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Welcome to Rancho La Querencia, Nayarit, Mexico

Our ranch near the lake

Here is a great place to enjoy the tranquility of a natural environment, to explore the nearby lake and waterfalls, and yet be close enough to visit Tepic, Guadalajara and the superb beaches of the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

Our tropical gardens are very beautiful. There are ponds, shade houses and a stream at the edge of the gardens. We have a pool table, table football, hammocks and a large barbecue area and outside kitchen with a clay oven. SEE MORE

The scenic Santa Maria del Oro lake is just 5 minutes away and is ideal for swimming, kayaking or fishing for bass and perch.



The outstandingly beautiful Santa Maria del Oro crater lake is about 9 kilometers from the town of Santa Maria del Oro, on the edge of the mountainous region known as the Sierra Madre Occidental; It is about 2,000 meters long by 1,600 meters wide with an average depth of 60 meters and at an altitude of approximately 730 meters. The road around the approximately 8 kilometers perimeter is great for mountain bikes or hiking

The many restaurants at the edge of the lake serve the now famous 'chicharron de pescado´ (deep fried morsels of battered fish) A pleasant and affordable restaurant is ´La Mojarra de Samao´ located at the entrance to Koala bungalows.

Santa Maria del Oro lake


How to get here

Take the Santa Maria del Oro turnoff from highway 15 or toll road Guadalajara-Tepic, drive through the town, past the lookout point and continue on the winding road to the lake, take the (only) turnoff towards Cofradia. We are about 1.3km down the road on the right.

Bookings and information

If you require a booking or more information in order to make a reservation please let me know how many persons are in your group and the dates you would like to reserve. I will reply as soon as possible (usually within a few hours) Please note that I only accept reservations for a minimum of 2 nights on weekends. Regards, Chris


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Your hosts

Christopher and Amelia


We invite you to book online using the airbnb website:- airbnb.com airbnb superhost-airbnb

Koala Bungalows and Camping:- Koala Bungalows website . . . . Mexico Guru:- Mexico Guro website