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A Tour of Limestone Quarries in Yucatán

Our factory is located on the outskirts of Merida, the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán and the Yucatán Peninsula. The factory, the quarries, and the Port of Progresso, from where we ship, are all in close proximity.

Our partner, Enrique May Uicab, is pure Mayan. The time-honored tradition of working the stone is indigenous to generations of families such as Enrique’s, who are recognized masters of the craft. His knowledge of the quarries and the best resource sites provide the perfect base material that is transformed into every architectural element called for by our clients.

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Traveling to the different quarry sites, typically the landscape in the northwestern Yucatan is relatively flat. The trees and brush are abundant yet low lying with intermittent areas cleared for agriculture.

Across the vista a quarry is viewable from the highway. This rustic orange stone is named from one of the most celebrated archaeological sites in the region, Uxmal.

This is the stone that we work with that is distinctively bold in color different from the rest. Heavy iron deposits give this stone the warmest value and mottled earth tones that compliment our other three neutral colored stones.

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Around the bend and through the woods to our next quarry we go. Through forests of brilliantly colored butterflies and birds we enter into a large clearing revealing the site where our next stone is unearthed.

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Unlike Uxmal, the Macedonia quarry is mostly below the surface of the ground and slightly above it. This stone is found in large boulder-shaped pieces with sometimes only the very top of the stone exposed above the ground.




This is the hardest stone in the Yucatan and the oldest.

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It is Macedonia limestone that is often mistaken for marble due to its subtle veining and soft blooms of color. Extracted from an iron rich earth, it is amazing to see such large pure and powerful boulders that produce a sensuous creamy color.
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In terms of design application, this stone is suitable for any setting. Of all of our stones it is however, considered the most formal. The size of the boulders dictate how large of a single finished piece can be produced from it.
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Here the veining can be observed as it naturally forms through the stone and the iron content of the soil in which these large white boulders are seated.



Our visit was during the rainy season as noted by the rainwater that has collected in the recessed areas of the ground.

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Our Sisal stone which contains fossilized shells and crustaceous creatures is found closer to the coast. It is here that the landscape is truly scrubby.

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Close observation of the bedrock at the ground reveals an abundance of tiny coquina shells and other marine life within the limestone composition.

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Walking around the corner into a cleared area of the plain the large cut limestone blocks that have been extracted from the ground come into view.
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Further on a vast field full of limestone harvest is taking place. The stone is sliced into large rectangular pieces.
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The water level is high so the cutting of the stone is lubricated by the available ground water table.
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The slicing of the stone and removing it from the earth is an arduous task. That procedure is of course, just the beginning.

Once the stones are removed from the ground, they are numbered in the order of which they are extracted.

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A close view reveals all the many types of fossilized marine life that adds to the composition of this stone.
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Our final stone, Ostra, is composed of even larger fossilized material than the Sisal. This material is used extensively in exterior landscape flooring especially in hotter climates. The light reflective quality and composition keeps it the coolest to the touch of all our stones. It remains cooler than “cool-deck” around pools and landscape areas.

For those who want to include nature’s texture into their design formula, this elegant yet rustic stone is used as cladding for walls, dimensional columns or pilasters, and fireplaces. This absolute beautiful fossilized material exhibits Mother Nature at her best.

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