Xcacel-Xcacelito: Turtle sanctuary


Save sea turtles from extinction

Mexico is one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity, in this beautiful country there are six of the seven species of sea turtles existing in the world, and Quintana Roo has become its sanctuary.

The sanctuary of Xcacel-Xcacelito, located south of Playa del Carmen via Tulum, this beautiful beach of turquoise waters, jungle, and mangroves is the preferred place of turtles to nest and make life.

It is one of the protected beaches to conserve the ecosystem of the place, however, you can visit Xcacel-Xcacelito provided that you abide by the respective protection measures to enter the beach or cenote. The beach of Xcacel-Xcacelito is part of the second-largest reef in the world, to enjoy this natural wonder you must swim, dive or snorkel as no boat is allowed.

Don’t worry about the turtles and their young, expert biologists have defined the areas you can visit on your walk through Xcacel-Xcacelito.]Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is the largest in the world.

Green or white turtle (Chelonia mydas) named for the fat of the body which is a greenish tone.

Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is distinguished by its reddish coloration and by its thick and large head.

Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) is smaller than the others, it measures 52 and 74 cm and weighs between 32 and 49 kg.

Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivácea) measures about 75 cm and weighs a maximum of 45 kg.

Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) its most distinctive feature is its pattern of brown and green tones that decorate its shell and plastron.


Xcacel Xcacelito
Xcacel Xcacelito
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