#29 Hacienda San Pedro Ochil

A few weeks ago we decided to get out of Merida and explore some of the towns and areas of the Yucatan.   After doing some research, we decided to go to a real hacienda and some cenotes about an hour or so away from the city.

This page is on the hacienda with an upcoming article on the cenotes.

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Hacienda San Pedro Ochil (which means “place of the fox” in Maya) is in the town of Abala (which means “place of the plums”).   I think it should be called “the place of the iguanas” as they were everywhere!!

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Lots of iguanas resting in the yard.

 In the 18th Century, the hacienda was a cattle ranch rather than a farm due to poor soil and lack of irrigation.  Later it became a maize-growing farm and then finally became a working henequen fiber farm, which was a booming business in the 19th Century.  It remained a working henequen farm for four decades until synthetic fibers were invented and later fell into ruin until it was restored in 1997.

Beautiful fields of Henequen…

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The “Main House” was converted into the restaurant.  It was really lovely to have our Yucatecan cuisine in the splendor of the hacienda and the service was wonderful.

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After lunch, we walked around and explored the grounds.

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It was interesting to see the old buildings…

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and we even found an amphitheater that has a cenote attached (not where you can swim though) and a big cave with lots of bats going in and out!!  So I had to go down and check it out!!   From what I read, they used to have light and music shows in the amphitheater after dark.  Not a place I would like to go with the bats and mosquitos in the area!!

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The little track goes all around the property and was used when the henequen farm was up and running.

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Here is the little train which now takes visitors throughout the property and to the restaurant.

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We really had a lovely visit at the Hacienda San Pedro Ochil and we took this guy home with us and named him Spike……..(not)!!