Day 3 Journal Snorkeling and Adventure in Mexico’s Riviera Maya at Xel-Ha

Day 3 Journal Snorkeling and Adventure in Mexico’s Riviera Maya at Xel-Ha

Our #adventure in #Mexico continues and now we conquered the #sea! The thick jungle meets the crystal clear water in #RivieraMaya and exciting doors opened for us. To start off, we jumped off the cliff and loved it, tried different water activities which were all fun and had a stroll in #Xel-ha which was anciently believed to be a paradise.


Where the Jungle Meets the sea

This is day three of our epic, all out, Indiana Jones vs. Tomb Raider, ten-day adventure to the Riviera Maya and Isla Holbox on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico to explore Mayan culture, mythology and eco-adventure. Today we are at the all-inclusive Xel-Ha for a special snorkeling excursion. We are staying with Occidental Xcaret next to Xcaret Park. Here you will find travel tips and highlights of our personal experience. 

Arial view of Xelha

Day 3 Riviera Maya

There I stood at the edge of a 16 foot cliff next to my son. The water below us a crystal blue. I watched as he observed the two jumpers before us, his eyes wide, his confidence growing. He wasted no time before hurling himself into the air and before I knew it, he was met by a massive splash. My heart pounding, I went in right after. We had just cliff jumped in Mexico at Xel-Ha and it was awesome.

We had just cliff jumped in Mexico at Xel-Ha and it was awesome
Taking a 16 foot plunge into this beautiful water!

A Little History Nibble on Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha is a magical paradise with unparalleled beauty in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. A living, all natural aquarium in the earth complete with wildlife and tropical fish. Steeped in Mayan Mythology, Xel-Ha actually means, “where the water is born”. During pre-hispanic times, the location once served as a port where sailors would find shelter and trade between ancient mayans was conducted.

A living, all natural aquarium in the earth complete with wildlife and tropical fish
Snorkeling inlet
Steeped in Mayan Mythology, Xel-Ha actually means, “where the water is born”
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The Mythology Behind the Paradise

Hundreds of years ago ancient Mayans believed the gods fused their wisdom and love for beauty to create a perfect paradise. This paradise would have the best in nature and wildlife. The Gods called it Xel-Ha. This mythical paradise pleased the gods so much they decided it could be enjoyed by all mortals.

This mythical paradise pleased the gods so much they decided it could be enjoyed by all mortals
Still guarding the Mayan God-made paradise…

In order to maintain its perfection, the gods appointed guardians to make sure it was always taken care of. These three guardians were named ‘Huh’ the iguana and guardian of the land, “Chuc Kay’ the pelican and guardian of the air, and “Kay Op’ the parrotfish and guardian of the water. To this day is is still believed these are the guardians of this mythical paradise. A mythical paradise that you, me, and anyone else can visit.

In order to maintain its perfection, the gods appointed guardians to make sure it was always taken care of
There’s no shortage of fun here.

Xel-Ha now

Now the paradise once known by the ancient Mayans as a place for all mortals to enjoy is owned and operated by the Xcaret Parks enterprise. They have made this special place safe for all to enjoy a plethora of fun water activities while keeping in line with its natural setting and providing a place of refuge for its still abundant guardians. 

They have made this special place safe for all to enjoy a plethora of fun water activities
The Little getting some love from the locals.
park map

We made it back to the Occidental Grand Xcaret just in time for the cool Mayan canoe arrival in the hotel’s canal. We were well spent, eager to relax in our spacious suite, and that’s just what we did.

The Mayan canoe performance at Occidental Grand Xcaret

In Conclusion

I’m so glad we made it to this awesome park. It was so natural and so peaceful. By the end of the day we had made so many memories, I couldn’t have asked for a better day of water adventure. Still, all good days must come to an end. Our time had come to leave this beautiful paradise where the jungle meets the sea.

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