March 6, 2020

Top 6 Most Beautiful Haciendas in Yucatán

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Jessica Freeman

Take A Journey Back In Time

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Let PONANT Cruises take you to the beautiful Yucatán Peninsula and see history transformed. Visiting a hacienda is a fascinating adventure taking you some 150 years back in time to the heart of Mexico’s colonial past. True havens of peace with authentic architecture, the haciendas of Yucatán state are some of the most beautiful in the world. Here’s an introduction to six of the most unforgettable.

San-Pedro-PonantHacienda San Pedro Ochil

Hacienda San Pedro Ochil may be the ideal place to stop on the way to Mérida after a visit to the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal. Built in the 17th century, this hacienda was once dedicated to livestock farming, before focusing on maize and then sisal. Today, it is a high-end restaurant where you can enjoy a picturesque lunch and sample some Mexican specialities, including pollo pibil and cochinita pibil. It’s good to know that this hacienda is still a working agave farm. The site also houses a museum dedicated to the history of rope-making.

Sotuta-PonantHacienda Sotuta de Peón

Also on the road to Mérida, Hacienda Sotuta de Peón is a must-see for travellers looking to understand how these agricultural properties specialising in the production of henequen operated. It is the last hacienda where you can still see the entire manufacturing process of the precious fibre, from harvesting the agave right through to making the rope. You are transported around the hacienda via a set of wooden platforms pulled by mules – just like the henequen was back in the day. All the machinery dates from the 1900s!

San-Jose-PonantHacienda San José Cholul

Dive into the heart of 17th-century Mexico at Hacienda San José Cholul. Converted into a luxury hotel, this magnificent property is isolated in the Yucatán countryside, a 45-minute drive east of Mérida. When you first arrive, its calming rural atmosphere invites you to indulge in time to yourself. At its centre lies a beautiful cobbled courtyard. The colonial architecture has been preserved with arches, columns, dark wooden beams and doors. This hacienda boasts an elegant, authentic, and terribly romantic soul!

Temozon-PonantHacienda Temozon

Not far from San José lies Hacienda Temozon. Arguably one of the most majestic Yucatán haciendas, it was once the largest in the region, producing the most henequen. Built in 1655, it covered a vast 37-hectare estate! Restored in 1995 and converted into a boutique hotel, this sumptuous colonial mansion is a world in itself. Formed by rock subsidence, these cenotes have become veritable natural wells with crystal-clear water that you can often swim in. An utterly unique experience!

San-Lorenzo-PonantHacienda San Lorenzo Oxman

The Hacienda de San Lorenzo Oxman, a few minutes southwest of Valladolid, is home to one of the most beautiful in the area. Roots and creepers cling to the rock, plunging down into translucent water that is bathed in incredible light, yet visitors are few and far between! It offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy a refreshing dip that makes you feel like you’re the only person in the world before you head to the hacienda’s restaurant or to relax on a sun lounger by the pool.

Uayamon-PonantHacienda Uayamon

Hacienda Uayamon, located just a few kilometres to the south, in the nearby state of Campeche. Time seems to stand still in this hacienda; vegetation has reclaimed the site around a maze of decrepit colourful buildings scattered throughout. In the middle of this jungle, wide alleys connect the buildings. Although the hacienda is now a hotel, you are welcome to enjoy a quiet stroll around the gardens.

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