Monday, May 18, 2009

Andalucia Parillada Domingo

We are always on the lookout for something new and different to see in Cancun so I was happy to take the suggestion of my boss to check out the Andalucia Parillada.  Andalucia is an equestrian club in Cancun, where the rich folk jump horses and play polo and where tourists can take horseback rides through the jungle.  Recently they've started to invite the public to join them on Sundays for a "parillada" (barbecue).  Always eager to see how the other half live, we drove out to Bonfil (a "suburb" of Cancun) in search of the "horsies store" as Max decided to call it.  

From the moment we walked in we were treated exceptionally well by the staff.  We were warmly welcomed and had cold drinks in our hand in no time.  There is a charge of 150 pesos per person (kids under 6 are free) and that includes the use of the facilities (pool, beautiful gardens, incredible palapa, kids climbing toys and pony rides) and a delicious meal.  Well, delicious if you are a carnivore, thank goodness I love meat, the plate was filled with arrachera, ribs, chicken, chorizo and nopales, all done on the grill.  We couldn't eat all of it, it was just too much!  Drinks are not included in the price, but we were very pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive the bar was, with three cheladas and three sodas/refrescos/pops the bill was only 110 pesos.  I splurged an extra 50 pesos to go for a ride on a lovely horse named "Estrellita", I was a happy girl.  The facilities were gorgeous, the food was good but the fantastic service is what will bring us back again.  Next time, we'll bring friends, it's a great place to have a party!

Andalucia gardens and palapa

Very clean and pretty pool

Kids play area and a PONY!  (I want a pony!)

Canuck and Estrellita

Brave Max making the BIG jump

Hubby enjoyed the place so much he's decided it's where he wants his 40th birthday party (which isn't for another year and a half, but who says you can't plan ahead?).  We want to go back in a couple of weeks (after the next pay period, haha) and invite a few friends along to enjoy Andalucia with us.  Max enjoyed it so much that he was kicking and screaming when we it was time to go home, he said that he wanted to live in the pool!  The only way to get him out without tying him up was to promise that we would return with his friends Evan and Dani (hint hint parents of said children, wanna play in a couple of weeks?)

Overall, a good time was had by all and I definitely recommend the place for a Sunday afternoon of diversion for Cancunenses.  Maybe we'll see you there!


Croft said...

I like the B&W photos!

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Me too! I wanna go! how fun. that is incredibly affordable too. I haven't been on a horse in years, maybe decades, naw just years.

GONZO said...

Next February me and my wife want to go. Maybe we should hire you and the family for a tour guide. Tammy loves horses. She grew up with horses. We have done the La Bonita ride. But I know we would both like this place.

Hope all is well for you.

Finally signed up so I could leave a message.

minshap said...

I cannot believe the teeny weeny price you paid for the three of you to spend the day there!!! We spend that much just for food that we have to cook!!! And you got yours all served up for you in fabulously relaxing and enjoyable surroundings!!! Whoa! We need a place like that here!!!
P.S. You're a natural on horseback; you and Estrellita look fabulous together!

Islagringo said...

please, please take me with you! I miss my horses so much and I could use a good diversion when I get back home.

ElleCancun said...

Ohh fun - we'll have to go one day!! It's so close to our home and everything!!!

Gaelyn said...

Looks like a great place and a good deal too. I love that Max does everything all the way. But then I'm not his mother. Horse ride looks fun.

Steve Cotton said...

Why wait until a 40th birthday? 39 is a great year for a treat. Just ask Jack Benny.

CancunCanuck said...

Croft- Thanks! As my photos are usually of blue sea and sky, I don't get to play black and white very often, the sea just doesn't "pop". :)

Theresa- I was surprised at how inexpensive it was, well worth the price of admission. I love horses, it was a short ride, but it was all I needed to get my cowgirl groove on. :)

Gonzo- Come on down, we'll play guide! It's off the beaten track for sure, you would need a local hand. The Sunday thing is less of a horse ride and more of a barbecue, but they do offer tourist rides through the jungle. Check out their website (I linked to it in the post)

Minshap- I was very pleased with the price, as you say we would have spent that on food anyway! And thanks so much for the kind words, I think Estrellita and I kind of belonged together, haha. :)

IslaGringo- You got it, a horsey ride awaits you. Hope you're doing alright my friend, my heart is with you and I send you big hugs.

On Mexican Time- We should have a meet up out there, get everyone from the board and blogs to hook up for barbecue! It's just on Sundays, go check it out!

Gaelyn- Oh yes, Max is an all the way kind of kid. Scary at times, but mostly I am so proud of him and love that he grabs the bull by the horns. Actually, let me rephrase that, I wouldn't want him to think it was ok to literally grab the bull, lol! I'm just happy that he is up for trying anything. :)

Steve- True, true, but we plan on winning the lottery next year just in time for the 40th. It's the end of a five year plan. ;-)

Heather said...

Sweet find, congrats!

Rosas Clan in Tulum said...

What an amazing day!!! We cannot wait to give it a shot sometime.

Kathy said...

I totally dreamed about this last night. Except you NEVER SHOWED UP (!!) but my mom and dad were there! They just happened to have a conference there at that time and neglected to tell us about it. Anyway, I had both girls, no boys and only 300 pesos so I stayed outside and sent the girls in alone, waiting for Jamie to show up with some cash.


Let me know next time you want to go - does the $150 include the horse/pony ride AND food? Any idea of the price for kids over 6? My horse-crazy girls will LOVE this!

Fned said...

That place looks so cool, although quite honestly you had me at "Parrillada" and "Micheladas"! :D


Nicole said...

Ride em' cowgirl! Now if I only I can find me a cowboy and I'll be in heaven. Max is a little Dare devil, emphasis on the Devil(hehehe)

Gary Denness said...

Love the last photo! It's cloudy and rainy in the DF now. As it'll be for months. :(

It's not that I'm jealous that you chose the part of the country with turquoise seas and talcum powder sand, but you darned lucky %&@$%!!!


ElleCancun said...

Oh for sure we should arrange a meetup! Maybe when my house is completed I can actually host one! LOL!

Sher said...

Hi Cancun Canuck,
Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time there!! I would love to take my Czech husband for a visit there one of these days!!!

Thanks for signing up for World Blog Surf Day!! Looking forward to your post!!

Have a great day,
Sher :0)

Kelly said...

LOVE the pictures! Hope your week is going well.

mare ad mare said...

I don't know how you stay occupied down there... nothing to see or do, must be rough!

CancunCanuck said...

Heather- Thanks, it was fun, love finding new hideaways.

Rosas Clan- Your kids would love it! We're going back in a couple of Sundays if you're able to come down. :)

Kathy- I was there, I was there, I was just wearing my horsey costume. I think kids over 6 were the 150, but I'll find out for sure. We're going back with some other families in a couple of Sundays, come with! Horse ride (15 min) was 50 pesos, just walking but fun, pony was free for the kids. :)

Fned- I'm with you, put those words together and I'm in! Horsies and green grass were bonus.

cul-ture queen- Yeehaw, kick it up and find that cowboy! And oh yes, he is a devil. He's lucky he's cute. :)

Gary- Go ahead, use the B word, lol, I think we're all grown up enough. I'm a lucky bitch! :)

On Mexican Time- Check the board, we're going in a couple of Sundays, come out! And I better have an invite to that housewarming! :)

Sher- Come on down, there's no shortage of things to do around here. Happy to participate in the WBSD, looking forward to it!

Kelly- The week is going A OK, thanks. Hope things are good for you, oh friend of the same name.

mare ad mare- I know, so boring, sigh. What to do, what to do. ;-)

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