Mexico is a fantastic beach that offers various cultural sights and the world’s most unusual travel destinations. Whether the Mayans or Aztecs treasures, culturally interested tourists get their money’s worth here in Mexico and find many valuable places.
A destination that should not miss in the country is Xcaret Park. This is a successful mixture of the zoo and amusement park. The Xcaret Park is located on the Riviera Maya, about five kilometers from Playa del Carmen’s famous city. Lots of flamingos in Xcaret Park, and the city of Cancun is not far either. From here, you can easily reach the Xcaret excursion destination by taxi. For the taxi ride, however, you should plan around $75 in costs. It becomes much cheaper if you decide to take a bus trip. This costs about $2. Buses leave Cancun every half hour from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. An alternative is the so-called Collectivo, a minibus that commutes between Cancún and Tulum every 10-15 minutes.
The Historical Significance of Xcaret
This place was of exceptional importance for the Maya culture because they exchanged goods here. Even today, one can marvel at important archaeological monuments that give a good insight into Maya’s life. Most of the Xcaret attractions date from AD 1,200 to 1,500; however, the Maya was founded much earlier. However, the Spaniards came to the country around 1200 AD. So it is not surprising that you can even find a Catholic church in Park Xcaret.
Attractions in The Xcaret Park
However, the Mayan culture’s evidence is not all that can discover in this park. Instead, this is a kind of amusement park where you can spend exciting hours. Swimming, snorkeling, or diving with sharks or rays is particularly popular with most holidaymakers. Even non-swimmers can get to know the sea creatures in the park well if they opt for the so-called Sea Trek. This is about a 30-minute dive where you can breathe easily underwater. You only need swimwear for this exceptional experience.
You can also practice a very new sport in Xcaret Park, the so-called Snuba. This is a sport that skillfully combines snorkeling and diving. A unique feature is that the air tank is above the water’s surface. Nevertheless, diving up to seven meters deep is no problem with the Snuba.
You can watch the traditional Maya Show in Xcaret Park and embark on this experience on the numerous beaches in Xcaret Park. You should not miss a river trip on one of the numerous waterways in the park. You can also see the impressive fauna from here, and with a bit of luck, you can spot monkeys or iguanas. There are also underground rivers under the peninsula. These are more than 600 meters long and end in dense mangrove forests. Also worth a visit is the Maya Museum, which gives a good insight into the culture. It would help if you didn’t miss the show, which takes place in the evening. Traditional Mayan ceremonies are performed here. In total, more than 40 attractions and activities await visitors in the park, so you will hardly be able to discover everything in a single day.
Prices and Opening Times
The day ticket for the Xcaret Park costs around $75. A worthwhile investment, as there are some attractions on offer. However, it is cheaper to visit the park from 4:00 p.m. and opt for the evening ticket. This costs around $20 per person. By the way, children between the ages of 5 and 11 pay only half, and all small visitors under 5 even have free entry to Xcaret Park. The park is open 365 days a year from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., in the summer months, even until 10:00 p.m.
Federal Highway 307 km. 282 Riviera Maya
Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Online ticket booking: To the website
Office: +52 (998) 251-6560