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“Beautiful morning of riding” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Horseback Mexico

Horseback Mexico
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$90.00*
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Exotic Flora Half-Day Guided Horseback Riding Tour
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Owner description: Horseback Mexico's riding tours are based 15 km. east of Oaxaca city. The owners personally guide & offer half-day, full-day,overnight & multi-day guided riding adventures. Ride through rare cacti forest and trek ancient mountain trails to breathtaking vistas. Picnic in the back country or relax over lunch at our ecologically built ranch. Decades of experience. Knowledgeable, English / Spanish speaking guides. Calm but fit horses for all levels of riders. Instruction available. Rates include transport from our city office. Join our new Ruins to Hacienda Ride along ancient trails, lots of birds and big cacti!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful morning of riding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Did a half day ride during our recent trip to Oaxaca. The scenery was stunning and the ranch is run with utmost professionalism. The horses were really well looked after and evidently the managers are interested in providing a feel for a real Mexican ranch, with beautiful traditional adobe stuctures. Really safe and an experience you won't forget - recommended!

Visited May 2013
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RanchoPitaya, Owner at Horseback Mexico, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you James,
It's always helpful to hear feedback from travelers who coming out riding. We are hooked on traditional Mexican architecture and construction methods. Adobe ( sun-baked bricks made from 2/3 earth and 1/3 dried horse manure ) is not only beautiful to look at it's wonderfully thermal, making it very nice to live in.
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Todos Santos, Mexico
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3 reviews
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“Fantastic experience not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

The highlight of a recent trip to Oaxaca was our stay and horseback riding at Rancho Pitaya. Mary Jane quickly responded to our inquiry into riding (we were looking to spend time out of the city) and she made it possible for us to stay at the ranch for 5 days! First, on arrival we were greeted warmly by Mary Jane and Bobby, and immediately made to feel very welcome.
The setting is idyllic, a ranch set in the beautiful countryside outside of Oaxaca city. The rooms are very comfortable and quiet, in the morning you can go and visit with the horses (you will learn all of their names!) . The meals were delicious and we were always asked if there was anything more we wanted.
Despite many years since riding, I always felt comfortable with the horses we rode and all of the guides were fantastic! Riding through small pueblos and the gorgeous countryside gave me a unique insight into Oaxaca.
Mary Jane, Bobby and the entire staff graciously shared their paradise in Oaxaca, it is a unique experience not too be missed. Thank you. I will definitely be back!
Cristi

Visited March 2013
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RanchoPitaya, Owner at Horseback Mexico, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Cristie,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Bobby and I really enjoyed having you stay at Rancho Pitaya and ride with us at Horseback Mexico. It is such a pleasure having sensitive, animal-loving people like you come and stay - and I speak for our horses.
Yes, please come back and ride with us again!
Mary Jane
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London, United Kingdom
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“Incredible - one of the highlights of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Came here with my girlfriend in Jan 2013 and had an absolutely fantastic time. Sorry it took me so long to write a review :)

Horse riding was great, scenery was stunning and ppl very friendly. Absolutely come and visit this ranch if you're in Oaxaca. I had never really ridden much before but really loved it and felt very safe/comfortable.

My only regret is that we didn't go back for another full-day ride!

Visited January 2013
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RanchoPitaya, Owner at Horseback Mexico, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
And I'm sorry it has taken me this long to acknowledge your review. Somehow I missed doing this.
It was really nice to know that your riding tour with Horseback Mexico was a highlight of your stay in Oaxaca.
Come back and do a long riding trip with us! There is so much to explore in the state of Oaxaca.

We hope to see you back again.
Thanks again from all the team at Horseback Mexico.
Mary Jane, Bobby, Gabriel and Jayson
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Belmont, California
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“Personalized service, great horses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Our family of four enjoyed a two-hour trail ride with Mary Jane in mid-February 2013. I booked the ride a month or two prior to our visit to Oaxaca (having to pay the entire amount in advance was a bit of an annoyance, but it worked out). As we are all fairly experienced riders, I wanted to make sure we would be able do something a little more exciting than nose-to-tail walking, and requested in my email that we have the opportunity for some trots and canters. Mary Jane assured us that she could lead an energetic, fast ride, but was appropriately prudent: advising, rightly, that we would need to ride to the ability of the least experienced rider in our group -- our 7-year-old daughter.

Mary Jane did a wonderful job of balancing our competing priorities - our desire for excitement, coupled with the need to not push our 7-year-old beyond her comfort level.

She pointed out interesting vegetation along the way and furthered our appreciation of the landscape and views.

The horses were all great and everything went smoothly with the pick-up and drop-off in Oaxaca. (Note that the ranch is about 35 minutes outside of town).

Visited February 2013
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RanchoPitaya, Owner at Horseback Mexico, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
We are always pleased to know riders went away satisfied.
Just to clarify our payment policy ... When reserving less than two months prior to ride day full payment is due. Farther out a partial payment can be made.
Travelers can, of course, reserve with as much or as little anticipation as they wish providing rides are available on that given day but all rides are paid in advance.
We are though a small family-run operation. We personally guide the rides and schedule our free time around reserved rides.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we especially wish years of wonderful riding for your lovely daughters.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews
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“We love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

They say that the third time is a charm but, in this case, every time is a charm! We've visited Ranch Pitaya three times now and each trip has been a unique and outstanding experience. The food and accommodations are brilliant and the horseback riding measures up to best that we've experienced anywhere in the world. Mary Jane and Bobby are so welcoming and make you feel at home from the minute that you arrive. For a true Mexican adventure with all of the trimmings, this is it....we love this place!

Visited January 2013
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RanchoPitaya, Owner at Horseback Mexico, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
It's always a pleasure having you back, and return riders keep us exploring farther afield and checking out "off-the-beaten-track" trails and destinations. This keeps the riding and the guiding fresh and exciting for us too.
Muchas gracias!
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