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“If you want to get away from it all” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hacienda Yaxcopoil

Hacienda Yaxcopoil
K. 186 Carretera Federal 261, Merida 97391, Mexico
999 900 1193
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Ranked #24 of 85 things to do in Merida
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/day tour
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Owner description: Hacienda Yaxcopoil (YASH-coh-poh-EEL) is a Yucatan plantation dating back to the 17th century. The hacienda has been the location of several film and television productions, and is featured in most travel guides. Its archives are frequently cited in historical texts and research. The Hacienda may be the best preserved but unrestored hacienda in the Yucatan. The Hacienda is open daily for tours, a private guest house, museum of Mayan artifacts, gift shop, snack bar and events.
Merida, Mexico
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“If you want to get away from it all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Spending the night at the one room available at the Hacienda was amazing. A friend and I decided to take the adventure and we were not disappointed. There is a museum and you can see just how the henequen was processed as the machinery is still there, The setting is lovely and so peaceful. This is not a resort and has no pool or tv but they serve two delicious meals in your room which has a large dining table. You have the place to yourself as the groundskeeper who takes you around to see the different buildings seems to vanish at just the right time.
Dinner is served at the time requested as is breakfast the next morning. A unique experience.

Visited January 2012
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Hamilton, New Jersey, United States
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“The haunted hacienda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This haunting property is a preserved hacienda without any restoration. With just 3% of the former estate remaining, there is still enough property to spend an hour or two actively exploring the peeling rooms, abandoned factories, and lush gardens. Beautiful and mysterious, we showed up with only 15 minutes 'til closing on the way to Merida from Campeche -- I wish we had more time.

Visited July 2012
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Merida, MX
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“Nice Place to Explore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

My two friends and I went to this hacienda in April 2012. The entry fee is 50 pesos, which is common among haciendas in this area. The entry fee gets you access to almost all rooms in the house, which are decorated with period furniture and are nicely maintained. By maintained I mean that they haven't reconstructed and repainted, rather they've preserved it over the years. If you've been to a reconstructed hacienda, this one will seem understated despite its immense size! Since it's so big, there is a good bit of ground to cover and many interesting features. Don't miss the machine shop that is set slightly apart from the main house. From there you can see this cool doorway that has statues representing each of the four seasons.

We weren't offered a tour of the place but they give you a brochure (available in several languages) that serves as a makeshift guide.

I don't think they serve food here, nor do they house guests. I'm pretty sure it's just a place to walk around, but it is definitely worth a look!

Visited April 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

We've only visited 2 haciendas but we were told to visit this first as to not be disappointed when we visit the next one. The other hacienda was restored and made into a restaurant (Ochil). I was disappointed when we went to Ochil expecting it to be like Yaxcopoil except that it had been restored/taken care of better. But there wasn't much to see except the restaurant.

Yaxcopoil on the otherhand was definitely a gem that we hadn't expected. Everything was left there in it's original state, albeit left to the ravages of time. We were taken around by an old caretaker although we hardly spoke any Spanish, he tried his best to explain things. He opened up the machine room for us, which was locked, and we got to see the giant German made motor, US made water pump and French tiles. It was amazing. Definitely stop by if you're making your way down to the Ruta Puuc or Uxmal.

Visited March 2012
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pennsylvania
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“Loved this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Thanks to my husband's perfect Spanish we were able to walk the entire grounds with a delightful caretaker who had worked the henequen processing from the age of 16 until it ended in the mid 80's. You can stroll the grounds and rooms independently or if you are lucky & know Spanish you can do as we did. The cost was $4 a person and we gave the man a 10 peso tip.

Visited March 2012
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