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!
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)
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!
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
Coral Reef Aquarium
Apiary (Traditional Bee Cultivation)
Ecological Tour (Reservations at the booth behind the rivers entrance)
Jaguar & Puma Islands
Tropical Jungle Walk
Wild Bird Aviary
Deers and Monkeys
Daily Museum and theater Presentations
Xcaret Spectacular Night Show
Xcaret Cultural and Archaeological Museum
Scuba Diving Tour
Children's Pony Rides
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!
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.
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!
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...
Swim with dolphins, snorkel, scuba dive, swim and look at native species in their natural habitat. I went here while on a cruise so we didn't actually get to stay here very long. We went snorkeling which was amazing. The snorkeling is through a series of underwater caves. There are some giant fish swimming around you and some places that are very very deep so it can be a little creepy, but if that doesn't bother you it is georgous. Highly recommended. We only got to stay about 4 or 5 hours and we wished that we had more time there!
A group of 13 of us took a day trip to XCarat. I was a little skeptical on going here but I was surprised at the amount of things to do once there. The Mayan village tour was truly amazing. It ended with a mayan ritual dance among the natives the dress and dancing will truly draw you in. We also had time to just lounge around on the beach and rest. You do have the option to Swim with the Dolphins here. We did that at Isla Mujueres but wished that we had waited until XCarat. You get to interact so much more with the dolphins here and they actually jump over your head.
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.
To ensure that you'll have a dry towel and clothes when you emerge after snorkelling in the underground rivers, put them into one of the bags provided when you're picking up your life vest at the start of the river. The bag will be taken by the Xcaret staff to the end of the river for you to retrieve.
You'll need the warm clothing and towel as the water is pretty cool and gets breezy at the end of the swim. Clostrophobic people shouldn't swim through the tunnels.
Swim in underground rivers, see dolphins, crocodiles and turtles, touch a starfish, chill on a hammock, snorkel, climb Mayan ruins, visit a Mayan cemetery, watch a Mexican cultural show...Xcaret is a great day out!
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 ;-)
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.
if you can only do one thing while in Cancun, please do visit the Xcaret. It is an Eco-theme park where you can swim with the dolphins, swim in an underground river, marvel at the wide variety of the land's native plants and animals and learn about the Mayan culture. It takes about a day or two to enjoy the whole park. I really had a great time here and would recommend it to everybody. Tickets are about $60. or $85. if you book a tour from your hotel.