The Xcaret area has an interesting past. It is believed to be what was formerly known as the ancient port of Polé. The Maya would come to this area to purify themselves before visiting Cozumel to worship Ixchel- the goddess of fertility. Even today, you can find ancient remains of the Maya civilisation here.
The Xcaret Eco Theme Park covers an area of 200 acres of this historic place. When architect Miguel Quintana Pali (who owned 5 hectares) cleared out the area in the 1980’s, he found a series of underground rivers that formed sinkholes and caves before it joined the sea. He understood this was a rare place and could become an unique tourist spot and soon he planned an Eco park in the area.
In a way, the park is not your conventional idea of a theme park since it uses the natural heritage and environment including the ancient ruins with the thick jungle cover, the underground river and cave system and the rich native flora and fauna to offer visitors an oasis away from the concrete jungle. The park includes a Jaguar island, a Coral reef aquarium, an Orchid greenhouse home to around 80 different species of orchid, a breeding farm, a number of caverns and a butterfly farm where you can see some of the most beautiful butterflies on the planet!
The jungle trails are stunning with pathways that meander around thick forest cover. However, if you are feeling a little too adventurous, you can swim with nurse sharks and sting rays at the park or simply go snorkelling to see gorgeous tropical fishes. The entire area works to preserve the turtle population. If you time your visit, you can see the hatchings and learn about different turtles that are preserved at the park. When here, don’t miss the cultural attractions at the park that include a replica of the Mayan Village, the Mesoamerican ball game and the open theatre where you can see pre Hispanic dances.
- Children taller than 55” but under 12 years old must present identification to verify their age.
- Children older than 12 years will need to pay adult price.
- Carry your own swimming costume and other necessary items.
- Admission price is MXN 1874 per person (you can get discounted prices if you book the tickets online)
- For prices of rentals and accommodation, visit official website
- By Taxi
- By renting a car/bike
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95% of people who visit Cancun include Xcaret in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
58.04% of people start their Xcaret visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Xcaret
93.28% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Xcaret
All in all good amusement and entertainment. 130 Dollars is in my opinion overpriced for the offering. All the good stuff like dolphins, turtles, sharks, etc you need to pay extra. To do everything at the park you need to expect to pay almost 400 dollars. The food I give 3 out of 5 stars for freshness and appeal. 1 out of 5 stars for (not) being Mexican. I rate it somewhat better than airplane food in tourist class. The best part of the park is the live entertainment at 7 at night and totally worth it.
This is a truly great place to visit. It's a long day but expect the time to fly by. There is enough to do without paying any more than the ticket price but I would recommend taking around $200-300 per adult for things like swimming with sharks. Please visit Xcaret, you won't regret it.
This is a must see!! What an amazing experience. There's something for the whole family. I loved the springs even though the water was 66 degrees. I even strapped a life vest onto my 2 year who enjoyed it, for the most part. But whatever you do, make sure you stay for the show!! The show itself is worth the trip to the park.
Indeed, an spectacular, warm and colorful show. It brings an open door of how Mexico, in its different region's, have to offer the entire world, besides the kindness they show endlessly everywhere you go. A little bit warm scenario, but I am assure it will be an experience you would never forget. Great to enjoy with family and friends.
Awesome place.. Breathtaking views.. Food was delicious.. Sea trek - best of all. Must visit place in cancun. Its an artificial paradise in Mexico. One day is not enough to cover an the places better if you can plan for 2 days.