Xcaret, the prefect family day
By far the most established “park” in all of Quintana Roo, Xcaret is a lot more than most people realize. The company itself consists of several parks. Seven to be exact. While they all belong to the same company, Xcaret Experiences Group, they are all separated not only by name, but by location and experience.
However, Xcaret is the most well-known mostly due to the fact it is the original park which has been in business since 1990 and has entertained millions of visitors since opening. It is one of the most popular family day activities for locals and visitors due to its diversity — having something for everyone.
The nature-based attractions of the park include a river that goes through the Mayan village, a subterranean concrete sluice 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 scuba in the nearby reefs, or swimming. The park also has a coral reef aquarium turtle nesting site. Next to the inlet there’s an area for manatees. The park also has a bird pavilion, butterfly pavilion, bat cave, orchids and bromeliad greenhouse, an island of jaguars, and a deer shelter, among others.
The cultural attractions include an open church, 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 demonstrations of Mexican traditions include Day of the Dead celebration and the “Travesía Sagrada Maya” (Mayan Sacred Crossing), 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 has a temascal and spa, has 11 restaurants, dressing rooms, souvenirs and handicrafts stores, as well as an adjacent all-inclusive resort hotel.
Inside, some of the attractions you find include restaurants, shopping, children’s area, hacienda henequenera, Mayan chapels, archaeological sites, rivers, vino de Mexico wine cellar and an authentic Mayan village.
Other Xcaret Experiences include Xel-Ha, XPlor, Xichen, Xoximilco Cancun, Xenotes (Oasis Maya), Xenses and the Scenic Tower in the Cancun hotel Zone.