Travel

Excursion at Xel-Ha in Mexico

The 2nd part of our excursion was spent @ Xel-Ha. We booked it through Lomas Travel so our transportation to/from was included in the price.  What is Xel-Ha? Their website defines it below:

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest Natural Wonders, Xel-Há provides one of the best experiences in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Practice snorkeling and see hundreds of colorful fish and a great diversity of marine species that inhabit its cove and cenotes. At this All Inclusive Park you can enjoy water activities, ecological attractions, restaurants and the best scenery to admire while you relax in a hammock or stroll the nooks and crannies of Xel-Há. Come and immerse yourself in one of the cenotes, lagoons or caves, and enjoy the aquatic zip-lines you’ll only find at Xel-Há.

This is an eco friendly park so “regular” sunscreen isn’t allowed. Tip #1 once you arrive, look to your right and there you can check in your sunscreen. They will hand you some biodegradable sunscreen to wear for the day and when you leave, you just grab your “regular” sunscreen. We ran out since I re-applied it every 30 minutes so but gave us some more. This isn’t your regular water park! This works similar to your “all-inclusive” resort in Mexico. Your admission includes food at their 4 restaurants, any beverage, snorkeling, lockers for your stuff, snorkel equipment, water activities, aquatic zip-lines, life jacket (required) and enjoying their caves/lagoons. Tip #2 Once you arrive go right and find Huh land. It’s a bike ride that leads you to the beginning of the river journey. Brady and I grabbed a tube and made our way down the Mangroves. A thicket of entwined branches that curve and embrace below and above the water, the mangrove forest allows you to observe an ecosystem that is essential to the survival of coastal regions. Besides snorkeling, the tubing through the mangroves was amazing.

After you go through the Mangroves, the clearing opens up and the true beauty of the park hits you. The different blues in the water reminds you that this is nothing like you’ve ever seen. Since I’m on vacation and feeling feisty, I decided to do the rope course. It’s basically 2 ropes. You hold onto the top one with your hands and stand on the other while you walk across the water. It sounds easy in theory but you have to remember there are people who are taller than you walking across it. So, as I try to hold onto the top rope, It makes it hard since I’m so short. I’ve included the link of my video that Brady took of me wiping out! Don’t laugh too much!

After lunch, we tried zip lining and my favorite activity, the hammocks! The 4 restaurants at the park are buffet style. So, once you’re seated, you grab a plate and help yourself. The waiters are there to bring your favorite soft drink or adult beverage. My favorite restaurant was La Cocina Del Pueblo, which specializes in Mexican cuisine. Brady loved Jardin Corona restaurants since they grill a variety of meat. Every meat loves paradise!

After snorkeling we decided to try their new water slide. It’s called the Lighthouse.

 Discover the amazing beauty of Xel-Há to appreciate the greenery of the great Mayan jungle, the sea life of the inlet and all the shades of blue of the Caribbean Sea with 360° amazing views. After observing the incredible landscape, venture as many times as you like into four open water slides at more than 98.5 feet (30 meters) high, which will take you on an exciting spiral descent into the crystal clear waters of a natural pool.

Even though it says on the website it doesn’t open until July 15th, they’re open already. Tip #3 Before you go down the water slide or enjoy their observation deck, they will ask you to leave your phone and glasses in your locker. It’s for safety reasons but Brady wasn’t trilled to leave his prescription glasses since he can’t see a thing without them. But, no exceptions! Make sure you check out their Mayan Cave. We ran out of time since we didn’t get here until after lunch.

The Mayan Cave is a covered cenote, making it unique. The further you go into the cave the waters reveal a mysticism of the past. At Xel-Há, the Mayan Cave is considered a sacred place, where water transmits energy through its lighting and natural acoustics, leading to a state of peace and relaxation where small waves echo within this interesting enclosure of Xel-Há.

We can’t wait to go back to Xel-Ha and take the boys! This was such a neat experience and I was glad to support such a great organization that is trying to preserve their eco system.