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Xcaret, Playa del Carmen

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Must see · Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
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Take a short drive out of Cancun to Xcaret, where ecologically oriented activities cater to visitors of all ages. The theme park gets its name from a nearby settlement once inhabited by the pre-Columbian Maya, and some of the original village's structures remain. The park's 81 hectare (20 acre) grounds also contain a coral reef aquarium, bird and butterfly pavilions, bat cave, deer shelter, and a greenhouse designed to protect and display delicate orchids and bromeliads. Aiming to entertain both adults and children, the park's nature-based activities include snorkeling with sea turtles and swimming with dolphins. Check the official website for ticket discounts and a complete listing of special performances and family-friendly activities. To visit Xcaret and other attractions in Playa del Carmen, use our Playa del Carmen online tour planner.
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  • Xcaret was an incredible experience, we loved everything. We leave Mexico with a great impression of everything! the tours we did, the hotel, everything was perfect 
    Xcaret was an incredible experience, we loved everything. We leave Mexico with a great impression of everything! the tours we did, the hotel, everything was perfect  more »
  • loved the day but the best part was the show at the end of the day be ready to finish late, totally worth it 
    loved the day but the best part was the show at the end of the day be ready to finish late, totally worth it  more »
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  • An experience not to be missed. No matter where you stay in Mexico, plan a day here. Arrive early and stay until the night show is over. I paced my day starting with water activities: 3 rivers and the beach. One river was a bit hard because you exercise way more. That river is the Manatees. Don't worry about a locker, your belongings are sealed and locked for these activities, no extra charge. Do stay with your group or determine a meeting point. The park has wonderful and easy paths, color coded. I bought the basic ticket and dinner for the show. Dinner was a 7-course meal with beverages. Pricing at the park is comparable to reasonable restaurants in the US. You can use dollars inside the park at the best exchange rate I saw in Mexico. Shows are spectacular. The setting is magical and you need to see this. I visited the park on a weekday on early December, no crowds to wait for attractions so I maximized the use of the day. Plan ahead your route and make wonderful memories.
  • This is really a one stop shop! Amazing wildlife, lush jungle landscape, the most beautiful river you’ve ever seen, Mayan ruins, great entertainment, caves, snorkeling, etc! We had so much fun. Very family friendly. We had lunch at the buffet and the food was great. Xcaret is the perfect place to go to hit a bit of everything without spending your vacation going from excursion to excursion. It’s pretty expensive but you do get to see a lot. You can definitely get it all done in one day if you don’t purchase the extras.

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