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“Best part of our trip!”
Review of Hacienda el Divisadero - CLOSED

Cuisines: Mexican
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New Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
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“Best part of our trip!”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We did a day tour with Joel, who was both friendly and incredibly knowledgeable of the area. Joel picked us up near our hotel in downtown Puerto Vallerta and drove us through the mountains and pointed out some beautiful sights and local flora and fauna along the way. We made our first stop at a nearby village, he gave a very informative tour of the town hall office and church. We then headed out to the ranch for brunch and a cheese-making demonstration. One tip: don't eat breakfast before the tour, because the food at the ranch is AMAZING.

We took a tour of the raicilla distillery and had some samples before taking a horseback ride. The ride was more adventurous than I had anticipated, but the horses were so calm and our guides were so attentive it ended up being an absolute blast. Be sure to wear bug spray, but don't miss out of this part of the tour. Joel was hilarious and went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying everything. We got a very informative tour of some petroglyphs before heading back.

Back at the Ranch we had more food and some of the best Margaritas I've ever had. The food here is so fresh it's really hard to overstate how good it was. We ended up buying a couple of bottles of the Raicilla but there is no pressure to buy anything, the whole day had a very casual feel.

On the way back to our hotel Joel showed us some more scenic sights along the way and offered some insider tips for really enjoying Puerto Vallerta.

If you're in Puerto Vallerta you MUST visit. Really, between the food and the culture you can't go wrong at this place.

  • Visited February 2014
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Highlight of our Mexican holiday”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

This was a full day adventure for my wife and I. Joel, our university educated host and guide, gave us a fabulous account of the history, culture, and topography of the region and villages as we made our way up to the ranch. Staff there was just as gracious and saw to our every need. Hacienda was spotlessly clean, with a rustic elegance, equipped with four overnight stay units that seemed on par with any better quality European bed and breakfast. Loved the horseback riding through the tropical forest. Terrain was slightly rugged traversing several mountain streams all while the good humoured Joel would expound entertainingly and educationally about the flora and fauna that we were passing through. Excellent food, beef preparations were exceptionally tender and delicious. We were given demonstrations of both their cheese production techniques and of Raicilla (a type of tequila) production. Sampling these added to the culinary experience. Beautiful countryside. Hiking to the ancient petroglyphs was fascinating and educational. Will definitely recommend to friends.

Visited February 2014
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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“Great Food, Entertaining Service,Romantic Ambience!”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had the opportunity to dine at the Hacienda el Divisadero with a group of artists attending a workshop in a nearby village. This open air restaurant delivered absolutely wonderful food, very informative and entertaining service. Armundo, our waiter and host, explained the history of Tequila and Raicilla and how the Hacienda came to be.He was a virtual "George Lopez" comedically but clean. We had the Carne Asado which was the first time that I have had decent beef in Mexico, it could be cut with the fork and was delicious. The Hacienda has all the various types of agave that are used in the production of Raicilla, their unique adult beverage. We all had samples and were taught the tradition of sipping and tasting. The facility also has several rooms for overnight staying and a stable of riding horses.

see more at their website: http://haciendaeldivisadero.com/

  • Visited February 2013
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“Spiritual”
Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Great outdoor, historical,spiritual and epicurean adventure. Would recommend highly. Lovely grounds. Educational

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