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
Return to Highway 261 and continue south. After Kilometer 176, look for the signs to Hacienda Ochil (oh-CHEEL) on your right. Hacienda Ochil is every bit as historically interesting as Yaxcopoil, but with the added pleasure of several artisan workshops, a gift shop, and a small hacienda museum. Here you can watch master craftsmen teach younger artisans to work in leather, stone, metal, wood, and henequen. Although most of the products are commissioned, you can purchase some of their work in the gift shop. If you’re looking for genuine Henequén or a nice cotton hammock, you can find them here at a reasonable price. Ochil is a charming and intimate hacienda that houses an informal restaurant, a gift shop, artisan workshops, and a museum. The museum has many interesting photographs that trace the history and restoration of Ochil, as well as examples of products and artifacts from when the haciendas were in full operation.
One of the pleasures of Ochil is simply strolling around the grounds, enjoying the lush gardens. If you walk behind the restaurant and down the path, you will be pleasantly surprised by a half-hidden cenote.
FB: Hacienda San Pedro Ochil
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
Heading east towards Cancun you will find the following haciendas:
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.
San Jose Cholul is a smaller more private hacienda located southeast of Merida. The 15 rooms and suites are conditioned with exquisite details and locates around the main 18th-century building, surrounded by beautiful gardens. We invite you to evoke the splendor of past eras, eveloped in the luxurious amenities and services expected of a five-star hotel. Learn about the history, our role in the social context of this ever-evolving land, the rich juxtaposition of the ancient and modern cultures. Delight in the flavors of our cuisine, the architectural heritage of our rooms, and the archeological zones, colonial villages, and the natural reserves that surround us. A hacienda where you can enjoy the restaurant, spa, and or stay over and enjoy the whole hotel experience.
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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