Hacienda San Pedro Ochil, Merida

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Hacienda San Pedro Chimay is located in the Mérida Municipality in the state of Yucatán in southeastern Mexico. It is one of the properties that arose during the nineteenth century henequen boom. It is part of the Cuxtal Ecological Reserve which was set aside in 1993 to protect both the man-made and natural history of the reserve area of Mérida.
The name is a combination of Maya and Spanish terms. "San Pedro" is Spanish for the patron saint of the chapel Saint Peter and "Chimay" is from the Mayan language and indicates a type of Acacia plant.
The property is located 7 km south of the Periférico of Mérida on the Carretera Mérida–Timucuy.
The hacienda was built in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century and is one of the oldest haciendas close to Mérida. In the eighteenth century, it was owned by the descendants of Bonifaz Lara, who was originally from Spain. Juan Miguel Castro, founder of the Port of Progreso refurbished his wife's family home in 1852, and dedicated the reconstruction with a dated plaque to his wife, María de Jesús Lara.
After the Castro Lara family, the estate passed to the Cervera family, when the owner surnamed Castro Rocher left the property to his wife Margarita Cervera Solis upon his death. José Eduardo Seijo Gutierrez, acquired the hacienda in 1982 from 10 lenders that had foreclosed on it. The family uses the property as their "country home", since it has a nice pool and a productive vegetable garden.
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  • Beautifully preserved traditional hacienda. The main house was transformed into a restaurant. An amphitheater was built beside a cenote. Moorish influenced design.
  • It's a large hacienda you can visit on your way to Uxmal, you can even have lunch there. It is not in super good condition though and it was hard to know if it was going under renovation when we were there or if it was deteriorating. We visited on good Friday so it's hard to assess what was normal and what is not. There is a small train that goes around the hacienda (not working when we went), a small museum about the Hacienda (not open when we went), a large amphitheatre (not clean when we went). Someone asked us to pay 40 pesos for the visit.
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