This is one of the best places in Cancun. You dont want to miss this. It is a day tour so you might want to set aside one whole day to go here. In my opinion, 1 whole day isnt enough. We arrived at Xcaret early morning and didnt leave until 10pm that day and I still didnt get to do everything that I wanted in this tourist place.
Its a place where you can take your whole family to, there are 2 underground rivers, 1 that is manmade and 1 that is natural. I suggest that if you're going to try these rivers to just try 1 because if you try both you will lose a lot of time and wont see most of the park (like what we did). There is also a mini zoo inside the park which is great for kids, we mostly enjoyed the bird aviary coz the parrots there would talk back to us when we say "Hello" or "Hola!". The turtle displays are also good... I've never seen turtles that big in my whole life. They have a show at night called "Xcaret at Night" which is included in the entrance and I highly recommend you stay for this show. They have a Mayan Ball Game and a Mexican Folk Show at the end. Xcaret is definitely one place you want to go when you're in Cancun! (more pictures in my travelogue)
There are 2 underground rivers in Xcaret, we went snorkeling in both of them. I suggest to just do 1 river because after doing both we didnt have enough time to see the rest of the park and missed some shows. I recommend go to the river that goes underneath the ampitheater. Beware, the water is a little bit colder than the water in Cancun's beaches, but you'll get used to it after a while. As for snorkeling here, dont expect to see a lot of fishes, not much, just the small ones, if you plan to go snorkeling check out the inlet or the lagoon at Xcaret, lots more fishes to see there! But the experience of swimming underground is awesome, definitely do it!
Near the entrance of Xcaret you will find this really cool exhibit or models of all the Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan. It is so lifelike that when I showed friends the pics they thought I was on a helicopter taking these pictures! I took a lot of pictures of the Chichen Itza models because we were going there the next day! If you have time when you get in Xcaret spend a quick 5 minutes just to check these out!
Xcaret´s spectacular night show is an experience for all your senses: an epic celebration with the sights and sounds of a grand festival set in Mexico´s golden years and the mysticism and splendor of ancient Mayan kings. It features a colorful fair, the drama of the pre-hispanic ballgame and the ball of fire in the impressive Tlachco ballcourt, followed by an unforgettable gala performance of Mexico´s regional music and dance.
Over 200 performers in an incredible pageantry of color, sight and sound!
Get a close-up look to three of the 7 species found in Mexico (green turtles, loggerhead and kemp turtles). You'll have the opportunity to see turtles at every stage of their lives, from tiny newborns to huge adults swimming around in their natural tanks. Some of the turtles are the biggest I've ever seen in my life. Definitely check them out and take lots of pictures!!
The mushroom farm is in a small cottage, if you have time check it out, its very interesting to see colorful mushrooms that you'd think didnt even exist! Most of these mushrooms are edible and can be sampled in both of Xcaret's restaurants.
The world’s largest butterfly enclosure, with waterfall, flowering plants and free-flying butterflies. Great for relaxing or just watching. Considered one of the largest in the world, it is also the only pavilion that is self-sufficient in maintaining it’s butterfly population. Stay still for a moment and a butterfly might land on you!
Tired of walking around the trails, stop by at the beach, stroll the white sands, take a dip in the tranquil bay, grab an inner tube and just drift away! Or just view the ocean bed through the view port of a water board. This place is beautiful and relaxing, spend a few minutes just lounging here. You'll be relaxed till your next stop.
While walking around the park right next to the Butterfly exhibition, follow the signs to see the Jaguars, one is black and the other is striped/spotted one (i didnt even know there was a stripped jaguar), it will be hard to see them at first but be patient it will be worth it. They are beautiful and very playful animals!
Its not a very big zoo but very entertaining indeed! I was inches from this adorable deer that I could touch but scared to, LOL, the parrots were so entertaining, they would talk to us "HOLA!", "HELLO", and I was so shocked I laughed so hard and they started laughing like me too! It was a blast! There are beautiful flamingos, toucans, and iguanas (they werent even in the zoo they're just everywhere in Cancun!) When you're in Xcaret stop by here for a while, you'll love it!
Well we didnt go there....we have been to other places (and Coba which is on the Cancun list of must see...is not near Cancun, but that is something else). When we arrived we only saw 100rds of these signs and my intrest was there...i wanted to go there....why we didnt in the end i still dont know, i think it was to expensive?
But its a big park with Indians, dolphins and all kind of animals....next time i go this way...you can find me in this park.
The park of Xcaret is to speak about paradise. It is a place where natural beauty and tradition are carefully blended. Xcaret is a life experience, which must be discovered slowly, bit by bit, without haste. It is almost impossible to visit the park in one day and see it all. This beautiful park is built on the site of the ancient Mayan port of Polé, spectacularly framed by the turquoise Caribbean and emerald green exuberance of the surrounding jungle. Xcaret is created to encourage the harmonious mingling of the visitors with Mother Earth and the cultural legacy of the Mayan world. It stimulates an appreciation of the environment trough a live hands-on experience, helping to restore some measure of value and sense to the real world in which we live. More pictures (and info) you find on my “Xcaret travelogue”. You find that in the upper right corner, under my VT passport ;-)
Xcaret is a park that used to be a secret garden for the Mayas. Sure, there's a lot of people there, but the park has so much to offer from amazing nature experiences to lots of acitivity and fun in the different waterpools and rivers, great shows showing the Mexican culture at some of it's best, zoos, good restaurants beautiful ruins from the Mayas. A great place to spend the entire day for young and old.
In the evening there's a great show in the evening where one watches tradiotional dances and listen to traditional music from the different regions and just have an experience to remember for ever!
Horseback riding on the beach
Carribean Carnival(day & night cruise)
The private horseback riding tour along the beach was the most beautiful and relaxing experience.
On the carribean carnival you get to meet a variety of people and it is alot of fun.
At Mr Papas the waiters put on a show with some audience participation.
Xcaret -- archeological park that you spend all day doing activies and still do not achieve to do all that is provided!!!
While visiting the park we went horseback riding for an hour along side the beach. Then we went swimming in an underground cave that you can snorkel and if you are lucky see some fishes swimming around. The water was freezing. You can swim with the dolphins however that gets very crowded and is by appt only. Needless to say we did not do that. The highlight of the day was during Xcaret de Noche. It begins with a version of the ancient times of *Juego de Pelota* were actor re-enact a game that the Mayans played centuries ago. It was an awesome event. Then the tour begins of different villages and re-enactments. It ends with a show in a stadium of Mariachis and Ballet Folklorico and 'Los Voladores de PatPatlan'.
Even though this tour was an all day event that began at 7am and didn't end till 12am....it was exhausting however it was a good feeling of exhaustment!!! Really recommend this one!!!