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 Cenotes are surface connections to subterranean water bodies.  The term "cenote" is derived from the Yucatec Mayan word "dz'onot" which refers to any location where ground water is accessible; most "cenotes" or sink-holes are under ground in caves, many like the Sacred Cenote of Chichen Itza are open-air sink holes with great deep limestone wall reaching many feet in depth.  Most cave cenotes have clear fresh water with great visibility while open-air cenotes generally have large blue green algae build up, such algae is rich in nutrients and an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and proteins that nourish the body as food and as skin cells protection. Cenotes are vital for Yucatan's wildlife survival.


As a token of care for Mother Nature, visitors planning to swim or dive in any cenote in the Yucatan, should understand that such waterways are the only source of fresh drinking water in this region, thus they should not use any repellent, cream, sun-block, or other toxic lotions to avoid polluting the delicate balance of the cenotes and underground rivers.

Do not through plastics and other solid waste in or around any cenote or sinkhole, make sure you help other visitor understand the importance of care and green living habits



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Delight in the Magical Beauty of Yokdzonot Cenote

Cenote Yodzonot run by a NGO Mayan female rural group.   Ever dream of paradise?  You can find it here, at Yokdzonot Cenote Eco-Park you will find a fresh water sinkhole and an enchanting place, where nature has created the most magical site to swim amidst the Maya Jungle near Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.


    A fifteen minute drive from the lovely green hotel Hacienda Chichen Resort and Chichen Itza, on the free road to Merida, you will find the town of Yokdzonot.   Follow the signs directing traffic to this Cenote and Ecological Park, a place which eighteen local Mayan females proudly operate with more faith and hard work than money.


    Elvia and Mirna Mendez welcome tourists and locals alike at the entrance of the park; the admission fee is less than USD $ 8.00 per person; services includes optional rental of a life-jacket and visor. The fee helps the women protect, maintain and enhance the park’s garden and cenote; a few “palapas” house their little restaurant, kitchen, and public bathrooms.  The park has a eco-friendly waste management system.   Yokdzonot Ecological Cenote Park is a true jewel of community effort, a success story and the pride of these Maya females, that stone by stone carry and built this ecological wonder.  This female group is grateful to have the Hacienda Chichen staff support and the Maya Foundation In Laakeech’s help.

Women helping wemen succeed!    The project was born from these females desire to give their families a better future. Tired of waiting for their men to organize themselves and plan a community tourist endeavor, these Maya woman took upon themselves the incredible task of building, planning, and designing and managing the community property that has become a successful eco-park.  “It was very hard,” Marisela recalls, “no-one believed we could do it, the site was filled with garbage, we took over a year to clean the land.  Then we brought each stone by hand to create the walking paths, we cut the wood to built the walking fence. We did these things with almost no money, no pay and with a lot of criticism from our neighbors.” Dona M. Chac proudly said: “There still a lot of work left, the gardens need more wild orchids and native plants, but so far it is beautiful.” These Maya femailes are greatful for the help the Hacienda Chichen has given them to bring tourists, Nowadays, Yodzonot Cenote and EcoPark is visited by hundreds of tourist each month.

    Hacienda Chichen owners, staff and  volunteers of the Maya Foundation In Laakeech A.C. actively promote visits to Yodzonot Cenote Eco-Park, aiding with free marketing in support to this  sustainable community project.  Hacienda Chichen is a green-hotel in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, committed to support rural green living  ventures.


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    So far, these Mayan females are a proud example of what good will and hard work can bring to a village.  Your visit to the site will encourage them, help their families' economy, and bring a well deserved sense of success.  If you go, a donation to support their efforts will be highly appreciated; if you wish to help them now, please contact  and we can let you know what is currently needed.


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Other social sustainable ventures that we support are: The Maya Children's Nutrition Centers in various small Mayan rural towns in Yucatan, Mexico, and the public schools of Xcalacoop, near Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  In 2010, the Maya Foundation In Laakeech with the kind support of the Hacienda Chichen and its staff is reconstructing a public child care center in Xcalacoop, you can help us help bring a safe, clean, and sanitary facility to the Mayan toddlers that teacher Blanca Cocom works with, read more about this story here.


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Yucatan's Ecoturism: A Cenotes' formation cycle.DID YOU KNOW:   Yucatan's cenotes were the main source of fresh water to the Mayans and had a great significance in their religious believes. Cenotes are sinkholes formed as natural acidic ground water seeping through the limestone bedrock’s cracks; thus, the softer rock beneath erodes creating a dome. Over hundred of years, cenotes normal water flow gets obstructed due to organic and mineral built-up; then the area becomes a dry shallow basin, which supports trees and other vegetations’ growth, these dried-stage of a cenote is known, in Yucatan, as a “Rejoyada” and houses a rich diversity of flora and fauna.  Yucatan's wildlife: mammals, birds and other reptiles, butterflies and other creatures find in cenotes and rejoyadas the perfect habitat.


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