What to do in Xcaret Park
Xcaret Park is a marvelous natural place where you can swim in underground rivers, learn about Mexican traditions, enjoy the Caribbean and have an unforgettable day. Here is the best guide on What to do in Xcaret Park, and all you need to know about this amazing Eco Park in Mexico.
Xcaret has been awarded for the third consecutive year as the Best Water Park in the world. It’s no coincidence, there are many reasons why the park has won this award.
Despite having visited the Riviera Maya many times, I had never been able to visit the Eco Park.
But a few months ago, I decided to live near Cancun, so now I have the time to visit all the wonders at the Riviera Maya.
Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the wonderful Park for the first time. It’s better than I imagined!
I want to share with you the wonders of this beautiful site because it is a place that you have to visit at least one time.
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Where is Xcaret Park located
Getting there is very easy, you can take a bus at ADO from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
By taxi, although it is more expensive.
If you have a car, don’t worry parking is free.
One more option, you can buy the entrance to the Park and for an extra amount, it includes transportation from your hotel. So easy!
From the moment I arrived at the fabulous entrance to Xcaret, I knew it was going to be an extraordinary day.
The first TIP is Don’t forget to bring Biodegradable Sunscreen! This is very important, we have to avoid causing damage to the delicate ecosystems. I found a very good article that explains a little more about the importance of Biodegradable Sunscreen.
Do not worry about finding it, since in many places in the tourist areas you can buy it, or even in the shop at the entrance. You will enter a huge palapa where you can find everything you need for your visit.
The most important is to take a free map of the park, they have it in many languages. The park is huge, approximately 80 hectares. But don’t worry, on the map everything is marked and it is easy to locate.
Well, ready with my map, I started my adventure. I was very excited about this amazing Eco Park.
What to do in Xcaret Park, Mexico.
Mayan Ruins at the Park
What we know as Xcaret, was a Mayan settlement known as “Polé”, so you’ll find ruins of pyramids during your visit.
You can climb them or just take cool photos!
Perhaps my favorite moment was to discover the underground rivers. There are three rivers, which flow into the sea.
During the adventure, you’ll pass through caves, tunnels, mangroves, and the wonderful natural beauties.
If you don’t know how to swim, there is nothing to worry about it. The current is light and you have to wear a life jacket. Take your time to discover the animals, plants, and secrets of this unique journey.
If you have a waterproof camera, I guarantee you Spectacular Photos!
The Paradise River
In a kind of gondola, they take you on a ride through the canals. You’ll not believe what you see, everything in its natural way. Waterfalls, animals, even a waterfall, the clear water where you can see colorful fish and all of this surrounded by the jungle.
Animals at Xcaret
There is a wide variety of animals that you can see through the day, some even in freedom.
Flamingos, bats, a jaguar, red macaws, monkeys, deer, blue crabs, tapir, iguanas and many more just pay attention everywhere!
It doesn’t feel like a zoo, you feel in their habitat. Of course, you’re in their habitat!
The Mexican Cemetery at Xcaret
It’s a fantastic experience! It shows the importance of cemeteries in Mexico, with a colorful and unique Mexican style, you discover one wonderful Mexican Tradition.
It’s a very special place, you ascend to a kind of spiral pyramid, which shows the tombs, each one special and unique, look at all the different details and you can choose your favorite. Don’t forget to explore around and under this Mexican cemetery because you’ll find beautiful surprises.
For us Mexicans, the path to death is very different and we experience it even with humor. If you visit the park during the Day of the Dead celebrations, it will be an incredible experience. To celebrate this tradition, they make a very special event called Life and Death Festival at night.
Coral Reef Aquarium at the Park
A small but cool aquarium where you can find manta rays, sharks, turtles and more. A beautiful sample of our Mexican Caribbean, that has the second-largest coral reef in the world.
Butterfly Pavilion and Aviary
It will be a wonderful experience since they have a great variety of species but also, I was very surprised by how they created an amazing and huge habitat to admire these beautiful animals.
San Francisco de Assis Chapel
A wonderful surprise was this beautiful chapel located at the highest point of Xcaret Park. The chapel offers an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea, and if this were not enough you can make your wedding, baptism or other celebrations there.
Discover how a Hacienda was like in the 19th century and also the Mexican Folk Art Museum. If you like taking pictures, it is another perfect background for great photos.
A fantastic part you shouldn’t miss is the Mayan Village, you can admire the Mayan traditions, houses, way of life and even the fabrication of some of their products.
Xcaret Spectacular Mexico Night Show
As always, the best for the end!
At the end of the day, you will experience the most amazing show: Mexico Espectacular. In a wonderful scenario, you’ll have an incredible journey through the history of Mexico.
Colorful and original costumes, lights, music and more will make you discover a part of Mexico that you didn’t know and sure you’ll love it! It’s something I can’t describe to you. You have to feel it!
Surely, you’ll be tired but you can’t miss it. It is the most impressive part of the day, at least it was for me.
There are some extra activities that are not included in your ticket price.
You can decide which of these experiences you want. Just ask and they will give all the information about the prices and schedules of these activities.
- Sea Trek
- Adrenaline boat
- Snorkel Tour
- Spectacular Show and Dinner
All you need to know at Xcaret
There are different packages, you can even buy Xcaret tickets combining with the other different parks at Xcaret Group.
- You’ll find authorized places everywhere at the Riviera Maya where you can buy your tickets, transportation, etc.
- At the Park, you will have a wide variety of restaurants and snack bars with Mexican and International food.
- There is a special ticket that includes a meal at the restaurant of your choice. My advice is to take advantage of it because the food is delicious!
Tips at the Park.
- Don’t forget a towel, your swimsuit, biodegradable sunscreen and of course your camera! You can pay for a locker inside the Park and don’t need to worry about your belongings. There are restrooms and showers if you want to change your clothes before the night show.
- You can pay with your credit card everywhere, but there is also an ATM at the entrance.
- There are specific places where you only need to pose and the cameras automatically take the picture. At the end of the day, you can decide which photos you want to buy as a souvenir.
Special Events at Xcaret Park
I’m sure they care about sharing and keeping alive the Mexican traditions.
For this reason, there are two special events:
The Sacred Mayan Journey. A marvelous event that I had the opportunity to witness this year. Here is the link so you can read everything about this unique event. Sacred Mayan Journey Last days of May
Festival of Life and Death. A proudly Mexican celebration dedicated to our dead. I hope to witness it, but I’m sure it’s a celebration full of color and delicious flavors. October 30-31 November 1-2
In my opinion, this Park is a place you have to visit in Mexico. They pay special attention to the details and preserving the natural wonders. It will be a wonderful experience for the whole family!
If you visit any place in the Riviera Maya, don’t hesitate to include this or one of the other parks in your itinerary. The other experiences are Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xenotes, Xenses, Xavage, and Xoximilco.
You’ll have a beautiful experience of Mexican traditions, food, natural beauty, and magnificent photos.
I hope this guide will help you with what to do in Xcaret Park and you can enjoy this beautiful Eco Park. Tell me in the comments if you have visited natural parks at the Riviera Maya as well as any questions. Thank You!