Xcaret Park is a marvelous family place where you can swim in underground rivers, learn about Mexican traditions, enjoy the Caribbean and have an unforgettable day.
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 this award has been won.
Despite having visited the Riviera Maya many times, I had never been able to visit Xcaret.
But a few months ago, I decided to live near Cancun, so now I have all the time to visit all the wonders of the Riviera Maya.
Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the wonderful Park for the first time.
It’s much better than I imagined!
I want to share with you the wonders of Xcaret, because it is a place that you have to visit at least one time.
Where is Xcaret park located
Xcaret park is located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Just a few minutes from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.
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. Very easy!
From the moment I arrived at the fabulous entrance to Xcaret, I knew it was going to be an extraordinary day.
The first thing you have to do when you arrive is to exchange your sunscreen, of course they’ll returned you at the end, by a free biodegradable sunscreen.
You enter to 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 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 swimming, 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!
In a kind of gondola, they take you on a ride through the canals. You’ll not believe what you see, everything on its natural way. Waterfalls, animals, 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
It’s fantastic, it shows the importance of cemeteries in Mexico. With a colorful and unique Mexican style, you discover one wonderful tradition.
It’s a very special place. You ascend to a kind of spiral pyramid, which shows the tombs, so different from each other.
For us Mexicans the path to death is very different and we experience it even with humor.
Don’t forget to explore around and under this Mexican cemetery because you’ll find beautiful surprises.
Coral Reef Aquarium
A small but cool aquarium where you can find manta rays, sharks, turtles and more.
A small 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.
I was very surprised how they created the amazing and huge habitat to admire these beautiful animals.
San Francisco de Asis Chapel
A wonderful surprise was this beautiful chapel located in 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. It is another perfect background for great photos.
A fantastic part you shouldn’t miss is the Mayan Village. You can admire their traditions, houses, way of life and even the fabrication of some of their products.
Xcaret Spectacular Mexico Show
As always, the best for the end!
At the end of the day you will experience one of the most amazing shows: Xcaret Mexico Espectacular. In a wonderful scenario you’ll experience 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 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.
Optional Activities at Xcaret Park
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.
Swim with sharks
Spectacular Show and Dinner
All you need to know at Xcaret
- Tickets can be purchased in advance on the page for a better price. There are different packages at Xcaret Park. You can even buy 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 bar 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!
- Don’t forget a towel, your swimsuit, 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 ones to buy as a souvenir.
Special Events at Xcaret Park
I can see that Xcaret cares 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 Traditions. A proudly Mexican celebrations 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 Xcaret Park is a place you have to visit. 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 Xcaret or one of the other parks in your itinerary. The other experiences are Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xenotes, Xenses and Xoximilco.
You’ll take a beautiful experience of Mexican traditions and food, its natural beauty and magnificent photos.
Leave me in the comments if you have visited natural parks at the Riviera Maya as well as any questions.
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