There are many elements of Mexico that makes of it one of the most cultural and marvelous countries of the world. We have an immense variety of cities and small towns that is just impossible to get tired of it. Every corner is a new spot full of different and wonderful things.
Today I want to talk about one of my favorite cities of the republic: Mérida, Yucatán. It wasn’t till a couple of years ago that I had the chance to visit this city more often. I just simply love everything about here; the food, the people, the Mayan culture… everything about Yucatán leaves you breathless.
When I think about Mérida, there is one word that pops immediately in my head: the haciendas.
They are one of the most important archeological vestiges of the city and approximately date from the XIX century.
At the beginnings of the region, the first haciendas were used as principal producers of henequén (sisal); they even became the base of the Yucatan’s economy and the splendor and greatness symbol of the region.
It wasn’t till the 1920’s when this industry started to decay and little by little the haciendas started to deteriorate. But, if you visit Mérida you’ll see that wasn’t completely the end. With the years people started to give them different uses, most of them have been completely rebuilt and transformed into beautiful and magical museums, hotels, spas or social events room.
Today I’m going to show you two of the 400 remaining haciendas in the zone: Hacienda Xcanatún and Hacienda Temozón Sur, both transformed into colonial and cozy hotels.
Let’s start with the Hacienda Xcanatún!
It was built around the XVIII century with agricultural and livestock purposes, previously it was used for cultivation and production of sisal.
After a while, it was bought and rebuilt by Jorge Ruz Buenfil and transformed into a luxurious hotel.
Being there and walk through the place makes you feel like if you are living in another time. From the bar and restaurant (which was the old machinery house), to the pools and the rooms, Xacanatún is really a dream place, that if you have the chance to spend a couple of night here you’ll see it was totally worth it.
On the other hand we have a bigger and exquisite Hacienda: The Famous Hacienda Temozón Sur.
If you want to travel back in time and feel the atmosphere of the XIX century, this is the place you must go to.
This place helps us explore and appreciate the remainings of what was left from a time of pure splendor. It’s surroundings show industrial vestiges and various elements used for the fiber processing. One amazing this about here is that the old machinery room and dried yard are still conserved, for visitors and tourists to see and understand how the work was done.
The hotel’s restaurant offers an immense variety of typical Yucatan’s gastronomy. A totally MUST for everyone that visits here (Gaining some weight in Mérida is totally worth it).
If you need some time to relax and refresh a bit, why not visiting the beautiful pool or a massage at a special spa located on a ‘cenote’? You’ll meet paradise on earth.
Temozón Sur is a luxurious place and a great spot to visit during your trip around Mérida.
This are just two of the many Haciendas you will see on the area. Today I wanted to show you my two favorite, but soon I’ll introduce you to many more dreamy spots of the beautiful Península.