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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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6 of 7(86%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Xcaret Eco Park
Review 1 for Xcaret Eco Park
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Fun: 
5 out of 5
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Adventurous: 
5 out of 5
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Family Oriented: 
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Cultural/Educational: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
MJean
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Party size: 2
I traveled with: Family
Cruise Date Month: March
Cruise Date Year: 2015
Favorite activities: Adventure
Favorite port: Cozumel, Mexico
I want to go here next: Europe
Date:March 17, 2015
Xcaret exceeded our expactations!
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Our excursion began with the Ferry Ride to Playa Del Carmen, which was a thrill being on the water. On shore, we met George, our guide who led us 4 blocks uphill on cobblestone to the bus, which was air conditioned and quite comfortable.
George orientated us while in transit. Since Xcaret is a very large park, we knew we would only be scratching the surface with the time we were going to be there, so we appreciated his guidance.
We elected to swim the Xcaret river, which is partially underground. A "Bucket List" item for sure. I swam on my back and looked "up" for a lot of the trip. This was very enjoyable, and I saw a colony of bats, which was cool. You should be in good shape to swim the entire river. You may exit the river at any 1 of the 5 exits. You'll still get the thrill. George met us at the last exit, and asked what he could do for us. He was fantastic!
We ate lunch at Restaurante Bar En las Rocas (#41 on the map). We had the most delicious Shrimp Ceviche ever. Savored every bite! The view was exactly what one dreams of; azure blue seas, a gentle surf, and pristine shoreline.
For the next few hours we used the map as our guide and followed the green and blue paths through nature and marine exhibits of the park. We saw many iguanas of all sizes and the most beautiful Flamingos that were being led along the paths by a park ranger. This was too funny. I was in heaven surrounded by all the tropical foliage.
George was waiting for us at the scheduled meeting time and thanked the group for being "on time". If you are late, you just may delay the group from making it back to the ferry on time - so, please remember to be courteous to your fellow cruisers.
I look forward to returning to Xcaret, as we barely "scratched" the surface on all that the park offers. I recommend this Eco Park to nature lovers and adventure seekers.
The facilities are great; we especially liked that they will secure your gear while you swim the river. The staff transports the gear to the river exit, where there are showers and restrooms nearby. You can enjoy the swim without being bogged down with gear.
Tips: Stay hydrated, keep a cool towel around your neck, as it does heat up mid day, and for us "Midwesterners", this was quite a welcome climate change.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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Adventurous: 
4 out of 5
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Family Oriented: 
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
shelby11
Date:March 9, 2015
Wish I had more time
This place has everything! The rivers take about 40 minutes to get through, We did the river that was 1/2 outdoors 1/2 caves. There were bats living the caves so it was cool floating down the river and seeing them. There is a beach if you just want to hang out with plenty of restaurants around. Below the beach are some pretty cool salt water springs/pools. They have dolphins, sea lions, turtles, an aquarium, and flamingos.
Keep in mind that your wristband has a bar code to scan for pictures, So anytime you see somewhere that says camera, scan and take a picture. At the end of the day in the gift shop they have a place where you can scan your wristband and all your pictures pop up. It was useful because we didn't bring our waterproof camera and wanted pictures taken in the cave.
They say its similar to disneyland but without the crowds.
Kids, adults, and elderly alike will love it!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Fun: 
4 out of 5
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Adventurous: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Family Oriented: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Cultural/Educational: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
luv2fish
Location: Illinois (St. Louis Area)
Party size: 3
I traveled with: Family
Cruise Date Month: January
Cruise Date Year: 2015
Favorite activities: Educational
I want to go here next: Europe
Date:February 7, 2015
A Taste of Central America
This eco park gives you a taste of what Central America has to offer - animals local to the area, Mayan culture, Mexican culture, relaxing beaches, caves and rivers for swimming/exploring, etc. I was impressed with all that there was to do and see. We also had a fabulous lunch overlooking the Caribbean (on our own - not included in the price of the excursion).
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Xcaret Eco Park
Overall: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Fun: 
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Adventurous: 
5 out of 5
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Family Oriented: 
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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!!!
24 of 24 people found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Xcaret Eco Park
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1 out of 5
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1 out of 5
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Adventurous: 
1 out of 5
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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.
12 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 7 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.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.