Cenote Yokdzonot is an example of the administration of these natural treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula: the cenotes. On the free road between Valladolid and Mérida we find this wonderful space a few meters from the road.

El Yokdzonot cenote It is one of the cenotes that fall in love, a beauty of place. A large diameter hole with walls 20 meters high up to the waters of the cenote 40 meters deep. The unrepeatable nature gives us this unique space where the roots of the nearby trees come down to drink from the crystalline fresh waters.

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Where Yokdzonot cenote is located

In addition to its beauty, it enjoys the advantage of being close to the road, in the town of Yokdzonot. The town is 26 kilometers from Piste, where we find the unmissable archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá. Highway 180 is known as free, in contrast to the fee, the payment that runs parallel. If you do not travel in a hurry choose free to know quietly exquisite corners like Yokdzonot. It is a busy road by public transport, both collective (vans of 12 passengers) as trucks (buses) and cheap taxis from Piste. A mere 400 meters from the town of Yokdzonot we find the entrance to the cenote.

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Church of the town of Yokdzonot

A bit of history of the Yokdzonot cenote

The Yokdzonot cenote is pride and example of good administration by a cooperative of Mayan families. A group of the community, the vast majority women, began cleaning and conditioning work on the cenote in the 2005, making the Yokdzonot cenote one of the most visited in Yucatan. Now they proudly remember the first years of volunteer work without obtaining benefits from this natural site that is now Yokdzonot's greatest claim. Today the Mayan cooperative is made up of 17 people, 13 of them women. Part of the profits go entirely to the ejido, for the benefit of all Yokdzonot residents. Personally it was a pleasure to talk with some members of the cooperative, their love for what they do has led them to offer one of the best cared cenotes with excellent services on the Peninsula. Their cenotes is a treasure for them 🙂

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Cenote Yokdzonot Services:

In the Yokdzonot cenote you have several activities to practice as the vertiginous zip line 30 meters above the cenote, rappel down 18 meters of incredible walls and rent bike to arrive by a 3-kilometer track to the Catalina cenote, where at the moment you cannot swim. I did not get to see it because time simply consumed me in the Yokdzonot cenote, but in photos it looks like vice. In the Yokdzonot cenote there is a camping area where you can sleep guarding the meek waters. The restaurant is open from 9 to 17 in the afternoon, pure Yucatecan food.

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Education needed to respect the environment
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My most sincere respect to this Mayan community that has been able to make a positive return on its natural resources. A much more ecological space than many others that boast with the use of this fashionable word and that it dresses so well. Here you will find pure ecology of the good.

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Cenote Yokdzonot, cenotes

 LOCATION: The Yokdzonot cenote is located 26 kilometers from Pisté, on the section between Valladolid and Mérida. Km 100 of Highway 180.
SCHEDULES AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. There are services at the entrance of bathrooms and showers (showers).
PRICE ENTRY: 70 mxn per person, 40 mxn children from 6 to 8 years old. Bicycle rental service at 60 mxn to go to Cenote Catalina (to 3 km).
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Public transport arrives from Track. From Mérida also leaves collective address Piste or Valladolid.
ACCOMMODATION: tienen camping area. Rentan campaign tents for 4 people by 250 pesos. If you take your booth they charge 150 pesos per booth.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well swimsuit and a towel or sarong to dry off after bathing. It is a good option to carry diving mask to better appreciate the place.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTERO: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes, do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Do not hang from the roots of the trees or touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENOTE: cenote Yokdzonot Is open. It is about 40 meters in diameter, 18 meters high and 45 meters deep. You can dive, it requires special permits.
Official Web . Yokdzonot cenote

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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