Xcaret from Riviera Maya
Mans ingenuity combined with...
Mans ingenuity combined with natures splendor has formed a very interesting park with a variety of attractions. The park has focused on the area's natural flora, fauna and landscape and used these to create a mini-wonderland. There are some small Maya ruins, a botanical garden, aviary, aquarium, stables and butterfly farm. There is an exhibition with scale models of all the major archaeological sites of the Yucatan.
There is also an inlet with clear waters for snorkeling, a lagoon for swimming and a beach for relaxing either in the sun or in the shade of the palapas. Or perhaps you would prefer a siesta in a hammock? But the most unique feature of Xcaret is its underground river, which passes through caverns and underground channels, put on a life vest and let the current take you slowly and safely along while you marvel at the beauty of nature.
You'll return at 6:00pm, unless you wish to stay for the magical night show, where you'll see the story of the Mayan come to life! This option is included in the tour price, and you'll return by ferry at 9:00pm. If you wish to stay on, please advise your tour guide a the beginning of the tour.
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point at approximately 9:00pm
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please advise all child heights upon booking
- Child prices are applicable for children under a certain height.
- If a child is 40 inches (1 meter) or shorter, he / she is admitted free of charge.
- If a child is between 40 and 55 inches (1 and 1.4 meters), the child rate will apply.
- All children 55 inches and taller must pay the adult rate.
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This is a great place. You can truly spend all day here. There are a bunch of extra activities to purchase and do, dolphin swim, nurse shark swim, fish therapy, adreneline boat rides, snorkling, sea trek, snuba, etc. You arrive around 9am after the tour guide gives you a bunch of information about the park. You will not be able to use your sunscreen, but you can trade it in for individual packets of natural sunscreen and get your sunscreen back when you leave the park. We ended up buying a bug spray with SPF 15 in it from the gift shop. I think we paid 8 or so, not too bad. We started out floating/swimming in the underground river since someone had told us that the earlier you do it the less crowded it was. You get a locker to put your things in and they give you a huge bag iwth a lock, if you want it, to put things in that you want when you get out of the river on the other side of the park. You pick up a lifejacket and you can get fins if you want them. Personally, if you can swim there really is no need for fins plus it is a bit crowded.
They have two return times, 4:40 and 9:40, which was nice. The 9:40 one is after the show.
Beware. When booking online, You have to book before knowing if they can pick you up. Hoever, I did go to Xcaret not through Viator and loved it.
The setting is beautiful. I've never seen so many trees in a park. Also if you do run out of things to do, you can just chill out on the beach which is part of the park. I also thought it was convenient to rent a locker for just 5.I had a great time.
Overall, it was a great day and we are glad that we took the trip. The "tour" however, it a bit misleading so read the fine print. We paid $257us for 2 people for the basic package which included resort pick-up and drop-off , a "tour" and a map. The tour was really a verbal walk-through of the park map. This was helpful and appreciated - but it is not a tour. Since the normal admission for our trip was $99us per person, the extra $59us was a good value, however. We did not pay the extra $60us for the buffet lunch and instead had a wonderful lunch on the water overlooking the dolphin pens and the peninsula (#30 on the map). The total was $40us including 2 drinks and the tip.
A must see attraction! Difficult to pack everything into one day, but doable. Staying for the night show is a must!