San Miguel

State: Yucatan

Type of Hacienda: Sisal

Service: Ecotourism; lodging

Location: San Miguel is one of the most distant haciendas from Merida, eight kilometers from Valladolid on the road to Dzitás. To reach it from Valladolid you have to take the road to Dzitás and Izamal, which was long known as the “royal road”, and turn off after eight kilometers, where there is vehicular access to the hacienda.

History:Because of its location, San Miguel bore witness, among other historical events, to the Valladolid uprising of 1910, when the telephone that existed at the ranch was used to establish contact between Valladolid and Merida after communication with the Sultana of the east (as Valladolid is known) were cut off. It is also mentioned in the memoirs of José Inés Novelo, who talks of San Miguel hacienda on his journey along the “royal road” to Merida, when he left Valladolid to study. The hacienda continued producing sisal until 1979, and later returned to the business of cattle ranching and apiculture; in other words, a kind of reverse transition, this time from sisal to cattle.