Would you like to take a swim where the Empress of Mexico once did?
An 18th-century plantation of henequen (an agave-like plant), Hacienda Mucuyché is home to two cenotes that supposedly hosted Carlota, a Belgian princess who briefly became Empress of Mexico when Napoleon III named her husband Maximilian of Austria emperor.
Tour the historic hacienda with a personal guide, then snorkel and float on the canal that connects the two cenotes.
How to get there
Take the road to Uxmal, travel approximately 57 kilometers, pass the Hacienda San Pedro Ochil entrance and the next town is Abalá, continue the indications for Mucuyché until you reach the hacienda. An imposing stone arch will welcome you.
The re is parking space, as well as dressing rooms, bathrooms, lockers. Wear comfortable clothes, tennis shoes or sandals, bring your swimsuit, drinking water and a lot of exploratory attitude to enjoy your visit.
You will be surprised by the architectural beauty of the place, it’s easy to imagine the era of splendor of the henequen and understood why Carlota of Belgium was amazed at her visit to this hacienda.
Built by modules, you can see Arabic and French-style arches on the remaining 11 hectares, including the facade with 10 arches, the dining room, the stables, the chapel, the machine room (mandatory to return after swimming and take many photos with the remains of machinery that show the great production capacity of the hacienda at a certain point in time) and the hull. This hacienda was distinguished by being painted blue, unlike most of the others that are usually yellow or red.
Hacienda Mucuyché is a perfect day trip from Mérida, it’s a 45-minute drive and you only pay 450 pesos (about $24 USD) to enter.
Explore all day before popping into the on-site restaurant for regional cuisine, conchinita pibil, salbutes, panuchos, frijol con puerco and other traditional dishes of the world renown Yucatecan cuisine are served there.
Working hours: 9 am to 2 pm. Closing time at 4 pm.
Cel. 9995 47 60 87 (attention hours 9 am – 7pm MON-FRI, 9 am – 2 pm SAT-SUN).
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