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Xcaret Eco Park

Experience Xcaret, one of the world’s most famous ecological parks where you will find underground rivers, natural pools and a myriad of attractions including the first Butterfly Pavilion in Mexico and a coral reef aquarium. This unique theme park offers many exhilarating activities and more than 40 attractions. It is pure fun and enjoyment in a natural setting. As you get off the ferry in Playa del Carmen, your bi-lingual guide will take you to your transportation for a short ride to Xcaret. At the park, your guide will assist you with planning your day,advising you where to go and what you can do. You are then on your own to explore and experience the park. Choose from the butterfly pavilion, museum of Popular Mexican Art, cemetery, Henequen Hacienda, a bird sanctuary, botanical gardens, aquarium, restored Mayan ruins, a replicated Mayan village, beautiful beaches and natural pools. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim in an underground river. Other activities are available at an additional cost: the dolphin swim, snuba diving, Sea Trek and Temascal, an ancient Mayan ritual in a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge. Please bring your bathing suit. Note: Not recommended for pregnant women.
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5 of 6(83%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Xcaret Eco Park
Review 1 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Fun: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Adventurous: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Family Oriented: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Cultural/Educational: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
TracyTheDogLover
Location:Kansas City, MO, USA
Party size:3
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:November
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite activities:Adventure
Favorite port:Roatan, Honduras
I want to go here next:Alaska
Date:January 19, 2014
Amazing Nature Park
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I did not really know what to expect. I am in my 40s, and traveled with my nephew in his 20s, and my mother in her late 60s. This was the perfect excursion because while my nephew and I floated down the underground river, my mom stayed dry and visited the sea turtles (beautiful). Then we met up for a great lunch with a fabulous pineapple drink (don't miss it!) and then visited the butterfly pavilion and then the cemetery (then shopping in the gift shop). I would skip the butterfly pavilion next time--it's OK but with limited time, I would choose to spend my time exploring such a unique and interesting cemetery. There were parts I did not get to see, and I am in awe that it even exists. We barely caught a glimpse of what this AMAZING park has to offer and could have easily spent several days exploring it. PLAN TO GO on this excursion, and then carefully plan the wonderful parts you want to see of this park. Our guide was amazing at helping us along to the right places, and herding our group like a bunch of cats. He didn't loose any of us, and we all got to see the parts each of us really wanted to see. It's an AMAZING ECOLOGICAL PARK TO EXPERIENCE and there can't be another place like it on Earth!!!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Fun: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Adventurous: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Cultural/Educational: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Man99204
Location:Beaverton, OR, USA
Party size:4
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:January
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite activities:Family oriented
Favorite port:Belize City, Belize
I want to go here next:Canada and New England
Date:January 17, 2014
Mobility Issues? Pass this one by
This is NOT a "Mexican Sea World".
This was an extremely disappointing Shore excursion.
I made the mistake of reviewing their web site ahead of time. This posted information is extremely inaccurate. It bears little relationship to the actual experiences you will have at this park.
If you are a Senior, a parent with small Children, or someone with any mobility issues, you will find it extremely difficult to get around in this park. Many of the pathways are mere dirt strips cut through the brush, they are covered with a thick layer of crushed gravel which makes it impossible to push a wheel chair or stroller over. There are also significant areas in the park which present potential safety issues - missing fencing/barriers near hazardous areas, for example.
You should also note that at least half of the total time spend on this excursion will be spent simply getting to the Park and back. Expect at least a 45 minute ferry ride each way to the mainland. From the Ferry dock there is a brisk 15 minute walk uphill through Playa Del Carmen to a parking lot where you will wait for the bus to take you to the park. The ride from Playa Del Carmen to the park is forgetful. There is not much to see expect scrub brush on each side of the bus windows.
Once you are at the park you will see things like a round concrete water tank full of Tilapia. A small green house with a collection of orchids comparable to what you see in your neighborhood home improvement center.
The gift shops features some of the most expensive trinkets in all of Mexico. the food is also extremely expensive and not particularly good quality.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
FLGirl17
Location:Largo, Florida
Party size:2
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:December
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite activities:Family oriented
Favorite port:Key West, Florida
I want to go here next:Hawaii
Date:December 16, 2013
Great fun after rough ferry ride
The park is amazing! Even if you don't do any of the swimming activities, there are plenty of other activities and attractions. The scenery is beautiful and the animals are fun to see - especially the 3 wild iguanas we saw! Be prepared for quite a bit of walking. The ferry ride to the mainland takes about 45 minutes and is quite rough -- several people on our ferry were sick. If you are prone to sea sickness, you may want to take some preventative meds.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
JohnandKira
Party size:1
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:April
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite activities:Relaxing
Favorite port:Cozumel, Mexico
I want to go here next:South America
Date:April 16, 2013
Booked by mistake
We booked this excursion by mistake but would do it again in a heartbeat. We meant to book the other "adventure park" with the zip lines. Once we arrived at the park we decided to break off on our own and hit the cave float. Lol, after the first 50 feet the coolness of the cave dies off and then you are like, ho hum, how much longer until we get to the end? We did the cave that had the most underground parts. I say "skip the float" and head straight to the beach. We brought our snorkel gear and hit the water where you can pay for additional adventures like "Snubba, or swimming with the dolphins, or snorkeling" we entered the water and took out on our own. It was amazing. The water was so clear and there were so many different fish. We snorkeled all over and ended up right in the where the people were paying to "walk on the sea floor" with a huge weighted helmet on their heads. We swam right around and past them and were free to do what we wanted. It was breathtaking. We found a great spot in a private cove and pulled up a comfortable lounger. My girlfriend even shed a tear because it was so beautiful. Be sure to go get a pineapple head drink, THEY ARE AMAZING. As for the rest of the park from what we saw it was for the most part a zoo. We spent all of our time on the beach and would do it again in a second. Time is against you so make it to the beach quick and enjoy. If snorkeling is for you then you can't go wrong with this excursion.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Lionized
Location:Ontario, Canada
Party size:4
I traveled with:Friends
Cruise Date Month:February
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite activities:Relaxing
Favorite port:Cozumel, Mexico
I want to go here next:Panama Canal
Date:March 1, 2013
Great Excursion
This was easily the best excursion of our trip... Lots to do... In fact we could have used another day there... Would go again in a heart beat...
Great for kids ...Had a great meal there reasonably priced
There is quite a bit of travel involved, on the plus side it was by A/C bus...
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mswright
Location:Florida
Party size:2
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:December
Favorite activities:Relaxing
Favorite port:Cozumel, Mexico
I want to go here next:Caribbean
Date:December 9, 2012
Excellent Excursion
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My husband and I just visited Excaret. There was a ferry ride, then a bus ride to the park, but it was all very well organized. Julio was our guide from the ferry to the bus as well as being available to us while we were in the park. The park was amazing! The only draw back was we didn't have enough time to see the entire park, but Julio gave us the highlights for the park as well as some choices for food and drinks. We went swimming in an underwater cave (with life jackets) and it was amazing. Loved the butterflies, turtles and sharks too! I would go back again and wish my kids had been with us. Worth the money as well as the experience.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.