Information

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Dear Patrons, thank you for choosing Hacienda La Rusa to be your vacation home in Mexico !

Hacienda La Rusa is a beautiful small boutique Inn in the middle of the rural fishing village Barra de Potosi on the Pacific coast. It has owners’ quarters, kitchen, dining room, terraces and patios, 2 swimming pools and a magical tropical garden, 7 comfortable, charming, tropical guests rooms, ( all rooms have either king or two twin beds and private bathrooms) ; the property is completely walled in for privacy and security.

Hacienda la Rusa is located at the entrance to Barra de Potosi on the right (beach) side. There is only a restaurant between us and the beach.

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The rhythms of our Inn revolve around peace, zen, happiness, animal and human welfare and green practices. in 2014 I founded Amigos de Animales ( www.amigosdeanimales.org) – the largest Animales Welfare Charity organization In Guerrero. We run 2 rescue shelters, a Spay and Neuter program and animal welfare education project for kids and adults. Since 2014, thanks to support of many our guests, we helped many people and a animals: we have organized numerous mass Spay and Neuter clinics , paid for the sterilization of over 3000 animals, we fed hungry kids, helped women abused by their husbands to find shelter and protection, delivered meds, distributed clothes, schools supplies, bug sprays and toys among kids and parents, we taught classes in 15 local schools, and had summer camps daily feeding and caring for over 100 children.

If it’s your first time here, and you would like to find out how to help, people or animals, please don’t hesitate to email me , Stasya haciendalarusa@yahoo.com .

the village of Barra de Potosi sits on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, 15 minutes from the international airport and 30 minutes away from the major resort city of Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo.

The road from the airport to the village has been paved recently and , we are lucky, our village has not been “discovered” yet !

This is not a typical resort area; there are no banks, no ATM, no high-rise condos, no golf course. Barra de Potosi is an amazingly rural laid back village of about 500 residents, mostly fishermen, craftsman, coconut workers, rancheros and a few dozen expats.

Barra de Potosí is famous for its 10 miles long gorgeous beach and network of lagoons surrounding the village with over 200 species of birds .

The village is simple and authentic, with 3 streets and 3 small stores; truly the right place for a visitor with a taste for a cultural adventure and untouched natural beauty. This rustic Mexican village is what Sayulita or Tulum used to be.

Barra de Potosi has everything for a fun vacation – bird watching, whale watching, deep see fishing, horse riding, kayaking, jungle tours, turtle sanctuary, snorkeling, surfing classes, our beach is 10 miles long and empty through most of the year (holidays are crowded and can be noisy) and perfect for swimming, jogging and walking.

From Hacienda la Rusa gates you will walk: 3 seconds to the beach, 3 minutes to the lagoon, steps to the restaurants, taxi, small stores, fruit & veggie stand.

 


Dear Patrons, for your comfort and convenience, we came up with a few basic suggestions, to ensure all the guests enjoy their vacation:

✓ Please, smoke outside on the beach or on the street; or in a designated smoking area in the garden. This is a non-smoking establishment.

✓ Please, deposit the toilet paper and other products in the waste basket provided. The local water table is very high. We have a very sensitive sewage treatment system which does not decompose paper. Toilet paper or any other consumer products will clog the septic system; it will disrupt your vacation and cause extensive repairs. Toilet baskets are emptied daily.

Please, bring and use repellent with DEET. It’s Tropics – there are insects here as you might expect. In the mornings and at the sunset the peskiest are the no-see-ums. They will leave you alone if apply repellent with DEET, like OFF Deep Woods.

✓ Quiet Hours from 10 pm till 8 am. If you staying up late or going on early kayaking trip, please, be mindful of other guests, resting.

This is nothing like All-Inclusives, this is real rural Mexico, mostly spanish speaking; not used to dollars; friendly, warm, happy and inviting, please, adjust your expectations accordingly.


Arrival = Check–in: 4 pm, early check-in is subject to availability

Departure = Check-out: 12 pm, later check-out is subject to availability

if we can’t accommodate your request for an early check in or late check out, we will store your luggage and you are welcome to use the grounds, gardens and pools.

Our gates are always closed, for your comfort and privacy only registered guests are allowed on the property.

The Gate code is 1018

– all rooms are equipped with mini fridges

– all rooms have safe boxes

– all rooms have overhead and floor fans

– there is hot and cold water year-round with good pressure

– bath towels, hand towels and wash cloth are provided, (please, leave towels on the floor when you want them to be replaced); pool and beach towels are provided

– toiletries provided : liquid soap, a bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, skin lotion.

Cleaning – we disinfect and sanitize everything, we use chemicals when and where we have too and we use eco friendly homemade cleaning solutions when and where we can. Your bed spreads and decorative pillows get cleaned and sanitized for each new guests, pillows and mattresses in common areas get cleaned regularly as well.

Water – water from the inside faucets and showers is from our well on the property. On a few occasions, I drank our tap water and “pasa nada – nothing happened”. So don’t panic if you drink some, nothing will happen, but overall, hydrate yourself with purified drinking water. Our gray water goes to water our gardens.

Drinking Water – there is always a 5 gallon jug of drinking water in the common dining room. And there is a drinking water dispenser in your room.

Power – we have power outages from time to time, hopefully, not while you are visiting. When the power goes out – nothing works. It usually does not last long.

There are flashlights in your rooms and candles in common rooms.

Please, save energy – please, turn OFF the lights and fans when leaving rooms. Majority of lights around the property are on timers, if they turn on automatically at dusk, don’t worry about those, they are off automatically at 10 – 11 pm.

Safety – it is safe here in the village, period.

It’s safe to go alone and safe to go out at night.

Stores – there are 5 small stores in the village open during the day till 7-9 pm and one tiny little one open till later at night till 10-11 pm. They carry sodas, beers, snacks, wine, tequila, ice cream, basic groceries etc

There is Carmen’s fruit-veggie stand around the corner, where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want something special, ask her and she will bring it next day.

Noise – it is Mexico and it is a small rural working fishing village. This is an amazing place of great energy and the center of laid back coastal Mexico, overall it’s peaceful and quiet, but on occasion it does get noisy here; ocean waves, village noise … dogs, roosters, music… once or twice a year there is a wedding or sweet 15 party. I have earplugs available for light sleepers. If you are seeking a complete quiet of an isolated island, Barra de Potosi is NOT the place.

During Peak season, especially holidays, Christmas, New Year, Easter, Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe, there are a lot of people on the beach everywhere in Mexico, fireworks, music and parties. It can be very busy and noisy and fun.

Internet – Our internet can be slow and unreliable. IMPORTANT! if you are planning the work while in Barra de Potosi and someone promises you will have great internet – you won’t. We all here use MegaCable and it’s slow and unreliable.

Internet Codes are below and at the end of the file with larger font

hotspot 659A78 password L21503812715734

hotspot HLR 1,2,3 password 2537774373

Phone – unless you have a Mexican/International voice/data plan on your cell phone, switch your phone to airplane mode and use our wifi until you get back home.

Laundry – you can take your laundry to the local laundromat by the airport

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexican social culture. Mexican people, serving you will appreciate a small token of your appreciation in exchange for a good service. Tips to the staff are highly appreciated if you are pleased with their service.

Traveling with Kids or Pets : we normally have adults only and no pets policy in Hacienda, but during certain times of the year, in certain rooms and under certain conditions we are happy to make an exception upon personal request.

Our Pets and Rescues – we have dogs and cats on the property. Unfortunately, we can’t provide guests with allergies allergy-free accommodations. And we, definitively, are not the right place for people, who dislike animals.

Owners – Stasya or as everyone in the zip code calls me la Rusa and my husband Mike. We spend part of the year in Barra de Potosi, our house is located on the property. If we are here, we will greet and meet you personally, but if we are not here, our staff is and we will be only a phone call or email message away. I will provide you with all information you need before the arrival and I will stay in touch to assist you if needed.

Full Time Staff : Janet,  Maricella, and Yogi. They speak spanish. Yogi is learning English little by little. Please, be patient with them , they are doing their best to learn English, they also use translator app on their phones to understand your requests better .

Nature and Wild Life – there are undeveloped beaches, tangled mangroves and tropical dry forests to explore, all of which are literally teaming with birds and wild animals. Many of these exotic places are completely foreign and delightful to many of us.

Animals wild and domestic – while on the property you might see: birds, iguanas, geckos, rarely frogs, bats, insects, palm cockroaches, and our pets. Around the property in the village, you will see: dogs, cats, chickens, horses, donkeys, pigs, goats etc. To see more wild animals, you need to go a little further from the village on the jungle trails.

Health – a small local clinic and a pharmacy are 10 mins drive, nearest hospital is 20 mins drive. If you need to see a doctor, one of us will accompany, translate if needed and be there for you every step of the way. We find Mexican medical system to be inexpensive and of the best quality.

Money – there is NO bank and NO ATM in the village, please, get pesos at the ATM in the airport right after you land, get whatever your minimum withdrawal limit, it will be between 6000 to 15000 pesos. Please, remember NOT to leave your ATM card in the machine!

Exchange rate lately fluctuates around 1 CAD = 14-15 pesos , 1 USD = 18-19 pesos. If you are bringing cash, you can exchange a small portion at the airport to last you a day or two, and exchange more in Zihua at the bank. The exchange rate is a little better in Zihuatanejo.

Local stores and restaurants in Barra de Potosí rarely accept dollars, no one in Barra de Potosi accepts credit cards for food or services, it’s a rural cash based community.

Transportation from/to the airport – we don’t offer a shuttle service, and unfortunately, we can’t send a local taxi to pick you up.

in Zihuatanejo- Ixtapa airport only taxi vehicles with a special license can service the airport. The official taxi stand next to the gate charges about 500-600 pesos for a trip to Barra de Potosi.

Our local taxis don’t have an airport license to pick you up at the airport, but they can take you back to the airport for about 300 pesos. It takes 15 minutes to get to Hacienda la Rusa from the airport.

Give our address to a taxi driver – # 1 Barra de Potosi, Hacienda La Rusa

It is completely safe to use taxi cabs at the airport and our local taxis.

you will drive along the beach and get to the village, in the village, look to the right (beach ) side for the sign that says “Slow Down. We love our kids and pets. Amigos de Animales” , next Gate has a small sign

Hacienda La Rusa – you have arrived !

 


What to do in Hacienda la Rusa:

sleep. eat. relax.

swim in two gorgeous beautifully finished swimming pools, one is a large lounge pool and the other one is full size lap pool. Both pools were featured at Real Living and Belle magazine.

find a shady private spot in the garden and read, we have a large library .

play table board games.

meditate. do yoga.

have a massage – Veronica, a local licensed massage therapist offers massage sessions /deep tissue, reflexology, relaxing, sports etc/. You can have a massage session either in your room or in the garden.

go to one of the beach restaurants, order a beer or a Margarita and watch the waves, dolphins and whales.

go swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking or exploring!

What to do in Barra de Potosi?

swim, walk, relax, enjoy 10 mile long beach with water of ~ 29°C /85° F!

Some activities are available only during high season; prices also vary by. We will help you book any tour.

Surf classes and trips – we can organize your surf beginner classes or advance day surf trips with a famous Chiminique, the surf master, one of the top 3 in Mexico, who is now a resident of this village. Prices vary, inquire at his shop, Chiminique speaks fluent English.

Boogie boards rides – grab a boogie board we keep for our guests and go catch a wave at the month of the lagoon.

Paddle boards rentals – inquire at Chiminique surf shop.

Snorkels rentals – we have 2 snorkel sets, free for our guests to use, go to the beach, look for the rocks along the estuary to snorkel.

Kayak rentals – 100-200 pesos per person per hour , depends on which lagoon you are planning to explore and available at Orlando rentals by the main lagoon, Laguna de Potosi. You can go kayaking by yourself or join us, we go kayaking regularly and will show you some gorgeous places.

When we have time, we love taking our guests on an early “see the sunrise and birds watching kayak” tour, we normally leave at 6-7 am and come back at 8-9 am.

Minimum time you will spend kayaking is 1 hour, 2 hours is average, if you are a pro, you can spend hours exploring.

Bikes – bikes are available for Hacienda la Rusa guests, go for a bike ride along the beach towards the airport, round trip is about an hour and a half or we can show you bike trails to ride in the backcountry.

Lagoon boat tour – 500 pesos per person with english speaking guide.

Deep sea fishing – 2500-3500 pesos for about 3 -5 hours fishing trip, 3 persons max.

Please, refuse to fish with captains not willing to catch and release endangered species like Sailfish or Marlin.

Snorkeling Los Morros and Playa Manzanilla – 2000-3000 pesos, 4 persons in the boat

Huamilule sacred hill hiking tour to “See the Sunrise” – hike to the top of a sacred hill, see the sun rise touching three bodies of water, the lagoon, bay and the ocean. 2h.

Horseback-riding along the beach and around the lagoon – approx 300 pesos h/p

Hike to Tortuga beach – no guide needed

Snorkel on Isla Ixtapa – take a day trip to Ixtapa island

Visit Turtles Hatch and Release camp

Visit Mesoamerican ruins of Xiuacan, La Chole at Soliedad De Maciel. Finish the day visiting Petatlan, local market, gold sales booth, goat tacos, church. 3-5 hours.

Taxi 600-700 pesos and 200 pesos for the guide at the museum.

Visit Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa for more activities: golf, diving, yacht charters, dolphinarium, shopping, fancy restaurants, discos, bars and night life.

Visit Patzcuaro – if you are staying longer than 1 week, consider taking a bus and spending a couple of nights in Patzcuaro, a magical colonial town in Michiocan.

if you are an animal lover and would like to volunteer at our animal shelter, we always need help walking or feeding pups as well as many other rewarding and useful activities.

Breakfast, Cooking and Kitchen

8 am sweet breads (complimentary)

10 am breakfast (complimentary)

complimentary coffee & tea, drinking water and fresh fruits are available throughout the day at the self-serve bar in the dining area.

Coffee is loaded at night – first person up in the morning —> plug it in !

Our lovely skilled cooks Janet and Maricela will prepare a delicious Mexican style breakfast for you, which will be served at 10 am on our open-air breakfast terrace or in the dining room. We offer mostly organic locally grown produce, meats and fruits.

we are a small Inn and we can’t completely customize your order, however we offer a number of options which should satisfy guests with the most common restrictions.

when there is fruit on the kitchen counter – please, feel free to snack on !

If you don’t want to eat out and prefer to cook, please, feel free to use the kitchen AFTER the breakfast hours. Please, rinse the dishes, plates, cups and leave them in the sink, we will wash and sanitize them.

 

Alcoholic Beverages

cocktails, shots, wine by glass – 3 USD or 60 pesos

or

15 USD / per day / per person –

unlimited Alcohol Package

we prepare your drinks or help yourself

pay by honor system – deposit cash into the wooden box or pay with the credit card.

 

 

100% proceeds go to feed stray dogs and cats

thank you !

C.E. is a cocina economica is a small family operated diner, also called cenaduria

There are a number of places to eat outside of Hacienda la Rusa in Barra de Potosi either on the beach or in the village:

Beach and lagoon front is lined up with a dozen of small restaurants called enramadas.

They are open at 8 am for breakfast until sunset. If you want a dinner on the beach, go early like at 5 pm. They serve fresh seafood and regional Mexican dishes. Prices are around 100-150 pesos per meal.

My favorite places are La Condessa and Teresita, but all other enramadas are equally great.

Dishes you will have to try at the beach front restaurants:

Huachinango a la Veracruzana – Veracruz-Style Red Snapper

Sopas de pulpo –  Fried corn tortilla with octopus

Guerrero style ceviche

camarones al mojo de ajo – shrimp in garlic souce

camarones al coco – coconut shrimp

camarones con tocino – shrimp wraped in bacon

If you order fish, please, ask what kind of fish you will be served, if you are offered Pez Bella, in English is Sailfish/Marlin, please, refuse. They are endangered species.

It’s illegal to serve sailfish at the restaurants in Guerrero.

La Condessa barman makes excellent Margaritas and Teresita barman makes pina coladas to die for. 60 or 70 pesos per glass.

Village Diners – Cocina Economica or C.E. on the map

One place, right around the corner from Hacienda la Rusa, diner Eri belongs to a lovely couple, Javier and Erenderi. They are open from 9 am till 6 pm. Eri cooks mostly eggs, chicken, veggies, sometimes fish, rarely shrimp. She makes delicious chille rellenos on Saturdays. I love her eggs a la mexicana, oxaxaca cheese quesadillas and whole grilled fish.

At night after 7 pm a few more local cocinas economicas (diners) open for late dinners. The meals are around 30-50 pesos per plate. No drinks, just beers.

You can bring your own wine or cocktail.

Donna Emi’s place is famous all around Guerrero for her super delicious “tacos de barbacoa” and “tacos de Puerco” and of course “enchiladas rojas o verdes”. Verdes are a bit spicier.

Chayo is a place to get quesadillas. Don’t expect your regular Mexican quesadilla, if you eat meat ask for her “quesadilla especial”. If you are vegetarian ask for “quesadilla especial sin carne y sin pollo” (without meat and without chicken)

Our cook, Janet opens her kitchen at night to prepare dinners for the locals and tourists, everything, whatever you order, enchilads, sopes or tacos, will be a memorable experience. Janet makes super tasty suizas – “enchiladas suizas” which are chicken enchiladas with cheese and a cream sauce!

new places open and close every year and we will guide you in person what other options are available this season .

Dear guests, whatever you might need, just say a word – we will book your massage, schedule your diving or snorkeling tour; We and our staff are here to make your vacation worry-free, peaceful and memorable!

Stasya and Mike

Yogy, Janet, Mari

The 7 days best of Barra de Potosi, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa

Day 1

The majority of flights arrive at Zihuatanejo airport in the late afternoon, that doesn’t leave much time for sightseeing today.

Have your welcome drink, change into some casual beach attire and head down to the beach to dig your toes into the sand and order a tropical drink and some fresh guacamole, watch people and waves and decompress until you catch your first brilliant Barra sunset. Take a dozen pictures to impress your friends!

Day 2

Sleep in today and then who can resist the beach on your first full day? Head out and start lagoon and beach exploring. Take a long walk or jog along the beach, 1 mile or 10 miles, get your blood moving.

In the afternoon, around 4 pm, take a lagoon boat tour with a guide to see the pink spoonbills and crocodiles and explore the mangroves.

Schedule your massage for tonight ?! You might need it, you want to be fresh and ready for your adventures!

Day 3

Go deep sea fishing and snorkeling at Playa la Manzanilla! After morning of hard work reeling in, come back to have our cook prepare your catch for dinner while you relax in the pool.

In the afternoon, take a salsa cooking class or Spanish class?!

If baby turtles are hatching today, you could go see the newborn turtles head to the ocean, you might be lucky to see them hatch and crawl their way towards their home – Pacific Ocean!

Finish the day dancing some hot salsa at the Zumba class!

Day 4

Take a kayak to see the sunrise, cross the lagoon, walk thru the jungle and mangroves towards the secret secluded and the most beautiful beach – playa Tortuga! Turtle come to lay their eggs here at night!

Come back in time for breakfast and then grab a taxi and head to see the ruins!

Mesoamerican ruins are located 20 mins from Barra;

Archaeologists working on the project say it was a sort of multi-cultural ceremonial center, having been used for the worship of different gods by pre-Columbian tribes such as the Cuitlatecas, Tarascans, Mixtecas, Aztecs, Zapotecas, Totonacas and as far back as the Toltecs and Olmecs. They even found evidence that Mayans once gathered here, far from their lands in the east. Xihuacan is believed to stretch out over an area of eight square miles, of which only a small section has been excavated since work began on the site a few years ago. Among major structures restored so far is a square 45-foot-high pyramid about the length of a football field on each side. Another eye-popper is a 180-foot-long ball court, believed to be the second largest in Mexico after the Mayan court at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula.

English speaking guides are available at the museum entrance for 200 pesos.

Dont worry about your taxi, he will wait for you and after your pyramids tour, your taxi driver will take you to the colonial town of Petatlan, where you can walk around the main plaza, market, see the half ruined/restored church, shop for silver jewelry and have tacos de barbacoa.

Come back home in time for a beach and sunset!

Day 5

Highlights of Zihua and Ixtapa! Rent a taxi for the whole day, give or take 80-100 dollars, (or may be, get a rental car in the airport). Go first to Ixtapa island to snorkel, snack, have a Margarita or two, then drive around Ixtapa and head to Zihuatanejo.

Walk the Malecon, have lunch at our favorite Joe’s cafe marina, walk downtown Zihuatanejo and come back home to the candle lit magical fairytale of Hacienda La Rusa to soak in a pool, surrounded by dozens of candles with a soft piano music playing in the background!

Day 6

Get ready for adventure of a life time – hike the sacred Guamiliule hill, see the sunrise over the jungle, bay, lagoons and the Pacific ocean, take a pic to send to National Geographic.

After your hiking tour, there is still full day to enjoy the beach – grab a boogie board and go catch baby waves at the mouth where the lagoon meets the ocean, if you’d like to learn surfing, we will have an instructor waiting for you with the surf boards!

A little pampering will definitely help – special relaxing oils and aromatherapy along with the healing Varonica’s touch will take all the aches away.

Day 7

beach, pool, pack… and the worst part is to say good bye, but we prefer to say Hasta La Vista – Till we meet again!

Every guest who comes to Hacienda la Rusa is a stranger, every guests, who leaves Hacienda la Rusa, is a friend. We hope our friends have wonderful time!

You will be fortunate to see something not many of Norte-Americanos have ever had; You will get to see true Mexico: smiling, happy, safe and wonderful. You will meet Mexican people; see authentic Mexican village, the jungle and the beach, the birds, crocodiles and iguanas! You will have the experience of a life time!

And we are thrilled to share this with you!

Stasya and Mike

Dear friends , Hacienda La Rusa is a happy place, a loving home for animals and a heaven for amazing Earth-loving people like you! Our registered Charity foundation , spay and neuter project, rescue and education is supported by us as well as the kindness of your donations.

visit our website : http://www.amigosdeanimales.org

join our amigos de animales facebook group :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/amigosdeanimales

Thanks for helping us by staying with us! Thanks for supporting us !

Ways you can help:

Participate – we are always need volunteers – your energy, skills and talents. Fundraising, Education, Sterilization… whoever you are a vet or a kind animal loving soul, ready to spend a meaningful vacation , we need you!

Become a transport volunteer! Our rescues often have families waiting for them in Canada and US, and you could be the one uniting them. No stress and no money involved, we do all the work.

Donate – donate as much as you can afford, every dollar counts!

Bring supplies !

Adopt – may be you are ready for a new pet or you know of someone reliable and responsible who does !

Spread the word – let your friends know!

Thank you ! ❤️❤️❤️

Stasya and Mike and all furry babies

Entrance Gate code

1018

Internet Codes

hotspot 659A78

password

L21503812715734

hotspot HLR 1,2,3

password

2537774373