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Xcaret Park

Celebrate Mexico; enjoy its natural and cultural riches wrapped up in laughter, music, colors and flavors.

Xcaret is a majestic park by the sea, with one-of-a-kind activities in the middle of a rainforest, where visitors have fun discovering the natural and cultural heritage of Mexico by exploring its amazing underground rivers, is surprising range of land and aquatic animals, its gastronomy and its multiple artistic expressions.

Xcaret by the numbers:

Opening Date: December 1990.

Project Begun: 1985

Area: 80 hectares

Visitors per Year: 1,200,000

Meaning of the Word “Xcaret”: Small Cove

Distance from Cancún: 56 Kilometers south of the airport

Direct Employees: 1,600

Indirect Employees: 6,400


Fact: We are the only business in the world that holds a Guinness World Record for the preservation of an endangered species, the Red Macaw.

Activities: A nature park with more than 40 attractions in its rain forest, its coves, its underground rivers and its spectacular shows, as well as cultural activities that promote Mexican traditions.

Location: At kilometer 282 on the Chetumal-Puerto Juárez highway, on the Mayan Riviera, 74 kilometers south of Cancún.

History: The project began in 1985, when the architect Miguel Quintana Pali, along with three brothers, Oscar, Marcos y Carlos Constandse, realized their dream of sharing the beauty of the subterranean rivers and cenotes discovered when their property in the Mayan Riviera was being prepared for building.

This dream became a reality called Xcaret Park, which opened in December 1990. Since then, this majestic park by the sea is visited by an average of 1,000,000 people a year, and it has become iconic among destination nature parks.

Parque Xcaret contains a large extension of rain forest, three underground rivers, a cove, beaches and archeological sites. Visitors here enjoy more than 40 natural attractions, as well as Mexico’s most representative cultural manifestations, including dance, charrería, music and the gala spectacle called Xcaret México Espectacular, with more than 300 artists on stage. The park has five restaurants that are open every day, as well as various venues that are ideal for group activities.

To encourage the preservation of our traditions, two special events take place in Xcaret Park each year: the Travesía Sagrada Maya (Sacred Mayan Crossing) and the Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte (Festival of Life and Death Traditions). People from surrounding communities, society in general, and tourists from all over the world are involved in these celebrations.

Among the many awards and distinctions that Parque Xcaret has received are the Earthcheck Internacional Certification in Sustainable Tourism, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, a prize awarded by the Programa de Reproducción de la Guacamaya Roja (the Red Macaw Reproductive Program) and the H Award in all our restaurants, for cleanliness and sanitation in all our food preparation.