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Ex-Hacienda Jaral de Berrio

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In the state of Guanajuato, we discovered this dilapidated treasure: the Ex-Hacienda Jaral de Berrio. On par with the opulence and decay we found in Havana, Cuba, the ex-hacienda was owned by one of the most influential families in Mexico.  Miguel de Berrio, for example, was named Marquis and acquired 99 haciendas by 1749. Ex-hacienda Jaral de Berrio functioned as the capitol of the family’s agrarian empire.

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At the height of their power, the third Marquis, Juan Nepomuceno de Moncada y Berrio, was the richest man in Mexico, one of the largest landowners in the country, and gave a hacienda to each of his 99 grandchildren. While they are most famous for fabricating mezcal, the brand Jaral de Berrio, they also prospered from making gunpowder.

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After the Revolution of ’38, everything was left to looters and the elements.

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Currently, three buildings stand: the first and most elaborate is equipped with an elegant double staircase and columns; the second is made of unadorned cantera and stone (with a large veranda), and the third is a bit more modern. The first has an impressive façade. Passing beneath it, you enter a dusty courtyard with three wings of surreal rooms with the remains of French tapestries and murals amidst holes in the floor and the smell of guano.

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Though the second building is less impressive, it’s even more bizarre. Unfinished walls with odd passageways, doors that lead nowhere, collapsed floors on the second story, partially dug wells and dead, dry trees. It’s still enormous and the grounds feel like a ghost town, full of dry grasses and dust.

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We’ve yet to explore the third, but stay tuned and we’ll update you as soon as we head back!

Mittie.Roger
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Mittie Roger has been blogging for 5 years; her blog focuses on off the beaten path travel in the Americas. Both a blogger and a social media consultant, Mittie works with writers, brands, and artists of many mediums. Her first book of short stories, Aurora, was published in December of 2013 after its title story, “Aurora”, received second place in the 2012 Richard Bausch contest. Her fiction has also appeared in Our Stories and Monkey Puzzle Literary Magazine and her non-fiction has appeared in Land Rover Magazine, Land Rover Monthly and Fuse. Her most recent publication, These Boots Are Made for Walking: Travel Journal and Workbook, uses creative prompts to get you thinking differently, traveling more and experiencing life.

8 Comments
  • Donna Sharpe
    Posted at 17:48h, 10 March

    Beautiful pictures!!! what a great place to visit !!!

    Thanks for sharing

    Donna

  • Sandra Sanford
    Posted at 15:06h, 11 March

    Love this…all the old architecture, such character, charm and old world elegance shines through amidst the aged walls. Exactly where in the state of Guanajato? I formerly lived in San Miguel de Allende and am very interested in the history. Absolutely thrilling!

  • Mittie Roger
    Posted at 05:09h, 14 June

    The Ex-hacienda is about 2 hours outside of San Miguel, toward Dolores Hidalgo, and then San Felipe. Thanks for your comments!

  • al Tirado
    Posted at 14:15h, 27 January

    The pictures are wonderful, the models enhance the beauty of the place, but… How come in the last picture you make the model to put her boot on the wall and scratch it?

  • Mittie Roger
    Posted at 17:59h, 23 February

    Hi Al, I’m the model in all of the photos and we were careful to place the foot against the wall without scuffing it.

  • Mittie Roger
    Posted at 18:00h, 23 February

    Thank you, Sandra!

  • Alejandro LF
    Posted at 10:00h, 15 June

    Hi! Great information you have posted here, and fantastic pictures!! Did you
    requested any permission to take photos or to access to the Hacienda and take the photographs?

  • Mittie.Roger
    Posted at 10:10h, 15 June

    Absolutely! We always work in conjunction with the family who owns the property. They are lovely people. Thanks for your comment, Alejandro!

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