Once a sacred Mayan city and
port for departures to Cozumel, Xcaret is a destination
attraction like no other in the Riviera Maya. Xcaret is a
250-acre ecological theme park located on a beautiful
stretch of coastline. Visitors come to learn about the
area's ecology and Mayan history, relax on the beach, float
down one of two subterranean rivers, swim with dolphins, or
wander jungle shrouded trails. This eco-archaeological park,
it is a place to spend an entire day - and into the night to
enjoy the "Mexico Spectacular" show. There are so many
attractions at Xcaret; it's hard to know where to start. A
trip through Xcaret leaves visitors feeling that they have
experienced biological life in its natural state and come
into intimate contact with the mysterious and magical Maya
world, a combination that makes a visit to one of the most
spectacular places on earth a truly unique and unforgettable
The main attraction is a series of underground rivers and
caverns that are safe and fun to swim in. The park also
features a small recently excavated Mayan ruin site, an
aquarium, a botanical garden, an aviary, an archeological
museum and five restaurants. As the sun sets, Xcaret beams
with the sights, sounds and colors of the folklore show.
This choreographed production is internationally renowned
and one that traces México's rich heritage and fascinating
Xcaret is approximately an hour's drive south of Cancun.
Approach your visit to Xcaret like a visit to a major theme
park: Arrive early, and stay as late as the park is open, to
enjoy Xcaret at night. The park has many quiet spots where
you can rest in a hammock, or your kids can play in the
XCARET PARK HIGHLIGHTS:
Caribbean reefs and underground rivers is part of the Xcaret
experience. Xcaret offers diving and snorkeling tours to the
barrier reef, “the second largest in the world,” extending
only a few feet from the shore. The eco-tours vary depending
on the level of experience and include a class for those who
are going under water for the first time. These are the
different alternatives on the water activities offering:
Lay back and enjoy the quiet beauty of Xcaret's
Another popular activity at Xcaret is snorkeling in
a warm lagoon
Waves turn these inlets into natural Jacuzzis
One of the Eco Park newest attractions designed for
those who want to experience the Xcaret’s rivers, but
prefer not to swim
Diving without a tank and enjoy the Mexican
One of the most-touted features of Xcaret is a
1.590–foot swim in an underground river. This is indeed
a fabulous experience, and even kids as young as five
can participate: Everyone is issued a life-jacket. If
the river gets crowded, simply get out of the water.
There are many pretty places where you can climb out and
rest until the crush eases up
Explore fantastic underwater gardens. This is the
ideal alternative for those who do not know how to swim.
By simply walking along the ocean floor in a bathing
suit and helmet, one can visit the closest reefs
accompanied by yellow and silver-colored shoals of
French grunt fish
You will discover the marvels of the coral reefs
This is a new sport that combines diving technology
with the freedom of snorkeling
Slip through ancient caves and amazing formations
DOLPHIN SWIM PROGRAMS:
Experience the magical sensation of swimming with the
dolphins in paradise! Xcaret gives you the opportunity to
swim freely with the most intelligent and charismatic
species in the ocean, the dolphins. The interactive Dolphin
Swim programs at Xcaret are without a doubt the experience
that closest approaches to swimming with them in their
natural habitat, as the dolphinaria have been adapted to the
natural ocean inlets of the Caribbean thus giving them
enough space and an environment where they can feel the
natural rhythm of the Mexican Caribbean Ocean.
Play, learn and interact with the fascinating and friendly
bottlenose dolphins that truly enjoy human company. The
purpose of all the activities is that through spending time
with dolphins, we can make conscience about respect and love
that all animals and nature deserve. The park has a complete
project for Training and Caring for Dolphins, where the
dream of swimming with dolphins actually comes true.
The interactive swimming with dolphins programs are:
Swim with Dolphins -
During the dolphin swim program at Xcaret, a group
of majestic dolphins will swim freely with you long
enough to allow time for play and time for touching
them. Feel their skin, hear their sounds and watch how
they gracefully swim in the water or jump in the air
Swim with Dolphins - Fun Kids
Kids can swim with dolphins in the fun kids program,
the dolphins get closer to their new friends, play with
them and jump clear out of the water to surprise them.
It is a great program for all ages.
FLORA AND FAUNA:
Be sure to visit the Butterfly Pavilion and the Tropical
Reef Aquarium. Also, throughout the park, you will come
across habitats for creatures such as giant turtles, or
Xcaret’s Butterfly Pavilion is the first butterfly
nursery in Mexico and, with its 37,600 square feet of
tropical vegetation and almost 50-foot high ceilings, is
one of the largest in the world
There are many mammal species in Xcaret that provide
some wonderful experiences during your visit as you open
a window into their world. White Tail and Brocket deer,
a miniature variety, with their fawn can be seen at the
Jaguars, hunters by nature, play amongst the
islands’ large, leafy trees. Telescopes are
strategically placed to provide the best views of these
strong, graceful cats
At the Mushroom Farm you will learn the cultivation
process of the Pleurotus mushroom, an edible and very
Regional Wildlife Enclosure:
This area is filled with hundreds of birds and
different species of regional wildlife, some of which
are in danger of extinction
Meet the friendly tapir named Poloc, which means
chubby in Maya. This is one of the rarest and least
known species in the Eco Park
Tropical Reef Aquarium:
Explore the world at the bottom of the sea without
getting wet. This tranquil spot teaches you the
importance of various types of reefs and shows you some
amazing marine plants and animals
XCARET EXTRAORDINARY SHOWS:
Xcaret’s spectacular night comes at the end of an entire day
full of adventures at the Eco Park. In the Valley of the
Scents, the deep call of pre-Hispanic drums resonate in the
night air and the wind carries the notes of ocarinas, bells
and conch shells. The priests and Mayan warriors, wrapped in
the smoke of incense, announce an unprecedented cultural and
historic journey in the Grand Tlachco, the large theatre
that has a seating capacity for 6,000 people. Accompanied by
the song of the conch shells and other pre-Hispanic musical
instruments, Mayan children open the spectacle singing in
chorus an ancestral legend. The attractions include:
One of Xcaret’s objectives is to disseminate the
culture heritage of the Mexican people and the Mayan
culture. At sunset, the park is transformed with
wonderful shows, including the pre-Hispanic ball game
announced by the tankules (wooden drums) that resound
through the afternoon silence
Every afternoon in the traditional Mexican corner,
there is a show in which horses and their riders exhibit
their skills in Mexican rodeo tricks. The lady riders,
called Adelitas, gallop through the choreographed
exercises of the “Escaramuza” just inches away from the
Voladores de Papantla:
This is a ceremony dedicated to the Sun God asking
for fertility and good crops. The four flying men
represent the four elements earth, air, fire and water
Xcaret Mexico Spectacular Performance:
At dusk the park is transformed. What during the day
is a jungle, adventure and water turns into mysticism,
traditions, legends and history
Xcaret Night Dinner:
Relax in a reserved section of the “Gran Tlachco”
Theater while you delight to fine Mexican cuisine and
watch the show
With over 1.000 years of history, the ancient city
of Pole (modern-day Xcaret) was once both, a major
walled ceremonial center and a thriving port and trade
center for the Mayan people
Take a trip through time visiting a replica of a Mayan
Village. Ancient Mayan cities were built starting from a
central hub where palaces and temples were erected
Admire this paradise from an 80 meters height
spinning panoramic tower. You will have the best view of
this jewel of the Mexican Caribbean
Xcaret Main Plaza:
The contemporary style of the Xcaret Main Plaza
contrasts harmoniously with the many exhibits of Mayan
PARK FACILITIES IN XCARET:
Hammocks and beach chairs
Paramedics and infirmary
Parking free of charge
Photo and souvenir shops
San Francisco de Asis Chapel: Mass is
celebrated in this beautiful chapel overlooking the sea
every Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Showers and dressing rooms (at no charge)
Xpa - Xcaret Spa: Treat yourself to a
relaxing massage nearby a lagoon fed by the water of an
ancestral underground river; or take an original massage
on a hammock or on a hammock chair
Beneath broad palm roofs, four of the five restaurants are
strategically located in these zones to offer the best
service, in addition to spectacular views.
Dinner at the Tlachco:
Have a preferential seat for the Xcaret Mexico
Espectacular show and taste an original mixture of
regional and international dishes that satisfy even the
most demanding palates. Available all week, except
Sundays: Summer: 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. Winter: 6:00 to 8:15
Sea food specialties. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, tortas and tacos.
From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
From 8:30 a.m. to park close.
Seafood buffet. Open Monday to Sunday, from 12:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A very Mexican atmosphere and cuisine. From 12:00
p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
for special events.
International Buffet. Open Monday to Sunday,
from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks. Open From 8:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. Lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Great variety of seafood, seafood cocktails,
ceviches and snacks. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Located strategically throughout the park, offering
soft drinks, beer and snacks.
Restaurant Playa Dos Playas:
Service in the beach area, cocktails and snacks.
From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Note: The services a la carte and buffets purchased
directly at the park do not include tips.
Thanks to its two treatment plants that allow for alternate
uses of wastewater, the Park makes sure to prevent
contamination of both the ocean and underground rivers.
Organic waste is used for compost, while plastics, paper,
glass and aluminum are collected for recycling.
Picture your Wedding, you, walking
through a cave lighted with candles, a cascading waterfall,
and a water inlet sparkling with the last rays of sun.
Imagine a special set up for your wedding around the water,
with violin music and sparkling stars in the night sky as
your private guests arrive. The park has spectacular natural
locations for your wedding, very sophisticated and elegant
to make your wedding dream a beautiful memory.
The wedding counselors will design a personalized ceremony,
combining mystic and natural elements, creating the most
romantic moment, reflecting your personality and particular
taste. Forget about everything, enjoy the excitement of your
wedding in the park, and leave to the personnel at the park
the special task to make your dream come true!
The turquoise blue of the Caribbean Sea, and the bright
green of the luscious vegetation, are as festive as the
special moment you are about to experience. Xcaret’s
weddings offer an array of outdoor and indoor venues as the
perfect frame for your new beginning.
reservations, availability and bookings, please contact us