My wife and I stayed here for two nights with our two young boys, 3 1/2 years and 1 year old. What a great, unique place. First off, Bobby and Mary Jane are wonderful hosts and great horse enthusiasts. They have many beautiful, well conditioned horses in their stables that they take out guests for rides on.The ranch is located close to mountains and many small, rural towns about 20-25 minutes from the center of Oaxaca. Bobby and Mary Jane built from scratch an unique property in this region. Their website paints a very accurate picture of the ranch so I won't get into those details but I will say it was very comfortable. My wife had great rides with the ranch hands, Dustin and Jason. I think they're Bobby's kids and as far as my older son is concerned they are the coolest guys he has ever met. They caught chickens and baby chicks for him to hold, let him walk a pony, put him on a horse bare back for a ride in the yard and let him ride for a bit in front of my wife in the saddle before and after she hit the trails. The meals were spectacular, exactly what we had hoped for. Their cook/housekeepers are from the local area and they made us amazing local dishes at every meal. Our kids were free to run/crawl all over and explore as long as they understood the ground rules when it came to interacting with the animals. Keep in mind this is a real working ranch. This isn't some sterile resort geared toward tourists who are afraid to get dirty and experience the local culture up close. It also gave us an opportunity to truly unplug and forget about the world back home. We'd definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Country guest ranch in Valle de Tlacolula near rare ancient cacti biosphere. Beautiful adobe brick construction with tile roof and wooden beams has three guest suites. Rates include full breakfast and dinner. Specializes in guided horseback riding vacations from overnight to over a week. Great hiking and free use of bicycles; cooking classes recommended. Perfect locations to explore Mitla, Tlacolula market, Zapotec rug weaving and El Tule. Personal attention from owners Mary Jane & Bobby. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Pitaya Mexico/Oaxaca