Community based tourism > Cenote Yokdzonot

History

The cooperative started in 2005 with an invitation from the CDI (National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples). Thus, the town deputy organized an assembly where many people of the community gathered to decide about their participation in the ecotouristic project Zaaz Koolen Haá. After a long discussion it was decided to begin construction.

First the cenote entrance, a staircase, the platform, a toilet room and a kitchen were built. After several stages the platforms were enlarged and more palapas, like the front desk one, were built. After some years new activities were integrated, such as zipline and rappel, as well as bike rental, so that the tourists could explore the town surroundings. Zaaz Koolen Haá was part of COTACY (Alternative Community-based Tourism Council of Yucatan), hence it was a part of Co’ox Mayab since its beginnings.

About the location

Yokdzonot, “big cenote” in Mayan, is located 20 minutes away from the famous archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Afterwards, Yokdzonot is the ideal place to relax. The cooperative Zaaz Koolen Haá, formed mainly by women of the community, has learned to use its resources and promote them, mainly the blue water cenote and its tall vertical walls where you´ll be able to zipline and do rappel. You´ll also be able to sleep in tents next to the cenote and taste delicious traditional dishes in the cooperative´s restaurant.

Offered activities:

  • Swimming in the cenote.
  • Zipline and rappel.
  • Restaurant with traditional dishes.
  • Bike tours.
  • Campsite accommodation.
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