Heading to Mexico for your semester abroad? Don't miss out on seeing Xel-Ha, the aquatic theme park located just south of Cancun!
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One of the top places ILP volunteers love to visit during their semester abroad is Cancun. Well, when planning your own trip to Cancun, make sure you plan a day trip down to Xel-Ha — it's a huge aquatic theme park with water rides and a resort-like feel. Here's what you need to know.
Top adventures in Xel-Ha
Water Activities + Animals
Enjoy snorkeling and admire the wide variety of fish around the natural wonder of Quintana Roo. Hop on a river tour and soak up the sun, all while the boat takes you along the river so you can go tubing, cliff jumping, zip-lining and try you hand at a rope swinging.
You can also swim with dolphins, go on a sea trek and walk on the bottom of the ocean, have a unique stingray encounter and even swim with the manatees!
Hang Out In Nature
On top of doing all the awesome activities I mentioned above, Xel-Ha is also home to some pretty incredible natural wonders that you should definitely take the time to explore. The park is built around some impressive natural wonders — You can go tubing and snorkel in the mangrove forest, and connect with nature at the cenotes or by exploring the many jungle trails. Most tickets include unlimited snorkeling which is a huge perk.
Xel-Ha also features a flourishing nursery of flora and fauna. You can discover one of Xel-Ha's most scared creatures: the Melipona bee. In ancient times the Mayans considered the honey from the Melipona bee sacred due to its healing properties and every year they performed a ceremony when they harvested the honey. Pretty cool, right?
How to get to Xel-Ha
Xel-Ha is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., every day throughout the year (good news for anyone volunteering in Mexico with ILP!)
You can arrive by taxi or bus from Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
When you hop on to get your tickets, you can choose an option that includes transportation (which is ultra-conveinient).
Where to get Xel-Ha Tickets
Tickets can be purchased here. There are many different tour options and most include unlimited food! Make sure you read through every option and know what activities are included in your tour before you book. For an entire day of fun activities, transportation, and food...this price is not bad at all!
Don't forget to take pictures and tag us using #ilpmexico and #ilpadventure.
You could spend time vacationing in Mexico, or you could come volunteer in Mexico and spend a whole semester soaking up this culture! ILP sends college-aged volunteers abroad to countries all over, including Mexico. Here's what it takes to be an ILP volunteer and you can also click the button below to learn more.