Rancho Ecologico Sol de Mayo

Rancho Ecologico Sol de Mayo

Rancho Ecologico Sol de Mayo
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  • Stacztir
    Clarksville, Tennessee108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should Be a Bucket List Item for Baja California Sur
    This was a beautiful hike to an amazing waterfall that you can swim. The hike can be deceiving as it is generally a short hike to the waterfall (about 1/2 mile), however, the route is very steep with boulders and hiking boots were definitely helpful at the final stretch and on the way back out. We arrive right at 8:40 am, which the website said it opened at 9, but the posted hours were 8 am to 8 pm. So keep that in mind. We hiked and spent an hour at the waterfall with no other visitors, only after we were on our way out did it seem to get busy. Numerous groups were arriving just after 10:15 am. The area is quiet, there is one bathroom (more like an outhouse style/porta potty) on the trail. Otherwise, plan to bring drinks and everything you need to hang out. There were only locals arriving as we visited on a Thursday morning, but it was mostly families with young children. This is probably one of the more beautiful waterfalls we’ve been to that we could swim and get so up close to. The drive from San Jose del Cabo was very easy and quick. The final 15 km is a dirt road, however, we were able to have no problem getting there in our rental VW Jetta.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Kelly B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A slice of heaven
    This was a slice of Heaven! Just gorgeous and so fun. The hike down to the waterfall and swimming hole was a bit rough for me, at nearly 60 with bad hips and knees, but absolutely worth it! We went with two other couples and everyone loved it. A definite highlight of our time in the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Traveler45848517442
    Efland, North Carolina2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two nights in the "cabin"
    The real reason to come here to the rancho is for the mountains, waterfall and the hikes. These are wonderful and worth the effort. We booked a tour with Edgardo at Bajasierraadventures.com and it was a great day of hiking and kayaking. But there is much written about the natural area. This review focuses on the lodging at the ranch. We (two couples, Mexican residents) stayed in units 5 and 3 for two nights. Bring a flashlight, it is really dark walking around after sunset. Each "unit" consists of two well-constructed brick buildings. There is room for at least four people to sleep in one unit, and more if you wanted to use sleeping bags. The queen-size bed was comfortable, we did not try the single beds. The unit with the "kitchen" was large with two singles beds, a table and chairs, sink and dishware. There is no refrigerator and the two burner hotplate had no gas. (Possibly the owners would sell gas if asked but we didn't bother. ) The bathroom worked ok but not luxury. There is a large balcony on top of the kitchen but no chairs or table. Still, it is a nice view. The restaurant is very good with surprisingly upscale food. Be sure to make dinner reservations when you book your cabin. It is not a particularly friendly place and we always felt like we were bothering the staff if we asked for coffee or anything. Mercedes, who escorted us to our rooms and served us meals, is the exception, very good service and assistance when she was present. Overall, we are very happy we spent two days there. The bioreserve and guides from Baja Sierra Adventures are first-rate. But for the price, next time we will sleep in Santiago or even La Ribera in a nice condo for the same price.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
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Stacztir
Clarksville, TN108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was a beautiful hike to an amazing waterfall that you can swim. The hike can be deceiving as it is generally a short hike to the waterfall (about 1/2 mile), however, the route is very steep with boulders and hiking boots were definitely helpful at the final stretch and on the way back out. We arrive right at 8:40 am, which the website said it opened at 9, but the posted hours were 8 am to 8 pm. So keep that in mind. We hiked and spent an hour at the waterfall with no other visitors, only after we were on our way out did it seem to get busy. Numerous groups were arriving just after 10:15 am. The area is quiet, there is one bathroom (more like an outhouse style/porta potty) on the trail. Otherwise, plan to bring drinks and everything you need to hang out. There were only locals arriving as we visited on a Thursday morning, but it was mostly families with young children. This is probably one of the more beautiful waterfalls we’ve been to that we could swim and get so up close to. The drive from San Jose del Cabo was very easy and quick. The final 15 km is a dirt road, however, we were able to have no problem getting there in our rental VW Jetta.
Written July 27, 2023
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Heather N
Ann Arbor, MI172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This trip requires a pretty long drive down a sandy road, but is totally worth it. Our standard rental car made it down the road just fine. You can walk to the waterfall and swim in the pool beneath, and may also walk up to the area upstream to get a more panoramic view. The water this time of year is pretty cold, but still swimmable. This was a good chance to see more of Baja than just the beach. We did encounter a large rattlesnake. Watch where you step.
Written March 14, 2020
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Lori M
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Closed-
only open to occupants in lodging. Was able to translate a possible opening later in the week but after contacting at “WhatsApp”, the employee informed me of the visitors cannot access unless staying at lodging 4 days later. Such a shame for those looking for a side trip away from beaches. I hope they can support themselves this way.
I have visited many times prior with family and friends. A beautiful location. A bit challenging and steep hike to the falls pool. Must be mindful of steps descending and back up.
Written November 15, 2022
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Jenny M
Kenmore, WA33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
we drove all the way up to the park. it was a very beautiful drive and we had a Kia four-door sedan, we made it through but an SUV would’ve been definitely a better choice for this trip. When we arrived at the gates were locked and we had driven up on a day that the park was closed so I would check the website before going next time! The terrain was very interesting and we ended up having a really good time just driving around this area.
Written November 10, 2022
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Jay R
Albuquerque, NM55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This place is currently CLOSED!! We drove up there from Cabo (about 90 minutes). We went through the gate and spoke to a woman inside and she said it was currently closed as someone had been severely injured in a fall. They were shut down by the government. She thought they would open up in the future after safety procedures were implemented. Beautiful drive though!
Written August 24, 2022
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Ruth B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is a magical swimming hole that is worth the drive. Be prepared to drive down a 10 km dirt road (in good condition) where you might think you've gone the wrong way. But you haven't. The road has great signage that consistently keep you on the path and your reward is this absolute gem of a swimming hole. It's a steep walk down and then back up, so bring good shoes with some grip. And bring some water to drink in the heat. Enjoy this little piece of paradise.
Written May 3, 2023
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Sue
Colorado168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Good day trip, make sure you have the proper vehicle to get down the sandy/washboard road. The hike itself is pretty short, but you need to be comfortable with hiking on rocks, steep, and uneven trail. Wear good shoes, and not flip flops. Waterfall is beautiful and we enjoyed the scenery. Our trail info said it was about a 1.5 mile hike each, but it was more like half a mile each way. Maybe if you decide to go all the way on less marked trail to above the waterfall it is longer, but we decided not to because of the narrow trail and steep dropoff.
Written February 7, 2023
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Kelly B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was a slice of Heaven! Just gorgeous and so fun. The hike down to the waterfall and swimming hole was a bit rough for me, at nearly 60 with bad hips and knees, but absolutely worth it! We went with two other couples and everyone loved it. A definite highlight of our time in the area.
Written November 8, 2023
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m1128jm17
Boynton Beach, FL91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
I mostly want to correct some out of date or inaccurate information that appears on other posting. We were at the falls yesterday, March 11, 2017. Also please note that I am a 75 year old male in reasonably good shape who likes adventure and the outdoors.

Directions for Cabo:

This is an easy 1 1/2 hour drive from Cabo---a little less from San Jose del Cabo.
If your have google maps on your smart phone, it will take you directly to the entrance to the falls.

A few things to remember: Make sure you take the toll road to the airport and then follow signs toward La Pa. Exist highway 1 at Santiago. There are sign markers in Santiago to the falls. The most important one is to get on the dirt road leading to the falls. When you are on the relatively good dirt road, you are about 20 minutes from the falls.

On the way back, be sure not to miss the turn off to the toll road at the airport. If you miss it (there are no specific markings) you will end up taking a very busy commercial road that eventually will lead you into San Jose del Cabo and save you a big 32 pesos! It will take about 1/2 hour longer!

Entering the Falls:

I was greeted by Prisciliano Elehazar de la Pena Ruiz, who claims to be the proprietor
of the falls. He was very nice. Speaks English, and asked for 120 pesos per person.(he also will take $.) This fee was somewhat higher than previous postings. I do not know if he has raised his price or charges more on a weekend or whether it is negotiable, but we just paid it.

He has clean relatively modern banos with toilet paper and a changing area.

The walk to the falls from the entry in about 10 to 15 minutes tops. You go on a dirt path and eventually down some rather steep steps. However it is very doable and relatively safe. The rope that people previously speak about is now history. Anyone reasonable active and agile can negotiate these steps.

This is not Niagara Falls. It is a small falls that empties into a medium sized pond. It is very refreshing and the water from the falls is warmer than the water in the pond. However, the pond water is fine. This is not an alpine lake!

Caution:

It is very hot walking down to the falls. The rocks that surround the path increase the heat. We were there in early March. I can't imagine what it is like in the summer months. BRING AMPLE WATER WITH YOU AND LEAVE SOME IN THE CAR FOR YOUR RETURN.

Side trip:

There is a restaurant in Santiago just off the main square called El Palomar that is worth stopping at---wonderful food-- shrimp quesadillas, fresh fish, reasonable drinks and nice service---now run by the two sons of the original owner. Yes, it seems to be true that back in the day it was frequented by Bing Crosby and John Wayne.

Staff and owners very nice.
Written March 12, 2017
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Cabocritic
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Once again clients asked me about something to do that is different. So, off to Rancho Ecologico we went. It's about 20 minutes drive from San Jose del Cabo to Santiago. Once there, you pass through the east edge fo town to a long, rather well kept up unpaved road that takes about another 15 - 20 minutes more to arrive at your destination.

The ranch is a delightful place, kind of a small zoo with assorted birds, rabbits, ducks, geese, goats, lambs and others to view adjacent to the house. Your host is a warm and friendly man, who has created a wonderful way to view and enjoy one of our local nature treats.

It's a short 10 minute hike down to the water, but the path is really NOT for those needing assistance in walking as the steps heading down are in many cases rather steep, narrow and not where you would want to stumble. Children easily navigate, but parents usually are holding their hands.

There are very few places to really set up a blanket, I counted 4-5 so it quickly can get crowded. A couple no doubt a frequent visitor, brought a beach umbrella and on the left side of the main pool there is a sand bar in about 12 inches of water which makes a great place to hang. I don't think you will spend more than and couple hours there, again, it's not a big place, even though it is a beautiful place so don't pack a bunch of stuff. Alcohol is prohibited and when you hit the steps, you will agree it would not be wise to be drinking there. Do not wear your cheap flip flops. Running shoes, short hiking boots or quality sandals with tread and straps are wanted, part of this path is a stream bed and the steps are rock so wear something you have traction and solid footing with.

Most of the area is covered by large rounded boulders so you will spend most of your time in the water. Bathing suits are best thing to wear and dry shorts to change into for the drive back to where you are staying. It's worth the trip to see this, there is a place to leap about 40 or so feet into the deep end if you dare. There is plenty of shallow water for you to float around in and for children to play. There were several there during our stay having a ball.

Have fun and enjoy. Oh, the cost per person is 8 US as of todays date, August 2018. Pay when you arrive and get a wrist band. No coolers, too tough to carry, back back is best.

Cheers and have fun.
Written August 24, 2018
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