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Lowdown

  • Established

    2003. Guest ranch since 2004
  • Owner

    Uschi Wiprachtiger Schreyer
  • Tel

    (+52 155) 10 70 20 80
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $265 - $339
    Winter: $265 - $339
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $135 - $339
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: No minimum stay
    Winter: No minimum stay
  • Maximum Guests

    40
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery

Imagine… The famous UNESCO heritage site of San Miguel de Allende - Great rides through rural countryside - Fantastic Mexican food – Margaritas – Zen & Wellness – Art & Culture…

An incredible ‘All in One’ holiday experience provided by Agave Azul with Rancho Las Cascadas and its Sister properties. Known for its world-famous combination of Mexican Hospitality and Swiss Management.

Plan your personal itinerary with our concierge prior to your arrival or day by day on the premises.

Good time to go

Enjoy 333 days of sunshine a year. With midday temperatures around 75 F / 22 C the climate is one of the most incredible features at this 7500 ft / 2300 mts altitude.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 2 and over

Here you have the opportunity to spend time together and share these wonderful moments while you are on horseback or relaxing around the ranch.

Children often enjoy spending time with the wranglers learning different aspects of caring for the horses. Anything from helping to feed the horses and brushing them to getting ready for a ride.

We also offer special saddles suited for younger children and our wranglers sit behind the child during the ride.

Minimum age children can ride

2 and over

Activities

hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area

Games

board games, horseshoes, pool table

Ranch History

With her passion for horses and design Uschi was looking for a place to create her dream. She found a peacful piece of land in the rural countryside of the beautiful Mexican Highlands and that was the place where she built Rancho Las Cascadas.

An ambitious concept, but one which she has successfully brought into being.

On her frequent visits to her beloved cultural town of San Miguel de Allende, the idea was born to provide the guests this fantastic experience in addition to the ranch. Sister properties were aquiered and now guests can create their own intriguing mix of cultural activities and horseback riding.

Uschi and her team of employees have worked hard to build this unique holiday experience, they look forward to your visit and hope you will enjoy your stay with us.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    wine provided with dinner
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), dining room (formal attire), bar & grille, lounge, in-room dining, private dinners
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

OPEN BAR - NATIONAL ALCOHOLIC AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES INCL.

The heart of any Mexican home is the fabulous open kitchen. Finest local ingredients are combined with innovation by our highly skilled chefs to create authentic Mexican, as well as international cuisine.

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.

According to ranch tradition the meals are served family style, with plenty of second and third helpings and lots of good conversation.

Spices 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. Chili is a common ingredient in many of our recipes, but we can always adapt to your taste preferences.

Special dietary requirements can be catered for, just let us know in advance.

Guest Favourites

  • Chiles Rellenos
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Chilaquiles

Your Chef, Local Chefs

Here at the ranch we have many local staff that cook in the traditional Mexican cusine. What they learn, they learned as children from their parents.

Lowdown

  • Address

    El Huizachal
    San Miguel de Allende
    Guanajuato
    37884
    Mexico
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    7,500 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - San Miguel de Allende / Tula de Allende

San Miguel de Allende / Tula de Allende has a population of 170,000 / 100,000 (approx), and is situated 120 miles / 20 miles / 1 hour 45 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in San Miguel de Allende / Tula de Allende include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping San Miguel de Allende / Tula de Allende offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, malls, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

on demand

Nearest Airports

Mexico International Airport, Mexico City

Distance

50 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines, Aeromexico, Aero Republica, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Aviance, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Copa Airlines, Cubana de Aviacion, Iberia, KLM, Lacsa, Lan Chile, Lufthansa, Taca, US Airways

Ranch shuttle

55 USD per person per way shared transportation


Queretaro International Airport , Queretaro

Distance

50 miles / 1 hour 15 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

55 USD per person per way shared transportation


Aeropuerto Internacional del Bajío, Leon

Distance

70 miles to San Miguel miles / 1 hour 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

on demand

Lowdown

  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests
  • Max riders per ride

    8
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    40
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Appaloosas, Paints, Other, Geldings, Studs, Criollo, Azteca
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 4 hours
    Afternoon - 3 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Our ranch's private property incompases the luxury guest ranch as well as the paddock for our horses and the waterfalls.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

Here at Rancho Las Cascadas we provide a unique riding experience for everyone.

Our public land is unlimited for riding, 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.


Our Riding

Guided rides

All rides are guided. There is no nose-to-tail riding, respecting the fellow riders.

Rides cater to all riding levels. Advanced riders enjoy fast paced riding.

Less experienced riders will go out with a separate guide to ensure that everyone gets the best experience.

We take a great deal of pride to ensure that whatever length your stay is, your experience leaves you with unforgettable memories.

Riding Freedom

Our forte at Rancho Las Cascadas. Choose from over 30 different trails, half day and full day rides.

Plan your personal mix of rides, choosing from mountains, canyons, endless countryside, rivers, lakes, villages, markets, Haciendas (colonial estates), churches, archeological sites, etc.

Every evening our team arranges with all guests the appropriate riding program for the next day considering riding level and fitness. Max. 6-8 riders per wrangler.

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed

Hours in the saddle

There is a choice of morning rides (2-4 hrs), afternoon rides (1-3 hrs), all day rides (5-6 hrs) and challenging all day rides (6-8 hrs).


Why our riding stands out

  • Gentle horses - great for beginners and riders who had bad experiences with horses in the past. We start or get you back on the horse again with confidence.
  • Small groups according to riding experience.
  • Challenging rides - great for experienced riders - ask our concierge

Sample Riding Itinerary

Daily Layout

The daily buffet breakfast allows you to choose your own start for the day, according to your preferences before you go on your ride. After each day's riding you get back to the ranch. There you can relax, go for a swim in the infinity pool or enjoy a Margarita in the hot tub.

Each evening you will be served a delicious 4 course dinner in our dining room. All guests dine together, so you will have plenty of opportunity to discuss your adventures with one another.

Colorful folklore events may also be presented on special occasions 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?

Day 01
Arrival

We meet you at Mexico City airport and drive you directly to the ranch. Get to know this beautiful place, its many amenities and get settled into your room!

If time permits you can go for the first afternoon ride to local village San Agustin with its ancient church from the 1700. During this ride you will be able to familiarize with your horse.

Afterwards relax in our hot tub overlooking the waterfalls with a Margarita or go for a swim in our infinity pool.

Enjoy your first 4-course 'Nouvelle Mexicana' dinner - a fusion of mexican and international cuisine - at our tastefully decorated tables in the dining room.


Day 02
Cerro del Ahorcado - San Antonio - Xochitlan de las Flores

This ride takes you first to the 'Cerro del Ahorcado' the hanged man's hill, from where you have a great view of the surrounding countryside which you will be exploring over the next couple of days. From there the trail takes you into the steep valley of San Antonio, which is particularly attractive in the dry season, as it has permanent water. It is formed at the end of an old lava floe and the damp valley floor attract lost of small woodland song birds.

Eventually the trail converges at the small restaurant at San Antonio just opposite from the Rail freight terminal. We take lunch here and sample the dubious delights of Mexican 'Telenovelas' soap operas. And the collection of 'Santa Muerte' dead saints statuettes lovingly displayed in the corner.

Leaving the village of ' Xiochitlan de las Flores' the village of the flowers, the trails follow the hill contours and lead us back to the plains.


Day 03
Heroes de Carranza - La Copa - San Juan Daxthi - Santa Cruz

Leaving the ranch the trails wind through small fields of cereal crops, maize, wheat, oats and hay pasture. The farm plots use horse and cattle drawn ploughs and harrows. Herds of sheep goats and cattle are tended in the open range, and it is possible to see the rural life in Mexico, local farmers tending to their daily tasks.

Some parts of the trail wind through Nopale cactus plots. This plants yields prickly pears , and the flattened stems can be eaten as a vegetable. The trails pass by several water storage dams which provide irrigation water for the complex of channels and drains which the locals use to irrigate the germinating seeds planted just before rainy season. The ground of the drying out lake beds makes for excellent gallops.

The trail now crosses dry stoney valleys up to the cliffs at 'la Copa' in Santiago Oxthoc. These waterfalls spring from the rocks and fall into a martini glass shaped sculpted rock formation. The sign on the wall says 'viva el 3 de Mayo 1842"... 'cheers to the 3 of May 1842'. This celebrates when the waterfall miraculously sprang from the wall, a phenomenon attributed to the Virgin of Guadalupe. She is venerated in a small shrine just before the waterfall.

Upon leaving the shrine the horses will climb up to the top of the cliffs and along onto the high plains. On clear days the views from this stark rocky plateau are spectacular. Go well prepared with sun cream as at midday the light is very intense.

Descending from the plateau, the trails head down in to the town of San Juan Daxthi. This a good place for a lunch stop. On Sundays there is a charming local fruit and vegetable market, on holidays the town hosts a small rodeo .

After Lunch you ride for aproximately another two hours. Depending upon the season this could be a series of canters in desert like dry scrub-land or a series of corridors through tall fields of maize and wild flowers.


Day 04
San Miguel de la Victoria - Comunidad - Canalejas - Cathedral de Canalejas

The journey today starts into the extinct volcanic geology of the region. This is a landscape of crisscrossed ancient lava flows, these have partially eroded and evolved in to a rich landscape of micro environments, creating habitats such as low undulating hills, volcanic outcrops, narrow stream valleys, ancient barren lava fields and dry seasonal common pastures.

Later on, after a litte 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 Canalaejas. 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 porky goodness. Suitably tasty vegetarian options can also be sort out.

After lunch and a leg stretching walk around the small town, the trail rises to the Cathedral of Canalejas. This church set on the peak of 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. This Virgin is a national icon in Mexico and represents the fusion of the Pre-Columbian Tonatzin cult (earth mother goddess worship) with the popular Catholic tradition of the Virgin Mary.

The ride from the cathedral wanders back through the small surrounding villages Hamlets of Canalejas to the overnight stables for the horses at Lalo's house. Here guests are met by the ranch staff and driven back to the ranch for a well earned swim and relaxing hot soak, before dinner.


Day 05
Canalejas - Lago de Huapango - Agua Escondida

The first part of the ride follows forest trails and crosses hill slope fields. The landscape high up in the hills is rocky and arid, the dirt roads and trails in the woods and between the the small hamlets offers some good short canters.

The real treat of the day is to be found in the wide, flat, well irrigated lowlands of the approach to the big lake of Huapango  (aprox. 10.000 acres when full), famous for its fishing. Species such as catfish, lobina, trout and carp are caught here. Angling is popular with local people, not only for sport but to feed the family.

It is also an important habitat for birds. Pelicans, great egrets, snowy egrets and many more migratory species can be seen here depending on the season. 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 so that riders can relax after the excitement of the lake rides 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 back to the ranch (aprox. 30 min), where another mouthwatering dinner awaits.

Riding Lessons

You can book a 30 minute riding lesson for 30 USD.

Details

lessons are additional, basic riding lessons

Given by

wrangler, ranch owner or manager

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $265 - $339
    Winter: $265 - $339
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $135 - $339
  • Minimum Stay

    No minimum stay
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Western rustic chic
  • Packages available

    2 night, 3 night, 4 night, 5 night, 6 night, 1 week, 8 night, 9 night, 10 night, 2 week

Rancho Las Cascadas can cater for up to 40 guests. Accommodation includes Cabins and Lodges. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Pueblito

Rates (Per Person)

$270 - $355

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Pueblito means Mexican village. These newly decorated rooms are nestled between the Main House and the Corral. The standard rooms look out onto the central terrace with its cactus garden and water feature, all adding to the traditional atmosphere of the 'Pueblito', a typical Mexican village. The deluxe rooms have a larger sitting area with a view to the horses, from where you may enjoy the morning sunrise with a coffee or tea while watching the horses play in the paddock. All rooms are individually designed to reflect the vibrancy and

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes

Lodge | Classic Guest Room

Rates (Per Person)

$270 - $355

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

These spacious Mexican Style decorated rooms are situated in the Main House open to the colorful Mexican courtyard. Four clean, well-appointed rooms with, private baths and tiled shower all open onto a fresh air courtyard with fountain. Our two deluxe rooms are a bit bigger and have an additional lounge area, which is great to enjoy a coffee and read your favorite book. The rooms are connected to the main house, which means close access to the infinity pool, hot tub, Jacuzzi, terrace and salon. These rooms feature two luxurious large m

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, hair dryer, plush bathrobes

Lodge | Standard Classic Guest Rooms

Rates (Per Person)

$270 - $355

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Classic Rooms Situated in the Main house and in the Pueblito. Each of these standard rooms has its own dressing area and en-suite facilities. These rooms have two comfortable matrimonial beds which fits 2 people each but for more comfort can be used separately 2 individual travellers or joined for couples. A max. of 4 people could be accommodated - ask for rates.

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, hair dryer, plush bathrobes

Lodge | Deluxe Rooms

Rates (Per Person)

$320 - $405

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Deluxe Rooms Two spacious rooms in the Main House with access to the patio and 3 rooms in the Pueblito with view to the corral have an additional lounge area. Each room has two spacious matrimonial beds. The 2 rooms in the main house have an extra bed/sofa. En-suite facilities. A max. of 4-5 people could be accommodated - ask for rates.

Rooms

5

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, hair dryer, plush bathrobes

Cabin | Casitas

Rates (Per Person)

$370 - $455

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

These two detached lodges offer maximum privacy and space. Each has its own shaded veranda and seating outside, while inside you have a lounge area, work space and Internet connection. You can save money or upgrade any of the packages. Ask about the Weekly special, Highland Explorer Upgrade, Charro Challenger Upgrade, Childrens Special.

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, plush bathrobes


Booking Policy

Deposit: To confirm your booking, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required. If you cannot keep your reservation, the deposit may be applied to a future visit within one year.

Final Payment: Balance due 30 days prior to arrival. For peak periods, balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.Supplemental charges: At the end of your stay, payment for optional items and services is to be made in full – preferably in cash (Mexican Pesos / US Dollars) or credit card.

Refund Policy: No refund will be given for cancellations with less than 30 days notice (peak periods 60 days). The ranch operates in all weather conditions and therefore inclement weather is not a reason to cancel or receive a refund.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Riding, water, flavoured water, coffee and tea included with meals only, morning yoga or running classes, guided hikes, biking and much more...

Extras

Tax

Taxes (16% VAT and 2,5 % Lodging Tax) Booking during peak periods (Easter, Christmas and New Year) Single occupancy (+20%) Upgrade to a Deluxe Room – USD 50 per room/per night Upgrade to a Suite or Casita – USD 100 per room/per night Transportation to and from the resort, see table below

Gratuity

Service charge/gratuity – 10% to 15% is customary if you are happy with your stay

Massage

We have a full range of spa treatments available. Please see the link below. http://rancholascascadas.com/wellness-retreats/spa/

Yoga

We have yoga weeks held at different times of the year contact us for details.

Other

Cultural Excursions, Spa Treatments and Airport Transfer

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi.
  • Cell Networks

    alltel, AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    Executive business center , Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

climbing, mountain biking, Yoga, Golf - 18 hole course, ATV Rentals - non-inclusive, bird watching

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, Sauna

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, manicures, facials, pedicures


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 40-50.

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.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 40-50.

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.


Local Attractions

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 four 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. Additional to the archeological site you have also time for shopping “Charro” and Western items and to enjoy a fresh fruit ice cream in the “Zocalo” (town square) of the city of Tula.

Distance

20 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

25 USD


SAN MIGUEL ALLENDE: full day

Many beautiful towns keep you at bay. San Miguel takes you in, befriends you. The streets and sidewalks are narrow. People talk to each other, engage easily. Colonial charm and style are here in abundance. The architecture and cobbled streets invite a stroll and the shopping is outstanding.

Distance

65 miles / 2 hours

Ranch shuttle

129 USD


TEOTIHUACAN

Teotihuacán ("teh-oh-tee-wa-KHAN") is an ancient sacred site. The ruins of 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.

Distance

50 miles / 1 hour 45 mins

Ranch shuttle

99 USD

Top50 says

Highs

  • Luxury in sunny Mexico: after your afternoon ride, relax in their lovely infinity pool or hot tub, with views of a waterfall and margarita in hand!
  • Don’t ride? No worries! Cultural tours are available, to incredible places like Teotihuacan with the famous pyramids, the awesome colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, or the colorful market of Jilotepec. And the food is considered simple, delicious and bursting with local flair
  • Riders can take a gentle stroll along the lake, canter up the hillside, gallop across open countryside, cross rivers, swim with the horses in the lake or traverse rocky paths to the mountain top
  • A fabulous combination of Mexican hospitality under Swedish management, this small luxury ranch ensures that guests’ needs are placed first

Lows

  • You might like to arrange airport transfers from the rancho (at an extra cost) as it is in a rural location and may be hard to find

Visitor Reviews

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Perfect Family Vacation

We are a family of 4 - all beginners at horseback riding - and we just spent 5 exceptional days at the Ranch. We arrived at the Mexico City airport and were greeted by a representative from the Ranch who drove us the 90 minutes or so to our destination. The Ranch is in a beautiful and very rural part of Mexico, full of rolling hills, farms and small villages. The grounds are simply stunning and everyone who works there treated us like family. Everything is included in the price - exceptional meals, full bar, snacks whenever requested and, best of all, the horseback riding.

5 stars

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