hidden treasures', including the cactus garden and the hammocks swaying gently under the trees.
The guest rooms are individually decorated in typical Mexican country style. Much attention is given to the finer details creating a seamless combination of comfort and style.
All rooms have private en-suite facilities -- hairdryer, bathrobe, purified drinking water, liquid soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner


Built in 2003 by Swiss owner and operator Ursula, the amenities sport an European flare. Three gourmet meals are served daily, prepared with fresh local ingredients and designed to individual guest preferences. Outside dining under the big oak tree or picnic stops during a ride are also guest favorites.

Rancho Mexicana, Mexico

The kitchen is always open, encouraging a late night snack or early morning mug of coffee and a well stocked bar is located in the great room for guest use on a trust bar system.
The Swiss Management combined with Mexican Hospitality guarantee a well organized and unforgettable equestrian vacation!!

Rancho Mexicana, Mexico

Patio Classic and Deluxe Rooms
These spacious Mexican Style decorated rooms are situated in the Main House open to the colorful Mexican courtyard.  Four clean, well-appointed rooms with king beds, private baths and tiled shower all open onto a fresh air courtyard with fountain. Two of them are a bit bigger and have an additional lounge area. Hidden Trails clients are automatically upgraded to these rooms when available at check in.

'El Pueblito' Rooms
'El Pueblito' means Mexican village. These newly decorated rooms are nestled between the Main House and the Corral.
They surround a central terrace with cactus garden and water feature, all adding to the traditional atmosphere of a 'Pueblito', a Mexican village. Each one is individually designed to reflect the vibrancy and color of Mexican life.

Rancho Mexicana, Mexico

Casitas: Casa Luna & Casa Sol
Two free standing casitas for maximum privacy and additional space with their own shaded porch. Sitting area inside.
Desk and Internet connection in the room. Sitting area on the veranda.

All rooms are available with either one king size or two generous twin beds (on request). Rooms are made up daily. We also offer laundry services, not included. Also provided in every room:  A hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, towels and drinking water.

Our packages include lodging in the Patio or El Pueblito rooms. If you like to stay in one of the Deluxe Casitas, there is an extra charge for the upgrade unless there are 3 or 4 sharing.


Rancho Mexicana, Mexico


Meals

Hot Mexican chili pepper...
The meals are specially created to introduce the characteristic flavors of this region. Whether a simple lunch or a festive dinner, you can be assured of great service and attention to detail. Chilli is a common ingredient in many of our recipes, but we can always adapt to your taste preferences.
The finest local ingredients are combined by our highly skilled chefs to create authentic Mexican, as well as international cuisine.
A rich and varied breakfast awaits you each morning, served on the veranda, overlooking the picturesque valley below.
Lunch is served under the big oak tree or as a picnic when riding.
And every evening, a gourmet four-course dinner with wine is served in our stylish, rustically-designed dining room.

If you have special dietary requests (i.e. vegetarian, diabetic, Atkins) just tell us in advance and we will accommodate your needs.
There is seating in the dining room, outdoors on the patio or under the trees, where you may watch the sunset and listen to the rushing waters.
You are welcome to hang out and chat in the kitchen. Many guests have enjoyed watching and learning as meals are prepared. Fresh fruit drinks and cool purified water are always available there.

Breakfast and lunch rides to scenic areas are regular events. Don't worry if you are a non-rider, we'll take you to the picnic spots!
According to ranch tradition the meals are served family style, with plenty of second and third helpings and lots of good conversation.

Lounge Activities:
Take time out to enjoy our lounge and challenge one of your fellow guests to a game of darts, pool, or chess, while listening to music and enjoying a drink from the bar.

Bar: There is a "honor bar" at the lodge. You help yourself and write down the drinks. At the end of the week you pay your bar bill (very reasonable prices). Wine with dinners is included (some limitations)

Spa --  For a real treat, book yourself a massage. We have a tranquil massage room and offer a 50 minute Swedish massage (USD 50) or a hot stone massage (USD 70). Either one will leave you relaxed and invigorated.

Swimming Pool: Enjoy the fantastic real swimming pool.
Heated with solar panels and with an integrated jacuzzi it is one of the favorite spots to spend a lovely afternoon as well as enjoy an early morning swim.



PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
Book the ranch (up to 14 rooms) for your special event.

Weddings and Honeymoon / Family Gatherings and Celebrations
As a venue for a family gathering or celebration, we offer the perfect setting for your special day.
Art and Culture / Yoga Retreat
You and/or your class can enjoy the use of the ranch to organize a multitude of activities both here and in the local area. Rancho Las Cascadas is a haven of tranquility, so especially suitable for your Yoga class.
Business Meetings / Team-building
People have become more and more aware of the benefits of team-building activities and we offer the ideal location for progressing and developing your team. We provide meeting rooms during the day and gourmet dinners at night.

Riding

On some days there are morning and afternoon rides and on others there are all-day rides with some fantastic surprises along the way.
Riding groups are kept small - usually 4 to 6 riders with a maximum of 8 riders per horse guide.
Rides are suited to any riding level, from complete beginner to very experienced riders.
Advanced riders have the opportunity to enjoy really great, faster paced riding.
Less experienced riders can go out with a separate guide to ensure that everyone gets the best experience.
Or, if you are a mixed level group, like a family or group of friends, we are able to send you out together as one group but with 2 wranglers, giving you the opportunity to ride together during your stay.
We take a great deal of pride to ensure that whatever length your stay is, your experience leaves you with unforgettable memories. We organize our rides to be varied and to provide an insight into the local area, giving you a flavor of the different terrain and landscapes of this beautiful part of Mexico.

Rancho Mexicana, Mexico

The Horses
The horses are in excellent shape, easy to ride, sure-footed at every pace and trained to accommodate riders at every skill level from absolute beginner to expert rider.
Currently there are 30 mixed breed, Criollo, Azteca, Quarter amongst others, suited to confidently handle the variety of terrain this wonderful countryside offers. The herd consists of geldings and stallions - but not to worry they are all very well behaved and get along just fine due to the way they can freely roam and form small 'famiuly units'.
The corral is located beside the barn and you can spend some time with the horses and help with feeding or grooming whenever you feel like it. After the rides you can treat your horse to a sugar or watch the sunset from the paddock wall. If you love horses you will fall in love with ours. Each one has its own character and yet is trained to be responsive with any level of rider. Our Wranglers work hard to ensure that the horses are always at their best in terms of fitness and training.

Tack
The tack is ‘Charro’ style (similar to Western) and provides an exceptionally comfortable ride.

Private Riding Lessons - US$ 30 (50 mins)

Staff
There are around 15 staff members, some of whom speak English, German and French, as well as Spanish. Almost all of the team is Mexican, including the wranglers.
A permanent, dedicated staff is employed to ensure that your holiday is an unforgettable one.
The quality of the service we provide is paramount to our success. The expectations are high and our staff are well-trained to accommodate guests from all over the world.

Other options
Mexico has a lot to offer and we suggest participating whenever possible. Just having a drink in a local store lets you have a glimpse at how the locals live.

Local Fiestas

Every village holds fiestas periodically. There are many Saints to be celebrated, many Mexican holidays and often also the unexpected horse race in the middle of nowhere or a Charro or Peales event in one of the small villages in the region.
We will check dates and plan to attend if you are interested in experiencing this part of the rich Mexican culture.

Evening Entertainment

Every evening we have an enjoyable four course dinner with occasional live Mexican or International music. Colorful folkloric events may also be presented on special occasions here at the ranch including traditional dance and music. You may even be invited for an impromptu Salsa lesson.
Do you play an instrument? Why don't you bring it along?

Relax
If you don't feel like riding, just relax in one of our hammocks, play billiard, darts or one of the many games we offer. Take a drink at the bar and learn to prepare a Margarita or Piña Colada on your own.
Use the hot tub, read one of the books from our library, take a massage (optional) or take a stroll along the river and visit the surrounding 'Cascadas' (waterfalls).

Hot Tub
Nothing better then to chill out in the whirlpool, enjoying a drink from the bar and listening to the relaxing sound of music in the background.

Massages
Give yourself the luxury of a relaxing massage and experience a renewal of energies. No advance reservation needed!

Relaxation Massage   - extra charge
Foot Reflex Massage - extra charge

Riding Lessons
Private riding lessons - extra charge
If you booked as a 'Non Rider' you may join one of the outings on a horse (per hour)-extra charge

Itinerary

You are more than welcome to switch up any of the yoga sessions for horseback riding, if you wish to do so. There are also other activities offered during your stay (some optional).



Daily layout:
Enjoy a healthy homemade breakfast on the terrace overlooking the pool and surrounding countryside.
90min Hatha Yoga in the morning and then some time to relax.
Lunch is served outside under the big oak tree overlooking the waterfalls or at other nice places mentioned during specific days.
Free time to relax, enjoy the place, discover the surroundings or go horseback riding.
60min Power Yoga
In the evening you will be served a delicious four-course “Nouvelle Mexciana” dinner (Vegetarian option available) in our large dining room. All guest dine together, so you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the company of each other.
        


Day 1: Saturday  Arrival Day
We will arrange private pick up from the Mexico International airport. At the ranch you will get a full guided tour of the ranch and then you can settle in, unpack, check the place out, and rest after your trip. You can relax, go for a swim in the infinity pool, or enjoy a Margarita or Fresh Fruit Drink in the hot tub. Take some time, walk over to the corral and meet our horses. Tonight you will meet your pals for the week in our large dining room. All guest dine together, so you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the company of each other.



Day 2:  Sunday   Yoga Session with Horses at the Ranch
Enjoy a healthy homemade breakfast on the terrace overlooking the pool and surrounding countryside.
90min Hatha Yoga in the morning. Time to relax before lunch, which will be served outside under the big oak tree. During this afternoons yoga session we will strive to become one with horses and nature!
Our aim through yoga with horses:
- Appreciate horses and get comfortable with them being a rider or not Tula
- Improve your balance, flexibility and body awareness
- Enjoy quality time with horses, trying to connect with another being
- Try something different and fun
In the evening you will be served a delicious four-course “Nouvelle Mexciana” dinner (Vegetarian option available) in our large dining room. All guest dine together, so you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the company of each other.



Day 3:
  Monday  Spiritual Journey with Yoga at the Atlantes
Normal morning activities and lunch at the ranch. In the afternoon we will be taking a trip to the spiritual archaeological site of the Atlantes of Tula, the mysterious and important Toltec city of Tula from 900-1150AD.
Tula is best known for its huge 15 foot basalt “Atlantes”  (giant Warriors carrying the temples roof). These impressive stone figures might inspire us to do some warrior poses. - Don’t forget your yoga mat.
Also learn about Quetzalcoatl, a Mesoamerican deity whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and has the meaning of "feather-serpent".  



Day 4:
Tuesday   Sunrise Yoga & Afternoon Yoga Session in El Fresno
Today we will start our day with a sunrise yoga session. Breakfast will be served after class.
Then “saddle-up” at 10:00 we depart from the ranch on horseback for an easy ride (if you prefer, you may join us later by car). This short ride will take us to El Fresno, a quaint little village, with its picturesque views. Here we will enjoy a charming picnic.
After lunch take some time to rest, relax and enjoy nature before we start our afternoon yoga session there. Time to saddle up and head back to the ranch on horseback or by car.



Day 5: 
Wednesday  Teotihuacán & Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon
Rise and shine early because we leave for the most famous Sacred Place in Mexico. Teotihuacan is the spectacular ancient city which houses the great pyramids of the Sun and Moon.  These Pyramids are truly two of the most amazing sacred structures in the world. Pyramids were designed to focus and transform energy and light. The energy here is perfect to enhance our personal growth and development. Here we climb to the top of the Sun Pyramid and spend some time there just as the ancient tribes of the time did. They practiced the three masteries for personal freedom: Awareness, Transformation and Intent. Here you’ll have the opportunity to focus on the beauty within you, the light, the magic and all the possibilities you hold waiting to unfold!
After lunch we head back to the ranch to participate in the normal afternoon activities or just relax.
Power Yoga before dinner.



Day 6: Thursday   Scenic Ride with Yoga Session at Los Organos and Picnic
Back in the saddle today as we take a ride into the more rugged landscape surrounding San Agustin. You might think you were returning to a western movie set, with the wild growing cacti and trails crossing old overgrown train rails hidden between them.

This ride takes us down into a canyon along rivers, where wild horses roam, to ‘Los Organos’ a sacred place forgotten in time. Los Organos are also called  'Peregrinos Petrificados' as of this big rock formation in the middle of nowhere it is said that “the Pilgrims were turned into stone because they did not want to continue their pilgrimage”.

A late morning yoga session is taken by 'Los Organos' and the river as goats and sheep graze nearby. This river is mixed with a volcanic warm spring so it is quite nice for a swim after the picnic, while the horses are resting. Homeward bound we pass through the village of Heroes de Carranza with its church dating from 1697, then a last nice canter along the lake shore, arriving at the ranch late afternoon. (Non rider option also available)
Hatha Yoga before dinner to relax and reflect on the day's events.

Day 7: 
Friday   Local Market in Jilotepec  - Hatha Yoga overlooking the waterfalls
After an early sunrise yoga session you have the choice to visit the colorful local market or relax at the ranch.
This afternoon we head outside for a yoga session overlooking the waterfalls. Take deep breaths of clean crisp mountain air, relax and enjoy. The sounds of the waterfalls and nature will lead this session.
Meditate on what this weeks impressions. Farewell dinner.

Day 8:
  Saturday  Departure or extension of your holiday
Today we take you back to the airport or if you wish you can also extend your stay with us
Hasta la Vista - till we meet again!


--Itinerary subject to changes.

 



Rates and Dates for Cascadas Yoga Retreat

Rates include:

7 nights accommodation, all meals, daily yoga sessions, sightseeing, riding - divided into riding groups according to riding level, full use of ranch facilities - heated swimming pool, jacuzzi hot tub, mountin bikes (on availability), free wifi access.

Packages and Options




Rates Note:

We have 2 Single rooms at no extra charge. Once they are reserved, there is a 20% supplement unless you are willing to share.

Rates Note:

We have 2 Single rooms at no extra charge. Once they are reserved, there is a 20% supplement unless you are willing to share.


Transfer and Other Options:



 DescriptionUS$
2012 Group transfer from Mexico City Airport is included at 4 pm - drop off 12 noon $0
2012 Private transfers any time from Mex City airport per person - each way
- to be paid locally
$45

Dates Note: This trip is available daily throughout the year.

Rates do not include:

Beverages from the bar, optional sightseeing programs, spa treatments (manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing), massages (swedish and hot stone), green fees

Other Info
Meeting: Hidalgo
Airport: Mexico City
Transfer: Mexico City Airport

Climate:

 
333 days of sunshine a year

Rancho Mexicana - Las Cascadas

Thanks to its special geographical situation in a valley at an altitude of 7'500 feet above sea level and protected by high mountains, the weather conditions are very tempered and the sun shines almost every day.
The average daily temperature all year round is of approx. 75ºF. Only depending on the season the nights get more or less cool.
The ranch is open and operating year round. Guests often ask... "which is the best time of the year to visit?" The only way to answer that question is...

EVERY SEASON HAS IT'S HIGHLIGHTS

SPRING - March - May
Changes take place. The local farmers start to prepare their fields for the corn crops. The plough makes it's way through the acres drawn by oxen or horses.

Imagine passing by farmers working the fields in the way they have done for generations. Go back in time to a glorious past.

SUMMER - June - August
Known as the 'rainy season', which is (unfortunately for the farmers here) not really the case at our place. Due to the geographical situation (we are in a valley at an altitude of 7500 ft) the clouds can't gather as much as in other regions of Mexico. But we do get the occasional shower (downpour) of an hour or two in the evenings or at night (last summer we had a total of aprox 20 individual 'days' with 1-2 hrs of rain here).
Just enough to allow all of the usually dormant plants to bloom, creating spectacular vistas of vibrant color, with cosmos flowers everywhere.. see pictures on the left. This is for me the most beautiful time of the season. The nights are cool and in the morning a bright sunny blue sky awaits you for another perfect ride.
Imagine cantering through millions of cosmos flowers, like floating through a sea of blossoms, the horses almost hidden in the fields covered with pink.

AUTUMN - September - November
Until the dry season begins at the end of October there are still flowers everywhere. Now harvest arrives... The local farmers usually let the corn dry until the end of November and then take it in, using it primarily to feed their animals during winter. They grind part of the crop to make the meal for the famous tortilla.
Imagine listening to the wind whispering through the dry, high standing golden corn fields, while you cross between them into the sunset.

WINTER - December - February
The driest season with practically no rain at all. This means that the fields are very dry, painted a golden color against a brilliant blue sky, spotted with green cactus and mesquite bushes the exception.
Imagine late afternoon, as you ride through fields set afire by the setting sun. A spectacular image you will never forget.


What To Bring:

All year round at midday we have temperatures of approx. 24º centigrade / 76 Fahrenheit. In the mornings and in the evenings it is good to have some long sleeved shirts or sweaters to take on the rides. It is always good to pack something of both so you can’t get wrong. Don’t forget your swimming trunks, if you like to use the hot tub or swim with the horses (depending on the weather).

For riding we recommend jeans and short boots. Training shoes are not really apt for riding as you may not be comfortable and get stuck in the stirrups. In any case you may buy short leather boots in the markets around here for about US$ 25.- to US$ 35.- depending on the size.

A pair of bicycle pants underneath your jeans can be helpful for beginners or guest which have not been riding for a long time (to help prevent rubs).

We do not provide riding helmets, if you want to use one you will have to bring it along. Most people here use only simple sombreros against the sun (you may also get them at the market) as it can be really hot beneath the black helmets… but this is your decision.

The sun on 7500 feet of altitude is very strong. We highly recommend a sun cream with high protection factor which you should use daily. The hotel is fumigated against mosquitoes and there are normally not many around.

Laundry: We do offer laundry services – ask for the actual rates.

Also provided in every room:  a hairdryer (110 V), shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, towels, bathrobe and drinking water.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
riding pants/ jodpuhrs: Light weight, stretchy pants that are cool but protect from rubs work best.
Short riding boots/ narrow hiking boots and half chaps (boots should be comfortable for walking)
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
A hat with brim for sun protection
Long sleeves in your shirt or blouse
A light jacket
A bandana or big handkerchief is very useful as towel, cleaner and against the dust

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Another thick jacket or a sweater
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Bathing suit (optional)
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Adapter for electric appliances if you come from Europe
Camera and enough extra films and batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun Block