Jan 03

ABOUT

San Ricardo Farm-Lodge Guatemala Offers you 6 cozy casitas completely furnished, guests may stroll 140 acres, observing birds, rabbits, squirrels, other wild life or horse back riding, biking and hicking are available.

Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay, or visit us for a day, in our hand-built, adobe finca, recently restored by Roberto & Anna Lembke, the owner, manager and spiritual force behind SanRicardo.

Click here for contact or reservations or info@sanricardofarm-lodge.com.gt

All prices include taxes and rates are per person.
Please phone, e-mail, or fax for details of single supplement and special rates for families. Our rates are quoted in US dollars and Euros and may be subject to change without notice owing to exchange rate fluctuations.
We accept  credit cards, travelers checks or cash.

English and Spanish spoken, as well as French and Italian.

Keep in mind…

Although the Quetzal is Guatemala´s official currency, euros and US dollars are also widely accepted. Both currencies may be exchanged in the La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City and banks all around the countryside. If you need cash, there is a large network of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) available throughout the country.

HOW TO GET THERE?

SERVICES

AGROTURISM

Enjoy the agrotouristic experience here in San Ricardo. With us, you can learn about the agricultural life cycle with of different crops such as corn, figs, strawberries, apricots, flowers, etc.

You can also enjoy the life in the field, the raising of the Jersey milk cattle before they are even born. In San Ricardo you can delight yourself with the Milk Museum and try the delicious cheeses made in the farm.

If you wish, you may also try the farm’s animal tours that include pigs, deer, rabbits, sheep, and many others.

As part of the experience you can caress and ride our horses from Peru inside the farm and on the outsides enjoying the scenery.

Tractor field trips and learn about agriculture, corn crops, milking cows, collecting fresh eggs, harvesting.

Horseback riding journeys around the farm from 1 hour up to 3 hours, visiting other villages and neighbor farms bringing lunch box or any special dietary suggestions.

CUISINE

Restaurant is a culinary destination of its own. Our candlelit meals are an experience to be savored.

Indulge your palate in our inspired regional cuisine prepared by our creative Maya Kackchiquel staff.

Anna and her staff provide full board if required. All meals are tailored for hungry travelers, riders and hikers, and combine delicious Guatemalan and International cuisine. Our visitors book contains many compliments to the chef at San Ricardo, vegetarian and other special dietary options on request.

Tecpan Guatemala, where SanRicardo Farm & Lodge is located is also knows as a Gastronomic &Gourmet Tourist Destination.

Outstanding smoked pork sausages, hams, chops but also great homemade mermelades with local fresh fruits; strawberries, blackberries, figs, pineapple, papaya, mango and sauco.

During centuries Corn and Cacao have been a treasure in the kitchen. Both products have had great plantations, reason why guatemalans have developed manhy ways to serve it. Corn tortillas, tamales, chuchitos (small tamales stuffed with chicken or pork meat) plus grandmas´old tomatoe recipie and combine with fresh farm cheese and cream, this is one of the Heavens´ Gift.
Cacao drink, it should never be missed, mountains are cold and a hot Cocoa or Cacao mug will always cheer up your spirit!

Yellow corn sweet drink and cinammon, black beans any style: they could be fried, fiesta or boiled, these are part of the Mesoamerican Mayan dishes. You can not miss it!

The Estofado (stew) made out of 7 meats: chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lamb, duck and rabbit that comes with a tasty tomatoe sauce is a legend at Tecpan. Your palate will be please with it and its potatoe salad and rice. As a great traditional meal Estofado is known as BIG OCASSIONS dish, like weddings, big parties, newborn babies, graduations or engagement momentum. This special meal needs to be cooked 3 days in advance and gathers tradition, family love spices, because is prepared by the women of such family celebration.

Pepian and Jocon dishes are another Heavens´ Gift also made out of chicken or pork meat, one has a red and spicy sauce and the Jocon comes with a green flavored with cilantrum sauce.

Traditional Guatemalan food is a mix of prehispanic and spanish customs, both ingredients brought to our table a wide variety of recipies, all of it uses as many herbs as we have in Central America that enhances flavors and tastes.

This is just a little of what you will be able to discover and enjoy.

Bar

The bar has the best liquor and food in the rural area, and with a smooth ambient is the perfect place to have a nice evening with music, friends and a great time.

TECPAN – Live History

Location:

It is located in the central highlands of Guatemala in the department of Chimaltenango, at an altitude of 7,500 feet above the sea level.

Access:

Via land or air from the capital and other departments, marinas and cruise terminals at Puerto Quetzal.

Distance:

from Guatemala City to the departmental city Chimaltenango : 55 kms. 34.38 miles from the capital to Tecpan 88 km./55 miles.

Estimated travel time:

One hour via land, 15 minutes via air, ordinary buses may drive up to one hour and 30 minutes.

Area:

201 square kilometers

Climate:

the climate is temperate but at this attitude the forests and mountains can be cold.

Population:

Inhabitants aprox. 60,000
Ethnicity: 90% Maya Kackchiquel, and 10% Spanish.

Languages:

Spanish and Maya Kackchiquel

Description:

Tecpan signifying “palace” in the Nahuatl language, was the name given to this town by the Spanish conquerors. It is also the location where the Mayan Kackchiquel city of Iximche was founded.

It is here that green mountains and leafy forests stood testaments to the most important historical events in Central America. Today they still welcome the visitors to this area. The warmth and hospitality of the people who live in this area, which was the first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, is evident as you immerse yourself in the history of the country by visiting the Kackchiquel city of Iximche and in fact, to this day important Mayan ceremonies are still held there.

Tourism:

Types of tourism: cultural, ecological, cuisine, photography, mountain adventure, wellness and archeological.

Tourist attractions: Iximché its name means “palace of the sacred trees of corn” belongs to the late post-classic Mayan Civilization. This city is strategically situated in an area where the topography of the land protects the area with natural earth walls and deep ravines.

History:

In the fourteenth century the Tzutujiles, the K´ìches and the Kackchiqueles aligned to establish the largest empire ever attained in the history of the Mayas. Their land stretched from the lowlands to the north (Quiché) to the Pacific coast. After a period of prosperity, the three groups separated in the fifteenth century, and thus began a struggle for control of both territories and commercial routes. The Kackchiqueles, a warlike group, separated from the K´iches during this century to establish their own city Iximché.

The Kackchiqueles, without knowing that later they would be the ones conquered, aligned themselves with the Spanish, who had recently arrived. The Spanish helped them defeat the K´iches. After the triump over the K´iches, the Spanish subjugated the Kackchiqueles, and at the same time established the first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala: Tecpán Guatemala.

In Tecpan you can admire the first cathedral San Francisco de Asis, where you can see exquisite altarpieces and original image.

It is also worth mentioning that here you can also see the last market in Guatemala where people barter for goods instead of using cash. You won´t want to miss it.

Along the highway to Tecpan you will find excellent restaurants and cafes which offer delicious, high quality traditional Guatemalan food, fresh from the farm.

In addition, Tecpan is a place which is coveted by nature lovers, with eco-hotels, nature parks, reserves, and forests, all of which provide the perfect scene for open-air sports.

Also, visit the contemporary Mayan Art Galleries and take home an art investment. The Kumatzin Jay Community Museum displays archeological findings form a genuine Mayan point of view. Don´t miss any of these in downtown Tecpan.

Best time to visit:

All year. From October to February the temperature is cooler.
From March to June the weather is beautiful.
July, August and September is rainy season and it rains almost every afternoon.

Recommended to stay:

2 to 3 days.

Accomodations:

In Tecpan you can expect the warmest hospitality. There are eco-hotels, bungalows with fireplaces, family hotels-all of which offer excellent service.

For more information please visit Tecpan  at:

www.inforpressca.com/tecpan

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