In the heart of the Riviera Maya in Mexico's state of Quintana Roo, on kilometer 240 of the Carretera Chetumal. That's 122 kilometers/76 miles south of Cancun. From Tulum The Park is a brief 13 kilometers / 8 miles.
The Maya christened the area Xel-Ha. 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 pre-Hispanic 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 could be gathered.
They called it Xel-Ha and were so pleased with their work, they decided to let in the mortals, but not before appointing the macaw, the iguana and the parrotfish as the "Guardians of Xel-Ha", keepers of the sky, land and sea respectively.
Nowadays Xel-Ha is a marvelous creation of nature that anyone can enjoy, a collection of coves, lagoons, cenotes and caves where sea water merges with the sweet water of the Yucatan's underground rivers.
If you would like to visit a lovely mayan site famous for its pyramids and folklore go to CHICHENITZA And when you visit the Yucatan peninsula make sure that you check out PLAYA DEL CARMEN WEATHER.
If you decide to visit the mainland on the eastern coast of Mexico PUERTO VALLARTA HOTELS are plentiful and offer Oceanfront, bayfront and gorgeous mountain views of Puerto Vallarta and the surounding areas.