According to the experts, in Yucatan there are currently more than a thousand haciendas, some smaller than others, some more luxurious than others, some of them even abandoned and falling apart in the middle of the Yucatecan rainforest.
But many of these haciendas have been turned into spas, boutique hotels or recreation centers, a few of them with a greater emphasis on promotion, but there is no doubt that haciendas are one of the main treasures of the region because of their history and beauty.
The Sotuta de Peón ranch is located in the municipality of Tech and it also known as the “hacienda viva” (alive hacienda), since people in there still work with the plant of henequen, that was once known as the “green gold of Yucatan”.
It is said that the main house of the Hacienda Sotuta de Peón went through a restoration process that took more than 20 years to achieve the results that can be observed today and that makes the visitor feel, as he/she has made a trip to the past, while watching the henequen fields and workers dressed as in the 19th century fashion.
Besides the main house, you can swim in the cenote, see the “trucks” transporting the agave plants on rails, pulled by horses and mules, and if you have the chance, you will meet Don Antonio, who is one of the first workers of the Peón family and still lives in this Hacienda.
In his time-off, Don Antonio likes to talk to the visitors about the memorial times of abundance and plenitude in this historic hacienda, and the best part, is that Don Antonio tells these tales in Mayan language (with an English translator, of course)… so it is an attraction you cannot miss.
Although the farm still works with henequen, it is not exported anymore, as it is no longer profitable. Now the Sotuta de Peón farm is kept alive thanks to the tourism that comes to stay in its beautiful cabins and also to those who only want to learn more about the transformation of henequen.
Full article by Alejandro Gómez for: Sipse.com (Spanish)
more recommended stories
Teacher’s vaccination campaign to begin in Yucatan on Tuesday, May 18th
Mérida, Yucatán, (May 17, 2021).- Active.
Central Americans returned to Mexico are targets for abuse and violence
REYNOSA, Mexico — Thousands of migrants.
Security meeting between Mexican and U.S. officials determine to attack cartel’s weapons, finances, and models
A security meeting between Mexican and.
Top 15 Tequila cocktails you can easily prepare at home
The Spruce Eats is a food.
Common mistakes Ex-pats make when moving to Mexico
Over the last few decades, Mexico.
Mexico faces crisis of migrant children and families
After a weeks-long trip from her.
Mexico faces up to uneasy anniversary of Chinese massacre
The first to die were Chinese.
Rapid tests to detect Covid-19 are applied in Tulum
“More than 1,700 rapid tests to.
First fatal case of heatstroke registered in Yucatan this year
Due to the intense heatwave that.
Scientists fear another pandemic as humans continuously push further into wildlife habitats
As climate change worsens and humans.