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Chautla Hacienda
More places of the surroundings of Mexico City

 

The Chautla Hacienda treasures in its core the atmosphere of other times, which, impressed within the air of its forests, gardens and walls, allows us to revive our countrys past life.

It had its origins in the 18th Century as part of the Marquisate of the Sierra Nevada which extended widely through the lands of the Valley of Puebla and to the east of the Valley of Mexico. This Marquisate enjoyed the benefits that the climate and soil brought for agricultural purposes, allowing the production of wheat, hay and vegetables, making it one of the main producers of these products in the centre of Mexico, to the extent of arriving, in its prime, at 6,000 hectares of productive lands, and installing one of the first modern systems of agricultural exploitation by means of specialized machinery. It was at the beginning of the 20th Century, when its proprietor Eulogio Gillow Zavalza ordered Gillow Castle to be built in the middle of the lagoon formed at the mouth of the Atoyac river, creating in these temperate lands a landscape very similar to the ones in the Old Continent.

After the Mexican Revolution, the lands were expropriated, leading to a steady deterioration of the area up until recently, when a rescue plan was created to bring life back to its lovely buildings and the beauty of its natural environment.

Today one can experience a lot of recreational activities at the  Chautla Hacienda, like boat rides, hiking and picnics, as well as fishing in the lagoons, one of the main attractions.

Chautla Hacienda is located approximately 90 km east of Mexico City, in the town of San Salvador El Verde. Take the Mexico-Puebla highway to the town of San Martín Texmelucan and once there, follow the signs for about 20 minutes.

 

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