The town of Yaxunah is a great stop on your way to savor the culture and Mayan history visiting the archaeological zone, the community museum, artisan workshops, bathing in the Lol Há cenote and sleeping in a hammock in a village house.
One of the most interesting and complete visits of current and ancient Mayan world You can do it in the town of Yaxunah. This interesting Mayan population brings together interesting places for the traveler who likes authenticity. Yaxunah is a gem, let's try to keep it that way by respecting the premises being polite and respectful.
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WHAT TO DO IN YAXUNAH
You can walk through the town and visit the craftsmen workshops that are in the Municipal Palace: one of them is hammocks and the other is a bull horn. What will that be about the bull's horn? Formerly the Maya used the turtle shell to make ornaments, if something we have not changed since the beginning of our existence, is that we like to get beautiful. Vanity is inherent to the human being, no doubt. Returning to the topic: today it is forbidden to hunt turtles, so they use the bull horn, similar in appearance to the old tortoise ornaments. Visiting the workshops is a payment, and they explain to you and you can put your skill to the test by spinning hammocks, do you dare?
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Strolling through the village it will be easy to see wood craftsmen. It is a town where the 80% are artisans, luckily they can continue with their trades. Many sell in the Chichen Itza archaeological zone, so remember when you visit, that many of these vendors are locals looking for a living. The locals are friendly, you can surely chat with them and learn about their culture.
Like most villages, its main space is the large square, where it is usually found the Palace and the church. Yaxunah's is very beautiful, and as often happens, its roof collapsed but it is still in use. It is curious to see the number of small churches tuned in the Peninsula. You can also walk to the cemetery, well, yourself, the truth is that in these places I entertain myself, I like them a lot.
El cenote Lol Ha adjoins the Cultural Center. In addition to the precious there are several cenotes and caves in the area, as well as in the area of the municipality of Yaxcabá. Very interesting this area, very prolific in cenotes and interesting populations.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN YAXUNAH
At the Parador Turístico they have cabins well conditioned to stay. In a luxury sleep under these stars and this silence field for those who want new experiences in our trip, really get out of our routines and awaken another inner self.
Another cooperative offers sleeping in hammocks in rooms with a bathroom. Personally I have tried both options, according to your tastes. Ask in the hammock workshop, in the same hostel or in the community center. Everyone helps you with kindness. Some villagers do not speak fluent Spanish, so speak slowly and easily.
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COMMUNITY CENTER OF YAXUNAH
El town of Yaxunah does not reach 600 inhabitants. Yaxunah means village 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 its history, I thought it was great to share it. This video comes 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 diverse cultural meetings where foreigners participate. It is one of the Mayan populations where you can stay and have a cultural interaction. These towns are favorable to the exchange that authentic travelers seek, wanting to immerse themselves in other cultures. Several are made cultural immersion programs in Yaxunah.
# Yaxuná comes from / ya'axun / "Royal tile" (Cotinga amabilis) and / ja '/ which means "water", and in its form / -a' / is commonly used as a name suffix for places where there is a body of water . Yaxuná = Ya'axuna '= Gouache of the tiles.- Memo Kantun (@KantunAjaw) April 30, 2019
In Yaxunah they created a Community Cultural Center, pride and base to receive the foreigners. In this place different cultural aspects of the Mayan population are shown, they sell their own handicrafts and shelter pieces found in the vestiges of the Ancient Mayan city of Yaxunah, close to the population.
Give yourself the opportunity on your way through these Mayan lands to venture a little further and visit towns such as Yaxunah. You can sleep in the tourist hostel in cabins with private bathrooms or in hammocks in local houses. Sure you will have a beautiful coexistence. At the Parador they offer workshops to learn about the Mayan culture, bicycle rental and food.
Yaxunah, townsLOCATION: Yaxunah is located at 22 km of Track, population near Chichén Itzá.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? To Yaxunah collective transport arrives from Piste and other smaller populations that communicate by collective taxis 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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