About Xcaret park
Xcaret Park (pronounced ish-ka-ret) is a 250-acre "eco-archaeological theme park" in the Riviera Maya offering over 50 attractions including aquatic activities, natural and cultural attractions, as well as shows.
This park has elements of a water park, aquarium, zoo, museum, and cultural center, all combined in one expansive complex.
At Xcaret, there is plenty to see and do for people of all ages. It's definitely worth taking some time before you get there to decide how you would like to spend your day and come up with a strategy to make the most of your time.
The Regional Wildlife Breeding Area and Aviary at Xcaret is a must-see for bird lovers. It's very close to the park entrance (on the left after you enter the park). Here you will be able to see a wide variety of bird species, including lots of scarlet and green macaws, toucans, and flamingos, as well as some other animals, like deer and crocodiles.
Xcaret began a macaw breeding program in 1993 with both scarlet macaws and green macaws. The park was awarded a Guinness World Record for the most macaws born in one place - for the 105 macaws born at the park in 2009.
Xcaret is now home to over 700 macaws, and in 2013 Xcaret began a program to release some of their macaws into the wild. Read more about the Xcaret macaw release program.
You'll love getting a peek at the macaw nursery with baby macaws in different stages of development.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities in the Riviera Maya, but a visit to Xcaret's coral reef aquarium allows you to explore the world at the bottom of the sea without getting wet.
The aquarium at Xcaret has over 5,000 living organisms including tropical fish such as sturgeons, butterfly and angel fish, as well as turtles, sea horses, urchins, anemones, nursery sharks, and rays.
This is a wonderful way for kids and adults to learn about coral reefs and all the species that inhabit them. The aquarium has interactive exhibits which allow visitors to see the sea creatures up close and even touch some of them.
Xcaret's nightly show is outstanding. This is a family favorite of a day at Xcaret, although the youngest visitors may be tired out by that time. The show is called México Espectacular, and it really is spectacular. It takes you on a journey through Mexico's history, from Prehispanic times through colonial times to modern Mexico with a focus on Mexican music and folklore. In this show, you'll see a demonstration of the prehispanic ball game, the voladores, folk dancing, mariachis, and more.
The México Espectacular show is a perfect way to end a full day at Xcaret.