xcaret, mexico

Our 2nd day in Mexico was spent at the Xcaret park which is connected to the resort we stayed in.  The river going through the resort goes into the park, and we were able to ride in the boat to it when we re-entered the park after having lunch in the afternoon.  Our first stop of the morning was the underground river.  They have 3 different paths to choose from: one with a lot of caves, one with few caves, and one with in-between caves.  We chose the one with the most caves 1st, and later in the day we came back and did one of the others.  The first time around was really nice, there were few people so it was relaxing.  The 2nd time more people were there so it was crowded, people would block the way, and it became a bit annoying.

The boat ride from the resort:

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The underground river:

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The rivers all ended in the same spot, which was this white sand beach area.

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After the river we went to a small snorkeling area.  I got a little too up close and personal to the fish in the first picture and it decided to bite me two times.

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After we had lunch at the resort (to take advantage of the all-inclusive…aka free food) we headed back and walked around.  I went in the tower to get a view of the surrounding area.  You can see our resort and the surrounding jungle.

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One of my favorite things in the park was the turtles.  They had them in numerous areas and the ones below were huge!  The one swimming over the one on the right is a decent sized turtle to begin with.

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I really liked the animal enclosures here…it didn’t feel like a normal zoo.  The animals all had space and it was much more of a natural setting for them so I think they could be happy.  They also let some of the animals out into the wild…the small turtles were being raised to be let back out to sea.

They had a few jaguars as well and they each had their own island basically.  They weren’t fenced in, rather the barrier between the people and the animals was a giant moat.

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When it came to the birds you could walk right up to them…they had a pathway going in-between all of the bird perches.

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There is even a cemetery here!

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If you get the deluxe pass, then you get to do all the special activities like swimming with dolphins/sharks.

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They have a Spanish horse show, and a sports arena where they do the Mayan games.  It’s a really great park, you get to learn history, swim, see a bunch of animals, and immerse yourself in the Mayan/Spanish culture.  Toward the evening people in costume came out, as everyone headed to the big theater.  They do a nightly show where they play the Mayan ball game, and explain in play form the things that we had learned in Tulum about the Mayan history.  Then it goes into a showcase of each Mexican state and they have dancers, singers, etc.

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I loved this park, I wish we had stuff like this in America.  Everything was well organized & put together, and the animals were well loved.

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