Recently, the government built cement rooms in every families’ yard to provide protection against hurricanes. The rooms are nice, clean, and have windows, front and back doors, and each has a fully functional bathroom, so anyone who wished to be a guest in the village could have a comfortable place to stay. The rooms are rented out on a rotating basis, so each member of the community has an opportunity to host visitors.
We call this program Xmahannah. This is the name of a very large and beautiful butterfly. In Spanish it’s called La Prestacasas, or the House Borrower. It’s name comes from the fact that it announces when rain is coming by flying inside our homes just before the drops start to fall. In that way, it keeps its lovely wings dry and can safely fly away again when the shower is over.
Yaxunah provides a great chance to spend the night or a few days in an authentic Maya community. The people of Yaxunah are always ready to welcome new visitors so reservations are not needed. Upon arriving in Yaxunah, head to the Cultural Community Center located across from the cenote. The staff will connect you with families for a homestay.