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Rancho San Francisco

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Calle Reyes #6 | Best Access is our residence at Calle Reyes #6 in Vista del Lago, Chapala 45900, Mexico
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Had a great time at Rancho San Fransisco! Thanks Stephanie...

I communicated with Stephanie via email as to available times and days and she was very responsive... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2018
MPujol
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Salida, Colorado
5 Stars for a Reason!

What a great addition to our vacation! We had not planned on a visit to (or even knew about) the... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
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Rancho San Francisco is a private estate adjacent to the Chapala Golf and Country Club. We offer 1-2 hour guided trail rides on country roads or mountain trails which we tailor to your ability and experience. Helmets provided. The ranch has many farm animals for kids to pet and feed: horses, donkeys, guineapigs, peacocks, rabbits, hens and pollitos, fresh eggs, humming birds, doves, songbirds, ducks, dogs and cats, and even iguanas!! Cross a hanging bridge, have a campfire in a petrified wood forrest grotto. View the lake and mountains from the pavilion, where you can arrange to have your picnic and bar for up to 25 people. With special request we can have croquet and bocce ball on our picnic lawn! Arrangements can be made ahead for a BBQ. This venue is great for weddings, with our views, gardens, ponds and the romantic hanging bridge. The entire Rancho is available for events of any kind! Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-1. Sunday visits are by appointment only.
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Calle Reyes #6 | Best Access is our residence at Calle Reyes #6 in Vista del Lago, Chapala 45900, Mexico
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

I communicated with Stephanie via email as to available times and days and she was very responsive. She asked if we needed someone to pick us up and we scheduled a time. The ranch is only ~15 minutes from Chapala. The ranch includes her beautiful...More

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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are grateful that you have twice decided that our horses and trails are your preferred activity in Chapala, and that you returned with your visitors. Thanks, also, for thinking of how to arrange credit card payment with our Hotel Villa San Francisco. This secure...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

What a great addition to our vacation! We had not planned on a visit to (or even knew about) the Ranch until we ran into another couple that raved about their experience. Stephanie was totally accommodating and a gracious hostess. She has beautiful horses on...More

Thank kmnsbtt
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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

How nice to know that word-of-mouth has brought us unexpected clients! Glad we were able to find you an open day on short notice. Thanks for your vote of confidence and your appreciation. Be sure to visit again when you return!

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Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful experience Stephanie Decker was outstanding as a trail guide and trainer her knowledge of the area and horses was amazing. It's been over 20 years since the last time I've ridden on a hourse and naturally I was a little worried but...More

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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2018

WHOA! You write as fast as you ride! It was really fun to take someone out who was ready for anything, and we did a lot! You can't tell me you had more fun than I did. Please come back and we'll run for the...More

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Reviewed January 20, 2018

If the trail riding were not wonderful in itself, the Rancho SF is a magical place. Stephanie has rescued all manner of animals from horses and burros, dogs and cats, to peacocks, pot bellied pigs, guinea pigs, and even iguanas, whom she hand feeds when...More

Thank gatehouse1
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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2018

You guys are too good. I really think you owe yourselves a repeat visit to get the MOONLIGHT RIDE experience! It's happening right now! Oh, I wish I had takers. It's like daylight out there.... PLEASE!!!

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Just walking around the grounds will make you smile. Beautiful flowers, fruit trees, swinging bridge and stunning lake view. Enough animals for a petting zoo ... pigs, rabbits, burro, peacock, et al. Stephanie and her staff ensure a memorable day. We'll be back.More

Thank Ericstud
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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2018

Thanks for the kind words, Eric. You and Cindy are more than welcome back any time. We didn't have enough time for you to meet the pigs! There are five burros, not just one; Pancho saddles adorably, and is a fun ride. The palomino Cheval...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Introducing you to Rancho San Fransisco , Vista del Lago, Chapala and owner Stephanie Decker. Basically it’s a horse ranch but also an animal and garden lovers paradise. Stephanie is not only a horse lady, she loves and cares for all animals. She has on...More

Thank AlisonE870
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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Ali, having a horsewoman as a long term tenant in the casita has been a double bonus for me and for the ranch... Your lifetime of experience is of value to anyone who loves horses. I will miss your company on rides, and your capable...More

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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

Great day out riding with Stephanie and Carlos. They were fantastic guides and the horses were perfect for each of our riders. We had three young girls and three adults and everyone was impressed with the beautiful scenery and interesting trail that we followed. We...More

Thank Brian M
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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

You know how to flatter a dusty old rancher. I enjoyed my day with your family as much as you enjoyed our animal family. We hope to see you again when the wildflowers are in bloom!

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Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous time with Stephanie and her terrific horses. She easily and graciously accomodated three riders of varying sizes and riding skill, and took us for a beautiful ride on the mountains. We will definitely be back!

Thank Lynn G
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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2017

Lynn, I am very much looking forward to your return and know that you will not regret the distance you travel to be here in the verdant green of summer. The creek is flowing and the horses are playing in the water!

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Reviewed April 21, 2017 via mobile

Lovely afternoon on the trails of San Nicolas in Chapala. The crew of Rancho San Francisco is great and we loved our stay with them. They prepared the nicest and calmer horses for our younger kids. Take your time, don't rush, just enjoy the trip....More

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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2017

Wow, you got that so right! Making the most out of every minute when you travel is really the most important reason for a ranch visit. If you can't get out of your regular routine, ground yourself on the landscape and spend time with Nature,...More

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Reviewed March 21, 2017

This is the most beautiful and enjoyable place I have visited since I moved to Mexico. If you want truly delightful ranch visit and trail ride that captures the real feel of Mexico, this this is it. A must do...if you're in the Lake Chapala...More

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StephanieRevakDecker, Owner at Rancho San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2017

There are many ways to enjoy the Chapala area, and many ways to feel the real Mexico. We happen to believe strongly that the natural beauty of a place combined with the enriching warmth of animals brings people (who may have been too long in...More

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Denny R
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The standard ride is1.5 hours and costs 400 pesos per person.
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