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“The Rancho Tour”
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The Rancho Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Rancho Tour is an opportunity to meet the weavers of Las Rancheritas and experience life in a rural village. The 16 women are the descendants of the Otomi pyramid builders. . This is an intimate hands-on experience where you will be invited into the homes of the villagers to experience the following: Tortillas made by hand, cooked on a wood fired comal and decorated using an ancient process followed by a delicious traditional lunch, Medicinal herbs and other traditions that have been used by these indigenous people for millennia, A short lesson in the ancient language of the Otomi taught by an elder, traditional stone carving demonstrated by a master, Rug hooking demo and shopping in Las Rancheritas store.
Reviewed March 3, 2017 via mobile

Best experience of my San Miguel visit. First of all, support a wonderful organization that provides local women the opportunity to support their families and produce beautiful handcrafted rugs. What's better than that? Visit a few of the 16 women who make up the hookedrugproject.com. In their homes and enjoy a huge, homemade, delectable lunch, taste aqua fresca, learn a few words of Otami and see the hooked rug store. Can't get these hard working women and their families out of my mind. CAREFUL. You may get hooked!

1  Thank Carmen S
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Reviewed February 24, 2017

The Rancho Tour is an excursion into Central Mexico's rural roots and takes you to the small village of Agustin Gonzales. The village is located just 20 minutes from San Miguel on the road to Cañada de La Virgen to local Otomi pyramid. The Otomi descendants of that pyramid live in the village. The tour includes the following activities plus a luncheon prepared from home made and grown food. The tour gives you an insider's view of village life by visiting three different homes to meet the families and enjoy a homemade meal.We learn how to grind corn on a metate to make the cornmeal and cook fresh tortillas. We also get a lesson in making fresh salsa using a comal to toast the peppers and spices then grind it with a molcajete, a traditional Nahuatl mortar and pestle. We had a sumptuous meal of chile rellano, frijoles, arroz, fresh guacamole, tamales, fresh queso de vaca, and papas fritas. We also had a sweet potato dessert and aqua fresca de mango. Next we visited Las Rancheritas, Mexico’s only Rug Hookers Coop where they sold their goods. We visited a stone carver's home and could chip away at the local sandstone. We ended the day visiting with Dona Marie and 85 year old village woman with the attitude of a twenty year old. She taught us words from the ancient pre columbian language Otomi. This language most likely was one of the languages spoken in Teotihuacan and pre-dates the arrival of the Nahuatl speakers in the area. A wonderful day in the countryside!

1  Thank Geoff F
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Reviewed February 24, 2017

We are a group who have been visiting San Miguel for the month. This was a fantastic afternoon, a great tour and we all enjoyed it. We had a tortilla-making demonstration , watched them make fresh salsa, agua fresca, and then were fortunate enough to sit down and feast on tamales, chile rellenos, rice, beans, avocado, and later dessert with sweet potato. We visited their local tienda where the women sell their rug hooked works. It was a beautiful village to visit and speak with the people, listen to the Otomi language, and support the women in this village. This was a terrific tour and we're grateful to Charlotte for introducing us to this special tour so we could learn more about the people around San Miguel.

Thank carolyn681
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Reviewed February 18, 2017

An excellent opportunity to mingle with local families in the countryside, learn about their arts and crafts, like rug hooking, and have a delicious lunch from local foods with demonstrations of how it was all prepared

Thank 703leslie
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Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

We went by van to the village of Agustin Gonzales, about an hour out of San Miguel. We visited a series of homes where we ate a meal prepared entirely from scratch, including soaking the corn kernels, grinding them on a metate, roasting vegetables and tortillas, making salsa and eating homemade cheese. Each house offered something different. Another house demonstrated making agua fruta and a desert made from squash. The last house was an Otomi woman who still speaks her language and taught us some words. The final stop is to their small tienda where they sell their hooked rug projects. Our guide, Donna, was wonderful too. Great tour!

1  Thank Fairbanks_AKCamper
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