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Itinerary for Allende Adventure Getaway

A La Carte Riding
Flexibility is a specialty at the ranch! There are over 30 different half and full-day riding tours to choose from, so no day is ever the same.  Every evening at dinner, a  member of the staff will discuss the riding and sightseeing options for the following day.  As a group, you plan the next adventure. Do you feel like riding all day? Or maybe you’d rather take a cultural trip or just relax by the pool.  It’s up to you!  Just tell the staff what you’re in the mood for and they'll do their best to make it happen.

Riding Excursions Examples:

Lake District Ride
You start your ride by 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.

Ex Hacienda Tandeje Ride
This 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.

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.

San Miguel de las Piedras - Los Organos - Peregrinos Petrificados
This ride will make you think you are 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 will 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.

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.

Cerro del Ahorcado
Saddle up for a half-day 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.

3-day Highland Explorer Ride Upgrade- Sample Itinerary

Day 1: San Miguel de la Victoria Comunidad - Canalejas - Cathedral de Canalejas
The journey today starts in the extinct volcanic landscape of the region. After a little stop for a drink and a snack in San Miguel de la Victoria, the landscape changes as the trails lead into the green forests of Canalejas. These mixed deciduous and coniferous woodlands have delightful tracks for cantering along. Lunch is taken in the town of Canalejas. Here the barbecue restaurants offer tacos filled to the brim with succulent meat. Suitably tasty vegetarian options can also be arranged. After lunch and a leg-stretching walk around the small town, the trail rises to the Cathedral of Canalejas. This church, set atop a hill, dominates the local view. It was built on the spot where an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was found in a rock, which now forms part of the altar. The ride from the cathedral meanders back through the small surrounding villages of Canalejas to the overnight stables for the horses. Here you are met by the ranch staff and driven back to the ranch for a well-earned swim and relaxing hot soak before dinner.

Day 2: Canalejas - Lago de Huapango Agua Escondida
The first part of the ride follows forest trails and crosses hill slope fields; but the real treat of the day is to be found in the wide, flat, well-irrigated lowlands of the lake of Huapango (aprox. 10.000 acres when full), famous for its fishing. This day's riding takes you to a wide open landscape of low impact agriculture and common rangeland. A paradise for any rider, as there are endless trails to canter and gallop.
Enjoy a picnic on the shores of lake, relax, and prepare for the two hour ride through the small villages and woods to the 'Agua Escondida', where the horses are left stabled overnight. Transportation brings you back to the ranch (approx.. 30 min) where another mouthwatering dinner awaits.

Day 3: Agua Escondida- San Francisco Soyaniquilpan - El Fresno - Atlantes de Tula
Today you are heading south out of the hilly country and woodland trails to San Francisco / Soyaniquilpan. The farm land here is flat, rich, well irrigated and fertile. Taking trails to the west of the 'Cerro de las Brujas' (the witch’s mountain) the paths divide up the large fields. In the village of El Fresno Village the horses can be rested at the local shop and then the trail continues down the cobbled streets past the ruins of the hacienda and into a canyon. This delightful valley leads to a river lined with old cedar trees. Just before reach- ing the clearing and popular picnic site, the trail takes a small detour up to a small shrine to the Virgin of Guadelupe at the summit. The best waterfalls in the region are hidden just behind the cedar trees and well worth a visit.
After lunch, a short drive then takes you to the archaeological site of the Atlantes of Tula*, which is thought to be the most important Toltec site in Mexico. It gives a great insight into the rich history of this region. In Tula there is a fine market as well as a couple of Western /charro outfitters, so guests wishing to buy hats, boots, belts, belt buckles, shirts, saddles and charro riding tack, can shop to their hearts desire

Other Options (included)
Activities: Horseback Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Wellness Activities (Yoga, meditation, stretching, Tai Chi, Foam Roller Classes), Bird Watching, Cooking Classes
Amenities: Solar Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, Hot Tub, Sauna (Selective hours)

Other Options (additional fees)
Cultural Excursions: Explore the archeological sites, colorful markets and colonial towns that make up this extraordinary country. Trade time in the saddle for any of the scheduled cultural excursions. The English-speaking staff will take care of all the details so you won’t miss a thing.
Spa Experience: Select from a variety of services to help soothe the body and mind. Please inquire for rates and details.

Cultural Excursions (extra cost - inquire for rates)

Monastery & Craft Market in Tepotzotlan  (Half-day)
This colonial town, just 45 minutes from the ranch offers culture, history and shopping in abundance. The history of the Jesuits in Mexico is brought to life at this old monastery. On Sundays, the arts and crafts market is vibrant and colorful and offers an opportunity to buy some great souvenirs.

The Atlantes of Tula (Half-day)
Tula, thought to be the most important Toltec site in Mexico gives a great insight into the rich history of this region. The great Atlantes are 4 huge warriors (remarkable sculptures over 6 m high) in black basalt on a pyramid. This platform is encircled by a low relief frieze depicting jaguars and coyotes, and Tlaloc masks adorn the walls.
After visiting the archeological site, you have will have time for shopping for “Charro” and Western items and to enjoy a fresh fruit ice cream in the “Zocalo” (town square) of the city of Tula.

Temazcal - Mexican Sauna (Half-day)
A temazcal is a type of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples. They are still used today for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual purification, by connecting the four elements: air, land, water and fire.

Jilotepec - Colorful Market (Half-day)
This small town offers a vast market on Fridays. You can find everything from chilis and sombreros to live sheep and great food. On the way back, stop at some local ceramic and cloth stores for a bargain.

Teotihuacán (Full day)
Teotihuacán ("teh-oh-tee-wa-KHAN") is an ancient sacred site. The ruins of this incredible site are among the most remarkable in Mexico and some of the most important ruins in the world. Teotihuacán means "place where gods were born," reflecting the Aztec belief that the gods created the universe here. Constructed around 300 AD, the holy city is characterized by the vast size of its monuments, carefully laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. Its most monumental structures are the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Sun (the third-largest pyramid in the world) and the Pyramid of the Moon.

Colonial San Miguel de Allende (Full day)
Many beautiful towns keep you at bay and usually, traveler can admire, shop, eat, sleep but never break the surface. San Miguel, however, takes you in, befriends you. Here, the town is the promise of community. The streets and sidewalks are narrow. People talk to each other and engage easily. Colonial charm and style are in abundance. The architecture and cobbled streets invite a stroll and the shopping is outstanding.

Mexico City Tour (Full day)
The biggest metropolis in the world is at your feet.  Museo de las Bellas Artes, the Zocalo, the statue of Diana La Cazadora or the Angel de la Independencia and much more to see on this fantastic excursion.  You can also visit the Anthropology Museum or the Blue House of Frida Kahlo.
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Allende Adventure Getaway
Tour Code: IT-MXRLC02S
5 days / 4 nights
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2024 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n Custom A la Carte, 4 nights 1 /8 Reserve
B 2024 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n Custom A la Carte, 5 nights 1 /8 Reserve
C 2024 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n Custom A la Carte, 6 nights 1 /8 Reserve
D 2024 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n Custom A la Carte, 7 nights 1 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Mexican Charro (similar to western)
Horses: Criollo, Quarterhorse, Azteca, Appaloo...
Pace: All paces with fast canters and gallop...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
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