Travel to Puebla and Visit the Ex Hacienda de Chautla
There are only a few places that combine exuberant natural landscapes with historic buildings and gastronomic experiences that are simple, and yet, luxurious. One of these sites is the Ex Hacienda de Chautla in the state of Puebla, Mexico. There, an eighteenth-century hacienda and a British nineteenth-century castle that’s surrounded by lakes, receive thousands of visitors who enjoy spending a peaceful evening in a historic and natural setting.
After being home to Monsignor Eulogio Gillow, archbishop of Oaxaca, who introduced electricity to the premises, both the hacienda and the castle were expropriated in the twentieth century. This caused great grief to Monsignor Gillow, who was forced to witness how his property was burglarized. After that the hacienda had several different owners until it was recovered by the State of Puebla, which gained it back its original splendor.
When you visit it, you’ll have the chance to stay at the Hotel Misión Grand ExHacienda de Chautla hotel, one of the nicest and newest in Puebla. It was inaugurated in 2014 in the remodeled hacienda. Another option is to rent a camping spot on site or, if you only have a few hours to spend, you can simply pay for the use of the barbecue grills that are distributed along the lakeside. There you can prepare a gourmet barbecue with your travel companions.
A Day at the Ex Hacienda de Chautla
If you love sports, you’ll love to learn that they have a bicycle trail, three zip lines, canoes, archery gear and they offer mountain climbing lessons. Also, if you enjoy being in contact with nature but you prefer less physically demanding activities, we recommend asking about their sport fishing area, boat rides or hiking along the hilly landscape.
DINKtravelers advises you to spend at least one whole evening there, because the pictures you’ll take during daylight, when the castle is surrounded by ducks and canoes that slowly glide on the two lakes that are separated by the long walkway that connects the castle with solid ground, will be very different from those you take at dusk, when the sun reproduces the building’s reflection on the water, or at night, when the castle is lit with artificial lighting.
If you’re planning to have a picnic, take everything you need to light the grill, as well as the ingredients you’ll need to prepare your recipes. The site’s grocery shop only sells basic products like snacks and refreshments.
Even though alcoholic drinks are allowed on site, rangers are constantly checking that visitors behave responsibly.
Wear hiking boots because you can slip on the humid ground. Also, take a sweater or jacket because it gets chilly in the evenings.
How to Go to Ex Hacienda de Chautla
México-Puebla Federal Highway, km 4.5