Enjoy a guided tour of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon and learn all about the henequen cultivation process. Then, go for a swim in a cenote!
Travel back in time to the 19th century, when the beautiful Hacienda Sotuta de Peon cultivated henequen and sold the fibers all over the world. This hacienda has preserved many of the elements from its heyday as a henequen producer, including colonial architecture, a steam-powered chimney, a storage room, and a Deuville railway network where small carts of henequen were pulled by mules. Come visit one of the only Yucatan haciendas that still produces henequen!
Duration: 8 hours (8:00 am-16:00 pm)
Start and end location: Merida
Availability: Year-round, daily
First, you will meet your guide at the office of Sotuta de Peon (8:40 am) or at one of the two Starbucks locations in the city. Your choices of Starbucks are: Starbucks Gran Plaza (8:10 am) or Starbucks Paseo de Montejo (8:25 am)
Once you are at the hacienda, your tour starts in the main homestead. You will see colonial furniture, decorations, and architecture. Then, you will go to the machinery room. There, you can see the process of obtaining fibers from henequen leaves. Next, you’ll see the the area where the fiber is dried. The next step after the drying process happens in the corcheria. A machine combs the fiber, makes ropes of various thicknesses, and creates henequen fabric.
After the corcheria, you will visit a traditional Maya house on a hill, among henequen fields. A local Maya man named Don Antonio Ucan will tell you about Maya life and the henequen cultivation process.
Finally, you will get to visit three different cenotes and swim in the last one.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.