Hotel Xixim
Hotel Xixim, Celestún, Yucatán, México
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May 12


On time with their appointment with nature, during the months of May and June the magnificent Hawksbill turtles arrive on our shores. It is said that these turtles come to lay their eggs in the same place where they were born.

They measure 60 to 90 cm and weigh between 50 and 87 kilos. Its shell or carapace has a background of amber, with a combination of irregular bands of light and dark colors predominantly yellow and brown spread sideways. This species (Eretmochelys imbricata) has been continuously exploited, as its shell, precious material, is equivalent in the black market to ivory or rhino horn.

These turtles lay their eggs in the most exotic destinations on our planet, like Nicaragua, Panama, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Mexico. These are the places where hundreds of eggs, that each turtle lays, hatch. Only 3 or 4 percent of the hatchings will reach adulthood and reproduce itself in the future.

The hawksbill turtle has been included since 1996 in the "red list" of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which places the beaches of Celestún as one of its main breeding centers.

Our beaches are once again the place, which will incubate these prehistoric reptiles; we are privileged to have these fragile beings as our guests.