Xel-Ha is a true paradise for nature lovers and a spectacular natural aquarium. It is located at Riviera Maya , in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and since 1995 it is a model of sustainable tourism, with unique attractions for the whole family. The ancient Mayans baptized this wonderful place with the name of Xel-Ha , which in the Mayan language means “Where the water is born”. Because of its privileged position, in pre-Hispanic times Xel-Há served as a port of refuge, a commercial center, a pilgrimage point and a refuge for sailors, as well as representing a food reserve during bad weather.

The legend tells that the Mayan gods united their wisdom, illusions and love for the beautiful, to create a place that would gather the best of nature in one place, which they called Xel-Ha. Once created, the gods were so pleased with the place, that they decided to allow the entrance to all mortals. To take care of him and the elements that surround him, the gods named three guardians: “Huh” , the iguana, Guardian of Earth, “Chuc Kay” , the Pelican, Guardian of the Air, and “Kay Op” , the parrotfish, Guardian of Water. It is said that to date, these guardians take care of the Park and everyone who visits it.

Main Attractions

Our recommendation is to take a lifejacket or a floating tire and start swimming along the incredible river; You can snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the huge natural cove and observe a great variety of tropical fish that inhabit this paradise of the Riviera Maya.

Walk paths and discover the secrets of nature; enjoy a moment of total tranquility in the hammock area, ride a bike through the jungle or have fun with all your friends in the different zip lines

  • Enjoy unlimited Snorkeling.
  • Eat and drink as much as you want during your visit.
  • Have fun with Adventure World activities: rope games, water zip-lines and jumps from 5m high.
  • Lighthouse-lookout with a view 40m high and slide downhill.

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How to get there:

Xel-Há is located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, 110 km south of Cancun, 9 km north of the Tulum archaeological site , and 40 km from the Cobá archaeological zone.

This paradise opens 365 days a year, from 8:30 a.m. at 6:00 p.m. You can purchase the Xel-Ha Tour which includes a first class transport service. For the independent traveler can be reached by car or rental, as our parking is free. Or if you prefer you can arrive by taxi or bus from Cancun and Playa del Carmen .

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