The Underground Rivers of Xcaret

Friday, 1 May 2015


Without a doubt Xcaret is one of my favourite places on Earth. It is a natural wonderland with an endless amount of things to, and I have never been anywhere like it in my life. I don't even know where to start, I just want to fall back into these crystal clear waters and soak up the beauty of Mexico.


I am going to start by saying one day was not enough at Xcaret. Not by a long shot. There is simply so much to see and do and we didn't get to spend nearly enough time around the park. We didn't even know about Xcaret when we set off for Mexico and the United States. It was something we blissfully stumbled across online and then couldn't stop thinking about. We were looking for cenotes around the Yucatán and Playa del Carmen, when Thom stumbled onto a page about the underground rivers of Xcaret and we were instantly obsessed.


There are literally hundreds of things to do at Xcaret, everything from underground rivers and tunnels to white sand beaches, and tropical flamingos to jaguars. So much in fact that I have split my day into two blog posts so that I can include everything. Our first stop was exactly what we had come for - swimming in the underground rivers of the Yucatán Peninsula. It was one of the most relaxing and beautiful experiences you could imagine. The river runs underground from one side of the park to the other, with just enough light seeping into the tunnel through cracks in the rocks. The water was crystal clear, so clean and refreshing, and lightly pushing you along so there was no actual swimming required. We happily and peacefully bobbed along the river slowly, soaking up every moment. 


When we got out at the other end of the park we were greeted with probably the most beautiful beach I had ever experienced. White sand beaches, the beautiful deep blue water of the Caribbean, hammocks hanging from every tree, and the tallest most perfect palm trees I have ever seen. It was literally paradise. The only place where I have actually wanted to stay and relax and stop moving for a few hours. But there was too much to see and too much to do, and with the limited time we had at Xcaret I just didn't want to miss out on anything. But if when I go back, I will definitely be dedicating a whole day to this beautiful place. 


We continued following the park around to where they kept their marine life. There were so many beautiful animals here including Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtle Sanctuary and Manatee Lagoon. There were even pools full of baby turtles as part of their conservation program. They were beautiful. Every inch of Xcaret made me fall head over heels, deeply in love with Mexico.


We booked a tour to Xcaret, which included return transfers to the park and a buffet lunch at a restaurant of our choice within the park. You can check out pricing information here along with more information about the park. I honestly can't say it enough, if you have the time spend more than one day here.


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