Yaxunah is very close to the fantastic archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, which has been named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. After you’ve been in such a big tourist center, it’s a rejuvenating change of pace to come to a small authentic Maya village like Yaxunah, and it’s only a few kilometers down the road.
In the other direction, you pass through the town of Yaxcaba. Stop to see the church there. Its three-storied bell tower with flying buttresses makes it unique in all México. It still has gun emplacements at the corners of the churchyard and bullet holes on the façade, all left over from the Caste War that started in 1849. Yaxcaba and this church were the sites of at least 11 pitched battles during that terrible time.