How To Choose An Xcaret Adventure

Xcaret is both an eco-park and a company. There are six different parks that make up part of the Xcaret branded attractions around Cancun and the Yucatán Peninsula. Each park has a different focus and offers it’s visitors different attractions and experiences.

If you’re travelling to the Yucatán soon and can’t decide which park you should visit, here’s a brief guide to all six of the Xcaret parks to help make your decision easier:

xcaret Park


An eco-archeological park with a focus on the natural beauty and culture of Mexico and the Mayan Jungle. The largest of the parks with so much packed into it you could easily spend a few days in this beautiful Oasis.

Activities & Attractions

  • Underground Rivers
  • Archaeological Sites
  • Mayan Village
  • Hacienda Henequenera
  • Coral Reef Aquarium
  • Marine Turtle Sanctuary
  • Jaguar Island
  • Manatee Lagoon
  • Tropical Jungle Trails
  • The Caribbean Sea
  • México Espectacular Dinner
  • Stingray Encounters
  • Swimming with Sharks and Dolphins

Admission: Tickets start from $89.10 US for a day pass.

Book now: Skip the lines and buy your tickets to Xcaret

Exploring The Underground Rivers of Xcaret



In Mayan language Xel-Há translates to where water is born. A tropical nature park bringing together the best nature has to offer.

Activities & Attractions

  • Snorkelling
  • River Tours
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Cave Diving
  • Zip Lining
  • Trepachanga
  • Bay of Caprices
  • Xel-Há Inlet
  • Vine Swinging
  • Grotto Ixchel and El Dorado Grotto
  • Queen Conch Sanctuary
  • Animal encounters including dolphins, manatees and stingrays

Admission: Tickets to Xel-Há start at $80.10 US. Image found on the Xel-há website.

Book now: Grab your tickets to Xel-Ha



Spend a day exploring the different cenotes around the Yucatán Peninsula, protected by the aluxes – Mayan spirits from the Yucatán and Guatemala.

Activities & Attractions

The four main cenotes – Fire Xenote K’áak’, Water Xenote Ha’, Earth Xenote Lu’um (pictured above) and Wind Xenote Iik’; as well as kayaking, zip-lining, inner tubes, snorkelling and tours.

Admission: Tickets start from $107.10 to Xenotes Oasis Maya. Image found on the Xenotes website.

Book now: Grab your tickets to Xenotes

chichen itza


Take a tour to the Archaeological Sites of the Mayan people around Quinta Roo and the Riviera Maya, including Chichén Itzá and sacred cenotes.

Activities & Attractions

Tours to your choice of Chichén Itzá, Ik’Kil Cenote, Tulum, Cobá, Zací Cenote, La Casona de Valladolid.

Admission: Prices vary depending on which tour you decide to take. Check out all the different options that visit both Chichén Itzá and Ik’Kil Cenote in one day.

A Guide To Visiting Chichén Itzá



Take night time cruise on board a trajinera with dinner under the stars and traditional Mexican entertainment.

Activities & Attractions

Dinner with the best of Mexican cuisine, open bar with tequila, beer, fruit flavoured beverages and soda, different ensembles playing traditional live music.

Admission: Prices start from $80.10. Trajinera’s are limited to 20 people per cruise, so make sure you book in advance! Image found on the Xoximilco website.

Book now: Grab your Xoximilco cruise tickets



A park full of jungle adventures and extreme activities.

Activities & Attractions

  • Zip-lining
  • Amphibious vehicles
  • Driving below the Earth
  • Underground rafting and swimming
  • Exploring underground rivers
  • Visit Xplor at night for Xplor Fuego and explore nature by the moonlight

Admission: Tickets start from $107.10 US. Image found on the Xplor website.

Book now: Tickets to Xplor

Swimming In The Sacred Ik Kil Cenote

xcaret night show

Had we known about these parks when we were booking our trip to Mexico, we definitely would have given ourselves more time here to explore them all. We actually came across pictures of the underground rivers at Xcaret on Pinterest whilst waiting for our plane from New York City to Cancun, such late notice, but we are so thankful we made time for these amazing adventures!

During our short stay in Playa del Carmen we only got to visit Xcaret and Xichen – taking part in a tour to Chichén Itzá and Ik’Kil Cenote. We highly recommend both of these and would go back in a heartbeat.

Read more about our adventures across Mexico

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