Everything you need to know about the wonders of Mexico's Xcaret park
Xcaret is the most emblematic eco-park in the Riviera Maya and throughout Mexico, and offers more than 50 attractions in the middle of the jungle and facing the Caribbean Sea with a wide variety of activities that make it ideal for family enjoyment.
In this immense natural park, you can swim in underground rivers, relax in a cove or swim in natural pools, observe close up huge sea turtles, macaws, and deer, or take walks in the Mayan jungle and visit the Coral Reef Aquarium, the Butterfly House, and the Aviary.
The most beautiful cultural expressions of Mexico are concentrated in the Xcaret park, such as the Ritual of the Voladores de Papantla, the charrería, and the pre-Hispanic dances. At sundown, with the presentation of Xcaret México Espectacular, a trip to the history of Mexico with music and folklore, colorful costumes, live singers and more than 300 artists on stage.
In Xcaret, you will also find archaeological vestiges, since, for the ancient Mayans, Xcaret (which they called Polé) was an important commercial and ceremonial center. Other attractions are the replicas of a henequen hacienda and a typical Mexican cemetery.
A trip on a boat at full speed, a walk on the seabed or swimming with dolphins are some of the optional activities (at an additional cost) to choose from in Xcaret. The Park also has rest areas, hammocks, showers, toilets, lockers and more than 10 restaurants of different specialties.
Xcaret is EarthCheck certified for its actions in favor of sustainability, such as the Marine Turtle Protection Program and the Red Macaw Reproduction Program. The latter received the Guinness Record in 2011, for the largest number of macaws born in the same facility in a span of twelve months.
During the year there are two special events that you can attend. In May, the Sacred Mayan Journey takes place, which recreates the crossing of Mayan canoeists to the oracle of Ixchel in Cozumel. And from October 31 to November 2, you can enjoy the Festival of Life and Death Traditions that commemorates the Day of the Dead.
Xcaret Park opens every day of the year from 8:30 a.m. at 10:30 p.m.
Hotel Xcaret Mexico: a five-diamond hotel
Only 18 months after its opening, the first hotel of Grupo Xcaret obtained the Five Diamond Certification of the prestigious AAA (American Automobile Association), which every year evaluates and distinguishes hotels and restaurants with the highest standards of quality and service in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Hotel Xcaret Mexico is a proudly Mexican company, conceived to be a tribute to our country through these pillars that have positioned it as leaders in sustainable tourism recreation with the quality of a Five Diamond hotel.
Its facilities preserve the ethics and aesthetics of the region preserving and caring for the natural landscapes of the region. Walking along its iconic hanging bridges or paddle-boarding in its coves makes you feel one with nature.
Its all-inclusive concept has surpassed the traditional all-inclusive concept by providing unlimited access to the 9 most iconic parks and tours of the Riviera Maya: Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xenses, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xavage, Xenotes, and Xichén, as well as round transportation to the airport and parks. Forget about renting a car, paying high taxi fares and disbursing large amounts of fun apart. When you stay at Hotel Xcaret Mexico, you'll find adventure, culture, art, partying and lots of relaxation.
This is Grupo Xcaret's way to achieve balance and benefit for people, the planet and business prosperity, and thus continue to provide unique experiences inspired by respect for nature, culture, and life. In fact, did you know that Hotel Xcaret Mexico is the first hotel to have its own water bottling plant to avoid the use of plastic bottles? In this way, they reduce their environmental impact and respect the Mayan region in which they are located.
Mexican Art Multiplier Platform
The handicrafts of its 900 suites and the works of art along the hotel were acquired under a fair trade vision supporting the local talent of vulnerable communities. Walking down each of its corridors will truly make you feel very proud to be Mexican.
In addition, the hospitality of its collaborators, the excellence in the service and its promise to offer you the best of Mexico included, make Hotel Xcaret Mexico an endearing and beloved place for those who stay in it.
Miguel Quintana, the architect who transformed tourism in Mexico with Xcaret
Few people in Mexico have contributed as much to the transformation of Mexico's tourism sector as architect Miguel Quintana Pali for his vision of pioneering sustainable tourism and founder and CEO of Grupo Xcaret.
As a Hawaiian mother, he spent his childhood in Hawaii in direct contact with nature and later in Chile, between its lakes and mountains "impregnated with nature, learning to admire and respect it", he assures Efe Quintana on the occasion of the publication of his book "Xueños" (Dreams).
The word sustainability did not exist 30 years ago, but Miguel Quintana was the first thing he took into account when he started Xcaret, Mexico's most important tourist, and leisure group, in 1990.
"In Xcaret, we follow the flow of the land, the underwater rivers that already existed and the respect for vegetation and the natural landscape," he says, recalling how the attractions of Xcaret are integrated into the environment of the landscapes of the Yucatan peninsula.
He doesn't have a specific recipe for success, but he does know the basic ingredients. "Work, perseverance, quality and doing things differently. Initiate something that renews, that updates, in short: the disruptive culture," he says.
Of course, there have been mistakes, failures and always a risk but the important thing "is that you learn and you get up again", he assures when remembering Xcaret's trajectory.
One of the secrets of Xcaret's success is having always taken into account the human factor, "which is in the DNA of the group, as well as training, teamwork, and integration," he says.
"If the employees are not happy in their work, it is not good for the visitor," says Quintana, who adds that he himself has enjoyed his work so much "that it is as if he had not had to work one day" in his life.
Quintana began as a shopkeeper, then as a park keeper and now as a hotelier.
From his first school business and the invention of a table lamp that made him take the leap to start and found the Pali Shops, Quintana tells in his memoirs how he created the Xcaret Group that today receives 2 million visitors a year and is known worldwide.
Xcaret's success has grown at the same time that the expansion of tourism in Mexico has become the seventh country in the world due to its hotel infrastructure.
It is estimated that during this year will exceed 43 million international tourists, making the tourism sector as one of the most important industries in the country, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism.
In a journey through his life as well as through the history of the Xcaret, the book shows how the ideas for the parks arose, the process of creating some of the most emblematic attractions and the challenges to invent a form of architecture that respects nature.
The Xcaret Group began in 1990 with the mission of launching a sustainable tourism recreation project with Mexico, its nature, culture, and gastronomy at the center of the process with the idea of recreating the success of Disney parks.
Today the group operates the most emblematic parks of Cancun and the Riviera Maya: Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xenses, and Xavage, as well as the Xenotes tour.
Through the brand Xichén also manages luxury excursions, with visits to Mayan archaeological sites and the colonial city of Valladolid, which has allowed it to become the most important tour operator in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
After building the parks, Miguel Quintana became a hotelier, inaugurating his first hotel, Xcaret, all-inclusive, which is more than a hotel, an ecosystem full of colors in which the jungle, caves, and rivers are the main ingredient of an eclectic setting.
"The visitor is looking for an integral vacation and Xcaret has been a success. We have the hotel booked for the next two years," says Quintana who plans to open his second hotel, La Casa de la Playa.
Its inauguration will take place in 2020 after an investment of 85 million dollars. It will offer 63 suites of more than 100 square meters with private swimming pool, distributed in three concepts: nature, fun, and wellness.
In addition to the parks and after the successful opening of the hotel Xcaret, has a master plan for the next 8 years that includes the construction of 6,000 new rooms, a convention center, a stadium, and a shopping center.