Blue winter skies at Rancho Pitaya

Blue winter skies at Rancho Pitaya

Lodging at Rancho Pitaya

For equally safe country lodging, consider Rancho Pitaya guest ranch for an open-air, rural experience offering: meals, horse riding and guided nature walks.

Discover Oaxaca's exotic nature on horseback.

Discover Oaxaca’s exotic nature on horseback.

Safe Distance Outdoor Activities

Mary Jane is offering, throughout the week, small group outdoor activities around her ranch near Santa Maria El Tule. Choose from guided nature walks, horse riding tours and instructional birdwatching.

Prior reservation required. Cash peso payment only please.

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Trusted taxi drivers, van rentals and airport transfers.

Taxis All very safe and polite with new cars with seatbelts. They charge about 200 pesos per hour.

Text, WhatsApp or call. Only Spanish speaking.

José Luis Mendez  tel. 951-181-3559. Alejandro 951-145-5725

Rental of Passenger Vans and Licensed Guides with driver  – with or without English-speaking guide. Ask for Coco. 951-117-4850 Text, WhatsApp or call or email: Ask for Coco ( Jorge Alvarez ).

Hugo Cano has a passenger van tel. 951-182-2787. Text, WhatsApp or call. Speaks basic English.

Flights to and from Oaxaca The coast: Huatulco and Puerto Escondido


Favorite places for eating out

Restaurante Catedral 516 3285  y +52 (951) 516 3988

Open Wed through Monday. Closed Tuesday 8:00 a 23:00 h

Expendio Tradición restaurant and mezacaleria. Closed Mondays. Located on the corner of Murguia and Reforma.

Quinta Real Hotel 7 days a week. On 5 de Mayo between Murguia and Abasolo.

Casa Oaxaca Reforma Contemporary informal patio dining managed by chef Alejandro Ruiz

El Milenario in El Tule for consistantly delicious and economical Oaxacan dishes

Maria Lombardo for woodfired pizzas and good pasta at Abasolo 304, 1/2 block E. of Juarez

Language schools:  Spanish Immersion School has been recommended by several guests. Owner Lazaro gets rave reviews.

At Merced Market: La Güerita for quesadillas, memelas and empanadas. Entering the Mercado de la Merced off of Murguia take a right at the first hallway, right there, you’ll see the red stools. The quesadilla with squash blossoms ( flor de calabaza ) is a classic and for meat eaters try the Cochinito Pibil. What makes these special is the way they are finished off on a rack under the charcoal, toasted to a perfect crispness.  Across from this place is a juice bar – carrot pineapple is one of my favourites.

Home Delivery Grocery and Produce Service

Panadería Masa Madre


Merced Market

Quesería Arce 951-132-4181

Frutas y Verduras Elsa 951-513-3388

Spices, seeds, nuts and dry goods 951-164-4686

Meats ( Juan speaks English ) Carnicería Leto 951-288-0219

The ISSSTE dry goods grocery is one block east on Murguia from Casa Murguia. There is a limited selection of wine and liquors.

Comprehensive guide to the delivery service at local markets in the city of Oaxaca.

Home Delivery Service

Mezcal:Now available for purchase at Casa Murguia. Artesan Mezcal Joven handcrafted by Quiéreme Mucho. Cuiche, Tobalá, Espadin and several blends.


Our bees create this sublime honey feasting on the nectar form agaves, cacti, acacias, kapok and hundreds of other flowers.

Honey: Mary Jane has partnered with Quiéreme Mucho visionary Eduardo Muñozcano Skidmore cultivating organic mil flores honey and employing Taviche residents in the apiary care and creating the one-of-a-kind jars.

Quiéreme Mucho is committed to sustainable rural economy. Eat bottle is hand-painted for artisans from San Pedro Taviche.

Quiéreme Mucho is committed to sustainable rural economy. Eat bottle is hand-painted for artisans from San Pedro Taviche.

Quesadilla at La Gúerita at the Merced Market

Quesadilla at La Gúerita at the Merced Market


Esther Novoa's clean, quiet massage room.

Esther Novoa’s clean, quiet massage room.

I’ve been going to Esther Novoa for years. She gives a consistently professional massage in a quiet, tranquil environment. Esther has strong yet sensitive hands. 550 pesos for a full one-hour plus full body massage. She gives only 2 massages in the morning 10 and 12  and 2 in the afternoon 4:30 & 6:30. Esther Novoa tel: 501-0938 ( Spanish only ) <> Her office address is Tinoco y Palacios 707-A but it’s really right around the corner on Callejon del Carmen, first door on the south side of the street just before Hostel El Pochon.

For identifying the native plants found in the area around Rojas de Cuauhtemoc where Rancho Pitaya is located. This site is by Valerie Nadeau, long-time resident of Rojas.

Lodging in other parts of Oaxaca

Also owned by Mary Jane, Rancho Pitaya has three guest suites, excellent cook, rare ecosystem and  perfect location to explore the Valle de Tlacolula, ride horses or hike.