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Xcaret Eco Theme Park

Commune with nature, explore ancient ruins and learn about Mayan culture at this popular theme park, home to a natural underground river.

Part theme park, part wildlife sanctuary and part archaeological site, Xcaret Park has dozens of attractions and activities to keep the whole family occupied. So many, in fact, that it’s almost impossible to see everything with just one visit.

At Xcaret, the emphasis is on getting close to nature. Swim with dolphins and nurse sharks in the Caribbean Sea. Learn about the park’s plant conservation efforts when you take the tropical jungle trail, a guided hike that passes sacred Maya trees and endangered plant species. Make sure to stop by the butterfly pavilion where twenty species of butterflies — some endangered — flutter freely above your head.

Follow the crowds to one of the park’s most popular attractions, swimming in the half-mile (800-meter) underground river. The swim brings you under rocky stalactite formations and cavern walls embedded with marine fossils. The currents are soft, the water clear and the depth about five feet (1.5 meters).  

Light filters through a number of natural openings so the swim is not completely in the dark, and there are a number of exit points along the route for people who may feel tired. All swimmers regardless of ability are equipped with float vests.

The theme park encloses a set of ancient Mayan ruins. Mayan building at Xcaret dates from around A.D. 1200 to 1500.The structures were part of a port and a ceremonial center. Maya would come here and bathe in the waters to purify their bodies and minds. Visitors are free to wander around most of the ruins.

At night, Xcaret puts on a song and dance spectacular that takes you through Mexican history from pre-Hispanic times to the present day.
The park is situated in the Riviera Maya, approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Cancun International airport and 3.7 miles (six kilometers) from Playa del Carmen. You can get to Xcaret by car; the on-site parking is free. Alternatively, take a bus from the station in Cancun (Uxmal Avenue) or from Playa del Carmen (Fifth Avenue).

Xcaret Park is open 365 days a year.

Popular Activities at Xcaret Eco Theme Park

You'll find it hard to believe how many things there are to do at Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Here are some suggestions to get you going:

If you're after more activities, peruse our Xcaret things to do page.


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Hotel Xcaret Mexico - All Parks and Tours / All Fun Inclusive $503
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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xplor Theme Park and Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal and Playacar Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Playa del Carmen property is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Xplor Theme Park and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Playa del Carmen Main Beach and Mamitas Beach Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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      Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the beach, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park and 1 mi (1.7 km) from Xplor Theme Park. Quinta Avenida and Playa del Carmen Main Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        A Jungle Paradise Built for Luxury ~ Vidanta Riviera Maya 11/23/19 to 11/30/19
        A Jungle Paradise Built for Luxury ~ Vidanta Riviera Maya 11/23/19 to 11/30/19

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        Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          A Jungle Paradise Built for Luxury ~ Vidanta Riviera Maya ~ Studio 12/29/19 to 1/5/20
          A Jungle Paradise Built for Luxury ~ Vidanta Riviera Maya ~ Studio 12/29/19 to 1/5/20

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          Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the beach, this romantic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park and 1 mi (1.7 km) from Xplor Theme Park. Quinta Avenida and Playa del Carmen Main Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            A Jungle Paradise Built for Luxury ~ Vidanta Riviera Maya 12/21/19 to 12/28/19
            A Jungle Paradise Built for Luxury ~ Vidanta Riviera Maya 12/21/19 to 12/28/19

            A Jungle Paradise Built for Luxury ~ Vidanta Riviera Maya 12/21/19 to 12/28/19

            Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the beach, this romantic condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Xcaret Eco Theme Park and 1 mi (1.7 km) from Xplor Theme Park. Quinta Avenida and Playa del Carmen Main Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Grand Luxxe SPA - 2 Bedroom Suite AAA Diamond Riviera Maya Resort
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              Playa del Carmen, ROO
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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