- 14 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs — find your paradise at Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park located along the Riviera Maya. View birds and butterflies, swim in a lagoon, hike through the jungle and visit archaeological sites. Explore an underground river and spot monkeys, macaws and deer. Top off the day with a night show extravaganza of lights, costumes and dance that brings Mayan history and culture to life. Enjoy convenient pickup and drop-off from most Playa del Carmen hotels.
- Choice of several departures throughout the day
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- All entrance fees included
- Use of lounge chairs, hammocks and rest areas
- Life jackets and inner tubes
- Water activities in the underground river
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- One buffet lunch with fruit-flavored drinks, coffee and one beer
- Use of Plus Area facility
- Use of snorkeling equipment
- Access to beaches, bays and natural pools
- 10% discount on some optional activities
- Entry/Admission - Xcaret Park
- Entry/Admission - Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano
- Optional activities
- Food and drinks (if Xcaret Plus option is not selected)
Tour departs from most Playa del Carmen hotels
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
You will leave Xcaret at around 5pm to return to your Playa del Carmen hotel. If you would like to stay for the night show, buses leave Xcaret around 9pm.
A unique combination of zoo, museum and amusement park, Xcaret provides a one-stop entertainment shop for every visitor. Enjoy hotel pickup from Playa del Carmen and the 15-minute ride to the modern eco-archeological park.
Mayans held sacred rites at Xcaret, meaning ‘small inlet,’ for more than 1,000 years. It is believed they engaged in cleansing rituals in the underground limestone caverns here before canoeing to the island of Cozumel to pray to the goddess of fertility and childbirth.
Explore these caverns that sprawl beneath the jungle of the Riviera Maya. Wander through the underground maze and run into rivers and local wildlife, such as deer, monkeys, raccoons and macaws. Solve your way out of the labyrinth and find yourself at Mayan Village, where you’ll learn about the ancient Mayans’ societal norms, family dynamics, home construction and village infrastructure.
Walk along a peaceful trail and visit archaeological sites, or stroll through the orchid garden. Take delight in the wildlife wonders at the coral reef aquarium, aviary and butterfly pavilion.
Cool off with a swim in the inlet lagoon, or snorkel in warm clear pools and greet sea turtles. Then dry off on a natural beach under the shade of a palapa.
Return to your hotel at the end of the day, or stay until after the sun sets. Complete your Xcaret visit by attending the popular Xcaret México Espectacular, a night show featuring more than 300 performers in traditional costumes who act and dance their way through Mayan and Mexican history and culture from pre-Columbian times to present day. After the show, bus transport will be waiting to take you back to your Cancun hotel.
Xcaret Plus option:
Includes a buffet lunch with orange juice and lemonade, snorkeling gear and the use of the Plus Area facilities, a more private shower and changing room facility.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- For pick up arrangement you must call to confirm your reservation at least 24 hrs before your visit day.
- Important: Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Child prices are height dependent: Children over 4.6 feet (1.4 meters) pay the adult price; children between 3.2 feet (1 meter) and 4.6 feet (1.4 meters) pay the child price; all children under 3.2 feet (1 meter) travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
- Please bring proof of age for children between 4-11 years old.
- It is recommended that you bring comfortable lightweight clothing, walking shoes or sneakers, biodegradable sunblock, a swimsuit and towel, and an extra change of clothing
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Had a great, fun filled day. Lots to see and do in one day. Especially enjoyed the underground river swim and the evening Mexico show.
Great day out! It's full on though, not much relaxing time. You'll need biodegradable sun screen to use in the park, which they sell on the coach at a fair price. My girlfriend did a dolphin experience too, which she loved. The show was great, but the food in the show is very traditional..not 4 all!
We went without kids and stayed the whole day, but were never bored! The park is cleverly designed with lots of shaded paths and underground caves - it really helped keep you cool. The evening show is a must-see, but good seats fill up fast. An easy way to get great seating is to buy the dinner and show package. It's relatively inexpensive, open bar, and the food was good. Also get the photo package, it's worth it and there are photo ops everywhere.
Long day when there is only one time to return to our hotel and too far to take a taxi back. We could have enjoyed the park in 4 hours not 8 but then we don't have kids.
Great way to spend the day. You can be as active or lazy as you want. Lots things to do or just lay around the beach. I used this tour as one of my last things to do as I was pretty tired by the end of the week of activities
Definitely an experience worth having. Going the through the underground rivers was amazing. Especially the second time when we swam through the bat cave, the Mayan village and the museum.
The show at night was thoroughly entertaining. The games, story and history could not have been taught in a more memorable way.
I did swimming in the underground river twice! You don't need to know how to swim to do this. The traditional Maya dance was really good and the show at the end was truly knowledgeable as it told you about the Mexican history in an interesting way. Even the horse in the show was dancing lol.
A nice way to spend the day. My husband and I enjoyed a good buffet meal and beverage along with a lot of activities. It rained while we were there but that was of no concern since we would just get back into the water and continue to enjoy ourselves. That's the nice thing about being at a park with lots of water activities.
One of our favourite days out. So much to see and do, we did not manage to do everything we had hoped to do. We particularly liked the butterfly house and aviary. We were disappointed with the 'Mexico Spectacular show' which we felt was aimed at the Mexican tourists who already knew the area and traditions.
Picked up on time from Hotel. The tour person went through the map of the Xcaret. But found that what he told us was not really relevant. He said to go to the Under river swim first but i suggest doing this half way through the day as all tour guides tell all tourist to do this. But if you go later in the day its quieter. The day is very long and tiring. We didnt get a chance to see the Fire work show in the evening as the day is far too long.There is a lot of walking and wear very ccomfortable shoes. This excursion is like visiting a theme park. You will not experience the real Mexico if you are hoping for that type of experience.
We got the xcaret plus ticket which was worthwhile. I thought that it included drinks throughout the day but it was only with your meal. I We ate at the yucantan restaurant, which was good. Rafael was an excellent waiter who looked after us. The evening show was amazing. Fantastic day out.
Great park. Lots to see and do. The shows were great. We loved the river. I don't recommend eating at the buffet restaurants. They were really expensive and the food was terrible. You are better off getting something from one of the walk up venders.
This is a must see! You cant go to to Cancun/playa del carmen without going to Xcaret.
My hotel was so close to Xcaret and if I had done my research ahead of time I would have taken a cab back for lunch to my hotel which was all inclusive instead of paying $250 dollars to pay for lunch for my family of 5 at the park.
We are a family of four from the USA. There were some amazing things to see at this park. The underground river was awesome, but COLD water. Once you got used to it, it was OK. A little scary for little ones, though. The cultural elements were awesome. It was like getting a survey of Mexican culture and history all in one place. We stayed all day, primarily for the evening show. It lived up to the hype, but we missed some of the significance of the symbolism involved as we are American. There was a bit a lag time between the day's activities and the show, but shopping and dinner (excellent options) filled the void nicely.