The Rancho Tour: There’s Nothing Else Like It
By Charlotte Bell
Okay, you’ve listened to the music, seen the films, eaten at the fine restaurants, looked at the art, done some yoga, walked the park, and done many of the other things that make San Miguel de Allende a vibrant place. A great counter-balance to that is to step into rural Mexico and get an up-close and personal experience of what life is like in the campo. In many ways, that life consists of centuries old patterns, whether it’s cooking, making things, or communicating. This is your invitation to expand your adventure in Mexico by signing up for the Rancho Tour. This people-to-people connection will add richness to your day like nothing else can.
Every Friday, 12:30-5pm
You’ll be escaping the hustle bustle of the city and moving into the country air to meet the descendants of the builders of the Canada de la Virgin pyramid. You’ll hear their ancient language and even learn a few words of Otomí. There will be demonstrations in rug hooking and stone carving. You can ride a burro if you like. Learn about the medicinal herbs of the area. One highlight will be a traditional vegetarian lunch with homemade tortillas, salsa, cheese, and other sumptuous dishes.
This is a great opportunity for photographers. You can take as many photographs as you would like of these beautiful indigenous people. Plus it’s a winner for children. No more historic sites to bore them because in the country they can experience farming life with cows, chickens, horses, and other animals.
The Rancho Tour is every Friday afternoon. Las Rancheritas, Mexico’s only rug hookers, (http://rughookproject.com), have created this entertaining and informative tour as a fundraiser for their craft cooperative. The entry price of 500 pesos includes lunch, transportation, and the tour. We leave from San Miguel at 12:30pm and return between 4:30 and 5pm. There’s nothing else like it. For a sample, visit http://charlottebell.com/rancho-tour. For more information or to make a reservation, call 152 7548 or email email@example.com.