Yucatecan Hammocks: the Only Way to Sleep

Yucatecan hammocks are normally woven from strong nylon or cotton string and dyed in various colors. There are also natural, undyed cotton versions. Some sellers will try to pass these off as henequén (agave plant fibers) or jute, telling you it’s much more durable (and valuable) than cotton, and even that it repels mosquitoes. Don’t be taken in: real henequén hammocks are very rough and not something you’d want near your skin. Silk hammocks are no longer made, but a silk-rayon blend has a similar feel.

Hammocks come in several widths, and though much is made of the quantity of pairs of end strings they possess, a better gauge of a hammock’s size and quality is its weight. The heavier the better. A sencilla (for one person) should be about 500g and cost around M$400 to M$450. The queen, at 1100g, runs from around M$600. De croché (very tightly woven) hammocks can take several weeks to produce and cost double or triple the prices given here. Nylon hammocks are usually cheaper.

Mérida and its surrounding towns have some good spots for buying a hammock.