A fun way to make a difference. All proceeds benefit Las Rancheritas.
The Rancho Tour is an opportunity to meet the weavers of Las Rancheritas and experience life in a rural village. The 18 women are the descendants of the Otomi pyramid builders. This is an intimate hands-on experience where you will be invited into the homes of the villagers to experience the following: tortillas made by hand from corn grown by their families, cooked on a wood fired comal and decorated using an ancient process. This is followed by a delicious traditional lunch. Medicinal herbs and other traditions that have been used by these indigenous people for millennia, A short lesson in the ancient language of the Otomi taught by an elder, Rug hooking demo and shopping in Las Rancheritas village store.
The tour is an excellent learning experience for children 8 and and up and great opportunity for photographers. We can also arrange for a burrow ride.
Tours are by appointment and run from 12:30 – 5:00. The cost is $40 US or 750 pesos and includes transportation, lunch and the tour. Tours leave from in front of St. Pauls Episcopal church on Cardo 6. You must have a reservation. Make this on contact page.
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Learn more about Las Rancheritas. Go to amazon and purchase the book,
Rich Roots, which is about life in rural Mexico featuring Las Rancheritas.
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We are a group who have been visiting San Miguel for the month. This was a fantastic afternoon, a great tour and we all enjoyed it. We had a tortilla-making demonstration , watched them make fresh salsa, agua fresca, and then were fortunate enough to sit down and feast on tamales, chile rellenos, rice, beans, avocado, and later dessert with sweet potato. We visited their local tienda where the women sell their rug hooked works. It was a beautiful village to visit and speak with the people, listen to the Otomi language, and support the women in this village. This was a terrific tour and we’re grateful to Charlotte for introducing us to this special tour so we could learn more about the people around San Miguel.
We went by van to the village of Agustin Gonzales, about an hour out of San Miguel. We visited a series of homes where we ate a meal prepared entirely from scratch, including soaking the corn kernels, grinding them on a metate, roasting vegetables and tortillas, making salsa and eating homemade cheese. Each house offered something different. Another house demonstrated making agua fruta and a desert made from squash. The last house was an Otomi woman who still speaks her language and taught us some words. The final stop is to their small tienda where they sell their hooked rug projects. Our guide, Donna, was wonderful too. Great tour!
An excellent opportunity to mingle with local families in the countryside, learn about their arts and crafts, like rug hooking, and have a delicious lunch from local foods with demonstrations of how it was all prepared.
The Rancho Tour took us to the small village of Agustin Gonzales, about 20 minutes outside of San Miguel de Allende. It includes a delicious luncheon prepared by the women of the village so it is all homemade and, most likely, locally grown. We were shown how to grind corn on a metate (not as easy as it looks) to make fresh, really fresh, tortillas. They also demonstrated how to make fresh salsa by roasting peppers, tomatoes and spices on a comal. Lunch was served in the courtyard of a private house and included chile rellano, arroz, fresh guacamole, tamales, fresh queso de vaca, salsa and papas fritas. We then enjoyed a sweet potato dessert and aqua fresca de mango, while a group of children sang the Mexican national anthem in the local language Otomi. We visited a stone carver’s home and Las Rancheritas, a rug-hooker cooperative and faced the difficult choice of what to buy to bring home. And then the piece de résistance, a language lesson in Otomi from the charming Dona Marie. It was a delightful half day excursion that I would do again in a heartbeat!
Best experience of my San Miguel visit. First of all, support a wonderful organization that provides local women the opportunity to support their families and produce beautiful handcrafted rugs. What’s better than that? Visit a few of the 16 women who make up the hookedrugproject.com. In their homes and enjoy a huge, homemade, delectable lunch, taste aqua fresca, learn a few words of Otami and see the hooked rug store. Can’t get these hard working women and their families out of my mind. CAREFUL. You may get hooked!