Rancho Las Cascadas
What We Love
- All horse riding, food, drinks and accommodation are included in the Jetsetter price
- A stable of 40 excellent horses and a riding terrain of over 500,000 acres
- 333 days of sunshine; the year-round daytime temperature hovers at a blissful 75°F
- Large infinity pool and ceramic hot tub overlooking a tumbling waterfall
- Whole day and half day cultural tours to village markets, archaeological sites and Spanish colonial towns
- Outstanding service and staff-to-guest ratio
- The property is kid-friendly; children under 14 get a 50 percent discount
What To Know
- Breakfast is served between 8 and 10am; lunch at 1:30pm; and dinner at 7:30pm
- WiFi is free
- There’s a surcharge for local cultural tours
- The ranch is one and a half hours’ drive from Mexico City Airport; transfers may be arranged at an additional cost of $45 per person each way
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Swiss owner Ursula Wiprächtiger designed the property herself, extending it piece by piece over a 12-year period — and carefully avoiding any cowboy kitsch. Spread across sun-drenched colonial-style courtyards, the 10-acre grounds feature ceramic fountains, cactus gardens and fluorescent Bougainvillea – all bordered by flitting swallows and humming birds. Locally sourced furniture, art crafts and Frida Kahlo reproductions complement the property’s bold, traditional color palette.
Bed and Bath
The 16 converted stable bedrooms are large and brightly colored with terracotta floors, geometric indigenous rugs, and cast-iron chandeliers. Chunky glass-brick windows let in plenty of light and details like custom-made stone and pewter ethanol heaters complete the feeling of homey luxury. Bathrooms are spacious, with blue and yellow ceramic tiled sinks and showers. For added space and goodies, book the honeymoon suite; it comes with a reading nook, a clawfoot bath and a carved wooden bar.
The riding at Rancho Las Cascadas is epic and diverse. Choose from full or half day excursions to lakes, canyons, open fields and mountains. The expert wranglers cater to riders of all abilities and the schedule is flexible; ride for as many hours as you like, or take a well-earned break with a cultural tour or some morning pool time. There’s a bar with a pool table and darts board; a library with books in English, Spanish, French and German; a gift shop; an infinity pool and deck; and a ceramic hot tub overlooking a gently flowing waterfall. Hearty, farm-to-table breakfasts and lunches are served in a sunny conservatory or under the shade of an enormous tree. Four-course dinners showcase traditional Mexican fare like chayote soup and chicken with mole verde; and classic desserts like lime sorbet and cherry crumble. Curl up with a glass of wine in the library, or soothe horse-weary muscles at the spa: the house specialty is the Margarita Pedicure – a salt exfoliate followed up with a lime-based oil massage.
In the Area
The rolling mountains and dusty plains of this sunny clime are within easy reach of some of Mexico’s best markets, archeological sites and colonial towns. Discover Teotihuacan’s world-famous pyramids of the sun and the moon; San Miguel de Allende’s legendary squares and cathedrals; or Jilotepec’s kaleidoscopic Friday market. Shop for saddles, spurs and sombreros at the tack shops in Tula, or visit Xochitlan de las Flores, a sleepy village just twenty minutes ride from the ranch; here you can feast on pollo en penca – chicken, tomatoes, onions and chiles barbecued inside an enormous cactus paddle.
How to Get There
It was my 2nd visit to the Rancho. This time only 6 days (versus 12 at the 1st). My purpose was to ride and ride I did most every day. Such a beautiful country to ride in, the horses that I rode were all wonderful (Capachio, Aramis, Davinci, and Gasparin) - responsive and smooth, with variety of places to visit in each ride. It's also fun to get to know the worldwide guests who come and go while visiting on the ride, soaking in the hottub, or an evening game of pool. Food and drink is plentiful and good. Ask to take the ride to the waterfall for lunch - it's the best!
This was trip #2 to Rancho Las Cascadas for my husband and I and once again, we had an amazing trip.
Jenny, who is in charge of all the bookings among many other duties, once again, handled all of my enquiries (which were many) with the patience of a saint. It took us a while to finalize our plans for visiting the Ranch and during the entire process she happily accommodated every one of our desires.
She is a true gem and the owner Uschki is very fortunate to have her.
The Ranch itself is truly a spa-like experience with a beautiful pool, relaxing hot tub, multi tiered terrace, yoga facility, sauna and massages all available after a long day in the saddle.
The horseback riding was incredible. The horses are so responsive. They are always ready for a nice canter but when you want to stop, they respond instantly. I like the fact as well, that we didn’t canter for too long of a stretch at one time. This of course not only allowed the horses to not get too tired, but also kept them from running out of control (it’s no fun trying to stay on a run away horse!!).
I rode a horse named Aramis for the majority of my 5 day stay and he was a gentle spirit who was very easy to handle and had a really comfortable canter.
The meals were delicious and I especially enjoyed eating lunch outside under the heart tree.
One thing that really makes this destination stand out though is not all the amazing amenities that the Ranch has to offer, but the guests who come to stay there. Everything about the Ranch from the riding to the rec room to the meals invites the guests to mingle together creating opportunities to make new friends from around the world and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Thanks Rancho Las Cascadas for another amazing vacation!
Although the location of the ranch was stunning and the staff excellent - I couldn't fully enjoy myself because the horses were drained of all energy. They had been overused during the Christmas season and felt run down and exhausted. I was horrified to see that every single horse had severe saddle sores. Instead of getting a chance to rest and heal, they were pushed to use every day. It's hard to enjoy a riding holiday when the horses are too tired to be ridden and you feel guilty to push them.
I love to ride in wide open spaces because you feel the horse enjoying itself. There was no joy in their step and they had no personalities - they were merely tired and submissive.
It's a question of simple math: the ranch needs more horses, or to accept less riders - so those in rotation get their rest, along with better fitting saddles.
We stayed one week for horseback riding. Each day we could choose our horses, and we could decide half day or full day ride.
The horses was very nice and hard working. We had wonderful gallops and nice sceneries.
When returning after a long day in the saddle, we was offered freshly made frozen Margeritas.
Lunch was either under the threes in the garden or out on the trail - both at local small food stalls, or the staff came out with food, drinks, tables to make it as a picnic outdoor.
Las Cascadas also had some very nice dogs at the ranch, whom also followed us on the trails.
A place really worth staying at and returning to.
It was the first time we stayed at the Rancho. What a nice experience! We were warmy welcome by hostess Jenny, a Canadian who has been living here for quite some time. She first took us to our room, then showed us around and let us meet the horses. We already went riding that first afternoon - and it was a great experience. The horses are well trained and there's one for everyone. We used to ride a lot when we were younger, but opted for a calm horse this first time. Apparently, you don't forget how to ride, even after 30 years! It's a bit like riding a bike.
But even if you are not interested in riding horses, a stay at the ranch won't be boring! Jenny's husband gladly takes you along on a sightseeing trip in the neighborhood. We visited Tepotzotlan with its monastery and Sunday market, and also went to Tula to see the remains of the Toltec culture.
The price you pay includes meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can also have drinks all day round.
We didn't have a moment to feel bored and we certainly want to go back one day!