Rancho Los Baños
Credit: Courtesy Chamahua Eco Tours

Rancho Los Baños, a guest ranch in Sonora, Mexico, offers a different sort of vacation than its northern cousins. Rather than tking luxury and outdoor activities, Los Baños provides visitors with the opportunity to spend some time on a working cattle ranch. There's not much more to it than that, but there's something to be said for long, unstructured days spent in the saddle. An, yes, there is free time to bike nearby roads, boulder in the local box canyon, and take a dunk in the surprisingly chilly Bavispe River. The ranch is best suited to travelers who have had some dude ranch experiences – knowing how to ride a horse is key – and want to try something a bit more authentic. It's also a great destination for anyone looking to save a few pesos amid some astonishing scenery. And getting there isn't tricky either. Ranch staff pick Americans up in Tucson and drive due south. [Rates start at $139 per person]