- 72 Ratings
Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
Saddle up for a horseback ride through the charming landscapes surrounding the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende. Experience Mexico's natural beauty as you trot along winding trails and take in breathtaking views of the countryside, Tolteca pyramids and more.
What You Will Do
- Get an intimate look into Mexican culture on a half-day horseback riding tour through local trails around a centuries-old city in the Mexican highlands
- Catch views of the prehispanic Tolteca pyramids, the newly opened Cañada de la Virgen archaeological site and other stunning landscapes
- Enjoy the thrill of riding on a powerful horse that moves along at a steady pace and gives you a unique perch to see the surrounding beauty
- Sample authentic, local flavors as you fuel up with refreshing cerveza and a tasty ranch-style comida, or luncheon at the Morin Ruiz family ranch
- Relax and take in more of Mexico's natural beauty with roundtrip transportation that takes you safely to your destination
- Horseback ride
- Local guide
- Roundtrip transportation
- Lunch and drinks
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ride is suitable for participants with back problems, however trotting and galloping are not recommended. Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
- 72 Ratings
Lovely day, amazing views and people!
My favorite part of my whole trip to San Miguel! We were picked up on time at our hotel, and had a very fun horse ride. We loved trotting and galloping- personally I would have loved more but I understand not everyone in the group was an experienced rider. We felt very safe with our guides and the horses were super well trained. Lovely day!
Amazing experience and authentic! Couldn’t have been a better way to spend my money and time.
What an amazing 1/2 day excursion. From the the very friendly pickup at our home all he way to 1 st class meal at the end of the ride. Gonzales was so great to have as our driver from our house to our tour guide while riding the horses. Roberto was such a great guide as well. The meal was prepared excellently by other family members. The dining area was so beautiful as well. Thank you you so much for an amazing afternoon and evening. We will be back for sure Susan and Gary
We had such a lovely day riding through the Mexican countryside. Our family ranged from our three grandsons (in their 20’s so they wanted adventure) to our “kids” ( in their 50’s) who wanted some cantering to my husband and me who wanted to ride but not canter or gallop to our daughter-in-law who was too afraid to ride but you made feel welcome with a trip in a vehicle and time cooking with the women of the family (she is a wonderful cook herself). Just a fabulous day!! Everyone was so attentive and fun. We won’t forget this day!
I don't think I'm ever going to forget this. Truly the highlight of our whole trip and one of the coolest things I've ever done. I was suspicious about this living up to the reviews, but the way that we were taken in by Leo and his family was so authentic and warm. We were shown his ranch in a way that was like we were visiting relatives. We got to milk a cow, and we literally at the cheese made from that milk at our lunch. The ride was a blast, and the scenery was spectacular. We had a guide for each person, and they all could not have been nicer. They were very good at making sure we were all having a good time. They let us trot and gallop through creeks, but weren't pushy if we didn't want to go fast on the horses. For a wannabe horse-lover, this was a dream come true. By the end of the day, we felt like family and I could've stayed at the ranch forever. HUGE thank you to Xotolar ranch!
This family provides a wonderful ranch experience, with fun riding, strong horses, beautiful scenery, authentic food, and thoughtful guiding.
It was an amazing experience made even greater by our host and the Cowboys that accompanied us. They did an amazing job of safely navigating us through very rough terrain. The farm experience was really fun, Milpita cow for the first time and feeding the calf with the bottle. The lunch afterwards was fabulous and so authentic to this region. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone who enjoys courses.
It was such an incredible experience! So personal, getting to hear from Leo about his family's story. So perfectly authentic, I will not forget this experience for a long, long time.
We checked out the website and really liked the landscape and the fact that it was a working ranch and offered a variety of options for riding horses.Our experience was great Tomas and his son picked us up at our hotel and were so nice and drove us to the ranch and told us all about his family and the history of the ranch and we got to milk a cow learn about how they make cheese.Then we had a 2 hour ride through the canyon which was awesome.The cowboys were great we got to trot and canter and it was a lot of fun.When we got back there was a delicious lunch prepared.It was a trip highlight would highly recommend!
This was our second time to do the horseback riding with the Marin family and it exceeded our expectations. Leo and his uncle and the other cowboys were great!! It was an enjoyable experience that I would highly recommend to others. On the drive to the ranch, it started to rain some but Leo and his aunt were prepared when we arrived with ponchos, sweaters, and plastic covers for our hats. The dinner after the ride was amazing!
My husband and I were a bit nervous as neither of us had been horseback riding in over 20 yrs... but Lio and Enrique and the rest of the vaqueros made us feel relaxed and safe from the very beginning . Simply gorgeous ride through gorgeous mountains and streams on very experienced and gentle horses made the experience truly enjoyable. The staff at Xotolar Ranch were all very friendly and were so accommodating talking our cell phones to take great photos for us throughout the entire ride — so helpful !! We were treated to a wonderful comida after our ride with delicious enchiladas , cheese made fresh that day on the ranch , cactus fruit salsa and hibiscus iced tea. Clearly this family-owned ranch takes pride and care in everything they do to make their guest riders happy...it really shows. Also great communication from Tomás to confirm our reservation and pick up details...much appreciated ! We have lived in San Miguel now for 2 years and this was by far our best day trip “ adventure” we have experienced . Definitely plan a visit to Xotolar Ranch— you will be glad you did!! Thank you again to Lio and all his guys- Rhonda and Peter
Great visit to an authentic, working ranch. Highly recommend this experience to anyone.
Super fun experience! We would highly recommend their tour to anyone who visits San Miguel. The home made dinner was also very authentic and delicious. True farm to table. Thanks again and we will come back again!
Me encanto la experiencia, a pesar de no tener ninguna experiencia disfrute mucho los recorridos, es muy emocionante galopar y los paisajes son impresionantes; Lio y Félix son unos excelentes guías; la comida deliciosa.
We were picked up at our AirBnB place by Gustavo. After arriving at the ranch, we learned a little about milking a cow and making cheese. We then rode horses for several hours, learning about how to sit in the saddle/use stirrups, trotting, and galloping. My daughter and I lucked out--for the two of us we had three expert horsemen helping us, Gustavo, Roberto, and Enrique. After returning to the ranch we had a very tasty homecooked meal with some of the cheese we watched being prepared from the milk that morning. Thanks to all for making our experience special.
From the booking to the ride and off to lunch I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Gustavo and the other guides were a pleasure to be around and really knew what they were doing. My aunt and I went and she expressed knee pain she experienced a few weeks before so the guides paid special attention to this and made sure she was comfortable. Next time I come to San Miguel I will book another trip! Thanks!
From start to finish the adventure was perfect! We loved that it was a family run ranch with the most stunning views. The guides made sure that we felt comfortable throughout the whole trip and the horses were extremely well trained. We also loved the change in the terrain and the excitement that the galloping provided! Finally, the lunch was delicious and we loved spending the time to get to know our guide better and the history of the ranch. I would highly recommend it to others and will definitely visit again the next time we make a trip to San Miguel.
we had a great time at Xotolar Ranch! We did the half day horseback riding and enjoyed learning about the ranch, riding our "all terrain" horses, soaking up the beautiful scenery, and eating the home cooked meal. Would recommend!
Great people, beautiful country, lovely horses and Felix’s singing is the best!
Wonderful place. Great experience.
We so enjoyed our horseback riding experience with Xotolar Ranch. What a fantastic way to spend the day! Whether taking fantastic photos of our ride or serving us a delicious meal, the team at Xotolar went above and beyond in every instance. An authentic and very enjoyable way to enjoy beautiful scenery and experience a little bit of adventure in SMA.
This tour is amazing. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I just wish there were fewer people (there were 24 people/horses on the ride I did). Otherwise, it was beautiful, fun, and the lunch afterwards was incredible. Highly recommended!
We had a great time on our horseback riding adventure. Gustavo picked us up in town and dropped us back off at the end of the day. All of the guys were friendly and helpful and were safety-conscious. The ride was scenic and relaxing. I didn't really want to gallop, but I did it and didn't regret it. The meal was so delicious and welcomed after riding all that time in the sun. We'd definitely recommend it!
Wonderful experience ..very safe and very fun...lunch was perfect...we want to come again
We really enjoyed our day with you. Before we came to your ranch we were quite uncomfortable and inexperienced with horses. Your expert instruction was really appreciated. We loved meeting your cows and calves and the milking experience added much to our day. The lunch after our horseback ride was delicious--the best we had during our entire stay. The scenery was also stunning. Thanks to Leo and Felix for being our cowboys! Mary and John. Toronto, Canada
This was my second time riding with the wonderful people at Xotolar Ranch. They provide an unbelievable experience that you will never forget. They are very safety conscious and provide novice and experienced riders with valuable instructions on how to get the best out of their ride. They will record your experience riding in some of the most scenic areas you could ever imagine on your cell phone with photos and videos, and when you have returned to the ranch they provide all riders with an amazing lunch. I recommend them enthusiastically and will ride with them again and again as I revisit the wonderful city of San Miguel.
We had an incredible time with Xotolar ranch! Our host was super friendly and fun, and the ride itself was so beautiful! We loved every part of it.
Excellent trail ride with beautiful scenery, wonderful and friendly guides, and a delicious lunch. The ride is suitable for all skill levels with opportunities for galloping if desired. A definite highlight of our week in SMA.
I had an absolutely wonderful day with Tomas and his family. The scenery was fantastic, I made new friends among my fellow travelers, the guides were knowledgeable and warm, and the food delicious. I’m returning to the US with fond memories of a wonderful day. Thanks again!
Highly recommend this Ranch and staff. A truly amazing experience. They pick up and drop off. Supply hats and the ride is awesome. The entire staff deserves more than five stars. We will defiantly be back and recommend the ranch to all of our friends and family.
Was a nice ride and guides were great. The gallop throught he water was neat. The lunch was delicious. Milking the cows and having the fresh cheese waiting for us when we got back was extra fun for the kids.
We had an absolutely incredible day at Xotolar Ranch with our family! We travelled with our 2 children ages 6 yrs and 8yrs old. We were picked up at our hotel and driven to the ranch in a very new and comfortable van. We were able to milk cows, learn how fresh cheese was made and enjoy an absolutely delicious meal for lunch after our trail ride. The guides were amazing and extremely skilled. We had never ridden horses before, but felt extremely comfortable and safe with our guides and horses for the entire time. The horses are extremely well trained, calm and safe. Our children rode by themselves safely the entire time. In our group of 8 riders, there were 5 guides with us the entire time. The horses are well cared for, treated with respect, and the ranch also rescues mal-treated horses. It was a magical day- the highlight of our 3 weeks in Mexico! I would highly recommend Xotolar Ranch for anyone, especially children. Sarah Anand Vancouver BC Canada
Casey and I had a blast. Leo and Felix were really fun and competent great riders. I always had the sense that we were in good hands....
This was an amazing experience! It encompassed everything from learning about farm life in rural Mexico to an exceptional horseback riding experience. From pick up at your hotel or home to the return we could not have asked for more. Tomas was well spoken and informative about the history of the area in which his family has lived for decades. The farm is self sufficient and we met the farm animals which provide them everything from eggs, milk, cheese and meat. The horses are high quality, well fed and trained. As an experienced rider I was provided ample opportunity to ride out fast while my inexperienced husband never felt he had to gallop off. The ride was conducted in an incredibly safe way -- plenty of helpful ranch hands along to make sure everyone was okay. The lunch after was absolutely delicious and everything sourced from the farm! All and all I could not recommend this trip more!
My 2 teen boys had a great time. It was their most favorite activity in Mexico. They loved galloping in the river and we all felt very safe as there were so many cowboys guiding us. The horses were very gentle and knew the path. Climbing up and down through the canyons was a little nerve wracking but the horses were surefooted and we were safe. 3 cheers to Leon, Jose, and Felix for their kindness and good humor!
This was our second time taking this tour; first with our daughter and son-in-law, now with our son and daughter-in-law. The tour was just as enchanting the second time as the first! The host family are lovely and the ride through the desert canyon is spectacular and exciting. We felt very safe on our long ride. This ride is something you can never get anywhere else but MEXICO!! Michele
My wife and I had an amazing time on this horse ride. It was exciting enough (the horses trotted and galloped) and also at a pace for first time riders. The Xotolar Ranch has amazing views. I had not planned ahead and was able to book just 1 day in advance. Other companies rejected my request because there was only two of us but Xotolar Ranch readily accepted us! This was the highlight of our trip. From booking to being dropped back at our hotel this was a smooth and exciting experience!
AMAZING EXPERIENCE!! THE HORSES WERE WELL BEHAVED, THE STAFF WAS GREAT AND THE CANYONS WERE STUNNING! OVERALL GREAT EXPERIENCE!!
We had a beautiful day at the ranch. The horseback riding was sensational, a truly memorable experience. The ranch hands were extremely professional and made the ride fun and safe. After a long ride, we returned to the ranch for a lovely lunch. It was a great day for our family--thank you Xotolar Ranch!
Every aspect of the day was exceptional. The seven members of our family visiting from the states raved about their great day. We throughly enjoyed our experience; we'll tell everyone in SMA to go with family or friends, and will certainly return. Thanks to Leo and the entire family at the ranch, not only for being remarkable people but for running a truly great, caring and friendly business. Thank You-King