This 50 year old ranch offers the perfect getaway, just a short drive from Mexico City. Nestled in a small town between the many inactive volcanoes dotted throughout the region and at approximately 2700m above sea level, the ranch offers spectacular views and a countless number of different trails suitable for horse riding and other outdoor recreational activities. The rides offered at this ranch are suitable for confident novices to expert riders and can be tailored to suit guests preferences from 1 hour up to all day rides for the most experienced (and fit) riders.
Offering all-inclusive lodging, guests at the ranch can enjoy home-cooked Mexican cuisine, complimentary beer and wine, a heated swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and of course all the horses and trails. There is a choice of rooms from a comfortable twin to a master suite with private jacuzzi. The ideal destination for groups of riders who want an authentic, relaxed Mexican ranch experience, there is no set itinerary and guests can decide when they arrive, how much they want to ride and how much time to spend relaxing by the pool.
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Review received from GW of Safety Harbor,florida on 07/01/2020
Below is a sample itinerary for a 4 night stay at the ranch. Stays at this destination can be tailored to guests preferences and length of stay. The minimum stay is one night.
You will be met at Mexico City airport (MEX) and driven straight to the ranch. Take a tour around the ranch which has a huge array of facilities and meet the horses, or maybe have 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 are on offer here and quality wines are always served with lunch and dinner.
On your second day at the ranch, you will be taken 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, we will ride to a nearby volcano where you can enjoy an impressive view over Mexico City.
Now that you're comfortable with the horses on shorter rides, you should be ready for a half-day in the saddle. Today you will be taken on a 5-hour-trail to a hidden village called Capulín, where you will have the opportunity to purchase a 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 2 hour drive away. If you are lucky, you may spot a herd of wild horses on the way.
On your fourth day at the ranch, you will be taken on a 4 to 5 hour ride to an enormous inactive volcano which you can see all the way from the ranch. Now that you are used to the altitude, it’s the perfect time to climb even higher; the view is spectacular from the top of this volcano. After lunch, you could visit 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 Mexico City.
If you have an early flight to catch you can have breakfast before it’s time to go and one of the ranch's drivers will drive you to the airport upon request. If your flight leaves at night, you will have time to do one last ride and you will be provided with lunch and dinner according to your departure schedule.
Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.
The ranch is well-known for having many breeds, some are suitable for long hours of riding and some not, the Friesian horses for which the ranch is famous for, can only be used in the paddock and on short rides (less than two hours) as they are very heavy horses that get tired easily; they are not made for cantering in the fields. However for longer rides there are plenty of other horses to choose from with around 15 well-schooled horses available for riding. There are Quarter Horses, Friesian, Percheron-Quarter cross, Canadian Warmblood, Tennessee-Arabian mix, Pure Spanish and Gypsy horses ranging from 14hh to 15.3hh (140-160cm).
The warmblood, quarters and criollos are more suitable for long trails in the mountainous areas surrounding the ranch. Usually when out on a ride, the guides mostly walk because the terrain is very varied from ups and downs to open fields. There are no strict rules at this ranch, you don't have to stay behind the guides or in a formal order. If you want to canter, you will be shown the perfect places to do so and there are many open and straight places suitable for faster riding.
You can decide how much or how little to ride each day. Generally guests head out after breakfast on a 3 hour ride. After lunch you can continue for another few hours or relax by the pool or in the games room. The riding trails range from 2 to 12 hour rides and many take place within the beautiful Ajusco National Park which is characterised by pine-oak forests and high mountain grassland.
The ranch's wranglers are responsible for all aspects of horse-care and you will be able to just turn up and ride. If you want to assist with grooming and tacking up your horse you are very welcome to. Riders need to be over 15 years old, be riding fit, and weight no more than 210 lbs (95 kgs). If joining one of the longer rides you should be prepared to spend up to six hours in the saddle.
This ranch can cater for levels from confident novice onwards and the riding can be somewhat tailored to guests preferences up to a maximum of 6 hours per day. The pace of riding is generally varied. Depending of the terrain, some rides are mainly walking but there are beautiful open fields made for cantering and galloping. Riders can get up to 4000m above sea level and although there are some small and narrow paths that are not made for cantering, the views are absolutely stunning from all the surrounding volcanoes and mountains. The ranch uses Western or Mexican Charro saddles most of the time although some English, Australian, Galapagos and sidesaddles are also available.
The weight limit for this ride is 209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
The ranch was built more than 50 years ago, as a weekend getaway for its owners. It is an authentic Mexican ranch complete with rustic furniture and local designs. The current owners have completed a lot of work remodeling the rooms & suites while keeping the authentic Mexican atmosphere.
There are 3 kinds of rooms at the ranch, two classic rooms that both have their own private bathroom, bathrobe, safety-deposit boxes, conditioner, shampoo, joined balcony with a view to the stables, sitting area, extra blankets and more. These classic rooms are included in the standard rate. Alternatively guests can book into a suite which has its own patio with sitting area, extra closet space and a bigger inside-sitting area than the classic bedrooms. The bathroom is also more spacious than in the classic rooms. Finally, the master suite upstairs has an own balcony with a great view at sunrise towards Mexico City. On the terrace it’s possible to have private breakfast or even dinner if you want some more privacy. This suite can accommodate 4 people and it has two bathrooms, a spacious closet and a private jacuzzi.
Each room is equipped with bathrobes, hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sewing kits, shoe polish kits, individual soaps, safe etc. There is WiFi available in every room. There is no air-conditioning in the bedrooms because it is rarely needed at the altitude the ranch is at, but each room has its own heater. The ranch has extensive facilities such as a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, two open bars and a pool table. There are also squash, basketball, volleyball and football courts.
All the meals are served buffet-style and the ranch can cater for various dietary requirements with advance notice. Breakfast could be two or three seasonal fruits, yogurt, granola, fresh juice, coffee or tea. Lunch might be a green salad and warm vegetables to start, like spinach or corn, with cheese or something similar. For the main course meat (can be pork, beef or chicken) and fish (specially prepared salmon or fillets), pasta, rice, beans, corn chips etc will be always served on the buffet. The menu is changed often so there won’t be the same dishes served twice during the trip.
Quality white and red wines are always available at lunch and dinner time. For dessert there will be coffee, tea, ice cream, fruit salad, pies or something similar. Two glasses of red or white wine per person will be served at dinner and lunch. Complimentary Mexican beer is available at all times and there is always fresh drinking water for clients in the rooms and common use areas.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.
At the time of going to print visas are not required for UK passport holders, check www.fco.gov.uk or call on 0207 008 0232/0233 for up to date travel advice.
In Mexico City the UK high commission is at Rio Lerma 71, Col Cuauhtemoc, 06500 Mexico City, Rio Lerma 71,Col Cuauhtémoc ,06500 México City. Tel: (52) (55) 5242 8500 Fax: (52) (55) 5242 8517.
The Mexican Embassy in the U.K is at 16 St George Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1LX. Tel: 020 7499 8586 Fax: 020 7495 4035 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ranch enjoys a sunny and warm climate all year. However June, July and August are much wetter due to the rainy season. Winter is mostly dry and temperate and the climate is suitable for riding all year round. Mexico City has a temperate humid climate and the average annual temperature is 16 degrees Celsius (60F). The highest temperature usually occurs from March to May from 25 Celsius (77F) and the lowest temperature at night in January (5°C, 41°F). Summer is the rainiest season in Mexico City.
At Unicorn Trails, the health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance.
Although there are no compulsory vaccinations it is recommended you see your local doctor for up to date information. Air pollution in Mexico City is extremely high between November and February. Water must be purified or boiled.
For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org. You can also check the Department of Healths website at www.dh.gov.uk.
There is no need for malaria medication in this area of Mexico.
110V, 60Hz as in the USA, appliances may require an adaptor before being pugged in as well as an international adapter. Check the voltage inout of the appliance.
Phone coverage - the ranch has excellent mobile phone coverage and fast Wifi connection in all rooms.
Riding hat (can be borrowed at the ranch)
Riding boots. An ideal boot should have a small tread and a heel that is about 1-1.5 inches high.
Outerwear- We recommend bringing warm, comfortable clothes and lots of layers. The average temperature in the daytime is around 21°C but during the night the temperature can drop to 5°C. The varied terrain also means the temperature is very variable on the rides.
Jeans or jodhpurs
Long sleeved shirts for layering
Waterproof gear if visiting during rainy season (June-August).
Casual clothes for the evening
Plug adaptor (Mexico uses a 2-pin plug)
Each room is equipped with bathrobes, hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sewing kits, shoe polish kits, and individual soaps.
This ranch has daily availability and a one night minimum stay. During Easter week and Christmas and New Year (December 20 - January 4) there is a 7 night minimum stay.
2019: Any day departures. The ranch is open all year round.
|Riding days||Product item description||£|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Double pp||2,589|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Single Supplement||1,039|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Double pp||2,765|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Single Supplement||1,105|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Double pp||2,935|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Single Supplement||1,175|
|Riding days||Product item description||€|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Double pp||2,865|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Single Supplement||1,145|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Double pp||3,055|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Single Supplement||1,225|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Double pp||3,245|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Single Supplement||1,299|
|Riding days||Product item description||$|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Double pp||3,249|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Single Supplement||1,299|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Double pp||3,465|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Single Supplement||1,385|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Double pp||3,679|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Single Supplement||1,475|
|Riding days||Product item description||SEK|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Double pp||30,185|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Classic Room - Single Supplement||12,075|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Double pp||32,199|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Suite - Single Supplement||12,879|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Double pp||34,209|
|2019 - Peak rate (Easter & Christmas/New Year)||8d/7n||7||Master Suite - Single Supplement||13,685|
*Distant Neighbours: A Portrait of the Mexicans by Alan Riding - Politics, history, and the Mexican character.
*The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea - A much praised novel of epic mystical drama, in which a young woman is elevated to the status of sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico
*Mexican Days: Journeys into the Heart of Mexico by Tony Cohen. A fun account of travelling through Mexico
*Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion edited by CM Mayo - Short stories and novel exerpts from different regions of Mexico. Includes many authors that haven’t been previously translated.
*Battles in the Desert and Other Stories by Jose Emilio Pacheco - Wistful, evocative stories of Mexico City in the mid-20th century.
For non-riding companions a true safari experience can be arranged into the rugged countryside around Ajusco aboard an ATV. This is a hugely popular pastime with both riding and non-riding guests. There are two Polaris Rangers for two and three passengers. With an expert guide to show you the area’s best sights, this is you a chance to escape the crowds and enjoy some off-road adventure. The current price can be confirmed by your Travel Advisor and paid on-site.
Ajusco is known for the many outdoor activities offered in the area. There are possibilities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golf and much more. The ranch can take clients into the Natural Parks and locations where they can practice all these activities.
It is also possible to arrange organised sightseeing tours to Mexico City, Coyoacán, Xochimilco, Cholula and Puebla to name but a few. These trips can be organised through the ranch who work closely with an expert travel agency in Mexico City who produce guided tours of the area.
Much of the riding takes place within the Ajusco National Park. The park's fauna consists of many mammals such as bats, shrews, opossum, volcano rabbit, squirrel, least weasel, skunk, coyote, and bobcat. There are three common snake species in the park: milk snake, rattlesnake, and plain-bellied water snake. The main bird species observed in the park are: house sparrow, barn swallow, lark, chalk-browed mockingbird, woodpecker, blue jay, black vulture and even golden eagle.
The ranch is located in the beautiful countryside of Ajusco, a small town near Mexico City. It is situated between many inactive volcanoes and is approximately 2700m above sea level. The surrounding mountains offer stunning views, where all of the Valley of Mexico can be seen, including the city and its skyscrapers, Popocatepetl, Iztaccihuatl and Nevado de Toluca volcanoes, and parts of the Valley of Cuernavaca can all be admired.
Mexico is a vast country. The Sierra Madre and Rocky Mountains run south from the border with the US. The interior consists of an elevated plateau. Northern Mexico is dry and desert-like, while the south is mountainous jungle containing the ruins of ancient Mayan and Aztec city complexes. These indigenous civilizations are credited with many inventions including: building pyramid-temples, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, highly-accurate calendars, fine arts, intensive agriculture, engineering, an abacus calculation, a complex theology, and the wheel. Without any draft animals the wheel was used only as a toy. The only metals they apparently knew how to use were native copper and gold.
The people of Mexico today are a mixture of descendants from Spanish and other immigrants, mainly Europeans, who settled in Mexico from the sixteenth century onwards, and mestizos - mixed European and indigenous ancestry, as well as the many indigenous groups. It is a nation where affluence, poverty, natural splendour and urban blight rub shoulders. It is also one of the worlds most bio-diverse countries with an incredible and colourful array of fauna and fauna.
Mexico is six to eight hours behind GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.
The international dialling code is +52.