In the old south harbor know as “Caletta” there is a very easily accessible cenote. Known as Cenote Aerolito de Paraiso, most divers walk or drive past this cenote with little attention. That’s a shame because this cenote has much treasure to be enjoyed if you are up for the adventure and have the skills.
Cenote Aerolito is one of 18 cenotes found on the island of Cozumel. Many are inaccessible, but Aerolito comes with a drive up parking lot.
It makes for a great stop of about 30 minutes to explore the natural preserve. There are many butterflies milling about, and birds can be heard in the dense woods surrounding the water.
You can walk virtually ll the way around the cenote, but do watch your step. Pictured above is the entrance to the cave -- if you are a cave-certified SCUBA Diver.
There is good reason this sign is posted at the entrance.
They certainly linger about, but thankfully they are not aggressive.
As we do like to SCUBA dive this cenote the crocodiles can pose a little bit of a problem. We’ve found a good way to counteract this potential hazard, however. We feed them before we get in the water of course!
Okay so that is sarcasm. We do not feed them before we climb into the water to go diving. The truth is one one particular day I was showing the cenote to some friends and we happened across this local feeding the resident crocodiles. I do not suggest those of you visiting give this a try. I also do not know if this is a regular thing for this local, so be careful just in cas the crocodiles associate you with being fed.
I wasn’t joking about SCUBA diving the cenote, however. This cenote is STELLAR. What else that is stellar is this video clip some divers made of them going into the cave. When you are standing on the edge of the stone watching the water bubble out and you can see what appears to be an entrance in the wall, know that this is the world that lays below your feet. Simply… incredible!
Cenote Aerolito de Paraiso
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