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Xcaret Eco Theme 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.
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Just returned from a week at the Occidental ( Hotel next door), where we had the unlimited entry package, thank god. Not wanting to rain on any ones parade but this park cannot be covered fully in a day maybe even two. The park is vast and should be appreciated for the eco work that goes into the whole experience. We spent 6 out of 7 days at the beach and snorkelling areas, beautiful scenery with a birds eye view of the dolphins who are the biggest attraction. As we were able to nip in and out the park ,and back to the hotel for lunch we had the best of both worlds as I must agree with other reviewers this park is not a cheap day out, also security staff did not bother us about biodegradable sun lotion. We did the under ground river snorkelling /swim which was a great experience that takes about 40+ minutes and really should be on your TO DO list. The evening show was a cultural event and the first hour is self explanatory, how ever the second half I'm still trying to fathom out!!! So, if you have booked for one day only, you will need to prioritise to what you want to do/see first, either way the place is fantastic so go early and leave late ,and don't forget your camera and have a fun filled time.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Had a great time at Xcaret. Between the great attractions like the underground river, bird and butterfly santcuary, all the animals and the view and the good food, we had a fantastic time. I cant remember the name of the restaurant, but it was the one right on the beach. Great seafood buffett. We got the giant corona( the equivalent of 5 beers in one )and the fresh pina colada (in the pineapple with a cute face on the front made out of fresh fruit). At 5 pm they have the horse show, tho it was all in Spanish and I dont speak the language so it was hard to stay focused when you dont know what their saying. They also have other attractions that you can pay and do like swim with dolphins, sting rays and a manatee. The customer service was great. As soon as we arrived we were approached by a friendly staff member that gave us a map, explained many of the attractions in the park as was just all around helpful. Great for families or couples. Definitely worth checking out. Tickets about $90 USD online or if you find yourself in Cancun you can find many vendors selling tickets for cheaper

3  Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We purchased a package through out hotel which included transportation, a meal with unlimited softdrinks/water and a beer. We went to the Mexican restaurant and it was pretty good. Nice variety, had a view of the horseshow but the service was somewhat poor. We cleared our own table several times and could never find our server to refill our drinks but overall wasn't a bad experience.

The park its self was much larger than I expected. We paid for an additional activity while there, Snuba diving. I highly recommend it! It is a combination of snorkelling and scuba diving, you have a 20 foot hose attached to your mouth piece that provides air from the tank on the little dinghy that you tow around with you while you are swimming. You go about 20 feet deep and see all the coral and fish. A photographer follows you and around and he caught some amazing pictures of our group. You have a guide with you who instructs you on how to breathe, not to touch the coral and whatnot. They are very knowledgeable and very helpful. One person in our party was very nervous about doing this and he was able to walk her though it, held her hand until she was comfortable enough to swim on her own.

We also swam in the underground tunnels, the ones above ground, went to the butterfly conservatory and visited the graveyard. There was so much to do I think we could have gone a second day. The aquarium has beautiful jelly fish, star fish, sting rays, there are plenty of turtles that they have rescued and are planning on setting free soon.

I recommend visiting Xcaret if you are in the area. Yes it is a bit pricey if you are with a family but we felt it was a once in a lifetime kind of thing. We won't visit again if we go back to the same area just because there are so many other things to do.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We decided to do only one excursion on this trip and were at the park from 9:30-8:30, which was the pickup times for the hotel.

The park was nice but it took us a little while to figure out to follow the tiled lines to be able to find the most direct ways of navigation.

There were things that were very neat to see ie. Jaguar Island and the Tapir but then there were things like Racoons, which coming from the states is not exciting or new at all.

We did the "dark" version of the cave swimming and did not have a snorkel. It wasn't as interesting as the other loop seemed while walking around. The tunnels were dark so we didn't think snorkeling would be a good idea, there was also not much to them. The tunnels were also just deep enough to where you couldn't touch, so the cave swim was exactly that, a swim for 50 mins.

We did not participate, but watched some of the Dolphin experiences. They are kept in a rather small area, but we did see many trainers with the dolphins that were not used in the experience at that time.

We did the Xcaret Plus, which included a locker & snorkel equipment for the cave swimming along with a lunch at one of the buffets.

We ate at the La Laguna over by Jaguar Island and were very pleased with the food and entertainment.

The show is from 6-8 and was fantastic. It was slightly long, but there was an intermission.

I would recommend going only for a half a day. There is a lot of walking and unless you decide to do all of the extra activities (which there is an upcharge for) you will not need 11 hours at the park.

We did enjoy ourselves, but probably would not go back.

1  Thank fbohannon
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Departamento C, Customer Service Team at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2014

Dear Visitor,

We apologize for haven’t reached your expectations during your visit to our park.

We would like to share with you that we’ve been working in a new sign project for the last two years and is almost done, in the past we only had the black route and today we have more colour routes and we have just one left that is not ready yet. As soon as we finish with the last one we will do the new maps, and if you visit us again you’ll see all our improvements.

On the other hand, we apologize for not informed you before your visit that we have a kind of entrance that we call “Xcaret at night” where you can enjoy the park starting for 3:00pm.

We thank you for all your comments.

Hope you to visit us again soon.

Customer Service Team
Experiencias Xcaret

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We visited the part in Feb and we found the cultural night show really impressive. We also joined the dinner option (Add UD45/person). The food was great, the seats were at best location and the service from the staff was also great. Strongly recommended.

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