Wild Adventures at Xcaret Park Cancun Mexico
If you are looking for an adventure, Xcaret marks the spot. Trevor & I had a destination wedding in Playa Del Carmen & were looking for fun things to do with our wedding party. We decided to take our group to Xcaret Park Cancun Mexico. We definitely did not regret it. In fact, when we all look back at the six days spent in the Riviera Maya, we never cease to bring up our wild adventures at Xcaret; swimming through water caves (cenotes), dining under a hut in the rain, swinging from vine to vine, petting sea turtles, swimming with dolphins & that list goes on. We even took wedding party photos on Mayan Ruins as you can see in the photo above.
What is Xcaret Exactly?
Xcaret is an eco-archaeological park / Mayan Jungle located on the shore near Cancun in the Riviera Maya. People have described it as the Disneyland of Mexico. I’m not sure I agree with this so much. Xcaret is truly original! You will NOT find anything like it & it’s one of those things you have to experience to get the full picture.
The park has more than 50 attractions & it’s worth doing a little planning before you get there. Remember, Xcaret is quite large.
How Much are Tickets?
The regular price of a basic ticket to Xcaret is $99 for adults (age 12 and older) and $49.50 for children (age 5 to 11). You can book your discounted Xcaret tickets here.
Your purchased ticket includes:
- Shows, exhibitions and cultural tours
- Tours in Underground Rivers
- Access to beaches, bays and natural pools
- Life jackets and inner tubes
- Lounge chairs, hammocks and rest areas
- Safety bag service during the river journey
- Restrooms, dressing rooms and showers
- Show “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular”, a musical journey through the history of Mexico
Our group took a bus from our hotel at the ROYAL Playa Del Carmen on fifth avenue. Lucky for us, the distance was only 15 minutes from PDC. For directions & different ways to get to Xcaret, click here.
First things first, start off with a map & put together an itinerary, especially if you are in a large group. (Click here for the map)
The park features a large number of animals / insects & the aquarium has over 500 coral reef structures + 5000 marine organisms! Be sure to look in the trees, you might see beautiful birds. Look up in the caves, you might see hanging bats! Don’t worry, they won’t bother you. Hopefully I didn’t scare you.
Polly want a cracker?
We discovered the world’s largest Coronas. 😀
En route to the Mayan Ruins…
My two beautiful younger sisters, Jennifer & Nicole.
Stopped for a little fun photo op on the ruins with our group. Trevor played Mayan King & I played Mayan Queen. Our wedding party bowed down & we all had a laugh. This wound up being one of our favorite photos from the trip.
We should mention that there are natural pools EVERYWHERE! Pack light at Xcaret, you will be in the water most of the time. In fact, all you will need is a swimsuit, a dry pair of clothes, shoes (preferably water shoes), sunblock & cash for little expenses.
We discovered blowholes by the shore. Not sure how lol
Our group tied up in vests getting ready to descend down into an underwater cave (a ll called Cenotes in Mexico).
This is where the “Originality” of Xcaret comes into play. You can’t do this at Disneyland or Sea World.
Strapping on our jackets and getting into the water for a trek down a river.
It was quite chilly….
Do not miss this activity! It was a personal favorite!
My best friend Baylen came out of nowhere swimming from vines like Tarzan. You gotta try it!
Like monkeys! YOLO
Our friend Jamie testing the ropes…
We made a pit stop at a little piece of shore on the river…
and caught off guard by Mayan Warrior behind us. YIKES
Don’t miss the large Sea Turtles. They were beautiful.
Swimming with the dolphins was such a surreal experience. They are the friendliest creatures. In fact, I had no idea this guy was going to pop out of the water to give me a kiss on the cheek. Apparently, crossing your arms over your chest at Xcaret = Kisses. Note that.
Adrenaline was AMAZING & so intense! While it is an optional activity & at an added cost of around $53.00pp, it was definitely worth it. Now that I think of it, it’s probably illegal in the US, ha!. This is an activity for the bold but if you love the thrill, this is it! Once aboard, you will sail at high speed above the waves and experience 360 ° turns. Definitely EXTREME.
Xcaret Mexico Espectacular – a celebration of light & color with 300 artists that will take you through the history of Mexico. So worth it.
We hope you enjoyed this post & wish you a trip to Xcaret Park Cancun Mexico in the near future. It’s definitely a bucket list item. Please leave us any questions or comments in the link below. We’d love to hear from you!