Arrecifes de Xcalak National Park
Natural Areas > Quintana Roo
Arrecifes de Xcalak Park is located along the lower coast of Quintana Roo by the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the few unspoiled areas of the Mayan coast, and is home to the second largest coral reef in the world, making it the perfect choice for diving enthusiasts who want to be contact with the area´s underwater splendor.
There are several ecosystems in the area that are in an optimal state of conservation, such as coral reefs, wetlands, coastal lagoons, beaches and jungle. The coral reefs are home to a great diversity of species such as the queen conch and lobster.
In the north of the park, the reefs have similar characteristics to those in the rest of Quintana Roo, but a most unusual feature is found in the south: a reef called La Poza that extends to Belize.
The wetlands in this area are unique habitats that support a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna. Waterfowl nest here, and roseate spoonbills, great blue herons, ibis, wood storks and ospreys have been sighted. They also serve as breeding sites for fish and crustaceans.
It is a place that is full of magic and submarine splendor. Its ecosystems must be valued and conserved so that we can continue to enjoy its beauty and the benefits that it provides to ecology.