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    Xcaret's theme park...

    by Darkeyedgirl Written Aug 17, 2005

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    night show... Spanish dancers

    Xcaret (pronounced Ish-ka-rett) is a theme park based around the three things the Yucatan is famous for - Mayan ruins, the spectacular environment and a lively culture. I borrowed that from the website =-)...

    Along with having an underground snorkeling river, they have an open-air restaurant which serves *the best* margaritas! And, you can feed the resident cats while you eat.

    The night show was something else. You get to see history played out before your eyes, see the Spanish dancers, and then watch the 'ball game' at the end.

    You can swim with the dolphins, see pumas & jaguars up close...

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    Lots to do so little time-xcaret

    by iam1wthee Updated Jul 13, 2005

    You have to plan what you are going to do before you get here. Look at the schedule to see what event is taking place when and where. The problem with the park is that the trails are not well marked out and not all of the staff speak English. Plus some of them just do not know. Sometimes you will not see staff and it is a guessing game as to where you want to go.

    Try not to stay at the beach too long since you can go to the beach for free. However, I did like the water tubing.
    Definitely try sea treking it is the best experience for non-divers and non-swimmers. You'll love it.

    My friend did not like the underground river. She said there were too many people and many were beginners who kept hitting her with their fins. As a beginning swimmer this was just not for me at all.

    The nightly performance is not to be missed. It is rather long though.

    The horse show is not as good as the one in the bullring so skip that one. Paradise river should also be skipped its a long hike to and from a tiny boat where they cram you in.

    The Mayan Village was real nice as well. We did not see them do any re-enactment but the way it was landscaped was beautiful.

    La Cocina is the cheapest restaurant but the food was not all that appealing to me

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    Xcaret

    by patricia28 Updated May 27, 2005

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    Xcaret is maybe the best thematic park that I know. This is a huge place full of culture, nature and fun, is a perfect place to relax, to enjoy and to do many diferent things. In this beautiful paradise you will be able to see and enjoy:
    Underground and Mayan Village Rivers
    A wonderful Beach
    Manatee Lagoon
    Coral Reef Aquarium
    Marine Turtles
    Apiary (Traditional Bee Cultivation)
    Bat Cave
    Butterfly Pavilion
    Ecological Tour (Reservations at the booth behind the rivers entrance)
    Jaguar & Puma Islands
    Mushroom Farm
    Orchid Conservatory
    Tropical Jungle Walk
    Wild Bird Aviary
    Deers and Monkeys
    Daily Museum and theater Presentations
    Theater
    Equestrian Show
    Xcaret Spectacular Night Show
    Archaeological Sites
    Xcaret Cultural and Archaeological Museum
    Snorkeling Tour
    Scuba Diving Tour
    Children's Pony Rides
    Horseback riding
    Snuba Tour
    Swim with dolphins
    A walk on the bottom of the sea
    Yeah... Is a lot and a day is not enough but for sure you will have a fantastic time here!

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    Xcaret

    by gabriellefox Updated Feb 28, 2005
    Xceret

    Xcaret, 50 miles south of Cancun, is an all day family adventure built around natural grottos, fresh and saltwater pools and underground rivers that run to the sea. A tropical "island like" ecological amusement park with dive sites, horse back rides an exotic zoo, museums and a few archeological sites thrown in for good measure. You can walk around on the bottom of a Caribbean lagoon with a dive helmet or glide down a jungle river, both above and below ground. There are turtles, monkeys, dolphin shows and encounters, snack bars and palapa restaurants with roving regional musical groups. A spectacular evening Mayan themed light and sound show that starts at dusk and ends with the Papantla Indians swinging by their feet from a tall pole in a ritual that dates back through the ages. Daily tours and Xcaret's own busses depart from Cancun starting at 8 AM with return trips running all day until after dark.

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    XCARET ---- SNORKELING INLET

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    Hans resting on a Hammock

    Not only is SNORKELING INLET a cool place to swim and snorkel, it was a fantastic place to relax. As you can see on the accompanying picture, my Hansie is doing just that. There is a separate area with hammocks already set up for you. Just pick one and drift away to lala land as you feel the warm sea breezes and hear the near-by palm trees rustling in the wind. Ahhh --- life is good!

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    XCARET ---- SEA TURTLES

    by LoriPori Written Feb 5, 2005

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    Sea Turtles

    The Xcaret SEA TURTLES section was so special. The first pond was filled with baby sea turtles (about six inches in length.)
    The second pond, which I enjoyed the most and where the accompanying picture was taken, is of the little bigger sea turtles (about 12 inches in length). It was so cool to see them occasionally come up for air as this sea turtle was doing.
    The largest area contained the adult sea turtles. They were huge, probably six feet in length. They were amazing to watch.
    Xcaret is deeply committed in preserving the environment and a member of the Quintana Roo Coast Sea Turtle Protection and Conservation Program, the largest sea turtle protection and breeding program in Mexico.

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    XCARET ----SPECTACULAR NIGHT SHOW

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Spectacular night show

    Xcaret's SPECTACULAR NIGHT SHOW (from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) is a magical experience.
    The show begins with the walk through the Aromas Valley where ancient ball players are ceremonially purified before going on to the majestic Gran Tlachco court for a spectacular demonstration of the pre-historic ball game and the "fire ball" game.
    This is followed by a grand celebration of regional music and traditional dances that will take you through Mexico's glorious past.
    More than 300 performers gather on stage to perform an unforgettable fiesta.
    Hans and I thoroughly enjoyed this show and rate it as one of the best we have ever seen. The colors - the costumes -the music - the dancing - all just blew us away.

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    XCARET ----THE TOUR (PART ONE)

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Snorkeling Inlet

    Thursday, January 20, 2005.
    The bus picked us up at 9:00 a.m. at our hotel. After picking up other hotel guests, we were brought to Fiesta Plaza. We exchanged our vouchers (cost of tour $62.00 U.S.) for our boarding passes.
    Our guide said our drive to Chichen-Itza would be two hours and 20 minutes. My Hansie, always the Ham, politely informed him that we already went to "Chicken-Pizza" on Monday. Oh "Si Senor" Juan Carlos said. "Our drive to Xcaret will be one hour and 20 minutes." And we were off.
    After we arrived, we got our Xcaret wristbands and map and told to be back at the bus at 8:15, after the night show.
    We first headed for underground rivers, which Hans wanted to do. I had bought him a mask and snorkel, so he just had to get a swim vest which is mandatory and is free use with admission.
    I met him at the end of the underground river, in snorkeling inlet.

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    XCARET ---- MAYAN VILLAGE

    by LoriPori Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Mayan Village Show

    Hans and I heard drums beating and followed the beat to the MAYAN VILLAGE where they were having a "celebration of fire" ceremony at 4:00 p.m.
    The ceremony was elaborate and full of Mayan characters, like warriors, the witch doctor and the "Keeper of fire". It was fun to watch, as the drums beat and smoke filled the area.

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    XCARET ----THE TOUR (PART TWO)

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Xcaret Beach

    After meeting up with Hans at Snorkeling Inlet, we relaxed for a bit in the sun and enjoyed the beautiful views that lay before us. Snorkeling Inlet was awesome, as it had hundreds of fish swimming around you. The keeper was feeding them, so obviously the fish were going to stick around which people were thoroughly enjoying.
    After resting we passed by "Manatee Lagoon" and saw Nohach and Pompom lazing in the lagoon. Then it was "Jaguar Island" where 2 jaguars and a puma were resting under a tree.
    Hans and I could hear drums beating. We followed the beat to the "Mayan Village" where they were having a little demonstration around 4:00 p.m.
    We then had a bite to eat and then headed for the "Theatro" for the Night Show.
    Xcaret was totally awesome and definitely a must see.

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    the evening show!!!

    by acowboya Updated Feb 2, 2005
    booo!!!!!!

    the show in the evening starts around 6pm
    and the walk there is very good with mayans
    doing a pre show to get you ready you can now order a candle lit dinner whilst watching
    if you want!! this is a must see the best show
    i have ever seen!!!

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    The night time Show

    by fototravels Written Nov 4, 2004

    The show they put on here is world class with live singing, animals, costums and the entire mexican history. Don't be sorry and leave before seeing this show.
    Just the entrance to the theater is impressive with the players all around in Mayan costume. I would go again in a flash.

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    The night time Show

    by fototravels Written Nov 4, 2004

    The show they put on here is world class with live singing, animals, costums and the entire mexican history. Don't be sorry and leave before seeing this show.
    Just the entrance to the theater is impressive with the players all around in Mayan costume. I would go again in a flash.

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    Day of Fun

    by jag17 Updated Oct 12, 2004

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    Playtime at Xcaret

    Brightly painted busses will pick you up at the Xcaret bus terminal in downtown Cancun. Reservations can be made at all hotels, and other activitiy centers in town. Xcaret was built to promote nature, tradition, and history of the Mexican culture. The park prides itself on keeping everything in it's natural setting. The park inclues an archaeology site, numerous water activities to include an underground river, aquarium, and an option to swim with dolphins (additional charge). There is also an evening program of musical performances. An all day activity for all ages.

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    Xcaret At Night, Mayan Ball Game and Folk Show

    by GinGinCoo Written Feb 29, 2004

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    Xcaret at Night Folk Show

    One of the best shows I've ever seen. They will have Mayan dancers all over the park, with awesome Mayan costumes, you will have to walk around and follow the shows till it leads you to the Mayan Ball Game, where you can watch this century old game, the players tries to shoot the ball thru this small opening on each side of the court using ONLY their hips! Very entertaining!

    After the game they will lead you to the Ampitheatre where they have this wonderful folk show with lovely costume changes and great Mexican singers! This show is part of your entrance fee to the park and ends till around 9:30pm. Dont miss it! Its a show you dont want to miss!

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