For every hacienda that gets rescued and resurrected as a luxury hacienda hotel there are scores that remain abandoned and in ruins. They have a crumbling beauty all their own and they inspire dreams of what they might be turned into if these former mansions, once owned by rich businessmen during the sisal boom of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in southern Mexico, could only find buyers to bring them back to life. While they wait, these haciendas have been stripped of nearly every architectural element, from doors to floor tiles to fixtures, yet, they retain an elegance we hope we captured in these photos.
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