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Quiet Country Ranch House Surrounded by Exotic Views and Charming Rural Village

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, Ranch House sleeps 9

Rancho Pitaya sits nestled as the base of the western foothills of the valley of Tlacolula, the eastern arm of the great valley of Oaxaca. While the ranch is only 20 minutes from Oaxaca's center, a UNESCO world heritage city with all the cultural experiences it has to offer there are countless fascinating destinations within 20 miles of the ranch.

Traditional Mexican architecture in wooden beams, wild cane and hand-painted tile defines the design of the adobe brick construction. The three spacious bedrooms, each with private en suite bathroom and kitchenette opens on to a 900 sq. foot open-style terrace with expansive vistas of untouched back country.

Just up the stone walkway is the ranches’ spacious open-style kitchen, dining/living room where you will have your own local cook to prepare fresh Oaxaca specialties. Rancho Pitaya is about outdoor living and the old-fashioned verandas duplicate the interior space with big vistas southeast down the valley and west up into the mountains.

Activities at Rancho Pitaya: Guided Horse Riding Tours, Birdwatching, Self-guided hiking and cycling. Owner Mary Jane Gagnier specialises in guided horseback riding. Rancho Pitaya has well-trained, well-cared for horses that like their job. And the riding is a spectacular way to explore the area; trails wind through a rare biosphere of old growth elephant foot yucas & massive organ cacti. Or ride to nearby destinations like the fantastic but 'untouristy' 16th century church in Tlacochahuaya & the archeological site of Dainzu.

Rancho Pitaya has horses for all level of riders from total beginners to experienced riders.

Horseback rides begin at $60 U.S. for 2 -hour guided adventure

You can visit our dedicated horse riding site

HIKING: On your own or with a guide explore the breathtakingly beautiful biosphere that borders the ranch. Groves of ancient and massive cacti intermingle with exotic 'palmillo' yucas while big sky vistas of both the northern and southern sierras dazzle the eye.

COOKING CLASSES: Rancho Pitaya is renowned for its fresh & delicious cooking focused on regional Oaxaca cuisine. Learn, in a hands-on informal way, to prepare authentic, moles, pipian ( nut or seed based sauce ), roasted salsas, tropical beverages and ices then enjoy these dishes with family and friends on the ranch's dining veranda. Cooking class: $75 U.S. per person including meal.

COMPLIMENTARY BICYCLES: Tour the many sites of the valley of Tlacolula on the ranch's complimentary mountain bikes. The flat & fertile valley is perfect for touring on two wheels. Safe and easy cycling on the quiet country lanes give you a bird's eye view of traditional village life. You'd cycle back horse-drawn carts, oxen plowing the fields, herds of goats grazing and fields of emerald green alfalfa, aromatic garlic & onion crops & in the rainy season corn fields as far as the eye can go. Sites within a couple of hours of cycling from the ranch include: 2,000. yr. old tree in El Tule, 16th century church in Tlacochahuaya, Zapotec ruins at Dainzu, rug weaving in Teotitlan, basket weaving in Santa Cruz Papalutla.

More Details

Property Manager
Mary Jane Gagnier
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Mary Jane Gagnier

Mary Jane, who grew up in Canada is now a naturalized Mexican who has lived in Oaxaca for over twenty-eight years. In 1987 she founded Galería La Mano Magica, one of Oaxaca's premier art and craft galleries. Both Rancho Pitaya and Casa Murguia, VRBO listing 265010 are decorated with original art and crafts collected while running the gallery. Mary Jane and her son Gabriel guide guide the riding tours from her guest ranch Rancho Pitaya. Visit the website HorsebackMexico and enjoy a day riding in the country during your stay.

Mary Jane Gagnier purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why Mary Jane Gagnier chose Rojas de Cuauhtémoc

The old growth organ and nopal cacti, as well as the rare native Tepeguaje trees are a haven for birds and butterflies. The views of the mountains give the impression of a movie set - in a good way! The traditional adobe structures are both beautiful and deliciously thermal for perfect indoor temperatures. Of course you'll want to spend most of your time outdoors.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The location is perfect for exploring the Valley of Tlacolula teeming with fascinating places. Any you'll be well fed at Rancho Pitaya; guests eat how the owner likes to eat: fresh, local and authentic.


Rojas de Cuauhtémoc Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sunflower - toilet , shower
    Cactus - toilet , shower
    Sun & Moon - toilet , shower
  • There is 24 hr. on-demand hot water
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Sunflower Room - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , can have 2 single beds instead of king
    Cactus Room - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , can have 2 single beds instead of king
    Sun & Moon - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Both the Sunflower & Cactus rooms can be made up with either a kingsize bed or 2 single beds. All bedrooms have fridge and coffee maker.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Rancho Pitaya has horses and friendly dogs. There is 24 hr. staff at the ranch. A local cook prepares breakfast which is included in the rate. She is available to prepare lunch or dinner, her services are included in the rate but the groceries are not. A suggested menu is sent out prior to arrival renters to choose from. Inquire about Rancho Pitaya's plan that includes full breakfast and dinner.


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Quiet Country Ranch House Surrounded by Exotic Views and Charming Rural Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Beautiful rides and wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

I spent two wonderful days with Mary-Jane and her horses. The ranch itself is set in beautiful grounds with very comfortable lodgings decorated with great art . I particularly enjoyed the food, delicious local recipes with ingredients from the surrounding area. Mary Jane knows her horses inside and out, many of them having been born and raised on the ranch . She is able to pair each rider with the best suited horse, making for safe and fun rides. My first ride was a nice trek through a cacti forest, followed by some faster paced rides, all the way to the Dainzu archaeological site on the far side of the valley, the second day. Mary Jane also has a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of the Tlalocula valley (flora, fauna, local customs etc.), pointing out interesting elements as we rode through the stunning scenery with Sasha and Noche (the ranch dogs) by our sides. I would highly recommend Horseback Mexico and I hope to come back one day!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is such a variety of fresh produce grown in the state of Oaxaca. The best pineapples in the whole country grows 6 hours away in Loma Bonita. The sweetest melons are only 3 hours away in El Camarón and just a another hour east down the Pan-American highway is papaya, mango and banana country. And those delicious heirloom potatoes come from the Sierra Juarez that watches over the valley of Tlacolula home to Criollo avocados, black beans and criollo corn in every colour imaginable. Oh, and then there's the queso fresco ( fresh cheese ) made right in our village of Rojas de Cuauhtemoc. At Rancho Pitaya we take full advantage of the edible treasures. Thank you for doing the Overnight Ranch Ride and hope you'll return to explore farther reaches of Oaxaca on horseback.
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Exquisite country living

  • 5 of 5

I've visited beautiful Rancho Pitayo several times. Three comfortable and beautifully appointed casitas are situated in one of this southern state's most glorious valleys. It is about 20 minutes from bustling Oaxaca City, but. World away in serenity. Horseback rides through the countryside offer views you will never see any other way, although hiking is also safe in these hills. The exotic wildlife and vegetation offer surprises at every step -- even just lying in a hammock on your private veranda!

There is an excellent guide you can hire to explore the numerous fascinating local villages, historic churches, markets and ruins. Overnight stays come with delicious meals. If you sign up for a horseback trek, excellent housing and local cuisine is included, and you will have an adventure like no other. Or, do a day trip and be rewarded on your return with a margarita as the sun sets spectacularly.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The state of Oaxaca is among the top ten places in the world for biodiversity! It seems a shame to visit this amazing part of the world and not get out of the city to experience the exotic plants and birds. Seeing the traditional and sustainable farming in the valley around Rancho Pitaya is a fascinating step back in time or perhaps this is the way agriculture should go in the future. So good to hear that you've enjoyed your time at Rancho Pitaya.
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Car: recommended

Rojas de Cuauhtemoc is located on the western side of the valley of Tlacolula, the southeastern arm of the great valley of Oaxaca with the city of Oaxaca at its center. Rancho Pitaya is approx. 15 kms. from the historic center of Oaxaca city. Rancho Pitaya has the perfect location to explore the fascinating Valle de Tlacolula where Mitla, Yagul, the Sunday market in Tlacolula, the 2, 000 yr. old tree in El Tule, the stunning 16th century church in Tlacochahuaya, rug weaving in Teotitlan and much more.

The ranch has the unique location of being on the very edge of the village with pristine back country directly to the west. This is the ideal location is you like to explore on horseback or bicycyle, hike breathingly gorgeous trails or tour the valley without returning to the city every day.

Other Activities: Bird Watching


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

These rates are for the rent of the three guest rooms for 5 or 6 guests and include two full meals a day: breakfast and lunch or dinner. Add $30 per day per person for 7th, 8th or 9th making triple occupancy. Inquire about smaller groups wanting to reserve only one or two guest suites at a prorated cost.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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