Riding with the Cowboys on a Mexico Ranch South of the Border

Last Updated: January 14, 2013 by
Categories: Mexico

A stay at a ranch 50 miles south of the border in Mexico offers an exciting and active holiday, at a lot less than the cost of an American dude ranch

There is a certain look people give you when you say you are taking a trip just south of the US/Mexico border. The word "border" triggers reflex panic. Eyebrows rise and eyes dart apprehensively. Even when I assure people I won't be backpacking into the notorious Ciudad Juárez and will instead be staying at an isolated family-run ranch in the middle of the Sonora desert, the look of unease doesn't fade.

Mexico is as big as western Europe, yet it dominates international news for one reason only. There's no point pretending the country doesn't have very serious problems and that some areas certainly need to be avoided; however, not everywhere on or within a few hours' drive of the 2,000-mile border deserves to be blacklisted.

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