• Carrie

Where The Water Is Born

In the Mayan language, the world Xel-Ha means "where the water is born". Legends say that Mayan Gods created a place that would bring together the best of nature and named that place Xel-Ha.

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Today, Xel-Ha is an all inclusive paradise for anyone who wants an adventure or to just relax. Open from 8:30am-6:00pm, your all-inclusive ticket allows you unlimited snorkeling with free equipment, breakfast, snacks, and lunch buffet, domestic open bar and unlimited alcoholic beverages, zip lines, ropes games, and cliff jumps, bicycle use, and free lockers.

Top Things To Do At Xel-Ha:

*The Scenic Lighthouse

At 131 feet, you'll have a 360 degree view of the of the Mayan jungle, Caribbean Sea, and the entire inlet. After you take in the breathtaking views, you can take one of the four open water slides down into the blue waters below.


You'll have the opportunity to see more than 90 marine species snorkeling at Xel-Ha. The snorkel equipment is included (fins, goggles, and life jacket rental) and the snorkel itself is yours to keep. As it turns out, I'm more of a sit on a raft and watch everyone else

snorkel type of person, and that's okay too!

*Xel-Ha Cave

At Xel-Ha, the Mayan cave is considered a sacred place where water transmits energy leading to a state of peace and relaxation. The natural skylights above create light reflecting off the water which illuminates the inside.

*Rope Courses, Cliff Jumps, and Zip-lines

The Cliff of Courage will allow you to climb up 5 meters with ropes and cracks in the cliff and then jump off if you're brave enough. You can test your balance with the Trepachanga and walk over the river between two ropes. You can also try the 6 zip-lines and the rope swing!

*Eat and Drink

Xel-Ha is home to 7 restaurants and bars scattered throughout the property. At Bar del Pueblo you'll find colorful and original drinks and at Xula Vista Restaurant you'll find breakfast and a lunch buffet. Make sure you try the specialty drinks at each bar, like the Wonder Drink at Bar del Puente and the Xplor Drink at Jardin Corona Bar.

*Activities For The Younger Crowd

While the park might be fun for the big kids, there's plenty to do for the little ones as well. There's a special spot designed just for kids called The Children's World. Here you'll find a wading pool, playground, water slide, rope climb, seesaw, crocodile tunnel, and hanging games.

*Optional Activities not included in the all-inclusive price

You will definitely stay busy with all there is to do that is included in your admission but if you're looking for extras, you'll find it all at Xel-Ha. From dolphin encounters to Snuba® and just about everything in between, you'll never get bored here! Most optional activities need booked in advance.

*Photo Pass

I can't say enough good things about the Photo Pass package.

You buy the package, find the yellow symbols throughout the park (a map is also provided), scan your wristband and wait for the beep, and then smile! There are also photographers stationed all around the park ready to take your pictures! We had such a fun time finding the cameras and posing for pictures without having to worry about bringing a tripod or asking people to take pictures of us!

If snorkeling and relaxing isn't your thing, The Xcaret Group has several other parks!

Check out the links below to see some of the other parks in Cancun and Riviera Maya!


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