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Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Xcaret Natural Park on a captivating full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Naturalists and history enthusiasts are sure to adore the fascinating fauna and historical ruins of this enthralling eco-archeological site. Swim in the crystal clear waters of a lagoon; discover the birds, butterflies and beasts of the wild at an underground river; visit ancient archeological sites; then watch the sky burst into explosive color during an extravagant show. Return transportation from your Playa del Carmen hotel is included for your convenience.


  • Day trip to eco-archaeological park Xcaret, located along the Riviera Maya
  • Explore underground river channels and see local wildlife
  • Visit the aquarium, aviary, butterfly pavilion and Mayan Village
  • Swim in a lagoon, snorkel in clear Caribbean waters or lounge on the park's natural beaches
  • Learn the culture, history and traditions of the Mayans
  • Attend a spectacular night show of Mayan and Mexican music, lights and dance
  • Pickup and drop-off from most Playa del Carmen hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There is something for everyone at Xcaret, an unusual theme park offering a variety of activities in a natural and gorgeous setting by the Caribbean Sea. It’s a great place to learn about the Mayans, who once practiced ceremonial traditions at this very site.

What You Can Expect

Xcaret Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Spend a day doing different activities such as snorkeling!

Depart from your Playa del Carmen hotel to begin your exhilarating excursion to the enchanting location of Xcaret. Enjoy the scenery on this short 15-minute ride to the ancient Mayan ceremonial site. 

Descend to subterranean depths beneath the jungle to explore the sprawling limestone caverns. Navigate the underground labyrinth alongside an experienced guide, encountering diverse wildlife such as macaws, raccoons and monkeys as you explore. Listen to captivating tales of ancient rituals before emerging into the bright sunlight at Mayan Village, a historical hub that explains Mayan customs, social dynamics and village infrastructures.   

Enjoy a serene stroll down a peaceful trail, stopping to marvel at interesting archeological sights as you walk. Awaken your senses to the sweet aromas of the orchid garden before immersing yourself in the colorful charm of the butterfly pavilion and coral reef aquarium. 

Revitalise in the refreshing waters of a natural inlet or don snorkelling gear to explore the marine life that resides in the crystal clear pools beside the ocean. Dry off beneath the soothing shade of a palm tree or upon the silken sands of a natural beach. 

As the sun begins to set, either return to your Playa del Carmen hotel or stay for the sparkling spectacle of the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, an exuberant show in which over 300 vibrant performers depict Mexican and Mayan history throughout the ages. Admire traditional costumes and vivacious dances during this unforgettable experience. Return to your comfortable minivan after the show’s conclusion for your comfortable journey back to your Playa del Carmen hotel. 

Xcaret Plus Option:
Upgrade your Xcarat tour to enjoy the following additions to your expedition: a delicious buffet lunch served with zesty orange juice and lemonade; snorkelling gear and the use of Plus Xcaret’s exclusive facilities; private showers and changing room facilities.

Customer Reviews

Marlene N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Definitely an experience worth having. Going the through the underground rivers was amazing. Especially the second time when we swam through the bat cave, the Mayan village and the museum.
The show at night was thoroughly entertaining. The games, story and history could not have been taught in a more memorable way.

Sophia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Value for money.To much to do in one day.

olivia m United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I did swimming in the underground river twice! You don and #39;t need to know how to swim to do this. The traditional Maya dance was really good and the show at the end was truly knowledgeable as it told you about the Mexican history in an interesting way. Even the horse in the show was dancing lol.

Lynnette H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

One of our favourite days out. So much to see and do, we did not manage to do everything we had hoped to do. We particularly liked the butterfly house and aviary. We were disappointed with the 'Mexico Spectacular show' which we felt was aimed at the Mexican tourists who already knew the area and traditions.

Tiffany T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We got the xcaret plus ticket which was worthwhile. I thought that it included drinks throughout the day but it was only with your meal. I We ate at the yucantan restaurant, which was good. Rafael was an excellent waiter who looked after us. The evening show was amazing. Fantastic day out.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This is a must see! You cant go to to Cancun/playa del carmen without going to Xcaret.

My hotel was so close to Xcaret and if I had done my research ahead of time I would have taken a cab back for lunch to my hotel which was all inclusive instead of paying $250 dollars to pay for lunch for my family of 5 at the park.

Michael L

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Great way to spend the day. You can be as active or lazy as you want. Lots things to do or just lay around the beach. I used this tour as one of my last things to do as I was pretty tired by the end of the week of activities

Rasha P

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

A nice way to spend the day. My husband and I enjoyed a good buffet meal and beverage along with a lot of activities. It rained while we were there but that was of no concern since we would just get back into the water and continue to enjoy ourselves. That's the nice thing about being at a park with lots of water activities.

Terence W United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Picked up on time from Hotel. The tour person went through the map of the Xcaret. But found that what he told us was not really relevant. He said to go to the Under river swim first but i suggest doing this half way through the day as all tour guides tell all tourist to do this. But if you go later in the day its quieter. The day is very long and tiring. We didnt get a chance to see the Fire work show in the evening as the day is far too long.There is a lot of walking and wear very ccomfortable shoes. This excursion is like visiting a theme park. You will not experience the real Mexico if you are hoping for that type of experience.

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