Capstone 2018: Meeting the Locals
Students toured Sotuta de Peon Hacienda, a 19th century hacienda that has been preserved and has a steam powered chimney. There is a railway network that is still functioning, where the hennequen were pulled along by mules. It’s one of the few haciendas in Yucatan where Hennequen is still produced. They were given a tour of the main colonial homestead, visited the machinery room where we saw the process of the leaves of hennequen turned into fiber. Then they learned how the fiber is turned into ropes of various thickness.
After, students rode on wagons pulled by mules to visit a traditional Mayan house surrounded by fields of Hennequen. Here, Don Antonio Ucan, a local Mayan man told them about life of the Mayas and the process of cultivating Hennequen. Then, they all went swimming in a covered Cenote.
Sotuta de Peon Hacienda
Sotuta de Peon