Sea Turtle Protection and Preservation Program

For the ninth consecutive year, the Xel-Há Triathlon will be a sports event with a cause, to join in this great effort for sea turtles conservation, a fundamental part of our natural heritage.

Did you know that of the seven species of sea turtles in the world, six nest in the coasts of Mexico, and four of them in Quintana Roo? That´s why Xel-Há Park has made the commitment to ensure the turtles that arrive at its beaches are protected. Since 1996, it has been dedicated to their conservation, adding to the efforts of the Sea Turtle Conservation Program by Flora, Fauna, and Culture of Mexico, A.C.

Interesting facts about sea turtles that will surprise you

  • These ancient species arrive every year to the beaches of the Riviera Maya, as they have done for centuries.
  • From May to September, loggerheads and white turtles return at night to the sand where they were born to deposit their eggs.
  • Each nest contains on average 120 eggs, which take about two months to hatch.
  • When the sun goes down, baby turtles try to reach the sea, avoiding an infinite number of dangers until reaching the currents that will take them away from the place where they were born.
  • From 12 to 20 years later, one in a thousand will return to this same beach to mate and later, to spawn eggs, as did her mother and her predecessors.
  • Also arriving on these coasts to spawn sporadically are hawksbill turtles and leatherbacks.
  • Due to their complex life cycle and the remarkable decrease of their population by human activity, they have become an extremely fragile species, in danger of extinction.

The Sea Turtle Conservation Program covers 13 beaches in the Riviera Maya and Tulum, including Xel-Há. It is considered one of the most important programs of its kind in our country, thanks to its almost 30 years of continuity.
Xel-Há has protected 2,115 loggerhead nests and 4,180 green sea turtle nests on its beaches between 1996 and July 2012 , adding up to a total of 6,295 nests protected for both species in only 16 years. It also has been able to release a total of 165,510 baby loggerhead turtles and 366,666 green sea turtles, thus releasing a total of 532,176 baby sea turtles from both species.

With your visit, you support the development of these conservation programs, thank you!