Speaking of Cozumel immediately brings to mind images of beautiful coral reefs. Back in the 1960`s when Jacques Cousteau explored the island, Cozumel became an icon for underwater diving worldwide and continues to be a special destination for divers who want to see its spectacular underwater walls and colorful reefs teeming with life. There we find endemic species such as the splendid toadfish, as well as endangered species that enjoy refuge and protection in the Cozumel Reefs National Park.
But in Cozumel, it is not only the sea that contains natural treasures. On land we can find many ecosystems inhabited by a large quantity of endemic birds, reptiles and mammals, as well as incomparable tropical landscapes not found in other parts of the Caribbean.
All along the coasts are lagoons which, according to their special characteristics and the changes brought about each year, house diverse colonies of birds that do not go unnoticed by the crocodiles.
And in the rocky formations we can see the geological passage of time and the force of the sea in all its splendor as the breaking waves give life to the blowholes, or bufadoras, that sound like the rocks are huffing and puffing.
Going further into the center of the island we find, hidden among the vegetation, natural underground water reservoirs called "cenotes" (sink holes) which, besides their incredible formations in crystal clear water, are habitats for so many endemic species that they still have not all been described and cataloged.