Xel-Há Scenic Lighthouse: New Mexican Caribbean Icon
Posted on 07/26/2017
On the beginning of the summer holiday season, Xel-Há nature park inaugurated a new attraction within its sustainable tourism recreation offer. The Scenic Lighthouse will offer the most spectacular views of the Riviera Maya, in a completely natural environment.
The creator of this new icon of the Mexican Caribbean is the architect Miguel Quintana Pali, who for almost 30 years has developed unique tourism concepts taking advantage of the geological and hydrological wealth of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The amazing creativity of Quintana Pali is part of the successful parks Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco and Xenotes Tours, which together receive more than 3 million tourists each year. With Xenses, the most recent of his creations, Miguel Quintana broke paradigms and created a park focused on playing with the minds and senses of its visitors.
Now at Xel-Há, the Scenic Lighthouse is an accomplishment that emulates a traditional lighthouse and will fulfill the function of being a reference for maritime navigation. But conceptually it will go much further, since it will allow visitors of Xel-Há to ascend a platform located 40 meters high to appreciate an incomparable view of the natural wonder of the area.
The lighthouse has an incredible view of the magnificent Xel-Há cove, a body of water of more than 34 acres that has a mouth of 70 meters facing the Caribbean Sea. This is a very special place because it is fed by the fresh water that comes from underground rivers on the one hand, and on the other hand, by the warm salt water of the sea.
In addition, the 360-degree view from the heights will allow visitors to appreciate more than 148 acres of jungle, and of course the breathtaking blue ocean. "Sometimes you don’t need to look up to find heaven," says Quintana Pali about the beauty of the place.
But that's not all. The Scenic Lighthouse is designed to offer unforgettable experiences to its visitors, as descending from the heights will be the most fun. Emulating the traditional painting of lighthouses, in the shape of a two-color stick candy, the Xel-Há lighthouse will have four descending channels, slides, so that tourists can feel the adrenaline being released, at high speed, to eventually land in a refreshing pool.
Although the investment in this new attraction exceeds 43 million pesos, for Quintana Pali the important thing is to have resolved, with great creativity, how to offer a new appeal to Xel-Há, without losing the essence that has characterized it in the last 23 years: to be a natural wonder and the best place to practice snorkeling, with services and food of the highest quality.
PHOTO: The Xel-Há Scenic Lighthouse. (photo courtesy of Xcaret)