The Maya christened the area Xel-Há. Xel for source or spring, and ha for water, so the name roughly translates ‘where the water is born’ or ‘source of the water’. The Maya availed themselves of its perfect location during prehispanic times and used it as a port and safe harbor when navigating these coasts.
Legend says the Mayan gods pooled their wisdom, dreams and love of beauty to create a place where the best of the Caribbean came together. They called it Xel-Há and were so pleased with their work, they decided to let in the mortals, but not before establishing the
iguana and the parrotfish as the “Guardians of Xel-Ha”, keepers of the land and sea respectively.
Xel-Há is a marvelous creation of nature, a collection of coves, lagoons, cenotes and caves where seawater merges with the sweet water of the Yucatán’s underground rivers.
Xel-Há is located 122 km / 76 mi. south of Cancún, on the Cancún-
Tulum highway, in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Xel-Há covers an area of 84 hectares, 14 of which are bodies of water,
64 jungle and six construction.
The most impressive aquatic experience in the Mexican Caribbean
The Mexican Caribbean’s most whimsical shore
• Path, caves
Discover the secrets of the Mayan jungle, step by step
Always something new on the other side
• “Paraíso” Cenote
Adam and Eve should have been so lucky
• “Aventura” Cenote
A refreshing dip in the sacred waters of the Maya
Contact with the most surprising of marine intelligences
A corner of history lost in time.
• Train to the river
Ride through the jungle to the start of the river
• Floating Bridge
The sensation of walking on water
Nothing better for restoring the energy used in the water
A tour on wheels in the middle of the jungle
• Archaeological Zone
The remains of an ancient Mayan port
Amazing vegetation at the start of the river
• Plant Nursery
The hand of man in the world of plants
A place overrun with smiling faces
• Natural Well
The perfect place to refresh the body and still the mind.
• Path of Consciousness
Sculpture and ‘food for thought’ within the park
Lovely border between jungle and sea
Become an expert, responsible snorkeler
• Massage Center
The art of relaxation in two miraculous hands
• Restaurants: 6 ( open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
• Ice Cream stands
• Floating Fun Tubes
• Aquatic games
• Bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms
• Information Center
• Photography Center
• First Aid Station with ambulance
• Strollers and wheel chairs
• Full snorkel gear
The park is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
You can drive to Xel-Há in a rental car or private vehicle, or go by taxi or bus. There is a shuttle service from the highway to the park entrance for those arriving by bus.