This small resort (maybe 15 rooms?) offers personal attention that you just don't get at the big resorts. Greeted by name upon arrival, we were treated like family the entire trip. They do the big things right, of course, like cleaning the rooms, cooking the meals, caring for the horses, etc. But it's the little things that make you feel special. No charge for the internet or printing your boarding passes, maybe even buying you a beer at a local store. Hot tub too warm or cold? No problem, they'll adjust it however you like. Want to learn how to make a Margarita? Couldn't have come to a better place! Come during Christmas (and perhaps some other holidays as well?), and you'll enjoy a 10-course feast complete with entertainment featuring local talent.
The scenery is just stunning. Pictures do NOT do it justice. You feel like you were dropped into the middle of a vast plain. Rolling hills, distant mountains, desert, scrub grass, streams, ponds, canyons, valleys, waterfalls, tiny villages - the beauty and variety are unbelievable. And best of all, you experience it on top of a horse. Going at your own pace: full gallops, medium cantering, leisurely walks - the staff ensures that you get the horse and guide exactly suited to your riding ability and desire.
Of course the focus here at the ranch is the horseback riding, and they do it superbly. But when you're not riding, the resort is a wonderful place to relax. Infinity pool (a bit cool in December), hot tub (just right), darts, pool table, deck chairs, couches in the lounge, library, so many ways to just relax. And the food - absolutely great. The table wine is really quite good. Authentic Mexican, and different food every night. Frequently served at larger tables where you can chat with the other guests. This was an unexpected bonus, chatting with the other guests. They come from all over the world, and often had such great stories, really friendly people.
Another bonus is the cultural excursions that the ranch offers. We went to Tepotlotzan, saw an amazing church, then the neighborhood market in the church yard. Sampled more Mexican snacks. You can even ride your horse to a zip-line place!
This resort is quite the undiscovered gem. And factor in the price, it's a bargain of a gem. We certainly will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Las Cascadas Resort is Mexico’s most natural, all inclusive wellness, yoga and horseback riding vacation destination. Located conveniently to both the airports of Mexico City or Queretero, we’re easy to reach and hard to leave. Re-boot, recharge and relax in this pristine resort that’s embedded deeply in the open-sky country with distant mountains, wide open plains and natural features enriched by a river that carves the cascades, las cascadas, for which we are named. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Las Cascadas Mexico/San Agustin Buenavista