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In 1986, Miguel Pali Quintana Pali, an architect living in Mexico City, visited the Mayan Riviera in Quintana Roo. He found a place that fascinated him because of its beauty and unequaled natural features: the place was known as Rancho Xcaret and was found near the ancient Mayan port of Polé. It was here that he acquired the first five hectares of land for Xcaret.
On exploring this land, he found cenotes, coves and an amazing network of underground rivers among the cracks in this fragmented earthly paradise, along with an abundant suite of regional flora and fauna and several archeological remains which attested to the rich Prehispanic cultural heritage of the area.
It was then that he understood that the lifelong project that any good architect has of building his dream home had been supplanted by a loftier one. Instead of building for his family, he realized that access to such beauty should not be limited to a privileged few, and he knew that he had to share this marvelous gift of nature with the world. And so the idea of an eco-archeological park was born.
In 1986, he began the project by founding a company, “Promotora Xcaret”. In 1989, he took on his present-day partners – three brothers – Oscar, Marcos and Carlos Constandse Madrazo, who brought 60 more hectares of land into the business. At the end of 1990, Xcaret Park opened its doors and has been a success ever since.
The success of Xcaret is based on the singularly successful management of the area’s natural resources and the desire to have people discover Mexico’s treasures, including its enormous cultural heritage and its unparalleled biodiversity.
To capitalize on the experience gained in managing the Xcaret park, “Grupo Xcaret” was created in 1994. At that time, the group was also accorded the concession for operating the already-existing Xel-Há nature park. In 2009, in the midst of the worldwide financial crisis and the influenza epidemic, Grupo Xcaret inaugurated Xplor park, an underground adventure for the whole family.
In 2010, Grupo Xcaret incorporated the word “Experiencias” into its name and initiated the deluxe tour division, which provided excursions to archeological sites in the Yucatán Peninsula under the Xichén brand. La Casona, a restaurant specializing in typical Yucatecan food, was opened in Valladolid, to complement the tours which travel through the Eastern Mayan area.
In July of 2013, the Xenotes Oasis Maya tour was inaugurated. The tour consists of a visit to four different kinds of cenotes in one day. It provides a singular combination of mysticism, history, culture and extreme sports activities.
In December of the same year, Xoximilco Cancún opened its doors, a tribute to the culture of central Mexico and to Xochimilco, a world heritage site.