A sacred paradise is in the heart of the Riviera Maya, Xcaret (pronounced eesh-carette) is one of the loveliest and most unusual venues in the area. It is said that this was the ancient port of Pole and that the Maya used to come here to bathe in its waters to purify their minds and bodies before sailing to the nearby island of Cozumel to worship the goddess of fertility, Ixchel.
Mans ingenuity combined with natures splendor has formed a very interesting park with a variety of attractions. The park has focused on the area's natural flora, fauna and landscape and used these to create a mini-wonderland. There are some small Maya ruins, a botanical garden, aviary, aquarium, stables and butterfly farm. There is an exhibition with scale models of all the major archaeological sites of the Yucatan.
There is also an inlet with clear waters for snorkeling, a lagoon for swimming and a beach for relaxing either in the sun or in the shade of the palapas. Or perhaps you would prefer a siesta in a hammock? But the most unique feature of Xcaret is its underground river, which passes through caverns and underground channels, put on a life vest and let the current take you slowly and safely along while you marvel at the beauty of nature.
You'll return at 6:00pm, unless you wish to stay for the magical night show, where you'll see the story of the Mayan come to life! This option is included in the tour price, and you'll return by ferry at 9:00pm. If you wish to stay on, please advise your tour guide a the beginning of the tour.
A must see attraction! Difficult to pack everything into one day, but doable. Staying for the night show is a must!
Frank M Canada
The pickup by the bus was horrible. We sat on the bus for more than an hour at one hotel while the guide went to find a few other tourists.
Xcaret is fantastic--the Mexican restaurant buffet, the not-to-be-missed two night spectaculars, etc.
Ddallas United States of ...
The bus ride from our hotel to Xcaret was quick and professional. This is a nice day trip thing to do. All of the wildlife that is available for viewing is pretty amazing - especially the large sea turtles. The food/drinks are excellent and the access to a variety of beaches is ample.
Great place to spend the day. Needed more time to see all of the park, particularly if you attended the dinner show. The dinner show was good. We ate dinner at the show and the food was excellent. The Mexican lunch buffet was also good with a lot of food choices. We really enjoyed the underground river, hammocka, butterfly exhibit, and the Mayan and horse shows..
Beautiful and fun day trip. I have already recommended this trip to several friends and family members. Great show at the end of the day, too.
The setting is beautiful. I've never seen so many trees in a park. Also if you do run out of things to do, you can just chill out on the beach which is part of the park. I also thought it was convenient to rent a locker for just 5.I had a great time.
Overall, it was a great day and we are glad that we took the trip. The "tour" however, it a bit misleading so read the fine print. We paid $257us for 2 people for the basic package which included resort pick-up and drop-off , a "tour" and a map. The tour was really a verbal walk-through of the park map. This was helpful and appreciated - but it is not a tour. Since the normal admission for our trip was $99us per person, the extra $59us was a good value, however. We did not pay the extra $60us for the buffet lunch and instead had a wonderful lunch on the water overlooking the dolphin pens and the peninsula (#30 on the map). The total was $40us including 2 drinks and the tip.
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