Xcaret



Within a jungle landscape, the attractions of the park are plentiful:

A river that goes through a Mayan village and a subterranean river in which people can swim and snorkel with a life vest. Near the inlet there are recreational activities at the beach, snorkeling, Sea Trek and Snuba in the nearby reefs, or swimming with dolphins.


The park also has a coral reef aquarium and beside it the turtles site, because the park’s administration participates in the campaign for the protection of marine turtles and shelters the babies until they reach a stage with more possibilities of survival after they’re liberated.

Next to the inlet there’s an area for manatees. For the observation of other species of flora and fauna, the park has a bird pavilion, a butterfly pavilion, a bat cave, an orchids and bromelias greenhouse, an island of jaguars, and a deer shelter, among others.


The facilities and attractions for the spreading of Mexican and Mayan culture include an open church, the replica of a Mayan village with real artisans at work, a Mexican cemetery, a museum, an equestrian show, Mesoamerican ball game, an open theater with performances of pre-Hispanic dances, Papantla flying men and the Gran Tlachco (theater with a six thousand people capacity) where the Mesoamerican ball game is represented, as well as the meeting of two worlds, the Mayan and the Spanish, and the presentation of several Mexican folklore dances. Other activities aimed for the rescue and preservation of Mexican traditions are the Day of the Dead celebration and the "Travesía Sagrada Maya".


The "Travesía Sagrada Maya" (Mayan Sacred Crossing), in pre-Columbian times, was an annual rite when Mayans would cross the sea from Xcaret and Playa del Carmen to Cozumel to pay homage to the lunar goddess Ix Chel. The modern version is a re-creation of this rite done in late May to early June.

The park also offers the service of Temascal and Spa, has 11 restaurantes, dressing rooms, souvenirs and harndicrafts stores, as well as an all-included Grand resort hotel.