Journey into the past as you fall in love with the colonial charm of these structures, living proof of the fascinating history of the state of Yucatan, Mexico.
A visit to the Haciendas of Yucatan is like a trip back in time. Many of them were constructed near the end of the 16th century, built under orders of the king of Spain for cattle farming. Over time, these properties were converted into sites for sugar and corn production, until little by little they were transformed into large henequen plants between the 17th and 19th century.
There are an estimated 392 haciendas in the Yucatan, although not all have been well-preserved. Luckily, many of these haciendas have been restored, maintaining almost all of their original structures. Some still have even the original machinery used for henequen production, like Hacienda Yaxcopoil, whose name means "place of the green poplars", and which today operates as a museum, as well as the beautiful Hacienda Sotuta de Peon.
In other haciendas, like Eknakan and Chenche de las Torres, you can see beautiful gothic and medieval architecture combined with vibrant colors. It's easy to picture how day-to-day life was at these structures when exploring their hallways, courtyards and chapels. You can almost smell the air perfumed with the scent of traditional Yucatecan cuisine.
Some of these historic haciendas in Yucatan are used today as unique locations for social events, inns, and boutique hotels, where strong investment has combined the original architectural beauty with all the comforts of modern life. Many rooms have beautiful wood beams and large windows overlooking lush gardens and refreshing outdoor pools. One breathtaking characteristic of the haciendas is the long, arched passageways with stone floors.
The accommodations offered at these haciendas are ideal for travelers in search of an impeccable and exclusive setting for rest and relaxation, far away from the stress of everyday life. Haciendas are also perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon, anniversary celebration or a romantic getaway.
Savor the charm and joy of this Mexican state as you indulge in the warm hospitality of Yucatan, with the rhythm of the "jarana" and cheeky local "bombas". You can also try the exquisite Yucatecan cuisine, offering spicy recipes created using local ingredients like achiote, recado negro and recado rojo. Yucatan and its haciendas have so much to offer. What are you waiting for?