Grupo Xcaret, the leader in sustainable and socially responsible tourism in the Mexican Caribbean, is celebrating Xel-ha’s 25 years of operation in the Riviera Maya. Xel-Ha, which means: “where the water is born” in Mayan, has long been a true paradise for nature lovers and a sanctuary for wildlife.
“Our commitment to our country and our community throughout 25 years of operation has proven that a different kind of experience is possible in the Riviera Maya, one that connects travellers to the spectacular and unique nature of our surroundings, and that will ultimately result in a better understanding of our heritage and culture,” said Miguel Quintana Pali, CEO of Grupo Xcaret. “Considered one of our most emblematic parks, we take pride in knowing Xel-ha continues to exceed visitor’s expectations every year.”
The park’s most notable attraction is a 131 feet-tall lighthouse with breath-taking views of the Caribbean Sea, from which visitors can descend on waterslides into the crystal-clear waters of a natural pool. The lighthouse, which was inaugurated in July of 2017, welcomed its 1 millionth visitor earlier this February.
A further testament to the park’s success and eco-friendly efforts, Xel-ha was the first park in the world to obtain the EarthCheck Certification for its commitment to implementing sustainable practices and protecting the land and resources that make it a natural wonder. In 2014, the park earned Gold status for maintaining these efforts for five consecutive years.