How to visit Cenote Casa del Alux (2023) Puerto Aventura Riviera Maya

Cenote Casa del Alux is a pretty open cenote located in the town of Puerto Aventura only 24 km from Playa del Carmen.

We have just visited this precious cenote, a hidden gem of the Riviera Maya that not many people know about.

It’s located on the local side of Puerto Aventura Pueblo, opposite the more popular residential area.

To be completely honest, although it was a spectacular place immersed in the thriving jungle full of colorful birds, there were a few things about this cenote that made it lose scores (a lot).

So in this post, we will tell you all about it, the good and the bad. Read on!

Cenote Casa del Alux waterfall


Cenote Casa del Alux is an open cenote consisting of two natural swimming pools separated by a small cave that you can swim through, which is cool.

There is a small waterfall and two platforms to jump from, one for the kids and one for adults.

There are sitting areas sprinkled around the cenote where you can enjoy the cool breeze after swimming, but you are not allowed to bring food.

There are two platforms where you can jump from, one is only for kids because the bottom is not so deep, and one is for adults where the water is 6 mt depth.

This cenote doesn’t have the crystal-clear water that you would expect from a cenote, but it still looks good enough to make you want to jump in.

The owner of the place told me that in the winter the water is more transparent but I am not sure about it.

Cenote Casa del Alux overview

What are the cenotes?

A cenote is a freshwater sinkhole formed by the collapsing of limestone soil, the type of stone that the Yucatan Peninsula is mainly made of. The cenotes allow us access to the water table. These holes are produced naturally by the collapse of the roof.

Sacred to the Mayan civilization they are now some of the main tourist attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula. Read more about the Mexico cenotes.


Cenote Casa del Alux is only 24 km from Playa del Carmen and 40 km from Tulum.

As you can see from the map below it’s close to many other exciting attractions that you can visit in one day.

Cenote Casa del Alux Map
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How to get to Cenote Casa del Alux by Car 

We always recommend renting a car to explore this area of Mexico because it’s very safe and allows you to roam around freely and check more places in one day at your own pace.

If you are coming from Playa del Carmen take the federal highway (Carretera Federal) in direction of Tulum and you’ll see the sign of Puerto Aventura Pueblo.

Just follow Google Maps directions and you’ll get there.

If you are coming from Tulum, the direction of Playa del Carmen, you will need to take the first RETORNO after the Puerto Aventura Residential entrance. Then follow the above-mentioned directions.

When renting a car in Mexico we recommend Discover Cars because on their website you can compare different companies and their prices and you can choose between their car insurance or the ones offered by the car rental directly, or both.

Cenote Casa del Alux

How to get to Cenote Casa del Alux by local bus

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cenote Casa del Alux by local bus is possible. You need to take the Colectivo (minivan) that goes to Tulum and ask the driver to drop you off by the entrance of Puerto Aventuras Pueblo. From there you can take a Tuk Tuk (motor taxi) for a few more pesos.

It’s on the right side of the Carretera Federal. The cost should be around 30 MXN ( about 2 USD).

From Tulum, you can also get to Cenote Casa del Alux by colectivo (towards Playa del Carmen). Ask the driver to drop you off in Puerto Aventuras.

You will find a road underneath the bridge.

Since there are speed bumps, cars will slow down before you cross the street. Just make sure you walk on them

How to get to Cenote Casa del Alux by taxi

Getting to the Cenote Casa del Alux by taxi is another option. Make sure you let the taxi driver know at what time you want to be picked up and agree on the fare before confirming the ride.

We are not exactly sure about the taxi rate but it should be around 400 MXN each way.

Cenote Casa del Alux facilites
Cenote Casa del Alux facilites


✅  Swim from one pool to the other through the natural cave

✅  Get some natural massage from the waterfall

✅  Jump from the platform

✅  Relax by the water

Cenote Casa del Alux garden and cenote


Casa del Alux Cenote Facilities

✔️ Bathroom

✔️ Showers

✔️ Life Jacket (included)

✔️ Sun decks

✔️ Snacks and drinks on sale

Casa del Alux Cenote entrance fee  

The entrance fee of Casa del Alux Cenote is 300 MXN pp for adults and 100 for kids (150 for locals)

Casa del Alux Cenote Opening Hours 

Casa del Alux Cenote is open from 9 to 5.

Cenote Casa del Alux rules
Cenote Casa del Alux rules


🔴 Don’t wear any type of sunscreen
🔴 Keep the volume down
🔴 You are not allowed to bring any speakers
🔴 Don’t smoke
🔴 Pets are NOT allowed
🔴 Don’t trash
🔴 You are not allowed to bring any food


✔️ Swimsuit and a change for when you leave
✔️ A rush guard to protect you from the sun
✔️ Beach towel
✔️ Sunglasses
✔️ A plastic waterproof phone bag
✔️ Water
✔️ You can buy soft drinks and snacks there but there is not much choice, so if you are planning to stay all day you can bring your own snacks and drinks but remember alcohol is prohibited. They don’t allow to enter proper food, just small snacks (botanitas)

Cenote Casa del Alux waterfall


👍🏽 The best of Casa del Alux is the beautiful nature surrounding it, the chirping birds, and the small waterfall.

👍🏽 Also, we love that you can swim from one pool to the other through a small cave, and you can explore another natural cave at the end of the second natural pool.


👎🏼 The water is murky so you can’t see the bottom.

👎🏼 But the worst thing about this cenote is the pump that’s pumping water for the cenote to provide for the village and it makes a constant annoying noise all day long.

It disrupts the quiet of the cenote and defeats the purpose of going to a cenote, in our opinion.


There are many beautiful corners that you can photograph, depending on what time of the day you are there. If you have a grand-angle lens, it will be even better.

If you want to capture the motion of the waterfall with long exposure, make sure you bring a tripod and neutral density filter.

Cenote Casa del Alux garden
Cenote Casa del Alux garden


Cenote Azul 4.5 KM/ 2.7 MI
Cenote Cristalino 4.4 KM / 2.7 MI
Cenote Chikin-HA 4.3 KM / 2.6 MI
Cenote Eden 5.4 KM/ 3.5 MI
Xel-ha Ruins 31.5 km / 19.5 MI
► Cenote Minotauro 6.8 KM / 4.2 MI
► Playa Xpu-ha 6.8 KM/ 4.2 MI

Category – Family friendly

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐/ 3

Where to stay nearby

This area is surrounded by amazing hotels of all sorts of budgets and styles. From Jungle cabanas to luxury hotels on the beach. Here I am sharing a few of them so that you have some options in case you decide to stay in the nearby area.

Cenote Casa del Alux waterfall front

Puerto Aventuras Hotel & Beach Club (Puerto Aventura)

The hotel’s location inside the Puerto Aventura residential area provides easy access to nearby beaches, attractions, museums, and natural wonders.

On-site amenities include a gym, bar, restaurant, and event space. Each room features a Jacuzzi, hammock, and lounge area, with garden, pool, or sea views available. The hotel also boasts the only beachfront restaurant in the Puerto Aventuras complex and yet it’s close to many others.

Check rates and availability on Expedia

Hotel Unico Riviera Maya

Hotel Unico Riviera Maya is a luxury beachfront resort with 76 villas, each with a private pool and outdoor shower. It features three restaurants, two bars, two pools, a fitness center, and a spa. The resort offers personalized service and is ideal for couples seeking a romantic and secluded retreat.

Check rates and availability on Expedia

Hotel Esencia (Ultra Luxury)

Hotel Esencia is a boutique luxury hotel on the Riviera Maya with 29 elegant suites and villas. It offers a restaurant, a beachside grill, two pools, a fitness center, a spa, and activities like yoga and snorkeling.

The hotel’s exclusive and tranquil atmosphere makes it a top choice for couples and honeymooners seeking a private and romantic retreat.

Check rates and availability on Expedia

Barcelo Maya (All- Inclusive)

The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort is a large all-inclusive beachfront resort on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It features five sections, multiple pools, a water park, a spa, a fitness center, and a range of restaurants and bars.

Guests can enjoy activities like beach volleyball, kayaking, snorkeling, and nightly entertainment. It’s a luxurious and relaxing option for a beach vacation.

Check rates and availability on Expedia

Cenote tours

Here are some highly rated cenote tours in case you don’t feel like going on your own. They won’t take you there but to other amazing cenotes.

► Half-Day Sea Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling Tour from Cancun & Riviera Maya

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 336 Reviews
This tour combines two of the top attractions on the Riviera Maya in a 5-hour trip. You will be snorkeling and swimming with turtles and tropical fish in the wild and then you will be visiting one of the spectacular cenotes in the Riviera Maya for another swimming and snorkeling adventure. BOOK IT HERE

► Tulum Guided Tour, Cenotes and Yal-kú Lagoon Snorkeling

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 336 Reviews
A full-day tour where you will visit the spectacular Mayan ruins of Tulum, swim and snorkel in the spectacular Yal-Ku lagoon, and explore one of the amazing cenotes with a knowledgeable guide. BOOK IT HERE.

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