<P>Experience Xcaret, one of the worldâs 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.</p>
<p>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. Donât miss the opportunity to swim in an underground river. Other activities are available at an additional cost: the dolphin swim, SNUBAÂ® diving, Sea Trek and Temascal, an ancient Mayan ritual in a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge. Please bring your bathing suit.</p>
<strong> Note: </strong> Not recommended for pregnant women. Ferry ride across may be rough at times and guests who suffer from motion sickness should take this into account.
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5 of 5(100%)guests would recommend this to a friend.
Reviews others have written are pretty correct. The time at the park is the biggest drawback. I didn't do the underground river but toured the park. Our tour guide had a little free time while others floated on the river. He showed us some of the main exhibits. This made a world of difference while touring the park. We would of passed many sites not knowing the meaning or history of what we were watching. The park has butterfly and bird exhibits where they will fly around you. It has small and large turtles and other animals. The food is a little high but they give you alot of food. Lunch for two is enough for four big eaters. Be sure to see the flying indians at 3 oclock. You won't have time to shop cozumel so visit the gift shops while there.I would give it a higher score if not for the short time.
The park takes a while to get too but the bird aviary and butterfly pavilion are worth it. Stunning, just stunning if you like that kind of thing. We spent 2 hours just doing those 2 parts of the park. The rest of the park is hot, dusty and very junglly. Long winding paths that lead to a lot of walking. There are also long, winding underground paths that eventually get you where you want to go. The food is expensive and not included in the tour price. This is a park in the making, 5 years from now the whole park may be great, once they fill in some of the jungle with exhibits.
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Review 3 for Xcaret Eco Park
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.
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.
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).