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“Highlight of Our Vacation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hacienda el Divisadero - CLOSED

Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
New Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
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“Highlight of Our Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

Like most of the folks here, we did the day tour. Joel, the best tour guide ever, picked us up in a comfortable van across the street from our hotel. Much to our surprise, we were the only people going on the tour. This made for a totally personalized and fun experience. Even though Joel has been giving tours for La Hacienda for something like eight years, he was totally enthusiastic, talkative and exceedingly friendly. On the way to the ranch, he provided running commentary on places, plants and animals we passed, as well as some Mexican history. We made several stops, including a little pull-off overlooking the ocean and a small town with a pretty church. Joel was chock-full of information the entire way.

At the ranch, the staff was incredibly kind and accommodating. The focal point of the grounds was the beautiful main structure, that housed a restaurant and some adjoining accommodations for overnight guests. The restaurant was modern-rustic, open-air, with an expansive patio and romantic furnishings and fixtures. The villas were equally romantic and beautiful. I recommend abstaining from breakfast before embarking on this tour. When we arrived at the ranch, the restaurant was our first stop, and the food was delicious and plentiful. We learned about cheese- and raicilla (a type of tequila)-making and sampled both, followed by a horseback ride through a lovely portion of the 300-acre grounds, which was enhanced by Joel serenading us, pointing out interesting birds and plants and treating us to a few more samples of raicilla ;)

Back at the ranch: more delicious food and, even better, unlimited raicilla margaritas. We had some great conversation--the staff treated us like family.

Overall, it was a jam-packed full day. We departed downtown Puerto Vallarta around 8:30, didn't return until after 6, and there was never a dull moment. I highly recommend La Hacienda--especially the day tour.

Visited February 2014
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Encinitas, California
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8 reviews
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“Amazing place to visit!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

This place is amazing the food is great their Rizia is awesome and the people are so kind!! I highly recommend taking a tour of the Rizia distillery and going on a horseback ride to go see the Petroglyphs. When you eat there try their orange juice and hot chocolate they are so good! One thing i forgot to mention... make sure to ask for Joel (Carlos his first name or Carlos Joel ) . I swear he is the nicest person on EARTH!!!!! Make sure to bring bug repellent because there are lots if bugs. I have nothing bad to say about Hacienda El Divisadero everything was great the food, people, animals, rooms, atmosphere, and their cheese!!! If you go to the hacienda make sure to wear pants and bring a light sweater! STAY THE NIGHT IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE! Hopefully this is helpful to you!!

  • Visited March 2014
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New Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
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“Best part of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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