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“Rug hooking co-op Not to be missed!”
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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 May 7, 2017 via mobile

This was by far the most interesting tour I took while visiting San Miguel de Allende. It was very enjoyable and got a special glimpse into rural Mexico. Donna was a great guide.

1  Thank Barbara R
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Reviewed April 21, 2017

Spent a great afternoon learning about life in a rancho and the Otomi people. We enjoyed several houses which the Otomi families opened for us. We felt very welcome and enjoyed watching the preparation (and eating) of a great lunch. Definitely worth it.

Thank Ron L
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

The Rancho Tour took us to the small village of Agustin Gonzales, about 20 minutes outside of San Miguel de Allende. It includes a delicious luncheon prepared by the women of the village so it is all homemade and, most likely, locally grown. We were shown how to grind corn on a metate (not as easy as it looks) to make fresh, really fresh, tortillas. They also demonstrated how to make fresh salsa by roasting peppers, tomatoes and spices on a comal. Lunch was served in the courtyard of a private house and included chile rellano, arroz, fresh guacamole, tamales, fresh queso de vaca, salsa and papas fritas. We then enjoyed a sweet potato dessert and aqua fresca de mango, while a group of children sang the Mexican national anthem in the local language Otomi. We visited a stone carver's home and Las Rancheritas, a rug-hooker cooperative and faced the difficult choice of what to buy to bring home. And then the piece de résistance, a language lesson in Otomi from the charming Dona Marie. It was a delightful half day excursion that I would do again in a heartbeat!

Thank Katherine M
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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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