Day experience: 7:00 am- 3:00 pm
Join us for a journey back in time to the land of the grand haciendas and expansive henequén plantations.
The Spanish started appropriating the Yucatecan lands for cattle farming in the early 16th century. Some years later, they discovered a native plant, the henequén plant that, when extracted, could produce a robust fiber strong enough to moor shipping vessels.
With nothing on the global "market" strong enough to compete with the cord, Yucatán México quickly became one of the wealthiest regions in the world due to the demand for henequén fibers to make the ropes. The industry took over the Yucatecan lands. The cattle farms became henequén plantations, as well as much of the raw jungles of the peninsula. Grand haciendas to house the families were built by the Maya people to match the magnitude and wealth of the farms.
Unfortunately, plastic fibers eventually replaced the natural product, and the industry took a significant hit. The plantations became few and far between for many years. However, due to a worldwide demand for natural products again, the production of henequén fiber is making a come back. Local artisans and manufacturers are using natural fibers once again to make high-end luxury personal goods, home decorations, and industrial products.
On this experience, you will learn about henequén fiber production and the uses from the past to the present as you tour a working hacienda and henequén plantation. You will visit a hacienda that lays in ruin with equipment from 700+ years ago and then a restored hacienda to the splendor of the good ole days when henequén production was at the peak. Next, you will make a stop a sacred Maya cenote for a magically, refreshing swim. Finally, you'll visit a home in a local Maya community where you will have an opportunity to see a traditional henequén weaving demonstration.
Plus, enjoy a traditional lunch in a location with a notable history
Included: • Multi-lingual, certified historical guide • comfortable transportation • all entrance fees • purified water/reusable bottles • organic coffee/tea • healthy snacks (fruits, nuts, locally made pastries: vegan and gluten-free options) • traditional Yucatecan lunch • chilled towels • outdoor equipment, i.e., binoculars, life jackets, snorkel and fins, dry bag, bicycles, and helmets
What to know: The weather can be very humid, and the sun is powerful. Mosquitoes are a possibility. Wear lightweight, long sleeves/pants for ultimate protection. Water shoes with a good tread are best for uneven terrains. This experience is secure enough for everyone to enjoy.
What to bring: reusable water bottle, hat, swimsuit, change of dry clothing, towel, waterproof shoes, non-toxic insect repellent, bio-degradable sun protection, camera, personal outdoor equipment
Cancellation: Cancel before 24 hours for a full refund. Less than 24 hours pay 50% for third parties.
Guarantee: If you are not 100% happy at the end of your excursion, please allow us to redeem ourselves and take you on our next available tour. Free of charge.
USD $132 PP (Includes 16% IVA)