Playa del Carmen Xcaret

Xcaret. Top 10 things to do in Xcaret.

What is Xcaret?

Xcaret
is the most famous Mexican theme park. Opened in 1990, Xcaret is definitely one of the things to do while in the Riviera Maya. It has a privileged location beside the blue turquoise Caribbean sea and offers to its visitants: Live shows, water activities y direct interaction with nature.

Xcaret park has 80 hectares (200 acres) full of activities and attractions, so one day may not be enough to visit it all. To get the most out of your time we show what to do in Xcaret and tips to save money during your visit.

Important: Buy your tickets in advance to get a discount.

Top 10 things to do in Xcaret.

1. Mexico espectacular.

México Espectacular. Imagen cortesía de Xcaret.

Mexico Espectacular. By Xcaret park.

Mexico espectacular (Spectacular Mexico night show) is without a doubt, one of the best shows about Mexican culture. Mexico espectacular is a journey through the history of Mexico. 300 actors, awesome scenarios, and impeccable costumes will transport you to a Mayan ball game, the painful conquest by the Spaniards, the independence period and the Mexican civil war, ending with a sample of the music and dance of different part of the country.

Muestra folclórica.

Folk show Mexico Espectacular.

The show is presented every day at 7: oo pm. At the time, maybe you are going to be a bit tired, maybe you already are going to be thinking about the next day, but do not miss the show. This show alone worth your ticket price. Believe me, you are going to enjoy it.

2. Aviary.

Colibrí. Foto de RivieraMaya.mx

Hummingbird. By RivieraMaya.mx

Opened to the public in 2015, the Aviary is one nice surprise of Xcaret. The habitats are majestically created and the 1500 birds will make you feel like inside an Eden.

Hummingbirds, royal eagles, macaws, jungle, forest, wetlands y mangles are just one part of the experience. Even if you aren’t really into aviaries, you really are going to enjoy this one.

3. Underground rivers.

Río secreto.

Underground river.

Floating on one of the three rivers is an excellent way to tour the park, in your way you are pass by underground rivers, avoid one or two bats, cross by mangle canals, to finally arrive at a beautiful beach.

Can’t swim?  Don’t worry, the rivers have a very light current and your life vest will keep you safe and feel confident in the water.

4. Reef aquarium.

Acuario de arrecife de coral.

Coral Reef Aquarium.

The Mexican Caribbean is the world second largest coral reef. In Xcaret coral reef aquarium you will find a little piece of this extraordinary underwater world.

In the aquarium live more than 5000 marine organisms in 500 semi-natural coral structures with a constant flow of seawater. The color and architecture of these beautiful creatures will remain in your memory for a long time.

5. Mexican cemetery and Guadalupe chapel.

Capilla de Guadalupe. Fotografía cortesía de Xcaret.

Guadalupe Chapel. By Xcaret.

The relationship between Mexicans and the death and Mexican’s religious devotion are well represented in Xcaret with the Mexican cemetery and Guadalupe chapel.

Cementerio de Xcaret. Festival de vida y muerte.

Mexican cemetery. By RivieraMaya.mx

The Mexican cemetery is located in a small hill with circular walking trails that are home of 365 tombs (yes, one per every day of the year) and a staircase with 52 steps (exactly, one for every week of the year). Each tomb has a unique design and decorations, representing the believes and values of the Mexican people.

6. Mayan town.

Pueblo Maya. Cortesía de Imagen Xcaret.

Mayan town. By Xcaret.

Xcaret and Mayan culture can’t be separated. In Xcaret’s Mayan town you will find a representation of the Mayans way of life. You can learn how to prepare some traditional food, make some handicrafts or witness a representation of a Mayan dance.

7. Butterfly house.

Mariposario, Xcaret.

Butterfly house, Xcaret.

Xcaret’s Butterfly house is maybe one of the most underrated sights in the park. With 20 different species of multi-color butterflies and 3500 m2 in extension, this is a very enjoyable space to walk around. In your way, you will find some feeding points where you can see the butterflies within a very short distance.

8. Jaguar’s island and tropical fauna.

Isla de los Jaguares. Fotografía cortesía de Imagen Xcaret.

Jaguar’s island. By Xcaret.

The fauna and flora in Xcaret are abundant and while walking in its labyrinthine trails put attention, you could bump into macaws, primates, deer, giant turtles, dolphins, flamencos and even the jaguar’s island. It is mandatory a selfie with a macaw, the park’s emblem.

9. Mayan ruins.

Zona arqueológica de Xcaret. Fotografía de Imágenes Xcaret.

Xcaret archeological site. By Xcaret.

2000 years ago Xcaret was a trading center and port. Pyramids and low buildings are distributed all around the park. While passing by one of these, take your time to read the description, take a picture and remember the important nature-human relationship.

10. Scenic tower.

Torreo escénica.

Scenic tower.

With 80 meters high and 360° rotation, the Scenic tower is an excellent spot to contemplate the Riviera Maya and Caribbean sea.

Tips to get the most out of your ticket

The park admission fee isn’t really cheap, but it is totally worth it and you can get a great value out of your ticket.

  • The cheapest way to buy a ticket is to buy in advance on the official site. As simple as that.
  • Arrive early. The park opens at 8:30 am.
  • Make a plan. One day is not enough to visit the whole park, but it is enough to visit the main highlights, make a list of the places you personally want to visit and check out its schedule.
  • Get familiar with the map. Download the Xcaret map mark the places you want to visit and make an estimate route and time scheduled.
  • The food inside is delicious, but if you are on a budget:
    • Eat well before entering the park. This way you can save money in restaurants and spend it in a different activity.
    • Buy a package with food included. It’s going to be cheaper than buying the food directly in the restaurants.
  • If you are planning to visit other Xperiencias Xcaret parks (Xplore, Xelha, etc) consider buying a combo with these parks included.

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