Cenote Yokdzonot

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Calle 20 s/n, Yokdzonot (at 27 and 29), Valladolid, Mexico

Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant in a cenote and retreat site, owned and operated by a cooperative of local Maya women. Small charge to enter the park; the restaurant is above, overlooking the site. Has a vegetarian option of vegetables, warm corn tortillas, house-made sauces and salsas, and rice and beans, which can be made vegan if you request no dairy. The zikilpak appetizer is also vegan and comes with house-made tortilla chips. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Mexican, Gluten-free, Yucatecan, Non-veg

1 Review

First Review by roya_PDX

Great food, very close to Chichen Itza! - Edit

This is a very unique and special place located only about 20 km from Chichen Itza, off the highway in the village of Yokdzonot. It is run by a cooperative of local Maya women who came together to transform their village cenote into a beautifully simple and affordable place for swimming, walking, relaxing, and dining. It seems to offer the only vegan and vegetarian options anywhere near Chichen Itza aside from the restaurant is right outside the entrance to the archoaeological site, which is very touristy, overpriced, and mediocre according to reviews, with limited vegan options. Instead, we opted for the restaurant at Cenote Yokdzonot. The outdoor dining area sits above the cenote, under a structure among the jungle trees. We were very pleased to learn that their vegetarian option could be made entirely vegan, which included avocado and other vegetables, rice, beans, and mouthwatering house-made corn tortillas. Be sure to specify no cream (crema) or cheese (queso) if ordering vegan. We confirmed the beans were vegan. As an appetizer, we also ordered the zikilpak (a naturally vegan pumpkin seed spread thick like hummus) which came with delicious corn tortilla chips. We love Jamaica (hibiscus) juice, and they have a great one - homemade, and no sugar added. We ordered a pitcher and drank the whole thing! Supposedly they have buffet style service as well, but when we were there, they were just doing menu-based table service. The founding women in the co-op all still work and manage Cenote Yokdzonot, so anyone who serves you at the restaurant or cooks your food is part of this cooperative, which feels significant. The service was lovely - they were very kind and accommodating. We would absolutely return if ever near Chichen Itza again - and if you're prepared for swimming, the cenote is absolutely stunning--a magical experience! I recall that it is best to be ready to pay in cash.

Pros: Delicious homemade food--especially the tortillas!, Worker-owned local Indigenous co-op, Beautiful setting

Cons: Only a couple of menu options for vegans

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