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In Mexico’s Xcaret, Riviera Maya’s largest national park, there are a lot of things to see and do – and travelers of all ages can find fun and enjoy an exclusive adventure. It is a perfect spot because it gives an insight into what the Riviera Maya area of Mexico has to offer to explorers. From the incredible wildlife, water sports, and enjoyable shows to Mayan ruins, an aviary, and a butterfly conservatory. The whole park is full of natural beautiful attractions. The park will always keep visitors busy no matter how many times they tour around. Depending on the number of days one is looking to visit this great park, seeing absolutely everything is impossible. Here is a complete guide to exploring Mexico’s Xcaret Park.


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Getting To Xcaret Park

Travelers should drive along the Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Federal Highway to get to the park. This is the highway that connects the Riviera Maya and Cancun. From Playa del Carmen's south side, Xcaret is located about 10 kilometers, and travelers can always enjoy free parking. Whether traveling from a resort or a hotel in Cancun, travelers won't find it hard to get to this water park. Travelers should opt for private transportation to transfer them to Xcaret.

  • Cost of a taxi to Xcaret: $80-$100 from Cancun one way, $15 from Playa del Carmen

Prices And Tickets

To enter Xcaret, travelers are going to spend because it is not expensive. Adults over 12 years will normally buy the park's entrance ticket for $110 and children pay $55. There is room to buy multi-day passes, which is a great deal for visitors looking to spend days exploring the park. When buying tickets, travelers have many options to consider for activities, including spending time with sharks swimming and going on dolphin rides. The park's activities keep travelers busy all day or even for two days, yet they can still not explore the whole of the park. Food sold at the park is expensive. So, buying a plus package, which includes a meal is advisable. Xcaret’s package also covers free snorkel rental, allowing visitors to go snorkeling and enjoy the beautiful views of marine life.

Tickets are cheaper online or directly through Xcaret Park's website. Travelers should carry the sunscreen unless they want to spend more money buying the park's expensive brands. A combo ticket will give travelers access to not just Xcaret, but also explore other adventure parks, including Xel-ha, Xoximilco, Xenses, and Xplor.

What To Do At Xcaret Park

Float Through The Underground Rivers

Travelers visiting and exploring Xcaret Park have access to the three underground rivers, including the Mayan River, Blue River, and Manatee River. Floating on one of these rivers is one of the park's most enjoyable adventure activities tourists can engage in. Each of the underground rivers offers a unique and fascinating experience – and visitors get to swim through a labyrinth of caves and tunnels while admiring the spectacular views of unique rock formations, beautiful scenery of the wilderness, and waterfalls. The trick to having the most of these rivers; experience is to get here early and avoid the crowds.

  • The time it takes to swim on each of the rivers: one hour to swim through to the end.

Travelers should ensure they have a life jacket before beginning to swim and leave them at the station once they finish swimming. One should look for breathtaking photo spots to never miss out on an incredible photography opportunity.

Join Mexicans In Celebrating Their Ancestors At The Bridge To Paradise

Mexican culture includes remembering their dead loved ones through celebrations, an occasion, which happens every November 2, and that features plenty of colors, vibrancy, and decorations. Also known as the Mexican Cemetery, the Bridge to Paradise is a beautiful and colorful event – something incredibly unique that happens nowhere. Females dress in colorful clothes, and males put on suits and boots with their faces skeleton-painted.

Explore The Mayan Village

Visiting and exploring the Mayan village in Xcaret Park is the best way of learning the Mexican culture. The diverse Mayan village portrays, the arts, local foods, culture, and activities of the people. This village offers an opportunity to get an insight into what it is really like to be a Mayan, and even learn about wood carving and attend some of the available workshops. The architecture of the Mayan village is something not to be missed.

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Explore The Park’s Vibrant Aviary

The most fascinating part about Xcaret Park is its vibrant Aviary; the birds' sanctuary – where travelers will meet hundreds of bird species. This is a perfect birdwatching spot for bird lovers as they get a chance to see these beautiful creatures roaming around the park freely. In the Aviary's interior, there is a large spectacular waterfall, which offers an outstanding photography spot. Exploring the park's aviary will make tourists enjoy the feel of the amazon jungle and being in the middle of a wonderland – full of incredibly beautiful scenery.

Visit The Xcaret Coral Reef Aquarium

Being home to hundreds of beautiful tropical fish, exploring the Xcaret Coral Reef aquarium is s must. Travelers will have a chance to view the stunning aquarium floor closely and celebrate the excitement of experiencing jellyfish, clownfish, and various other fish species that they've probably never heard about. After visiting the indoor portion of the aquarium, head to the outside, where the real magic is found. Here, visitors will see baby turtles in abundance as they swim around the little pools. There are also plenty of big turtles swimming down the river. Visiting Xcaret Aquarium offers a tour experience to remember.

Take time and enjoy the feel of the Xcaret National Park. With so much to see and do, a fascinating tour experience is guaranteed.