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“Expensive but worth the dinero”
Review of Xcaret Park

Xcaret Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Xcaret (pronounced eesh - carette )is a must-see destination while visiting Cancun and Riviera Maya, situated only 37 miles from Cancun International. Xcaret," Mexico ’s sacred paradise" was opened in December 1990 as an eco-archeological park where visitors from all over the world can enjoy the splendor of Mexico’s biodiversity and cultural heritage. Attractions: Underground Rivers, Beach, lagoon & pools, Tropical Jungle Trail, Rotating Scenic Tower.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We went to Xcaret on the recommendation of friends who had been before. We do not usually go to theme parks but trust our friends. At the end of the day we felt it was worth the money.

Before you go here are a few tips from our visit.

If you know what day you would like to go book ahead on line. You can save a little money. Depending how much time you want to spend in the water you could consider going later in the day. We arrived after midday. There was no line to get in. We did not pay for a buffet. There are a couple of restaurants where you can have a la carte. We ate good and ample fajitas for around $200 (pesos)

We had plenty of time to see the exhibits we wanted to. We did not however swim in the ocean etc. The underground river was not crowded. We spoke with a family who went on the river in the morning and they had a very different experience with large crowds. The system for giving up your belongings and collecting them at the end of the river worked very well There are showers and changing rooms available. It is important to realize you will be swimming for about 40 minutes. With small children they will have to hold on to you unless they are on a swim team. You have a life jacket but the river flows very slowly so it does not carry you along.

The aviary and butterfly exhibit are very good. Creative architecture allows you to see birds from many different levels.

Show is spectacular wonderful dancers, beautiful costumes, accomplished live bands. I read that they have 300 performers. It lasts from 7-9pm with one short interval. For best seats get there an hour ahead. The stadium seats 8,000 so you can be a long way from the stage if you are at the top of the bleachers.They have a live music performance before the main show so the time goes quickly. If you go with friends it is easy to keep seats. They have “Mayan warriors” lining the route into the stadium later on. If you go in earlier you may miss them but you will see them on stage. Best seats are along the sides in the middle not at the ends. Choose about 10 rows up minimum for best view.

Overall a great day out with something for everybody from young to old.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This park is brilliant we had a fab day here, there is so much to do and see, we were there from 9ish in the morning and didn't leave till around 6ish, there is a show at 7pm for 2 hours but we had had enough by that time so left before, you can do a river swim which is quite long, it goes in and out of caves, that was really good, theres a small boat trip along paradise river, snorkelling, sea trek experience, interacting with sharks and dolphins and lots more and inbetween all that theres shows going on in different areas, it really was a good day we had no complaints at all.

Thank Maxwell7064
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Its's been over 20 years since we visited Xcaret and wow how it has changed. Of course just like the surrounding towns too. But it was still as beautiful and worth going to. We don't have kids so we just wanted to swim the river, do some walking and see the evening show. We were staying right next door at an all inclusive so we went back and forth for the day to eat at our resort. The river seemed longer then previous years (unless it's just that we're older now lol) it was 1/4 mile long. But it was fantastic. How they have modernized the photo taking, years ago someone was just in one location with a camera. Now you just scan your wrist band at different locations along the river then jump in front or under the camera and its taken. Then you go to the front desk to purchase any of the pics if you want. We watched the dolphins, the sharks and the sea turtles and just walked around some of the park. We went back a little late to see the evening show and it was fantastic, well worth seeing! They do a fantastic job. We did not see or do everything they had to offer. If you have kids you should do more then one day in order to experience everything. Well worth it. We went early in the morning so it was not too crowded.

Thank rjfs16
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

A must go! So much to see! Every turn you take there is something that takes your breath away! Make this a go to!

Thank Sheila G
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We had been to Xcaret over 30 years ago and at that time we paid $20.00 (US) for a car with 4 persons. It was not developed at all. Just the beach and the river were available. If you plan on visiting this more than excellent site, be certain that you book at least 2 days and even at that I am certain you will have glanced only at some of the exhibits and things to do. One thing is for certain, you cannot and should not miss the show. We had booked only the one day and did not get to see everything on the site but I can vouch that the show is worth the money of the one day price. We plan on going back to the same hotel because we can walk to the Xcaret site within 10 minutes and this time we will be taking the one week ticket which is near the price of the 2 day cost. This and Chichen Itza made for a most fabulous trip with my wife even if we came back tired but extremely content.

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