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
- 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
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!
Cold and miserable after the excitement of Christmas? Why not do what I did and get a last minute deal to this beautiful oasis!
If there’s one thing that gets me out of the winter blues it’s a gallop on a well schooled Mexican horse followed by a Margarita in the hot tub! I had my pick of horses, slower at first as my confidence needed a boost, it’s been a few months since I last got on a horse. Then working up to my favorite horse, a new one I’d never been on before. We hit it off during the first gallop when we both realized that the other knew exactly what they were doing! From that moment on it was love. He took me to all my favorite spots; a beautiful waterfall where 100 year old cypress trees line the river. The tiny villages of Carenza, Xotitlan and San Augustine. I’ve been there so many times before,but each time is lovely. Like meeting an old, familiar friend. Cares are shaken off with that first rest spot, Corona in hand, sharing stories with other riders. I never worry about coming here alone. In fact I’ve met some great new friends at the ranch. Jenny and her team assure me nothing is too much trouble. And it’s true!
Now I’m back home and already planning when I can sneak back to my Mexican love and gallop him again to me my favorite spots.
Thank you Rancho Las Cascadas for more wonderful memories to store away for the winter months ahead.
Absolutely amazing experience. Lovely people, wonderful horses, beautiful nature, elegant and cozy buildings. Couldn't wish for more and I am definitely coming back, even though it is quite a trip from Europe.
Unfortunately we came only for one day trip and it was one of the best days of my life.
Until I found this place 15 plus years ago, I made a vow never to go to the same place twice. There are just so many beautiful places in the world, why would you? Years later I have just returned to spend another week there. Over the years I have seen many improvements, the addition of stable block rooms, so you can watch the horses play. The pool with its lovely sun terrace. The yoga studio, overlooking the waterfalls, surrounded by lavender in case you need to be even more chilled out! All this is lovely but what keeps me returning are the people. Staff are like old friends. Jenny knows every horse and is excited to offer my friend and I her new favourites, knowing we’ll love them....and we do. We are offered new ride locations but we prefer our old favourites, to Carenza or to the gorge with stunning views and our favourite beer stop en route. I will never tire of this little bit of paradise, this is why I come back, time after time, and I hope I always will! Once you’ve ridden in Mexico, through fields of sunflowers, cosmos and corn, you’ll be hooked because it’s just the best!