Close to Cancun, Xcaret is a large eco park where you can find tropical flora and fauna of the Mayan region and artistic expressions of the Mayan culture. It includes features such as underground rivers, butterfly pavilion, white sand beach, orchid greenhouse and a Maya village; along with water activities as snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, snuba and sea trek; plus a night show "Xcaret Mexico Espectacular."

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Kids 40 to 55 inches tall get half off the adult price.
  • Pricing is complex and it will put a dent in your budget. Check to see exactly what comes with each pass. Many of the best activities, like Snuba and swimming with sharks, are extra. Plan in advance and tell kids exactly what you're going to do and not do.
  • Buses for Xcaret leave from Playa del Carmen near the dock; the park is about four miles south of Playa.
It's not exactly a theme park, and not entirely a nature experience either. It's a little like being on an exotic movie set, perhaps an Indiana Jones set with natural pools, underground rivers, ancient ruins, and jungle lagoons. You might encounter

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Riviera Maya Mainland, Highway 307
Playa del Carmen,
Parking: Apr-Oct: 8:30a-10p, Nov-Mar: 8:30a-9p

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 52 987 1 4000
Fax: 52 987 1 4005
Neighborhood: Mainland (not on Cozumel Island)
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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