State: Yucatan

Type of Hacienda: Sisal

Service: Private villa rental

Location: Petac is situated approximately 35 minutes southeast of Merida city center, between the villages of San José Tzal and Tzacalá.

History:  Considered one of the oldest haciendas in the area, Petac hacienda dates from the 17th century and is located on an old Mayan settlement, in lands still containing unexcavated mounds. Petac (or Petaak) was originally a sugar hacienda extending over thousands of hectares of land as far as the limits of Yaxcopoil. Following the historical tendencies in Yucatan, Petac lived through a transition from a cattle, sugar and homey producing ranch to a sisal hacienda during the 19th century, forming part of the prosperous sisal or “green gold” boom. Around 1970, the hacienda had ceased to produce sisal and fallen into decay. IN May 2000 a new chapter began inn the history of Petac when the American couple the Sterns acquired the property and set about restoring it. The extensive restoration of the main house, the machine room and the steward’s house took three years. A small theater and a school remain intact, where ancient ruined walls stand as vestiges of the property’s past.