4. Merida: Hacienda Sotuta de Peon w/ Cenote & Henequen Tour
Nestled in the Yucatan Peninsula, just 45 minutes from the city of Merida, surrounded by henequen fields and lush vegetation, lies Sotuta de Peón Hacienda Viva. Built in the mid-nineteenth century, it began operating in 1858 and after 100 years of prosperity, resulting from its original sisal production vocation, it was abandoned for three long decades, to be later rescued from the ravages of time and become a loving restoration project that, through years of unwavering dedication, perseverance and passion for detail, gave life to the current Sotuta de Peón Hacienda Viva, completely restored, working as it did in its heyday and rescuing the traditions of the henequen boom. Hacienda Sotuta de Peón offers you a wide range of cultural, historical, touristic, gastronomic, and lodging experiences in natural landscapes that will remain imprinted on your minds and hearts for a long time. When walking through Sotuta de Peón, you will travel back in time, aboard wooden platforms called "Trucks" which are pulled by mules on Decauville rails, just as the workers originally used them. During the Sisal tours, you'll witness each step of the transformation process of Henequen (also called “Green Gold” in this region), from the plant to the fiber, and then, from the fiber to the finished product. You'll also have the chance to see ancient machinery that has been rebuilt to its precise operational capacity. Your tour will also include a visit to a typical Mayan House. And add to this the unique geological formations of the secret attractions, the cenotes, beautiful underground, freshwater rivers, with crystal clear and highly coveted alkaline waters. Take a refreshing dip at the end of your ride, where you can safely swim in the refreshing waters of cenote “Dzul- Ha” (Lord of the water). Or, if you prefer, we have a huge swimming pool, surrounded by lush gardens of tropical flowers and spectacular green native trees and plants.