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“A Truly Authentic Mexican Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rancho Xotolar

Rancho Xotolar
Camino a Zona Arqueologica, Canada de la Virgen, Municipio de Allende. | Rancho El Xotolar, San Miguel de Allende 37755, Mexico
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Type: Horseback Riding Stables
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Owner description: Welcome to a Working Ranch "El Xotolar", Experience the wide open spaces of rural Mexico not like a tourist, but as a member of the Morín Ruiz Family on Xotolar Ranch. You will ride through spectacular countryside with breathtaking views and stunning landscapes.Guides Tomás and Felíx Morín share their vast knowledge and skills while keeping your safety in mind.After your ride, enjoy an authentic ranch "comida" (luncheon) of delicious, freshly prepared specialties of Xotolar Ranch along with a cold "cerveza" (beer).We are not a commercial tour company, but family owned and operated. We offer a variety of beautiful scenic rides in the mountains outside of San Miguel de Allende. We are located adjacent to ancient Pre-Hispanic Toltec Pyramids, that you will be able to clearly watch from the distance. We can prove with ID and history, that all the staff that makes the tours are the true native. Activities: Horseback Riding adventures, Ranch and Rodeo Demonstrations, Camping, Sunset and Evening Adventures Rides, Cattle Drives for Experienced riders. Hiking tour at Cañada de la Virgin Pyramid and much more, ASKING!
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2 reviews
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“A Truly Authentic Mexican Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

When my husband asked a group of visiting Rotarians and other folks from Oregon if they wished a morning of horseback riding be included in their San Miguel itinerary, they responded with a wholehearted "Si"! Our group, visitors and local residents together, were all excited to play out our fantasies of being "vaqueros" or cowboys and cowgirls, if only for a day. We were anxious to explore the beautiful scenery of the hills and canyons around San Miguel from a perspective that we don't often have the opportunity to experience, on horseback, away from modern city life, with no traffic, no crowds of people; just the quiet serenity of the countryside surrounding us. We were happy to give the business to Tomas Morin and his family at Rancho Xotolar for several reasons. Everyone employed at the ranch is a member of Tomas' family and extended family who all live there. They are also members of a local cooperative focused on developing tourism business and who assist each other in successfully marketing and operating their business for the benefit of all. We felt proud to contribute in a small way to their effort and to help the family build their business to supplement their income from ranching. We hope that their horseback riding business will help keep their family together on the ranch for years to come without the need to leave to seek employment income elsewhere. Above all, Tomas and his family are so very friendly and welcoming! They are quick to laugh and eager to demonstrate their fine riding, roping and lasso abilities. We are pleased to say that they did all of the right things to make the experience enjoyable and memorable.

Our group, about 16 in all, ranging in age from 11 years to 70+years, had a wonderful time exploring the canyon at the ranch through the eyes of "cowboys and cowgirls for a day". From the moment we arrived, greeted by not only a group of well trained horses, but also a contingent of cowboys who helped pair us with a horse that best matched our riding ability and then, for those that required it, gave assistance in mounting the horse, adjusted our stirrups, gave practical riding advice and above all helped to boost our confidence, as many of us had not ridden horses for a long time. For those who didn't have appropriate cowboy hats, we were provided with an authentic item from a collection hung on a nearby tree, the stage was now properly set. Throughout the experience, we never once felt in harms way, as our nimble footed, four legged steeds carried us down into the canyon, along the river bed and then back up the canyon on the other side. The scenery was breathtaking and to add to the sensory experience, our charming cowboy escorts would often break into a chorus of "ay, ay, ay, ay" from the popular Mexican song Cielito Lindo! Those among us who so wished were given the opportunity to have their horses trot and canter which added to the fun, especially when cantering through the river itself, with the cooling water splashing up at our sides! There was plenty of interesting conversation which included a history of the ranch given by Tomas who has a comfortable command of English. Tomas was also always at the ready with one of our cameras to help us chronicle the event.

When back at the ranch after over two hours of riding, we were treated to a delicious comida (lunch) of Enchiladas prepared and served with care by female family members. The "Queso de Ranchero" made fresh that morning and the "Salsa Verde" made from a local cactus fruit were especially delightful.

Gracias to Tomas and his family for a memory filled horseback riding adventure which was truly Mexican and wholly authentic....it will be high on our list of activities when we host other out of town visitors and should be on your list too!

Visited November 2012
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Everett, Washington, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great ride on the ranch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

What a wonderful day! Tomas picked us up in San Miguel and transported us to a part of Mexico that we never would have seen on our own. Riding the horses down into the canyon was great fun for these two novice riders. We even felt confident enough to cantor and gallop. Tomas, Felix and relatives were very attentive --there were three "cowboys" and three ranch dogs to escort four riders. The horses were well cared for and very cooperative. The ride ended with a delicious lunch prepared by Tomas' family. I highly recommend this day trip outside of San Miguel. You'll see something beyond the usual tourist sites.

Visited October 2012
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xotolarranch, Manager at Rancho Xotolar, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Thank you very much for your opinion, we are pleased you enjoyed the ride, we always take special care about your safety, we are happy that the food has been your delight.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Tomas
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Macon, Ga.
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“An unforgettable day.....a true adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful city but no more so than the country side which surrounds it. Our horseback riding trip at the Rancho Xotolar helped us truly experience the beauty of this country and just as much the kindness of the people. Tomas and his wife picked us up at our hotel and transported us to a Mexico we had not yet met. We were led by his brothers Felix, Roberto and his nephew Roberto on horseback through open country and down into canyons and crossing streams all in view of the beautiful mountains. The day ended with an incredible truly authentic Mexican dinner outside under trees in view of the cornfields and prepared by the hands of Tomas's sister. All of the food was organically grown on their Ranch including a wonderful fresh cheese, salsa from prickly cactus, and home made tortillas stuffed with beans. At the end of our day we knew it was an experience we would always remember with a family we would never forget.

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xotolarranch, Owner at Rancho Xotolar, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
We are pleased to know that we could help make your trip a memorable one, Mexico are wonderful places, thanks for giving us the opportunity to show just one of them.

We hope to see them again, greetings Tomas
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Magic experience in paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Chema and the ranch family was amazing guides. Very sweet, caring and charming. It was a totally unforgettable experience and I recommend anybody who is lucky to be in San Miguel to do this adventure. It will stay with me as #1 highlight of this Mexico trip.

Visited October 2012
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xotolarranch, Owner at Rancho Xotolar, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
We are happy to have contributed a bit to make your trip to Mexico a pleasant experience, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to show some of the beautiful places of San Miguel.
Hope to see you again, Tomas
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Fabulous adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We loved our ranch trip with Tomas! Gorgeous countryside, well-organized... so fun to see this part of the world in a way otherwise not easily accessible, on horseback. Dinner was great! A church tour was delightful. A great afternoon.

Visited September 2012
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xotolarranch, Owner at Rancho Xotolar, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
I appreciate your comments, I'm so glad you enjoyed the ride, hope to see you soon.

Regards Tomas
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