Photo by Óscar Turco
History, Haciendas, and Henequen
Much of Mérida’s 19th-century opulence reflects fortunes made on plantations that cultivated henequen (sometimes also known as sisal), a commodity so lucrative it was nicknamed “green gold.” Prior to the industry’s 20th-century collapse, the hardy agave-derived fiber was exported and transformed into ropes and lines used the world over. Today, Hacienda Sotuta de Peón is the region’s last working sisal hacienda. Visitors observe manufacturing processes (and learn about the industry’s not-so-pretty past) as they make their way through the plantation on mule-drawn-rail-cart excursions that wrap with a dip in a refreshing on-site cenote.
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