State: Yucatan

Type of Hacienda: Sisal

Service: Hotel, restaurant, special events, weddings

Location: Teya is 12.5 kilometers along the Merida–Cancún road.

History:Teya, possessor of one of the most interesting histories, was founded at the beginning of the 17th century, when it belonged to Alonso Carrio Valdés, a personality from the times of Montejo. The present owners report that in 1683 it belonged to Ildefonsa Antonia Marcos Bermejo Calderón y de la Helguera, wife of the Count of Miraflores. It is not known whether the countess participated directly in the running of the hacienda, but it is certain that agricultural production and cattle raising made it economically prosperous and very profitable. In 1974 the hacienda was deserted and uninhabitable. Its owner, Arnaldo Canto, put it up for sale, and although few people were interested in the property because of its poor condition, it caught the attention of a businessman named Jorge Carlos Cárdenas Gutiérrez. His vision of the tourist industry allowed him to realize the marvelous location of Teya, and he decided to buy it. To this end, according to the same source, he exchanged his new car for the property, and signed twelve letters of credit for the balance. Thus the site passed into the hands of a new family.   From 1974 to 1985 work started on the gardens and replanting, and it was not until 1985 that restoration work began on the buildings. Teya was a pioneer in this “renaissance” of the hacienda, this time for the benefit and enjoyment of visitors and Yucatecans; and it has played host to many important figures. The most important visit is considered to be that of Queen Sofia of Spain, in 1991. It was around this time that the hacienda began to receive requests from friends of the owners to staging social events, and thus was born the idea of converting it into a setting for parties and conventions. On September 1st, 1995 the restaurant, established at the request of visitors, opened its doors. Of the old buildings, the machine room has been conserved, now modified and embellished as a function room. Access is a staircase showing neo-Classical influence, and windows, mirrors and balustrades have been added. The old chimney or “chacuaco” also survives, and a small chapel dedicated to St. Anthony was installed in an old water cistern. The present larger chapel, which has been used for religious celebrations and thanksgiving masses, was adapted later in another of the hacienda buildings.