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On June 11, the Garden Chacah of Xel-Ha natural park, celebrates their 8th anniversary.  The Garden of Chacah’s is a place where the love of nature is professed. Since 2006, people from from all over have come to Xel-Ha to plant a tree and leave a message about the importance of protecting the environment.    Xel ha is committed to protecting ecosystems and try to put a stop to environmental degradation through tree planting, involving children and adults from around the world.

The Chacah is a plant species of the Yucatan Peninsula that has attributes such as effective medicinal species to skin burns, particularly those produced by other local species commonly called Chechen.

As legend has it, there were two princes who were brothers but they were completely different. One Kinich was quiet and good, while Tizic, the eldest, was grumpy and resentful. The two fell in love with the same girl, the beautiful Nicte-Ha, so declared a duel to the death to win her love. Both brothers Kinich (face of the Sun) and Tizic (anger), were killed in the battle for the maiden, hugging each other in their death the Mayan gods turned them into trees that we know today as Chechen and Chacah.

The brother Tizic reborn as the Chechen tree (poison wood), which is very toxic and burns all who touch him and Kinich as Chacah, whose nectar relieves the poison of Chechen. Both trees to shelter solemnly Nicte-Ha, who died of sadness, but return to life as a beautiful white flower.

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Paulina is a crazy animal lover who has been living in the Riviera Maya for over 9 years. Her expertise is designing unique vacations for travelers and visitors. This comes from her desire to share her area knowledge, local restaurant secrets, and cool cultural experiences that have been a large part of her life on the coast. Paulina never sits still on her day off as she feels there is always something to see, a new beach to check out or a new restaurant to try. She loves answering questions and helping you plan your next vacation. [email protected]

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