Xcaret Park at Mexico
, has great number of activities and places to discover have made it world famous. In
order to take full advantage of all there is to offer, it is important to arrive
early. From the beginning to the end, a journey through the park is full of
surprises and fun.
At the entrance, a reproduction of the majestic Arch of Labna and the Museum, with
diverse scaled models of the Mayan Worldís ancient cities, present the grandeur
of this pre-Hispanic civilization.
Butterfly Pavilion, one of the largest in the world, encloses a celestial garden
with exotic plants, aromatic flowers and a crystalline waterfall which embrases
the colorful flight of hundreds of regional butterflies.
The Wild Bird Breeding Aviary contains 44 species of tropical birds, the majority in
danger of extinction. Elegant pink flamingoes, colorful macaws, Yucatecan
parrots and rare toucans live here.
crystalline and fresh waters of the Underground River flow within sub-aquatic
landscapes of mysterious beauty.
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They are tunnels and caverns occasionally illuminated by rays of sunlight that enter through natural breathing holes in the vaulted limestone ceiling and cut across the fascinating array of cerulean
Floating along the Mayan River one passes the grandiose Stained-Glass Plaza and the Mayan Village, which represents
an authentic local pueblo. Both rivers empty into the sea, near the bay, where there are beach chairs for relaxing and inner tubes to enjoy the waves.
Many wonderful experiences await while observing Xcaretís animals in their natural
habitat. Jaguars and pumas stretch freely on two ample islands shaded beneath
leafy trees, deer feed their young at the riverís edge, two manatee eat colossal
quantities of vegetables and fruits while moving placidly through the lagoon,
dolphins play in the sea and make synchronized jumps, Kempís Ridley turtles swim
peacefully, large impassive crocodiles lie under the sun and, in a cave at the
edge of the lagoon, a few bats hang upside down sleeping. Even a daring spider
monkey nears those who wander curiously around!
On the Tropical Forest Trail, or Botanical Garden, completely submerged within the
exuberant emerald vegetation, one can close their eyes for a moment, take a deep
breath of the humid and perfumed air and suddenly feel freshly awakened and part
of this wonderful, pulsating planet. Afterward, a birdís song invites one to
continue the journey between the crawling plants, centenary trees, svelte palm
trees, bushes, ferns, mushrooms, orchids and endless number of species. A
troupe of howling monkeys take visitors by surprise when they cross the trail
hanging from the branches.
Fantastic species of orchids are exhibited in the Orchid Farm. Nearby, the Mushroom Farm
grows edible mushrooms while the Apiary cultivates the Mayan bee that lives in
rustic beehives. During the ecological tour you can sample their delicious honey! At the
stables, the tour on horseback exploring the leafy tropical jungle is one of the
optional activities that is definitely worth trying.
The vestiges of a 16th-century Spanish chapel and an ancient Mayan temple erected above a
promontory facing the sea just one of many found in the park are valuable
historic testimonies. In pre-Hispanic times, Xcaret was a walled maritime port,
bustling with commercial, political and religious activities. Navigators carried
out their processions and transported all kinds of merchandise using large
With so many fun activities, time flies in Xcaret which helps work up an appetite for a
hearty lunch. The park has five restaurants with Mexican and
Caribbeanspecialties. One of them, La Cocina, beside the stables in the Rincon Mexicano (Mexican Corner), serves traditional northern-Mexican cuisine. From there, enjoy an incredible
Mexican equestrian show.
Since the evening spectacle entitled Xcaret Spectacular Night which displays the best of Mexican culture begins at sunset, it leaves plenty of time to continue exploring the park and to digest your food!
Near the coast, a long path that leads down to the Coral Reef Aquarium creates the
sensation of diving directly to the depths of the reef. Informative signs indicate that it is formed by strange little animals called polyps that build one of natureís largest structures housing thousands of organisms. Through interactive activities one may learn about the immense biodiversity of this
grand underwater city. The Aquarium, like many of the parkís areas, carries out
successful endangered species programs.
In July 2003 it debuted its newly remodeled look, making it a more unique experience!
The sun sets and the deep sound of pre-Hispanic drums can be heard in the distance,
accompanied by ocarinas, bells and conch shells which herald the evening
Cross the Valley of the Aromas to arrive at the Grand Tlachco, the
giant theater that, like the rest of the parkís buildings, blends subtly into
the heavenly natural surroundings. Enveloped in the smoke of burning incense,
priests and Mayan warriors invite visitors on a journey through the distinct
chapters of the nationís history: fabulous dances, songs and reenactments of
Mexicoís cultural climate going as far back as the pre-Hispanic era.
Xcaret Park is truly unique in placing such a great emphasis in preserving and transmitting
Mexicoís natural and cultural legacy, while at the same time incorporating
visitors in this marvelous endeavor. Itís difficult to experience anything quite
like this. Thank you Xcaret for extending this invitation to the entire world
to celebrate life with so much passion.