Xcaret

This weekend, I made the quick trip from Cancun to Playa del Carmen with Jorge’s family to visit one of my favorite places in the world: Xcaret.

Xcaret is an immense ecopark filled with unbelieveable attractions. I’ve been there 4 or 5 times already, and I still haven’t seen everything! The park has Mayan ruins, an underground river, a Mayan village, an hacienda, greenhouses, a huge butterfly pavilion (my favorite part), stunning beaches, dolphins, jaguars, sharks, a lookout tower, amazing restaurants, an aquarium… and the list goes on. All this is surrounded by lush jungle and winding paths, making you feel as if you’ve stepped into another world.

This park isn’t just about nature, though. It’s about Mexico. Combining Mexican culture, Mayan roots and the stunning jungle setting of the Riviera Maya, Xcaret is heaven on Earth. (Except for the snake that slithered across my foot at the entrance… sent that thing flying with a high kick and a scream!)

We started the day wandering around the hacienda near the entrance, with beautiful courtyards and unique colonial artwork, followed by amazing views of the Riviera Maya from the lookout tower. Then, we stopped by the orchid greenhouse (WOW) and took a turn on a riverboat.

A few of us jumped into the underground river, where we swam through caves and vine-covered cliffs, exiting into a beautiful enclosed jungle filled with vibrant butterflies. We walked past jaguars, tapirs and monkeys on our way to explore some Mayan ruins, then stopped by Xcaret’s large aquarium.

After a quick dip in the Caribbean Sea in one of the park’s crystal clear inlets, the family grabbed a quick dinner and headed to Xcaret’s famous show. Mayan warriors greeted us along the fire-lit path to the immense theater, where we sat back and watched the Mayan ball game, Papantla flyers and traditional dances from all over Mexico.

The evening ended with the show’s final song, “Mexico en la Piel” (Mexico In Your Skin), which brings tears to my eyes every. single. time.

Exhausted, I took a little cat nap on the car ride back to Cancun, thinking how much I’m dying to go back already.

You can follow Xcaret on Twitter via @XcaretPark

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28 thoughts on “Xcaret

  1. Beautiful photos! Xcaret is on my list of places to visit. Bummed I didn’t make it there the last time I was in Cancun. Loved your ‘My Mexico’ video, by the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Lovely pictures! I have to laugh and think how funny it would be to see the snake crawling cross the foot and you making a ‘field goal’ with it. Thanks as always for the wonderful stories and the beautiful pictures.

  3. OOH! I want to go back so bad. But now at least I know what I am going to be for Halloween…High ponytail, cat face and body paint, leather loin cloth arrangement. It’s gonna be awesome!

  4. I really need to get back to Xcaret. I have only been there once. It was 10 years ago and it POURED rain all day. We came out of that underground river and it was raining sideways right into our eyes. haha I believe you that it’s amazing, I just haven’t had the desire to go back after spending 8 hours there soaking wet.

  5. Oh wow. I’m heading to Playa del Carmen to start studying in five weeks. I am definitely going here. Thanks for the wonderful post, hun. Gets me all the more excited now!

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