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A Visit to a Rural Village



By Charlotte Bell

Okay, you’ve listened to the music, seen


the films, ate at the fine restaurants, looked at the art, done some yoga, walked the park, and done many of the other things that make SMA a vibrant place. Now what?

A great counter-balance to all that is to step into rural México 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 México by signing up for the Rancho Tour. This people-to-people connection will add richness to your day like nothing else can.

You’ll be escaping the hustle and 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 Otomi. There will be demonstrations in rug hooking and stone carving. Learn about the medicinal herbs of the area. One highlight will be a traditional vegetarian lunch with homemade tortillas, salsa, cheese, and other sumptuous items.

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 happens every Thursday afternoon. Las Rancheritas, Mexico’s only rug hookers ( have created this entertaining and informative tour as a fundraiser for their craft cooperative. The entry price of 750 pesos includes lunch, transportation, and the tour. We leave from San Miguel at 12:30pm and return by 5pm. There’s nothing else like it. For a sample, visit

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The Rancho Tour

Every Thursday, 12:30–5pm

750 pesos

Includes lunch, transportation, and the tour

We leave from San Miguel at 12:30pm

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