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Top Ten Haciendas to visit in the Yucatan

Nov 9, 2006  Have photographed many of the local haciendas.
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The top ten haciendas that are worth visiting if you are traveling in the Yucatan.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Chichen Itza, Merida, Yaxcopoil, Temozon, Maxcanu
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Fall
  • 1. Hacienda Chichen Resort
    Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza

    The Yucatan's oldest hacienda. Now a four star hotel with rooms in separate cottages. Pool, restaurant and new Yaxkin spa. Close (an easy walk) to the back entrance of Chichen Itza, but the hotel/hacienda is an attraction all by itself.

  • 2. Hacienda Xcanatun
    Hacienda Xcanatun, Merida

    Independently owned and beautifully restored hacienda, now a hotel and gourmet restaurant. Close enough to Merida to go for dinner, but situated in a small pueblo and surrounded by peace and quiet. Also have a nice health spa.

  • 3. Hacienda Yaxcopoil
    Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Yaxcopoil

    A hacienda that has been well preserved but not renovated. Stepping inside is like stepping back in time. Original furniture and tile floors. Has been the site of many photo shoots. Casa de Maquinas in the back has a great example of the kind of machinery that was used back in the day.

  • 4. Hacienda Ochil

    This hacienda is not a hotel, but it has a lot to offer. It is lovingly renovated by the same architect that renovated some of the grander haciendas in the Starwood chain. It has workshops of local artisans who sell their work. It has a "demo" hacienda railway, a small henequen fields, a tiny hacienda museum and a real cenote that you don't have to climb up or down ladders to see. Also, there is a great gift shop and a restaurant that serves authentic Yucatecan food and drinks. A great place to stop for lunch!

  • 5. Hacienda Temozon
    Hacienda Temozon, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon

    A great place to stay (but rooms are not as seculded as at other Starwood haciendas.). Best pool in the Yucatan. Also a great place to go for breakfast.

  • 6. Hacienda Santa Rosa
    Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Maxcanu, Yucatan Peninsula

    Probably the most romantic hacienda. Quiet, unassuming and elegant... very much out of the way. Its a place to go and stay for a few days.

  • 7. Hacienda Teya

    This hacienda has made quite a business out of hosting events. It has a ballroom to die for. And a good restaurant with authentic Yucatecan food. Close to Merida. Also a convenient stop if you are driving towards Cancun

  • 8. Hacienda Uayalceh

    An almost-entirely-abandoned hacienda that must have been amazingly beautiful in its heyday. Located in a small town up the road a bit from Hacienda Temozon. One of the few abandoned haciendas where you an easily walk around.

  • 9. Hacienda Chunchucmil

    Chunchucmil has a beautiful chapel, still used by the local Mayan community. It is attached to an imposing Casa Principal, with beautiful tiles and frescos still visible. The casa maquina is open for anyone to see. If you are there on a weekend morning, you might be able to catch a local soccer or baseball game in front of the Casa Principal. Fun to photograph.

  • 10. Hacienda Tekit de Regil

    This is one of the most beautiful and most elegantly restored haciendas. Its not exactly open to the public. You might be able to talk a local caretaker into letting you inside, but even if you cant go in, it is worth looking through the gates. The capilla looks like something out of Rome. And the mural painted in the pasillo in the front of the Casa Principal is a masterpiece.