Yucatán is well-known for its haciendas that are standing monuments to the Green Gold period. There are several in close proximity to Mérida and you can visit them as a daytrip to enjoy a traditional lunch, a spa treatment, or even in some cases, to explore the cenotes and pyramids within. Here we offer several options so that you can include a hacienda in your tour through the state.
Heading south, the following haciendas are all within a few miles of each other.
Drive south from Mérida towards Umán. Follow the signs to Muna on Highway 261. After 35 minutes, at the 187 km marker, you’ll come to a little town near Hacienda Yaxcopoil, which is Maya for “the place of the green poplar trees.” You will recognize the hacienda by its beautiful arch, painted a deep mustard yellow color. Park outside and walk through the arch, allowing your imagination to take you back hundreds of years.
This is a hacienda where time stands still. You’ll roam freely through the rooms in the main house. There you will see the large lounges and drawing rooms with high ceilings, walls with painted stencils, original mosaic floor tiles, and European furniture in every room. There is an impressive Casa de Máquinas here also, with examples of the machinery used to process henequén.
Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 6 pm, Sat. 10 am – 3pm
Entry: $125 pesos per person, free for children under 12 accompanying their parents.
Continue south on Highway 261. At the 182 km marker, you’ll see the left turn signs towards Hacienda Temozón Sur. When you get out of your car, you’ll smell the sweet air and hear the birds of Temozón, the most palatial of the restored haciendas. The entrance leads up stairways, past the unique dolphin-head waterspouts, to the grand terrace. This hacienda, renovated by Mérida resident architect Salvador Reyes-Ríos for Roberto Hernández of Banamex, was chosen for a summit meeting between President Bill Clinton and Presidente Ernesto Zedillo of México in 1999, and again for President George W. Bush and Presidente Felipe Calderón in 2007. If you’re hungry, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal for a reasonable price. The service is impeccable, the food outstanding, and the occasional peacock adds to the peaceful and exotic setting. If you plan to spend the night here, be prepared for a luxurious experience at a luxurious price. But you don’t have to spend the night to enjoy Temozón.
Reservations for restaurant Tel: 999 923 8089
Guided tour: $100 pesos per person
Hacienda Itzincab de Cámara
Located southeast of Mérida, this gorgeous hacienda was built atop an ancient Maya site and has a pyramid on its grounds. Here, you can get a day pass and enjoy a whole day in the Yucatecan countryside. Walk through its exuberant gardens, swim in its three swimming pools, discover the astonishing history of henequén in its Casa de Máquinas, and at the very end recharge yourself with positive vibes by climbing its pyramid! The pass also includes a three-course meal made with local products from their onsite Milpa. It’s best if you plan this day and make a reservation.
Cost: $3,000 pesos per person, mínimum of two participants
Hacienda Tekik de Regil
This exquisite hacienda is located just outside of the city of Mérida and is a monument to Yucatán’s belle epoque. You can also spend time here through a day pass and discover the unique architecture of this property which includes its Casa de Máquinas, a chapel inspired on the Temple of the Madeleine in Paris and the impressive main house with its beautiful murals. Besides a tour of the hacienda, the pass includes a three-course regional meal and access to the main swimming pool so that you can relax and enjoy a truly luxurious time.
Cost: $3,000 pesos per person, mínimum of two participants
Since opening, this estate located an hour south of Mérida has become a must-visit place for everyone. The former hacienda has many partially-restored constructions that include Arab and French-style arches, but the real attraction here are the hacienda’s cenotes. Cenote Carlota, named for the Empress of México who visited the site in 1865, has a canal surrounded by endemic plant life, Cenote Azul features incredible natural lighting that reflects off its stalactites. You will have access to changing rooms, bathrooms, lockers so you can store your valuables, and a pleasant restaurant. For your visit, dress comfortably; be sure to pack your swimsuit and your sense for adventure!
Reservations by WhatsApp: 9995 47 60 87
Tue. – Sun. 9 am – 3 pm. Tours departing every hour. Prior reservation needed.
Entry: Adults $490 pesos, children 4 – 12 and seniors presenting their INAPAM card: $250 pesos, children 0 – 3 free.
South, to include when touring the Convent Route:
Sotuta de Peón
If you take Exit 4 off the Periférico de Mérida it will take you only 45 minutes to reach this live hacienda that was built towards the end of the 19th century in Tecoh. Today, it is one of the few working haciendas that still produces henequén. Taking a tour of this magical place is a popular experience and it will show you the main house that still has its original tiles imported from Europe in the 1800s. Then you will get to know more about the henequén process in the Casa de Máquinas, take a ride in one of the trucks, and visit the Maya house where you will hear about local stories and traditions. Then you will reach cenote Dzul-há before enjoying a traditional meal at the hacienda’s restaurant. The hacienda also provides other services, such as a horseback riding tour that takes you to their organic orchard and around the grounds.
Tel: (999) 941 6441
Cel: 9992 97 14 92
Tours: Thu. – Sun. 10 am (in Spanish, English, and French)
Cost: Adults $700 pesos, children 4 – 12 $350 pesos
On the north outskirts of Mérida, heading toward Progreso:
Throughout the years, Hacienda Xcanatún has become a reference for locals and visitors alike thanks to its prime location near the city of Mérida and its unparalleled customer service. In 2020, after a stunning renovation, Angsana took over the management of this property. The legendary gardens, luxurious suites, magnificent restaurant Casa de Piedra, and sumptuous spa continue defining this luxury hacienda. You can visit even without making a reservation and try the culinary masterpieces at Casa de Piedra, have a spa treatment, or if you’re really in the mood to pamper yourself, go ahead and do both!
Tel: (999) 930 2140
In the east of Yucatán, on the road to Cancún:
If you don’t have the time to explore haciendas during an entire day, you can take a quick drive on Highway 180 out of Mérida toward Cancún and take the left turn towards Hacienda Teya. Teya has been renovated with a modern restaurant, large enough to accommodate tour buses and events such as weddings. They have conference rooms, a gift shop, a chapel, and many beautiful suites, but the mirrored ballroom with reflecting pool will really impress. The restaurant serves excellent Yucatecan food and is open daily from 12 – 6 pm.
Chichén Itzá is a fascinating world of magic and beauty, and Hacienda Chichén is the perfect sport to enjoy Maya culture in an intimate, serene setting surrounded by lush nature. Hacienda Chichén is a Yucatecan paradise that offers many unique experiences and activities such as: a private jungle, a museum, a Maya ceremonial site, gardens, and Yaxkín Spa: a magnificent Maya eco-spa. You’ll encounter rich history in every corner of this exquisite boutique hotel, renown for the attention to detail of its services and hospitality, and its fabulous location right in Chichén Itzá. Without a doubt, it’s the perfect place to rest before and after an adventure in one of the World’s New 7 Wonders.
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