Deep in the Mayan jungle, on the shores of the Caribbean Sea and inspired by the millenarian Mayan civilization, Hotel Xcaret Mexico was born using nature itself as the essential element to conserve and
For Hotel Xcaret México, and Grupo Xcaret, sustainability is the way to continue providing unique experiences inspired by respect for nature, culture, and life.
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At Grupo Xcaret, we demonstrate our commitment with you and our community:
For Grupo Xcaret sustainability is the balanced creation of economic, sociocultural, and environmental value that guarantees the harmonious growth of our business and the environment in which we operate.
We are a human team with the vision of being unique in sustainable tourism recreation. This vision will allow us to continue offering unforgettable tourism experiences over time, which will always guarantee the growth of our business, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and the natural environment where we operate.
In Grupo Xcaret we do business in an ethical, resilient, and sustainable way, always committed to the exercise of our rights, responsibilities and obligations in society.
The United Nations Global Compact is the largest international social responsibility initiative. Its purpose is to solve by 2030 the main problems that afflict the planet and humanity, such as poverty, social inequality, and unemployment; as well as protecting the environment, and promoting peace and prosperity.
Cooperation from the private sector is essential to fulfill the long-term objectives of the Global Compact. Thus, all the socially responsible companies that are part of the organization harmonize their own values and mission statements with the ten principles for global improvement implemented by the Global Compact.
Grupo Xcaret, a socially responsible company that has been sustainable since its birth, practices these principles and proudly belongs to the Global Compact Network in Mexico, being one of the four companies that constitute the national board.
Earth Check is a global organization of business advisors specializing in sustainability that guides more than 1,300 tour and travel operators in 70 countries around the world so that tourism becomes sustainable in all corners of the Earth.
The EarthCheck certification seeks to make each tourism development not only a great place to visit and work, but also to improve the quality of life of local communities.
EarthCheck provides the guidelines, tools, and indicators for the planning and design of buildings and sustainable enclosures. These standards are being used in economies and landscapes as diverse as Dubai, Zanzibar, China, and Mexico.
'We congratulate the Grupo Xcaret team for taking a leadership position by becoming the first EarthCheck Design project in Mexico'.
-Stewart Moore, CEO EarthCheck
Grupo Xcaret is dedicated to sustainable tourism recreation and since 1990 carries out good practices in favor of animal welfare and wildlife in Mexico. It is an ally of the federal, state, and municipal authorities in guarding and protecting species affected by stranding, accidents, destruction of habitats, and illegal traffic. The seriousness of its conservation programs have international recognition. It works in partnership with diverse research centers, universities, and civil society organizations.
When you stay at Hotel Xcaret México you are contributing to all the actions that Grupo Xcaret is doing in favor of a better world.
Thanks to you, we can keep our commitments with the environment:
Scarlet Macaw Conservation Program
Mangrove Reforestation and Rehabilitation Project of the Nichupté Lagoon System
Sea Turtle Conservation Program
Creation of the Riviera Maya Forest Nursery
Efficient Use of Resources
Coral Reproduction Program
Manatee Conservation Program
Green School Project (Reforestation of Public Schools in Quintana Roo)
Environmental Education Program
Responsible Waste Management
Stingray Research Program
Ten Programs of Reproduction: pink flamingo, green macaw,
keel-billed toucan, crested guan, quetzal, nurse shark, butterflies,
Mexican parrot, tapir, and great curassow
Xcaret’s scarlet macaw conservation program was born in 1994 with the first efforts for the reproduction of the species, in order to consolidate in a medium and long term the repopulation of Mexican natural habitats, where it was practically extinct. After developing several techniques, Xcaret consolidated the reproduction of specimens under human care and once the stability of the populations was maintained, the reintroduction stage was scheduled.
At the end of 2017 it was confirmed that 235 scarlet macaw specimens, reintroduced as of 2013, lived successfully in the jungles of Los Tuxtlas, in Veracruz; as well as in the Palenque region, in Chiapas. By then, the 250 individuals that lived in such ecosystems when reintroduction began had increased by 94%.
The population of wild macaws in Mexico will continue to grow thanks to the collaboration of the UNAM Institute of Biology, Acajungla AC, Ecopark Aluxes, the reserves of Nanciyaga and La Otra Opción, as well as the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Defenders of Wildlife, and Bosque Antiguo A.C.
In addition to intensive work to ensure the conditions that allow the survival of specimens in wildlife, the awareness of local communities has been fostered to stop the capture and illicit trafficking of the species and, on the contrary, to awaken pride around the emblematic bird, which in pre-Hispanic times was considered a deity associated with the sun.
In Xel-Há there are freshwater and seawater ecosystems where many species of both flora and fauna inhabit. The pink snail is a threatened species due to its excessive consumption by humans. In some regions of the Caribbean it is already an extinct species.
At Xel-Ha park we have the Protection and Preservation of the Pink Snail ( Strumbus gigas ) program, where the species lives freely. Since 2001, in conjunction with the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV-IPN) Merida Unit, bimonthly monitoring has been conducted to determine the population of snails in the Xel-Ha cove.
The specimens are monitored every certain time to determine their growth rate over the years. In 2010 alone, 4,282 snails from different stages of growth were tagged. Due to this continuous monitoring, it has been detected that the population had an increase of 79% between 2001 and 2010.
One of the best ways to protect it is through environmental education and awareness. Xel-Ha is also the training center for teachers of the Mesoamerican Reef Program, which sensitizes and updates teachers on this problem so that they contribute from their classrooms to a greater awareness among the population
TThe Program for the Conservation and Active Restoration of Coral Reefs in the Mexican Caribbean is focused on strengthening the genetic diversity of corals, specifically of species that are important in the construction of reefs. Traditionally, the programs were made through the propagation of coral segments; however, this technique, although effective, generates clones and therefore restricts the genetic diversity of corals directly affecting their ability to respond to change. The Xcaret project focuses on obtaining gametes through sexual reproduction that guarantees the genetic variability of the population. Although it is much more complicated to achieve, it ensures viability in the colonies reproduced in the medium and long term.The Program for the Conservation and Active Restoration of Coral Reefs in the Mexican Caribbean is focused on strengthening the genetic diversity of corals, specifically of species that are important in the construction of reefs. Traditionally, the programs were made through the propagation of coral segments; however, this technique, although effective, generates clones and therefore restricts the genetic diversity of corals directly affecting their ability to respond to change. The Xcaret project focuses on obtaining gametes through sexual reproduction that guarantees the genetic variability of the population. Although it is much more complicated to achieve, it ensures viability in the colonies reproduced in the medium and long term.
Since 2011, Xcaret park has carried out research efforts to the restoration of reefs, and currently works in coordination with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, INAPESCA (National Fisheries Institute), and the SECORE Foundation (Sexual Coral Reproduction).
Coral reefs are exposed to a series of threats such as pollution by fertilizers, pesticides, metals, hydrocarbons, overfishing, and, as if that were not enough, global climate change, which increases the water temperature and causes serious damage to the constitution of corals.
There are few places in the world that produce corals from the fertilization of gametes, thus ensuring a genetic diversity in the colonies. In the coral farm of Xcaret, sexual recruits of the species Orbicella faveolata and Acropora palmata are kept with the purpose of being reintroduced in affected reef areas.
The action plan includes actions in Punta Venado, where all the coral colonies have been tagged and identified, and experiments have been carried out to know their genotypes.
The Marine Turtle Conservation Program in the Riviera Maya, organized by the Flora, Fauna y Cultura de Mexico A.C. foundation, is the social and environmental arm of Grupo Xcaret in charge of one of the 13 main nesting beaches of the loggerhead turtle ( Caretta caretta ) and the green sea turtle ( Chelonia mydas ). Thanks to this effort, between 1996 and 2017 more than 12 million 649 thousand sea turtle hatchlings made their trip to the sea, a fact unprecedented in the history of the conservation of the species, which speaks of the consistency of the program.
The green sea turtle is the species that has recorded the best recovery of its populations throughout these 22 years of work. 2017 was undoubtedly the best year for the green sea turtle population, since 1,507,645 turtles managed to reach the sea, setting a new record.
Rescue and rehabilitation
In Xcaret park you can find the most important Marine Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Mexico, a task carried out as part of its commitment to reverse the deterioration of the populations of turtles in our country, particularly of greens, hawksbills, loggerheads, and leatherbacks. The sea turtles that the Xcaret Hospital takes care of, arrive with lesions in the fins caused by nets and fishing nets; damage to their digestive system due to the ingestion of hooks; skull and carapace fractures, caused by boat propellers or blunt blows from poachers; bites on the head and extremities due to the attack of dogs and jaguars; as well as various degrees of dehydration and anorexia. This hospital is the only one in our country formally recognized by the authorities. Thanks to its operation, the lives of 564 marine turtles have been conserved in the last 15 years.