Since the Chef's Table Netflix documentary in its BBQ edition starred in the Mayan town of Yaxunah with Rosalía Chay Chuc, one of the magnificent local chefs, they have taken a step forward in notoriety.

I am deeply happy that your good work for years is bearing those blessed desired fruits. Sometimes it takes an important look to discover you, and then word of mouth does the rest. For years we have enjoyed Yaxunah, and will continue to do so. A place where we always feel very welcome.

Yaxunah It is a great stop on your way to savor Mayan culture and history by visiting the archaeological zone, the community museum, the artisan workshops and enjoying the Lol Há cenote. You will love it 😁

9 ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES IN YAXUNAH

One of the most interesting and complete visits of the current and ancient Mayan world can be done in the town of Yaxunah. This interesting Mayan town brings together interesting places for the traveler who likes the authentic.

Yaxunah is a gem, let's try to keep it that way respecting the locals by being polite and respectful. We leave you a video where they explain the activities they offer in the community

1- COCHINITA PIBIL IN YAXUNAH

Almost forced to taste this delicious Yucatecan delicacy accompanied by its handmade tortillas. Delicious, no more to add. The documentary 'Chef's table: BBQ' has placed them for many visitors on the gastronomic map of Yucatán.

You can participate in the activity of making the cochinita and learn first-hand how to cook this delicacy, or just taste the dish. They offer variety to their visitors, it depends on you.

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Yaxunah, Yucatan

2- WORKSHOP WEAVING HAMMOCKS

Learning to weave hammocks or buy a fine thread hammock is another of the activities to do during your visit. The Mayans sleep in a hammock, the making of hammocks is part of the Mayan people, of their culture.

If you've never tried a hammock, indulge yourself 😁

Yaxunah, Yucatan

3- BULL HORN WORKSHOP

What is that bull horn? Formerly the Maya used the turtle shell to make ornaments, if something we have not changed from the beginning of our existence, it is that we like to look handsome. Vanity is inherent to the human being, without a doubt.

Today it is forbidden to hunt turtles, so they use the bull's horn, similar in appearance in the finish to the old turtle ornaments. The truth is that what they make is very beautiful, buying directly from the artisan is always a good thing.

Bull horn workshop
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Bull horn necklaces

4- WOOD CRAFTSMEN

Strolling through the town it will be easy for you to see wood craftsmen. It is a town where 80% are artisans, luckily they can continue with their trades. Many sell in the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá, so remember when you visit that many of these vendors are locals looking for a life.

The locals are friendly, you can surely chat with them and learn about their culture.

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Thanks for giving me a shade in your yard 🙂

5- SIMPLY WALK

Like most towns, its main space is the large square, where the Palace and the church are usually found. The church of Yaxunah, as we often see in these lands, its roof collapsed but it is still in use.

You can also walk to the cemetery, talk with the locals, sit in the square and do nothing, which is to do a lot. In these places I entertain myself, I really like them.

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6- COMMUNITY CENTER OF YAXUNAH

Years ago they created a Community Cultural Center, pride and base to receive foreigners. In this place different cultural aspects of the Mayan population are shown, they sell their own crafts and protect pieces found in the vestiges of the ancient Mayan city of Yaxunah.

Community Center Mural
Mayan ritual of the Hetzmek

7- ACTIVITIES IN THE MILPA

From the tourist Parador they carry out different activities so that you know their culture. One of them is to visit the Mayan cornfield at the hand of Don Francisco, who transmits his wisdom of the field, from the importance of offerings, to the types of corn that are grown in Yucatan.

Good proposal for those interested in learning from people dedicated to planting their entire lives. The journey opens wonderful windows for us.

Explaining the milpa
Corn seeds at Francisco's house

8- YAXUNAH ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA

Yaxunah is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Yucatán. Its proximity to Chichén Itzá, and its main role as a commercial route between the Caribbean coast and the interior makes it a more than relevant place. Yaxunah is linked to Cobá by a 100 kilometer road.

You can go by bike from the Yaxunah Tourist Parador where they rent bikes 👌

Archaeological zone

9- CENOTE LOL HÁ

The precious natural treasure of Yaxunah, the cenote Lol Ha delights the visitor. A refreshing swim in its crystal clear waters is always a pleasure.

The crystal clear waters and blue of Lol Ha are mesmerizing. It is easy to see birds here, from buzzards to the iconic toh bird.

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If you want to carry out activities in Yaxunah, live together and prepare a cochinita pibil, get to know the milpa or stay the night, contact Parador Yaxunah, at least one day before

WHERE TO SLEEP IN YAXUNAH

At the Parador Turístico de Yaxunah they have 3 well-equipped cabins where you can stay. In a luxury sleep in this silence field for those who want new experiences on our trip. Really getting out of our routines and awakening another inner self is part of traveling.

Another accommodation option is to sleep in the village in hammocks in private rooms with bathroom. I have personally tried both options, depending on your tastes. Ask in the hammock workshop, in the same parador or in the community center.

They all help you with kindness. Some villagers are not fluent in Spanish, so speak slowly and simply.

Ccontact with Parador Yaxunah, at least one day before

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Cabins of the Tourist Parador of Yaxunah

COMMUNITY CENTER OF YAXUNAH

El town of Yaxunah it does not reach 600 inhabitants. Yaxunah means town or green house. Towards 1931 they began to populate it, the old people of the place say that the huano of the houses did not dry it, and the roofs of the houses were green.

In this video made by people from the community you can see part of their story, I thought it was great to share it. This video arises from the film workshops coordinated by Sebastián Labaronne, with the support of the Yaxunah Community Cultural Center and Grace Bascope

El town of Yaxunah It is nourished by various cultural encounters where foreigners participate. It is one of the Mayan towns where you can stay and have a cultural interaction. Those people conducive to exchange that authentic travelers want to immerse themselves in other cultures are looking for. Several cultural immersion programs in Yaxunah.

Give yourself the opportunity on your way through these Mayan lands to venture a little further and visit towns like Yaxunah. You will surely have a beautiful coexistence.


Yaxunah, towns

LOCATION: Yaxunah
 It is located 22 km from Track, population near Chichén Itzá.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Yaxunah is served by collective transport from Piste and other smaller towns that are communicated by collective taxi and vans.
COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER PRICE: 25 mxn
ACCOMMODATION: there are cheap lodgings in a hammock for 150 pesos and the Parador Turístico has 3 double bed cabins and a hammock. Private bathroom in each of them. they are in 500 pesos the night.
WHAT TO BRING? Comfortable and light clothing, and hat to cover your head. Protect yourself from the sun and insects, and do not forget your swimsuit to enjoy the cenotes.

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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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