Exploring The Grounds of Xcaret

After our morning adventure – swimming in underground rivers and finding the white sand beaches of Xcaret we wanted to explore the rest of the park. You could easily walk around Xcaret for hours and always see something new. There are dozens of jungle trails to explore, different animals to see, and different restaurants to experience. You could go to Xcaret five times and have a completely different experience every time.

We didn’t even get to experience everything. There were things we missed only because we didn’t have enough hours in the day. That being said, we did spend 12 hours at the park and it still wasn’t long enough. Here are some of our other experiences at Xcaret. If you’re going to Xcaret for the first time I recommend not missing out on swimming in the underground rivers and the white sand beaches as well as Xcaret’s México Espectacular, and definitely grab food at a couple of different restaurants.

Read more: The Underground Rivers of Xcaret

Hacienda Henequenera is where the story of Mexico unfolds from its corridors and murals. One of the most historically interesting attractions at Xcaret, this nineteenth century mansion allows you to immerse yourself in exquisite architecture and the hidden legends of its spaces and gardens. Mexico is full of historical stories of legends and secrets, and Hacienda Henequenera is a great place to learn about some! This is also the gateway to other attractions, such as the Folk Art Museum, the Gran Tlachco Theater, and the Fiesta Charra.

The Equestrian Show! Where the Mexican charros and adelitas exhibit surprising moves on fine horses. The show combines the elements of Mexican horsemanship with the typical music and colours of Mexico and a true display of talent.

Paradise River offers a beautiful view of the underground rivers and the surrounding nature from the view of a small raft. Sail along the beautiful water channels that run through the deep jungle of Xcaret Park and see what you can spot on the land. There are lots of deer, monkeys and macaws running around the banks of Paradise River.

Xcaret have a brilliant Flamingo Sanctuary and dedicated conservation program to ensure the protection of these beautiful exotic birds. You can see flamingos in many different places around the park, but the sanctuary is definitely where there are the most. The conservation program works to rescue eggs and hatchlings and provides an on-going breeding program to promote the growth of the flamingo population in Mexico.

Xcaret Park, which means ‘small inlet’ in Maya, was originally called Ppolé and was an important archaeological site dedicated to maritime trade. This ceremonial centre was a shipping port to other communities along the coast, and its inlet served as a starting point for Mayan oasmen that rowed to the island of Cozumel to worship the goddess of the moon, Ixchel.

Xcaret Plus costs a little more than regular admission prices, but gives you a whole range of extra around the path. As well as exclusive access to the Xcaret Plus headquarters, you are given free locker hire, shower access and free meal options. Plus also offers helpful facilities, for example when you’re jumping in the underground river you can put all of your belongings and clothes in a lockable bag, that then meets you at the other end! So much easier than having to walk all the way back to your locker to get your towel and thongs!

Xcaret’s México Espectacular offers a journey through Mexico’s history, going all the way from the pre-Hispanic times and reaching up to the modern days. The show includes more than 300 actors with original costumes and are displayed in a spectacular atmosphere of light and colour, showing typical dances, performances of history, legends and all the festivities of the different cultural regions of Mexico.

This was a truly exceptional show, and if you are spending the day at Xcaret you should definitely stay for the show. The show starts at 7pm each night and goes for about two hours. If you have come with a tour, buses don’t leave until after the show so you don’t have to worry about making your own way home. You are also able to book a table to have a candlelight dinner during the performance, with a three course meal option available in prime seating for the show. You should definitely book this early in the day – as soon as you get to the park to avoid missing out, places fill up fast!

Information found on this page is directly from the Xcaret website. Visit www.xcaret.com for more information.

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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