All past and present Maya villages have one necessary commonality between them — a cenote. A cenote is a water hole that provides fresh water for every community, but acts as an amazing swimming hole as well! These sinkholes are the center of every Maya community, and Yaxunah is proud to invite guests to visit ours.

We have a special cenote in Yaxunah, covered with trees and lush vegetation. In summer heat it can be 10 to 15 degrees cooler as you walk down the stairs into the cenote grounds. It’s a great place to swim, to picnic and to relax as the water is refreshing and crystal-clear.

Our cenote is home to one of the most beautiful of tropical birds, with flashes of bright turquoise on its body. In English it’s called a Mot-Mot, in Maya it’s a Toh, and in Spanish it’s called a pájaro relojero because it swings a long spoon-shaped tail back and forth like a clock’s pendulum.