Hacienda Sotuta De Peón

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One of my favourite activities in Mexico ended up being a visit to Hacienda Sotuta De Peón, once a fully operational Henequen Hacienda in the grand style and tradition of Tecoh, Yucutan in the late 1800’s.

I had never heard of the place, so didn’t know what to expect and didn’t feel any overwhelming excitement upon arrival.

However, by the end of the day I wasn’t ready to leave.

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Twenty five years ago, the Shangri-la Group acquired the Hacienda Sotuta de Peón with the dream of bringing back to life the golden years of the henequén.

They had a lot of work to do.

Over the past 25 years they have endlessly searched abandoned haciendas for machine parts, tracks, trucks and other items of historical importance in order to save them from the complete destruction of time.

Slowly but surely, the weeds of over-growth and neglect have been cut away to resurrect  the Hacienda to heyday of the Green Gold area.

And, resurrected it was.

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Working everyday in the Hacienda Sotuta de Peon are more than eighty Mayan Families, living in adjacent communities who depend on the jobs they have to raise their families.

Four generations of Maya are employed in the Family enterprises.

This is one of the truest forms of sustainable tourism, as it is providing jobs and livelihood for many families.

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The Hacienda itself is a large and beautiful home with wide doors and open windows. Walking through the long corridors transports you back in time as you are surrounded by antique furniture and rooms that tell many stories.

I couldn’t stop admiring all of the different tiled floors and was especially intrigued by the infinite number of hammock hooks that were absolutely everywhere on the property–from the kitchen to the balcony to the barn.

Hammock sleepover party at the Hacienda, anyone?

Yes please.

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We were treated with a demonstration of how to make strong rope from sisal plant, the production that the Hacienda once thrived on.

From cutting the plants, the scrapper machine, sorting, drying, the bummer press, combing, spindling and rolling, there is a lot more involved to making rope than I had ever taken a moment to consider.

We even got to try our hand at combing out the dry sisal.

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Maybe not the kind of brush you’re used to.

Next, we hopped on a mule drawn cart that was pulled along set tracks like a train.

We toured the grounds from the factories to the fields and stopped for a cold drink at the hotel restaurant.

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Back on the trails, we headed through the sisal fields to the Casa Maya where we met a man that had been living on the grounds for all of his life.

He didn’t speak English, but from what I gathered, it had been a very long time.

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He graciously invited us into his home to look around and tell stories which were translated by our guide and also showed us how to plant sisal.

I was also offered personal Mayan lessons before leaving.

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We hopped back on the mule carts only to hop back off again a few moments later, this time at the opening of a cave.

This wasn’t just any old cave though.. it was a cenote.

The most beautiful cenote I had ever seen.

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Without a second thought I changed into my swim suit and jumped right in.

The was was cold and refreshing and light streamed in from a hole above, glistening off the rocks and sending reflections in every direction.

I floated around looking at the brilliant colours beneath my feet and found myself wishing that I could stay there for the rest of the afternoon.

Or forever.

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To wrap up our visit at Sotuta De Peón we sat down for a big lunch of fresh juice, vegetables, tacos, soup and a variety of local dishes.

It was a perfect and delicious way to end an unexpectedly fun day.

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More photos from Sotuta De Peón

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6 Responses to “Hacienda Sotuta De Peón”

  1. Polly
    December 14, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    Your photos are always so beautifully composed and edited! What kind of camera or cameras do you use?
    Polly recently posted..Jazz Age Lawn Party

    • Seattle Dredge
      December 14, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      Thank-you 😀
      I shoot with a Nikon D300, with a few different lenses and edit with RadLab.

  2. sarah
    December 17, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    i came across your blog link through pinterest…i lived in Merida, Yucatan this past summer and the family i stayed with took me to Sotuta de Peon as our last “family outing.” i was so excited to see this! your pictures are amazing. i’m into photography as well and regrettably only brought my iphone on this excursion. we did everything you did and showed in your pictures! i absolutely loved it there! i understand your feeling of not wanting to leave by the end of the day.:D

    • Seattle Dredge
      December 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Thanks, I’m glad you like the photos! I tend to ditch my DSLR for my iphone a lot these days too, but it doesn’t take terrible photos. Sounds like you had a good time there, perhaps we will both make it back some day :]
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  3. Melissa
    December 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    That cave! I could live there. Your photos are always beautiful. Also, I’ll be traveling to Mexico in April, so now I’m extra pumped.
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