There are several food and beverage outlets, including one that offers a historical look at Mexico through a dinner show. For attractions included in the admission, Xcaret suggests taking kids to the butterfly pavilion, the wild bird aviary, the coral reef aquarium, Jaguar Island and the marine turtles exhibit. For an extra cost, there’s the Snuba excursion or the Adventure Kids package, where the little ones will meet stingrays up close and personal.
Also in the park is the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show, a horse exhibition, a pre-Hispanic dance show, a Sacred Mayan Journey recreation, a Mexican folk art museum, the Hacienda Henequenera 19th-century mansion, and, if your family is brave enough, a Mexican cemetery. Don’t worry, though — this colorful burial ground is more of a whimsical look at architecture than the scarier aspects of cemeteries.
Also in Playa del Carmen, the Kantun-Chi Cenote Park invites visitors to explore stunning blue cenotes and grottos, as well as the indigenous flora and fauna of the Riviera Maya. Just outside of town, Xenses Sensorial Park takes visitors on a tour of their senses through more than 15 different reality-bending experiences through caverns, gardens, a town, rivers, waterfalls and much more. They’ll discover visual puns and optical illusions, different ecosystem and the freedom of flying through the air.
Further south near the town of Akumal is the Xcacel Beach Turtle Sanctuary, a quiet beach for snorkeling tourists and turtles alike. Visitation is limited to protect the turtles during nesting season.
Continuing south we come to Xel-Ha, another eco-adventure park where visitors enjoy ecological attractions such as cenotes, lagoon and caves, as well as water activities and zip lines.
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