Xcaret Eco Theme Park, Playa del Carmen

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Take a short drive out of Cancun to Xcaret Eco Theme Park, where ecologically oriented activities cater to visitors of all ages. The theme park gets its name from a nearby settlement once inhabited by the pre-Columbian Maya, and some of the original village's structures remain. The park's 81 hectare (20 acre) grounds also contain a coral reef aquarium, bird and butterfly pavilions, bat cave, deer shelter, and a greenhouse designed to protect and display delicate orchids and bromeliads. Aiming to entertain both adults and children, the park's nature-based activities include snorkeling with sea turtles and swimming with dolphins. Check the official website for ticket discounts and a complete listing of special performances and family-friendly activities. Take a look at our Playa del Carmen travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Xcaret Eco Theme Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very good experience for adults and children. I don't like amusement parks but this is totally different, I had a very good day.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Great alternative to staying on the resort all week. It's a mix between a zoo, water park and cultural exhibits. The river is one of the best attractions, but the water is cold. The Mexican buffet was...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We went to Xcaret in June 2017 & had an amazing time! We Loved swimming in the underground river. The park was beautiful had many animals such as manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, Stingrays etc. You ar...  more »

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