Community based tourism > Rancho Hobonil


With a broad productive history, by the end of the eighteenth century the Rancho Hobonil was used for sugar production. Nonetheless, from the nineteenth century, due to the boost of livestock, it became an important livestock center in the south of Yucatan.

In 1995, thanks to a trust given to the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), the ranch’s vocation makes a final change, turning into a “real learning scenario” for students, researchers and teachers of this university.

About the place

The Rancho Hobonil (place of the hollow trunks) is a University’s Social Insertion Unit (UUIS, in Spanish) of the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY). It is located at km 5 of the road that goes from Tzucacab to Catmís and has many agricultural and livestock production units, traditional orchards, a milpa, small lagoons, caves and jungles, and offers
as well accommodation in cabins and traditional dishes services.

The Rancho Hobonil gives students and academics proper spaces for educational, research and other activities, being the base of community development programs, environment conservation as well as rescue and revaluation of the Mayan culture.
The ranch is open to anyone interested in getting to know the place, doing activities in contact with nature and appreciating the region’s flora and fauna diversity.

Offered activities

  • Visit to the milpa and productive systems.
  • Bike rental.
  • Honey sale.
  • Accommodation in cabins.
  • Traditional dishes.
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