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Rancho Pitaya

Guerrero #3 Barrio de los Coyotes, Rojas de Cuauhtemoc 68080 Mexico
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Country guest ranch in Valle de Tlacolula near rare ancient cacti biosphere. Beautiful adobe brick construction with tile roof and wooden beams has three guest suites. Rates include full breakfast and dinner. Specializes in guided horseback riding vacations from overnight to over a week. Great self-guided hiking. Birdwatching with or without guide highly recommended. Informal cooking classes also available.. Perfect locations to explore Mitla, Tlacolula market, Zapotec rug weaving and El Tule. Trusted drivers are arranged by management. Personal attention from owners Mary Jane and Gabriel.
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BoomerTours wrote a review Apr 2019
Omaha, NE24 contributions21 helpful votes
We just finished a 3-night stay at the ranch with 3-4 hour rides each day. Accommodations were very comfortable, including a huge covered porch for morning coffee, reading, relaxing. Meals were excellent. The rides were all thru different countryside, two starting right from the ranch, one from a more distant spot using a horse trailer. Very varied and interesting fauna, always with interesting birds to see on the ride. We understand there are many more ride opportunities. Horses were well chosen and very suitable for two novice riders. Birding the grounds in the morning is very rewarding. We then spent two nights at the owner's guest house in the center of Oaxaca (see the web page for Horseback Mexico) which was equally comfortable and close to everything - plus with a pool. It was a first rate experience start to finish.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from RanchoPitaya, Owner at Rancho Pitaya
Responded Apr 19, 2019
It just makes my day when people like you come to stay at Rancho Pitaya. People who are looking for slow time, who actually observe the unique nature on and around the ranch and of course, enjoying see the world from the back of a horse. Thank you and all of us at Rancho Pitaya hope you'll return.
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Melody K wrote a review Mar 2019
Montclair, New Jersey68 contributions10 helpful votes
I can’t add much to the rave reviews except to say Amen! Our hosts anticipated every need, even arranging transport from airport to Rancho and later, into Oaxaca Centro. We soon felt like old friends. The horses are well cared for and provide the perfect perch for seeing the amazing topography of distant mountains and 500-year-old cactus around us. And the location is an easy jumping off point for day trips to Hierve el Agua, El Tule, Mitla, Teotitlán del Valle (where generations of families have weaved beautiful rugs — go!) and more (don’t miss any of these). Gina is an amazing cook, glad to accommodate any needs. Great value, peaceful, worth a stay just to see the extraordinary cactus plants and trees on the property. Did I mention the hammocks?
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from RanchoPitaya, Owner at Rancho Pitaya
Responded Apr 19, 2019
I, too, feel as though time stands just a little still at Rancho Pitaya. My own pulse slows down when I'm at the ranch. There is, indeed, a fine team here who keeps the horses healthy, the largely natural flora looking just a bit pruned, and from the traditional adobe and tile kitchen serves guests fresh, tasty meal. Thank you for staying and we all hope you'll return. I've lived here for decades and am still discovering fascinating sites in this great valley of Tlacolula.
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Beth M wrote a review Apr 2018
Boston, MA, United States10 contributions5 helpful votes
I arrived at Rancho Pitayo after 7 busy and intense days alone in and around Oaxaca City. I'd enjoyed the day trips to ancient sites, to crafts workshops, to natural wonders, and all the city had to offer which is considerable. Mary Jane arranged a cab to pick me up at my bnb for the half hour ride out to Ranch Pitayo as well as a cab to the airport at the other end. I spent my last 3 nights there and I loved it. No decisions to make, like a resort I guess but I don't go to those, yet so small and personal and the people were totally invested in the place. No mere "staff." For example you get to know the cook, Gina. Though she speaks no English, and I speak almost no Spanish, she's lovely and takes pride as she should in the meals which were so fresh, delicious and ample and set out beautifully on a delightful outdoor table. I enjoyed meals with Mary Jane and her friends/family as well as other guests. I only ride every 10 years or so and am no spring chicken so I was given easy calm horses, and Mary Jane really coached and encouraged. The rooms are lovely. Can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Only three, I'd avoid the middle one, only to get the extra window.
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Response from RanchoPitaya, Owner at Rancho Pitaya
Responded May 2, 2018
It is so good to know your "out-of-city" experience was gratifying. Oaxaca boosts some of the planet's greatest biodiversity and one of the best ways to experience this on on the back of a horse. This biodiversity largely influenced by the state's daunting geography, helps us to understand and appreciate Oaxaca's cuisine, culture and crafts. We are indeed a small team but everyone takes pride in their job and works independently with minimal input from my side. BTW, Lumina, our rescue mare you rode is doing fabulously, putting on substantial muscle as she has become stronger and fitter. She loves to trot and canter as she seems to marvel at her own capabilities and takes pleasure in her job. We, all, look forward to your return. Thank you.
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Lakeshore3000 wrote a review Mar 2018
Seattle, Washington3 contributions1 helpful vote
I recently returned from a week of riding and relaxing at Rancho Pitaya (Horseback Mexico) and I recommend it very highly! The adobe ranch and rooms are clean, comfortable, and peaceful. The food is excellent. I found the horses to be well trained, and the landscape is a fascinating mix of rocky outcrops, desert cacti, and views of daily life. Throughout, Mary Jane and her staff were very focused on the safety and comfort of both horse and rider. Back at the ranch, everyone was attentive to just about any need I had, often before I thought of it. Mary Jane always had an extra measure of hospitality waiting, from a hot water bottle on a chilly night to a tasty snack in my room. The kitchen at the ranch is kept spotless and the food is diverse, fresh, and delicious. Purified, filtered water is always available. Each morning, I enjoyed breakfast and bird watching on the sunny porch before we set off on horseback. Mary Jane and her other guide, Farina, know and love the terrain, so there’s a chance to learn not just about riding and the region, but about the considerable local flora and fauna. In the afternoon, there was time to read, for various excursions, or just to enjoy a cold juice or soda in the shade. For those of you who know how to ride: I found the horses healthy and the tack appropriate. Mary Jane was very open to discussing her approach to riding and training and generous in chatting about All Things Horse! On the trail, she will take the time to discover what your comfort level is in the saddle *and* with your particular horse, and share how best to communicate. Come with a learner’s mind and a love of horses and you’ll be happy--she has a number of very responsive, athletic, and forward horses! (Endurance saddles are also pretty comfy...) If you're thinking of a longer trip: My week included a great mix of riding, a day in Oaxaca city, time in Tule, and other excursions. These were great opportunities that offered an unmissable look at the region. I loved the mix. Overall: I experienced Oaxaca as a laid-back, charming, and still very visitor-friendly region. (Go! you’ll love it!) For me, Rancho Pitaya was the perfect way to get to know it more deeply. Happy trails, travelers! Thanks, Mary Jane.
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Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: There are just three! Mine was very nice.
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Response from RanchoPitaya, Owner at Rancho Pitaya
Responded May 2, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Rancho Pitaya and of riding with Horseback Mexico. Exploring Oaxaca whether from the saddle or otherwise cannot be done in one lifetime. And horses? That's another area of learning that, too, one never gets bored with. Thank you, again, for making Rancho Pitaya a part of your Oaxaca stay.
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brucebV803RQ wrote a review Jan 2018
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
Rancho Pitaya is small and intimate and is located in a village not far from Oaxaca. The three rooms are lovely and the food is a highlight -- prepared by local women with local ingredients and recipes. We occupied all three guest rooms so had the place to ourselves. The location is a great jumping off point for excursions in the area. Farina and Mary Jane were helpful in suggesting excursions and making arrangements for them. We have recommended Rancho Pitaya to friends who will be there in March. If you are looing for the Four Seasons, this is not your place. But, if you like an authentic experience in comfortable surroundings with lovely hosts and locals, this is a great choice.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from RanchoPitaya, Owner at Rancho Pitaya
Responded Feb 2, 2018
When I decided to relocate my horse ranch in 2010 to Rojas de Cuauhtemoc and began building Rancho Pitaya, my "theme song" was "keep it simple". I left the old growth nopal and organ cacti as well as the mature Tepejuage tree, a rare endemic acacia. There was no need for much landscaping. The buildings on the ranch are all constructed from sun-baked adobe bricks made from my horses' dried manure and a limestone-rich earth deposit found just a couple hundred yards away. Simple is best! The village of Rojas is famed for it cheese, queso fresco, and the surrounding farmlands are planted with a natural heirloom alfalfa that the dairy cows and my horses enjoy eating. Local is best! Largely undisturbed communal lands bordering the ranch are chock-a-block with biodiversity, and provide trails to explore and ideal habitat for birds and butterflies. Natural is best! It's so good to know that you and your family enjoyed the experience of rural Oaxaca. Thank you for staying at Rancho Pitaya.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rancho Pitaya
Which popular attractions are close to Rancho Pitaya?
Nearby attractions include Tule Tree (2.5 miles), San Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya (2.8 miles), and Palacio Municipal De Santa Maria Del Tule (2.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rancho Pitaya?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Rancho Pitaya?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Rancho Pitaya?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rancho Pitaya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Casa Embajador de Oaxaca, El Milenario, and Caldo De Piedra.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rancho Pitaya?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Does Rancho Pitaya have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rancho Pitaya offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Rancho Pitaya located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Rojas de Cuauhtemoc.
Are there any historical sites close to Rancho Pitaya?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Monte Alban (9.7 miles), Mercado de Benito Juarez (8.0 miles), and Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina (8.3 miles).
Is Rancho Pitaya accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.