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The 5 Things You MUST Do at Xcaret

by Cassie Oppman on May 24, 2010

Take a side trip from Cancun to Xcaret

Xcaret, or “little inlet”, is located 35 miles south of Cancun’s International airport. The exciting journey through the Xcaret Eco Park has made it one of Cancun’s top tourist attractions.

With scuba diving, snorkeling, underwater rivers, archeological sites, performances and more, Xcaret can seem overwhelming. However, we have narrowed your visit to the 5 attractions you just can’t visit Xcaret without trying.

  1. Xcaret Mexico Espectacular -  When the sun sets, 260 of Xcaret’s performers fill the Gran Tlachco stage. With an incredible mixture of music and traditional dances, they present Mexico´s history and culture. Throughout the show, you will be witness to pre-historic instruments, ancient ball games and magnificent costumes. 

During the winter the show runs from 6pm – 8:05pm. In the summer it starts at 7pm and goes to 9:05pm.
  2. Mayan Village – This reenactment of an ancient Mayan Ruin is great way to experience what everyday life of common Maya people was like. The craftsmen and weavers, dressed in traditional clothing, will show you how they carved wood sculptures of their gods and animals. Explore the architecture of the Mayan houses crafted with wood and palm leaf roofs.
  3. Sea Turtles - Xcaret actively works to save the endangered sea turtles. Here you can see different types of marine turtles
    and learn about the efforts to conserve them as well as their treacherous journey from the sands to their native waters. Come during feeding time and see the turtles rise to the surface to get their food.
  4. The Underground Rivers – Explore ancient Mayan cenotes and caves as well as unique rock formations and marine fossils as you travel along Xcaret’s underground rivers. Part of a system of underground streams and river in the Yucatan, Xcaret’s waters will carry you along 2,000 feet. Rent snorkeling gear and see underwater as well. 

Make sure to get there early as this popular attraction can get very busy. Also be careful with children on this attraction as some of them can get scared of the enclosed space.
  5. Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm - Xcaret houses over 44 species of tropical birds in their Wildlife Breeding Farm.  This quiet aviary will give you fantastic photos of Lilac-Crowned Amazons, Yucatan Green Parrots and other gorgeous birds.

The price for the Xcaret experience is only $99.00 for adults and $49.50 for children. And if you book Xcaret online, you will get a 10% discount.

These are only a few suggestions as there is so much more to see and do at Xcaret. Explore the beaches, natural pools, or tour the Paradise River. Scuba diving, snorkeling and a shark tour are all there for the water lovers. Xcaret’s Sea Trek lets you walk along the ocean floor.  Visit the butterfly pavilion, bat cave, Orchids Greenhouse and the beautiful coral reef aquarium

What is your favorite part of visiting Xcaret?

Cassie Oppman
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  • Megan White

    The Orchid house is also great if you are looking into plants – they have so many different types of orchids! I’m also a sucker for the baby turtles.

  • Varun

    I really liked the article and feel like visiting the place with the reality that is shown in the picture.

  • Kevin Killoy

    Snorkeling is the best. Took the kids (7 and 10) and they loved it!

  • laurie gourley

    I have been to cancun but never Xcaret I realize that that was a mistake.

  • http://allaboutcancun.com Cara Gourley

    Great post Cassie. Laurie – I’ll go with you soon!

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  • Elizabeth E

    The underwater rivers sound really interesting! I didn’t know they existed!

  • Jack Ryan

    thanks for the post! i went to the site and planning to buy the xcaret plus. but how would you get there though from a hotel in cancun? do they provide free shuttle service from cancun?

  • Cara Gourley

    Hi Jack!

    The easiest way to get to Xcaret is to take a tour as they will drop you off and pick you up. If you have a rental car – you can drive – its about 45 miles from Cancun. If not, there are buses and taxis you can take. A taxi can be quite expensive ($80 -$100). Buses leave from the downtown terminal (about a $8 dollar cab ride from the hotel zone) and cost around $3 -$5 dollars each way.

  • Jack Ryan

    Super. Thanks for the info Cara! Appreciate it.

  • Gaby

    Good article, me and my mom are looking into going to Xcaret during our Cancun stay. Really excited!

  • Ariel Castro

    So many great things to do at Xcaret! You will most definitely want to take a full day to enjoy everything that you possibly can there. If you are looking to book your vacation plus a full day at Xcaret for the family look no further than http://www.cancungreatvacations.com

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