A jewel in the crown of Yucatan's queen, colonial Merida
A Daytrip to Sotuta de Peon Hacienda: Great architecture, great rope plantation, great swimming in the cenote grotto and great food
By this time it may well be that an assertion by us that you will have a great time if you go to a nineteenth century rope hacienda may be credible. Sotuta de Peon Hacienda is amazing and delightful. The little van picks you up at the door of the B&B and in air-conditioned comfort you travel about 45 minutes to this restored and still-operating rope plantation. There's a big mansion. There are great gardens and fountains. And then you learn everything about the growing of the stuff that makes rope and then how it is made. If you like big machines from the past that run by steam, you are in heaven. A horse drawn rail car will take you through the fields of hennequen, the cactus that produces rope fiber. These fields are tended by goats. How about a stop at the little house of the little old Mayan man who will charm you with instructions about grinding corn, planting hennequen cactus and applying mud to your hut? You had no idea what you didn't know. Then the greatest cenote in a cave ever. Very clean changing rooms and towels made available. The swimming is great. You will love it. There is a section of the cenote that is shallow and therefore inept swimmers should not feel timid. The cenote is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The water is clear and just right. Remember it is an underground river. Then the horse cart takes you to the big luxorious thatched-roof restaurant where you have a great lunch. The price of ordinary lunch is included in the trip price but you can choose other things on the menu as well as margaritas and the like, and simply pay the difference. The tour operator brings you back to the front door of the B&B, you take a siesta and we meet at cocktail hour so that you can tell us everything about growing rope. We have had many guests and without fail, everybody positively loves this daytrip. It sounds goofy, doesn't it? The writer of this note has been to Sotuta de Peon five times in the last two years and has thoroughly enjoyed every visit. It is very reasonably priced and is strongly recommended.
The whole day, including lunch, costs about $55US.
casa santiago 562 Calle 63 x 70 y 72, Centro (Santiago), Merida, Yucatan 97000
or 517 Calle 70 x 63 y 65, Centro (Santiago), Merida, Yucatan 97000
(The property is L shaped and hence has two addresses)
Skype (US number that rings in Merida) 1 314 266 1888 Sergio the manager's cell if you call while in Mexico: 999 997 4058 Sergio's cell if you call outside Mexico: 011 521 999 997 4058