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Hacienda y Ruinas de Ake

#40 of 135 Tours in Merida
Merida, Mexico
About Hacienda y Ruinas de Ake
Surrounded by fruit trees is the main house of San Lorenzo de Ake, that inside you can see three construction periods; beams in the ceilings of wood, iron and masonry. On one side of the main house of Hacienda you can see archaeological platforms possessing a special attraction, among them the Palace of the Columns, named for its pilasters and standing up against an esplanade, which has been stud
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Esther P wrote a review Jan 2019
Chicago, Illinois1,254 contributions662 helpful votes
Chances are you will be the only one visiting this site. It is located next to a hacienda and sisil factory.The workers will offer you a tour of the factory for 200 pesos(we didn't do it). Though there is a small entrance fee to the archaeological site, know there are no bathrooms available. I enjoyed visiting the site with no other people around.
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Date of experience: January 2019
richardbY2122AA wrote a review Aug 2018
3 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I went on a trip through Yucatan in search for a small retirement home. After searching and viewing a few fixer uppers homes we stumble upon an old colonial home in the small town of Ruinas De Ake. Ruins are incredible and should be visited, small and safe town, in fact most off Yucatan has been safe on all of our visits. Very affordable we fly in to Merida or Cancun and normally just rent a car. we often stay in what ever town we are in, normally hotels can range $25-60 USD and are nice and safe, and off course more expensive if you will. we often travel and get our bang for the buck spending most of our money on food, shopping etc. Trip Advisor is a very good source and I have used them often. Hopefully once we move down there, maybe we can jump start the small village. All I want is peace and quite and I think I found it.. Safe travels and again I would highly recommend Trip Advisor. Richard B
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Date of experience: June 2018
viajePALZ wrote a review Mar 2018
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania269 contributions105 helpful votes
There are huge flat stones in this ruin, some used as overhangs and some collapsed! Can't imagine how the maya positioned them without equipment. Not very many temples here but a nice sidetrip in this village. There was a goat farmer rounding up his bleating Billy goats. We walked around the adjoining hacienda, which was unusual since it was built on the same grounds as the ruin. It had gardens and lush grass, a play area and a pool. The main house was closed but a sign showed that they offer tours. Most interesting was the old hacienda machine room that was still in use! They had fresh cut agave stems waiting to be processed. And in another building they were spinning the henequin into spools of twine. Worth a visit, not commercialized. We ate lunch in the nearby hacienda San Jose in Tixkokob.
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Date of experience: March 2018
Ron S wrote a review Jan 2018
New York City, New York4,521 contributions556 helpful votes
If you drive west on Rt 180 it's very easy to miss the turn onto the road to Ake as there's no clear sign there. If you do miss it, there's a turn-around (returno) some 500 m ahead and when you make a u-turn onto eastbound R180 you will see a huge sign pointing left to Ake. The road to the town, though paved, is small and has huge potholes. Besides, at the entrance to the town there's a terrific sudden speed bump which damaged my car's bumper. So drive carefully. When in town, the site is easy to find. Drive to the left after passing the factory on your left to the very gates of the site. Chances are you will be the only one there except for a friendly attendant. Entry fee is 40 pesos. The site is comparatively small. The temple with round columns on top is interesting. OT: I stopped writing reviews on TA since past summer as TA editors, being the great minds that they are, deleted some of my reviews as "inappropriate" even though some of those were marked as helpful by other TA readers. But TA editors in their infinite wisdom know better what's appropriate. So from now on I will write reviews only when the info may be important and extremely helpful to other members.
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Date of experience: December 2017
Dave Bloch wrote a review Jun 2017
Progreso, Mexico184 contributions163 helpful votes
This Trip Advisor entry implies that you have to tour the Hacienda and the ruins if you visit. But the ancient Maya ruins can be easily visited on your own, 7 days a week, 40 pesos (US $2.30 at this writing) per person. Find and print some information on the Web to bring with you. This is a small site, but there are three substantial buildings and it is OK (and a challenge) to climb them. In particular, go up the one immediately to your right as you enter, and you'll find a little park up there, with a round stone hole that might have been a cistern a thousand years ago. Aké is about 10 minutes north of the main Merida - Cancun highway, so if you're on that road and have an hour to spare, make a visit!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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