For any traveler interested in exploring the history of the Yucatan and seeing the countryside, this tour is not to be missed. Located about an hour from Merida in a rural area, it is a restored Hacienda portraying the era of the golden sisal, or hennequin rope trade of the 19th century, that fueled the wealth of the mansion builders on Paseo de Montejo. The tour includes demonstrations of the complete process from agave plant to final product, using original machinery. It also includes a mule pulled truck ride on rails through the Hacienda to a cenote cave where you can swim. A delightful four course lunch is only $10 per person additional, and I recommend it as there is no where else nearby to eat. Get the 9 AM tour if possible, when it is cooler and less crowded. They require a 50% reservation deposit which can be paid through PayPal. Our tour guide Ivan was very dramatic and kept it interesting. Tips are appreciated by the guides but are not solicited. A very special place.