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Xcaret Eco Park

Xcaret Eco Park Playa del Carmen Riviera Maya Mexico

Riviera Maya most amazing eco-archaeological park

Xcaret Eco Park (Mayan for “small inlet”) is an experience unlike any other, a heavenly piece of nature with jungles, rivers, cenotes, caves, Caribbean beaches, and ancient Mayan ruins with a splash of Mexican culture, featuring various regional exhibitions, such as the Xcaret Eco park, Riviera Maya Mexico Espectacular evening show with Mexican folklore, traditional singing and dancing.  Only four miles south of Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Xcaret is a delightful eco park filled with different attractions, such as underground rivers, a butterfly pavilion, a beach, and inlets for snorkeling, scuba, and swimming alone or with the dolphins.

Xcaret: Introduction

What, exactly, is Xcaret Eco Park”? The buzzword is “eco-archeological theme park”… imagine Disney-meets-National-Geographic. Xcaret Park aims to package the Yucatan’s Mayan history and its tropical lagoon ecology into one day-long fun experience.

The result is well-executed; Xcaret Mexico’s Park is a terrific place for a family to spend a day.

Xcaret Eco Park  is approximately an hour’s drive south of Cancun. All Cancun, Playa del CArmen and Riviera Maya resorts organize excursions; also, tourist kiosks in Cancun also outings to Xcaret Eco Park and Xel-Ha Natural Park. Or you can rent a car and drive yourself; or take one of the buses that fly down the highway, and then return to your resort by one of the taxis awaiting at the end of the Night Show.

Xcaret Eco Park: Plan of Action

Approach your visit to Xcaret like a visit to a major theme park: arrive early; expect to spend a couple of hundred dollars; and stay as late as the park is open, to enjoy Xcaret At Night.

You’ll be covering a lot of ground during your visit, so it’s nice that the park has many quiet spots where you can rest in a hammock, or your kids can play in the sand. You’ll also find great restaurants.

Xcaret: Park Highlights

Underground River Float
The standout activity at Xcaret is a 1,590-foot swim in an underground river. This is indeed a fab experience, and even kids as young as five can participate: everyone is issued a life-jacket.

“Underground”, by the way, doesn’t mean pitch-black and scary: some areas are like tunnels, but you can always see light.

If the river gets crowded, simply get out of the water: there are many pretty places where you can climb out and take a break.

Other watery activities at Xcaret include swimming at the beach and snorkeling in a warm lagoon, and premium (i.e. extra charge) activities such as dolphin encounters, snuba, sea trekking, and excursions to the coral reef.

Xcaret also has a river boat ride: very pretty, but know that this is a hot, slow, ride; families may find their time is better spent elsewhere.


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