I'm just back from a great trip to the south west USA and Mexico, the highlight of which was a fantastic week spent at Rancho Los Banos. My main reason for going was to ride horses in 'cowboy country', and although a relatively inexperienced rider, I more than achieved my ambition. The horses were all so well trained and sure footed I felt very confident, and just loved riding through - and up and down! - some beautiful landscapes. The hiking was great as well, with flowers and trees springing into their life, and birds and wildlife in general to enjoy. All the people who are involved with the ranch - Manuels Jnr & Snr, Geoff and Dorine, Vi, the cook, and the cowboys - were very welcoming, informative and helpful - and really good fun. We had lots of laughs.
The logistics involved in trying to meet the requests of several different groups/guests could be quite complicated, but Manuel Jnr managed to keep us all happy.
I was amazed at how quickly I relaxed into the place, loved getting up at sunrise to watch the shadows playing over the rocks, revelled in all the activities, and really enjoyed the odd sundowner on the porch with new friends.
I'll be doing my level best to return......
GB from the UK
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Los Banos is a 30,000 acre privately owned nature preserve and adventure travel guest ranch located at the foot of the Sierra Madre, a mere 55 miles south of the southeast Arizona town of Douglas in safe, secure northeast Sonora. Here you will find some of the most pristine, secluded and scenic land anywhere. We offer stunning landscapes, world-class hiking and horseback riding, trekking, birding, wildlife spotting, jeep ecotours, lake and river kayaking, stargazing, fishing, mountain biking, great porching, delicious Mexican food and comfortable accommodations. The ranch has miles of stunning box canyons, high sierras and riparian riverbeds. It borders 20 mile long Lake Angostura and amazing Bavispe River. The sheer vastness of this land will enchant you and our hospitality and service will make for a great vacation. Experience adventure travel at its very best at Mexico's premiere guest ranch. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tierra Chamahua Ecoadventures At Rancho Los Banos Hotel Sonora
- Tierra Chamahua EcoAdventures At Rancho Los Banos Mexico/Sonora