How To Choose An Xcaret Adventure

Xcaret is both an eco-park and a company. There are six different parks that make up part of the Xcaret branded attractions around Cancun and the Yucatán Peninsula. Each park has a different focus and offers it’s visitors different attractions and experiences. If you’re travelling to the Yucatán soon and can’t decide which park you should visit, here’s a brief guide to all six of the Xcaret parks to help make your decision easier:


An eco-archeological park with a focus on the natural beauty and culture of Mexico and the Mayan Jungle. The largest of the parks with so much packed into it you could easily spend a few days in this beautiful Oasis.

Activities & Attractions

Underground Rivers, Archaeological Sites, Mayan Village, Hacienda Henequenera, Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtle Sanctuary, Jaguar Island, Manatee Lagoon, Tropical Jungle Trails, The Caribbean Sea, México Espectacular Dinner, Stingray Encounters, Swimming with Sharks and Dolphins, and various performances.


Admission starts from $89.10 US for a day pass.

To read about my personal experiences and see my pictures from Xcaret check out Exploring The Grounds Of Xcaret and The Underground Rivers of Xcaret.


In Mayan language Xel-Há translates to “where water is born”. A tropical nature park bringing together the best nature has to offer.

Activities & Attractions

Snorkelling, River Tour, Cliff Jumping, Cave Diving, Zip Lining, Trepachanga, Bay of Caprices, Xel-Há Inlet, Vine Swinging, Grotto Ixchel and El Dorado Grotto, Maya Walls, Jungle Trails, Cenotes, Queen Conch Sanctuary and animal encounters including dolphins, manatees and stingrays.


Admission to Xel-Há start at $80.10 US. Image found on the Xel-há website.


Spend a day exploring the different cenotes around the Yucatán Peninsula, protected by the aluxes – Mayan spirits from the Yucatán and Guatemala.

Activities & Attractions

The four main cenotes – Fire Xenote K’áak’, Water Xenote Ha’, Earth Xenote Lu’um (pictured above) and Wind Xenote Iik’; as well as kayaking, zip-lining, inner tubes, snorkelling and tours.


Admission starts from $107.10 to Xenotes Oasis Maya. Image found on the Xenotes website.


Take a tour to the Archaeological Sites of the Mayan people around Quinta Roo and the Riviera Maya, including Chichén Itzá and sacred cenotes.

Activities & Attractions

Tours to your choice of Chichén Itzá, Ik’Kil Cenote, Tulum, Cobá, Zací Cenote, La Casona de Valladolid.


Prices vary depending on which tour you decide to take. Check out the website by clicking the link above for more details.

To find out more information and see pictures from my tour to Chichén Itzá check out Chichén Itzá & The Mayan Ruins and The Sacred Cenote Ik’Kil.


Take night time cruise on board a trajinera with dinner under the stars and traditional Mexican entertainment.

Activities & Attractions

Dinner with the best of Mexican cuisine, open bar with tequila, beer, fruit flavoured beverages and soda, different ensembles playing traditional live music.


Prices start from $80.10. Trajinera’s are limited to 20 people per cruise, so make sure you book in advance! Image found on the Xoximilco website.


What is it?

Jungle adventures and extreme activities

Activities & Attractions

Zip-lining, amphibious vehicles, driving below the Earth, underground rafting and swimming, exploring underground rivers. Visit Xplor at night for Xplor Fuego and explore nature by the moonlight.


Admission starts from $107.10 US. Image found on the Xplor website.

Had I known about these parks when I was booking my trip to Mexico I definitely would have given myself more time here to explore them all. We actually came across pictures of the underground rivers at Xcaret on Pinterest whilst waiting for our plane from New York City to Cancun, such late notice, but we are so thankful we made time for these amazing adventures! During our short stay in Playa del Carmen we only got to visit Xcaret and Xichen – taking part in a tour to Chichén Itzá and Ik’Kil Cenote. I highly recommend both of these and would go back in a heartbeat.

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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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