My wife and I were looking for something different and started researching ranches in the southern US and Mexico. When we saw the ranch's ads we started to think it might be a good fit for us, and was it ever!
Where to start? Well, the riding and scenery is outstanding. This should be the real reason you come here. The horses are healthy and well-trained. The staff are expert riders and we always felt safe, despite riding some fairly technical terrain. You say you don't want technical? No sweat. Manuel and his team can draw from countless ride options to find the right level for you. And the options go on and on. We were there for 6 days of riding and had a blast on all of them. In fact, we had fun at night trying to decide if we now had a new "favourite route".
Of course, this little piece of paradise wouldn't be worth the effort of getting there unless you have great hosts, too. We got along really well with their staff. It's an intimate environment in the sense that they have a limited amount of guests, so you get to know their staff really well. They were professional, helpful and attentive to our needs.
So, what do you need or expect out of a holiday? In our case, based on the information we received prior to booking our trip, we had realistic expectations in terms of luxuries. This is not the place if you want long, hot showers, This is not the place if you want five-star meals. This is not the place if you want to be pampered to death all day long. Halleluiah! I'm willing to live simply and rough it a bit if it means I get to visit a working ranch, meet fantastic people, be around animals all day, ride through extraordinary landscapes, eat healthy meals and totally unwind from the craziness of my job.
So, my only fear is that this place gets too popular and feels compelled to grow. It's just perfect the way it is. Is it perfect for you? Get in touch with Manuel and talk about it. He's more than happy to provide you with any information.
Thanks again to the Los Banos team - we had an amazing vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Los Banos is a 30,000 acre privately owned nature preserve and adventure travel guest ranch located at the foot of the Sierra Madre, a mere 55 miles south of the southeast Arizona town of Douglas in safe, secure northeast Sonora. Here you will find some of the most pristine, secluded and scenic land anywhere. We offer stunning landscapes, world-class hiking and horseback riding, trekking, birding, wildlife spotting, jeep ecotours, lake and river kayaking, stargazing, fishing, mountain biking, great porching, delicious Mexican food and comfortable accommodations. The ranch has miles of stunning box canyons, high sierras and riparian riverbeds. It borders 20 mile long Lake Angostura and amazing Bavispe River. The sheer vastness of this land will enchant you and our hospitality and service will make for a great vacation. Experience adventure travel at its very best at Mexico's premiere guest ranch. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tierra Chamahua Ecoadventures At Rancho Los Banos Hotel Sonora