In the end its all about expectations, now if you expect a 5 star hotel in the middle of the Copper canyon, guess what, you wont find one. However Diego and Ana's place is clean, the food is tasty (not gourmet, homecooked tasty), all the staff are friendly, and if you speak spanish, even better!
The coffee is good, the cooks honor whatever request you make, its clean (you wont get sick eating there), Diego is knowledgable about the area, its people and can tell a story or two over a cold beer at night and he is proud for what he does.
We had only one day and night there, arrived with our 3 young boys (12, 10 and 8) and for some reason the larger room that we had booked was not available. No big deal for us as we travel frequently and can adapt. However upon Diegos return i mentioned it to him and he immediatly offered us a 2nd room for free or the use of room 14 ( which sleeps 6 or so but his wife does not like to rent out as she feels that its not up to par), well thats the one we took and it was allright, door leading outside to the horse paddock, basic but clean.
Two young lads offered to take us on a tour to the backlands of the hotel to show us some caves, and they were super nice, Tom Sawyer adventure stuff once they figured out that we are not boring or scared. They actually took us to a cave, that they did not show anybody before. Now dont expect subterrean caves, they are just small open ones, but the trip was cool for our boys and on the way back we threw lots of rocks and stones into a manmade lake behind the hotel, the boys loved it. Especially the human bones at cave no.2!
Dinner was started with a free margarita or softdrink at the bar and some popcorn,
then it was sort of an communal affair at candlelight, really cool. Great food, that night it was fajitas, sadly we missed the night before when they did a typical northern mexican discada over an open fire.
After dinner we asked if the firepit outside could be lit for the kids and not 5 minutes later, flames were blazing (with the help of some diesel), all the other people with kids eventually moved around the fire pit and we all had a good time, Diego brought out some marshmellows and sticks and a good time was had by all. The cold beer helped too of course.
Next morning breakfast was decent, with fruit, eggs, cereals, pancakes, beans, even oatmeal, fresh OJ etc.
Presentation was homestyle basic, but like i said, you are not at a 5 star deluxe hotel here. The food was good for where you are and tasted great. Again the cooks accommodated the heating of the instant oatmeal, milk for cafe latte etc. just ask!!!!
After that it was off to the Mirador Viewpoint which is aweinspring, the trip goes via the Mision in Ceracaui and Diego does a good job explaining just enough about it without being boring. Basically adjusting to your interest level for history.
The mirador is not for anybody that is scared of hights, still very unregulated, meaning no fences and a sheer drop a step away, but wow what a view!
On the way back the kids were allowed on the back of a pick up to ride back and then we went for the train to leave to our next stop.
Overall a great stay.
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