NileGuide Expert Says:
Hacienda Yaxcopoil offers the most authentic experience of life on a henequen plantation - not a stick of furniture has been moved from exact spots where the haciendados placed them in the Main House!
Kilometer 186, Federal Highway 261
tel: +52 (999) 900-1193
NileGuide Expert tip:
Do take the tour the caretaker offers you - he's sweet and is one of the few remaining souls who actually worked on the plantation in its final days. Offer him 10-50 pesos per person.
Of all the haciendas located in southeastern Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, Yaxcopoil remains largely intact and unrestored, a time capsule of life in the 19th century. When visiting the Mayan ruins at Uxmal, stop by Yaxcopoil for an hour-long tour or spend the night in the Casa de Visitas.
Hours of Operation: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday
How to Get There: (From the website
) Hacienda Yaxcopoil is located about 32 km (20 miles) south of Merida, a 30 minute drive.
By Car: Use any major southbound street (Calle), such as Calle 42, Calle 50 or Avenida Itzaes, until you arrive at the Periferico, or beltway, that surrounds Merida. Proceed to exit No. 1 to Highway 180 South to Campeche, near the airport. About 13 kilometers from Merida, take the exit on Highway 261 South to Uxmal and the Puuc Route. Follow the signs to Uxmal on 261 for about 11 kilometers to arrive at Hacienda Yaxcopoil.
By Public Transportation: The best way to get to Yaxcopoil is to use the colectivos (van). The colectivo stop in Merida is located on the side of the Mercado Lucas de Galvez that is on Calle 65 between Calle 54 and Calle 52. Ask for the colectivo that goes to Uman. The cost for this is $8 pesos. Once you are in Uman, on the west side of the park across from the entrance to the church you will need to get on another colectivo that will take you to Yaxcopoil. This will cost an additional $8 pesos. It will stop directly across from the entrance to Hacienda Yaxcopoil.