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Mayan Riviera - Highlights and Resorts

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Kilometer 59 - Xcaret Eco-Archeological Theme Park
Mayan Riviera - Xcaret. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Mayan Village, at Xcaret. Photo © Teresa Plowright.

Imagine Disney-meets-National-Geographic: Xcaret aims to package the Yucatan's Mayan history and its tropical lagoon ecology into one day-long fun experience. The result is well-executed; Xcaret is a terrific place for a family to spend a day.

Highlights include:

  • Underground River Float: 1,590-foot swim in an underground river; lifejackets and gear provided; even kids as young as five can go
  • premium (i.e. extra charge) activities such as dolphin encounter, sea trekking, and snuba
  • Butterfly Pavilion, Tropical Reef aquarium
  • pumas and jaguars in l arge "cageless" area in Jaguar Island
  • Mayan Village
  • live entertainment including horseback show and Papantla Flyers (flying around a pole, 30 meters in the air)
  • a spectacular night-time show

All resorts organize excursions to Xcaret, but you can also rent a car and drive yourself; or take one of the buses that fly down the highway, and then return to your resort by one of the taxis awaiting at the end of the Night Show.

  • read more about Xcaret -- many photos, too.
Other eco-parks in the Mayan Riviera include:
  • Xel-Ha
  • Xplor: two zipline circuits, underground river rafting, hammock ziplining, cave swimming and amphibious vehicles.
  • Rio Secreto: underground river with stalactites and stalagmites. Minimum age for this tour is four years old.
  • Hidden Worlds: ride through the jungle to activities that include skycycling, rappelling into a cenote, cave snorkeling, and a "zipline rollercoaster".

continue to Puerto Aventuras, km 86

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