Cenote Hubiku / Valladolid


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It is probably the most elegant cenote of them all and certainly the best find! It was recommended by a local friend of mine in Playa. After your swim, you can rest in one of the hammocks in the jungle ecopark. This is a true ‘hammock’ place!

Hubiku means ‘Great Lord’ and also ‘Iguana’s nest’. Both names are fitting. The jungle gardens with traditional Maya houses are full of iguanas.

This cenote is all one needs: majestic space, a well-maintained jungle park, spacious and clean changing facilities (showers are compulsory to protect the cenote waters), a large restaurant, a shop and even a tequila museum for Don Tadeo tequila. They have different flavoured tequilas. I bought a special chocolate tequila liqueur (one can’t find such special drinks in supermarkets).

Hubiku is a cenote with a collapsed ceiling. Inside it is almost circular, with a diameter of 50 metres. The cavern has a 20 metre drop down to the water level. A ray of light penetrates the crystal-clear water from above and it is also very photogenic because tree roots are hanging down from the ceiling hole, all the way to the water level and water drips from the ceiling.

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There are 115 steps going down. He water depth is 27 metres. As you descend the stairs to reach the pool, music plays at the entrance and it gives the place a magical feeling.

There is also a beautiful hibiscus at the entrance.

Going down, you can feel the air getting cooler. The water is quite cold, around 20°C (colder than other cenotes for some reason). However, it is very welcome, as a short swim completely cools you off from the hot sun outside.

The cenote is quite big and birds are flying all around (I was not sure if these were bats, actually), without disturbing the swimmers, as they fly very high, near the ceiling. The water is full of catfish but they tend to stay on the sides and don’t get too close.

There are life vests for those who are not comfortable swimming in deep waters; you can get them inside the cenote (there is also locked storage, for about $1 USD).

After the refreshing swim you can rest in one of the hammocks in the garden or have a buffet lunch in the restaurant, which consists of typical Mayan dishes. You can then walk about to observe iguanas, chickens and turkeys and there are also typical wooden Mayan houses with palapas (roofs made of guano palm leaves). Hubiku is part of a cooperative of over 25 Mayan communities and the locals work at this park’s facilities.

There is a separate coffee and juice stall in the garden for those who don’t want to have the buffet lunch.

The restaurant will certainly require the lunch ticket on your arrival so keep to the park refreshments if you have not purchased the lunch ticket. The entry ticket in March 2017 with the buffet was 200 pesos and without the lunch 100 pesos. The souvenir shop does not have anything special or different from other artisan shops across Yucatán but it is slightly cheaper than in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

The cenote is located near the village of Temozón, north of Valladolid. At the end of the town turn right at the sign Hubiku. Keep going for 3 miles on a dirt road.

Mix & Match:
Combine with a visit to the ruins of Ek’ Balam or Chichén Itzá.

 

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