Xcaret- A day is not enough

Having visited the ecologically sound nature park of Xcaret,( Mayan for small inlet)  before, I knew a half day would not be enough to thoroughly enjoy all this 200 acre park has to offer. You really need to spend a full day or 2 to leisurely visit all of the displays,activities and performances. If your time is limited to just a day, plan to go early and stay into the night. You wont want to miss the Xcaret's evening entertainment which includes an exciting  re-enactment of the Mayan ball game and colorful Mexican cultural dance performances. If you can't devote that much time, I would still recommend visiting the park, there are activities for all ages. Xcaret is devoted to sharing Mexican heritage, culture and nature in an eco friendly way. Biodegradable sunscreen must be used when entering the refreshing waters at the park. It cannot contain any of the following ingredients: Benzophenone, Butil methoxydibenzoilmetane, Octyl metoxycinnamate, Octyl salicylate, Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Ethylhexyl or Homosalate. Children are will enjoy collecting the stamps for their "passport"  at each exhibit. Strollers and wheelchairs are available to rent for only $12.The park is open from 8:30 am – 9:30pm daily, Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to visit. It is located about an hour drive from Cancun, 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen and 30 minutes from Tulum.

Monarch at Xcaret's Butterfly Pavilion

MrTravelD and I wanted to revisit the Butterfly Pavilion, one of the largest in the world and the first in Mexico, it is one of our favorite exhibits! Butterflies are very important to the Mexican culture. Aztecs believed they hold the spirits of their great warriors. There is also a UNESCO world heritage site in Mexico, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere.

Waterfall in the Butterfly Pavilion at Xcaret

At the Butterfly Pavilion you walk though two hanging rope curtain doorways which keep the butterflies inside the 38,000 sq.ft. netted lush tropical garden. A  small waterfall is at the entrance of the walkway which makes a nice photo opportunity.

chart of the butterfly life cycle

There is also an exhibit depicting the various stages of the butterfly's life cycle. Xcaret's Butterfly Pavilion is home to 20 endemic species which are native to the Yucatan peninsula.

Evolution of Butterflies


The free flying butterflies are most active in the morning so we recommend making a visit here early in the day. There are butterflies of all shapes, colors and sizes– we even saw blue butterflies. If are lucky, a butterfly might even land right in front of you!

In the Butterfly Pavilion at Xcaret


There are 2 types of package categories at Xcaret, Admission to the Park packages and Xcaret Plus packages. The main difference in the Xcaret Plus package a delicious  buffet lunch with beverage at one of 4 restaurants, 2 snacks during the day (your choice of soft drinks, water, chips or 1 beer) as well as access to the Plus Area ( an air conditioned area with locker, changing and shower facilities, snorkel equipment and towel-valued at $17) and a 10% discount on certain premium activities the eco nature park offers. Within each category there are options which include transportation, swim with the dolphins and 2 day packages.  Both categories include access to more than 40 areas within the nature park. Food and drinks from outside the park are not allowed to be brought in becasue of this  a Plus ticket would be my choice and I think it offers excellent value. Children between 40- 55" are 50% off the adult price, wee ones are free. If you only want to see the evening performances tickets are available. Parking is free should you decide to drive to the park.

I will write more about what we did in Xcaret in future posts, in the meantime a HUGE thanks to Delios our host and the staff at Xcaret for their gracious hospitality during our visit. You can find Xcaret on twitter and facebook.

Eva Maria our hostess from the Riviera Maya Fideicomiso

I would also like to thank Ms. Ana Mari Irabien and her assistant, Eva Maria at the Riviera Maya Fideicomiso for inviting us to Xcaret for the day and sharing valuable travel information to the Riviera Maya. For the latest information on what to do in the Riviera Maya, you can like them on facebook and follow the Riviera Maya on twitter

Thank you to the management and staff of Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and the Mexico Tourism Board for sponsoring the #MexDreams bloggers in Unlimited-Luxury® style! We didn't want to leave you not even for a half day but we sure are glad we didn't miss Xcaret!

,,,,,,,and a final shout to @TravelistaTara for making all this possible–MUCHAS gracias, amiga! 

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7 Responses to “Xcaret- A day is not enough”

  1. June 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Thank you Angelica we had a wonderful time and hope to return again so we can spend more time at the museum and in the Mayan Village and of course the evening entertainment too!

  2. June 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi Stephanie! My name is Angelica and I'm a Xcaret representative. I want to thank you very much for this beautifull article in your blog. You describe so well the experience that you can have in the butterfly pavilion and the information that you give it's clear and accurate. We are so glad you enjoy the park and we thank you for your visit. If you of any of your friends have any question about the park please don't hesitate in contact me to agarcia@experienciasxcaret.com.mx We also invite you to follow us at http://www.facebook.com/xcaretpark for news. We would love that you can share your experience there. Hope to see you soon again! =)

  3. micro blogging
    June 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    great site!rich information

  4. May 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    I'd love the butterfly pavilion. There's something about them that fascinates me.And 38,000 sq. ft of them! I'd probably spend hours there.

  5. May 23, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    I was a bit uncomfortable in the butterfly area (I just don't like things flying around my head, no matter how pretty) but I really did enjoy it and I loved seeing the blue butterflies and the ones that were sort of tiger striped.
    The whole park was beautiful and yeah I think we barely scratched the surface.

  6. Sue
    May 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Sounds like a dream .. will you make it come true for me?


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