Xcaret Park Playa del Carmen Tickets: how to buy, prices and schedules

Are you planning a trip to Playa del Carmen and would like to visit Xcaret Park? Don't hesitate, it's a great plan. I'll tell you everything you need to know to make the most of this experience.

Camilla Graciano

Camilla Graciano

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Xcaret Park Playa del Carmen Tickets: how to buy, prices and schedules

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Playa del Carmen is the second most populated city in Quintana Roo and has it all, white sand beaches with warm turquoise blue waters, lots of fun day and night and a very interesting culture that dates back to the Mayan ancestors who inhabited the area. It is an ideal destination to enjoy the Mexican Caribbean and to travel part of the Mayan history with family, as a couple or with friends.

Among all the things to see and do in Playa del Carmen is Xcaret Park, located in the heart of Riviera Maya, and was originally an ancient fishing village that became a destination chosen by thousands of tourists. Xcaret is many things in one, but it could be defined as an eco-archeological park where you can practice all kinds of activities and enjoy the natural diversity it houses.

You could say that visiting it has become one of the best tours to do from Playa del Carmen and one of the most popular. That is why I recommend this day tour so you can visit Xcaret in the best way.

The best option

Playa del Carmen Xcaret Park Tickets

Secure your tickets to Xcaret Park with access to the main activities.

Perfect to get to know this eco-archaeological park of the Riviera Maya and get lost in the labyrinths of Xcaret. You will have more than 40 activities included to enjoy the vegetation, fauna and clear waters of the Caribbean.

This tour lasts 12 hours, is in charge of a guide and available in Spanish. Also, you won't have to worry about anything, since it includes transportation to and from your hotel.

You will have included a huge variety of things to do and attractions to see in Xcaret, from water activities in different rivers, beaches and natural pools, explore the flora and fauna of the place in natural sanctuaries to visit the main places with Mexican cultural richness such as the main squares and museums and witness the best and most varied exhibitions of all kinds.

Recommended if... you want to enjoy the full experience at Xcaret Park, without worrying about anything and with many activities included in just one price, saving time and money.

How to book tickets for Xcaret Park

Xcaret Park| ©Curtis & Renee
Xcaret Park| ©Curtis & Renee

The best way to purchase your Xcaret Park tickets is in advance and online. In addition, you will have the option to cancel your purchase for free if your plans change or if something unexpected happens during your trip.

Keep in mind that in Xcaret Park there are more than 50 activities to do and depending on the ticket you choose you will have different attractions included. There are other activities that have an additional cost and will be optional. That is why I recommend that you carefully observe the itinerary of the excursion you choose or what is included in the ticket you purchase.

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How much do tickets for Xcaret Park cost and what types of tickets are available?

Xcaret Park| ©Beth and Anth
Xcaret Park| ©Beth and Anth

You will have different options to visit Xcaret Park and all of them include different experiences. The most recommended is to make an excursion to the park to enjoy the greatest variety of activities and exhibits without having to worry about anything but having an incredible day. In this case, you will find tours from 140 € that include transfers to and from the hotel, meals, tickets to various activities, attractions and exhibitions and much more. There are also alternatives to other excursions that I recommend you take a look at.

In case you want to visit Xcaret Park on your own, you can choose between 4 options, depending on the visit you want to make and purchase your tickets directly from the official Xcaret website.

  • Xcaret Ticket: this is the cheapest and most basic of all. It includes various attractions surrounded by jungle, subway rivers and the Caribbean Sea and activities such as typical Mexican dances and tours of Mayan archaeological sites. Its price starts at 109 euros for adults and 54 euros for children.
  • Xcaret Plus Ticket: with this ticket you will also have included a culinary experience at Xcaret and you will be able to choose a buffet among the five specialty restaurants in the park. You will also have access to the Plus Area and will be able to take advantage of its amenities. Its price starts at 148 euros for adults and 74 euros for children.
  • Xcaret Total Ticket: it is the most complete of all and also the most expensive. In addition to the activities of the Xcaret entrance and food, it includes an optional activity, which normally should be paid separately, but in this case, it has no additional cost. Its price starts at 189 euros for adults and 121 euros for children.
  • Xcaret by Night Ticket: Xcaret dresses up in colorful costumes and unique shows at night and with this ticket you will have access to all of it. Its price starts at 89 euros for adults and 44 euros for children.

Take advantage of these discounts

Keep in mind that children under 4 years old can enter Xcaret Park for free, so you don't have to buy a ticket for them. Likewise, children between 5 and 11 years old will pay 50% of the entrance fee.

In case you decide to book an excursion, the price for children between 5 and 11 years old also has an additional discount and will cost from 71 euros.

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Visiting Xcaret Park on an excursion, is it worth it?

Xcaret Park, View from the Restaurant| ©Curtis & Renee
Xcaret Park, View from the Restaurant| ©Curtis & Renee

Definitely, yes. Xcaret Park is synonymous with subway rivers, natural pools, Caribbean Sea and Mexican culture, all in one place and there is no better way to get to know it in depth than taking an excursion with the company of a professional guide. Also with an excursion you will have included the entrance fees to the park and the main activities and you will only have to pay an additional cost if you want to do any of the optional ones.

The most important thing is that you will not have to worry about the organization, since transportation to and from your hotel is included and you will only have to focus on making the list of activities and attractions that are of your interest and spend an incredible day, it is undoubtedly the best plan to know and make the most of Xcaret.

Besides, in Xcaret there are more than 50 natural and cultural attractions, so taking a tour with everything organized is the best option to get the most out of it and make the most of your time in the best way. And it is also a very good option if you have little time to visit Playa del Carmen and want to live the Xcaret experience.

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How to get to Xcaret Park from Playa del Carmen

Xcaret Park| ©Miguel Discart
Xcaret Park| ©Miguel Discart

In case you decide to visit Xcaret Park on your own, getting there won't be a problem at all, since the distances are not that long, they are about 10 kilometers away and you will have several transportation options that connect Playa del Carmen with the park. If you are by car or cab, the way is quite direct, otherwise, you will have a bus that goes exclusively to Xcaret Park or also regular bus.

  • Car: you will have to take the routes 50 Avenida Nte. and Cancun - Chetumal/Carr. Tulum - Cancun/Mexico 307 and you will be about 10 minutes away.
  • Cab: you will have the option to take one of the official cabs of Playa del Carmen and it will take you about 13 minutes for the outbound trip and the same time for the return. The price of the trip can be from about 15 euros one way and the same price for the return trip.
  • Bus via Xcaret: this bus connects perfectly Playa del Carmen with Xcaret in 7 minutes, but when you get off you will have to walk more than 2 kilometers to get to the park. It has a frequency of 15 minutes, so it is a very convenient option. The approximate price is about 2 euros per trip.
  • Bus: this option departs from the Playa del Carmen Tourist Terminal and will drop you off at Xcaret Park, but the trip will take approximately 50 minutes and the frequency is only 3 times a day. The approximate price is from about 7 euros per trip.

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Is it advisable to visit Xcaret Park with children?

Xcaret Park| ©Miguel Discart
Xcaret Park| ©Miguel Discart

Not only is it recommended, but it is also a great plan for the whole family. In Xcaret Park, both children and adults will have fun and have an incredible day, since there are areas specifically adapted for the youngest members of the family.

Maybe you think they won't be able to enjoy the subway rivers, the beach, the lagoons and natural seawater pools because it can be dangerous, but in Xcaret Park they will have something even more special, an amazing Kids World, where they will have the option to swim in shallow cenotes that are designed for them.

No doubt they will also love the Coral Reef Aquarium, be amazed by the sea turtles, and learn about regional flora and fauna in the Butterfly Garden, the Rainforest Trail, the Living Museum of Orchids and Bromeliads, and the Aviary. And they will have to sharpen their eyesight to spot bats, jaguars, manatees, flamingos, monkeys and deer.

As you will see, there are no age limitations to enjoy a day at Xcaret Park, it is a plan for the whole family. In addition, if you are traveling with children in Playa del Carmen, you can also enjoy activities such as cenotes excursions or shows, like Cirque du Soleil, that your kids will love.

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What you can't miss at Xcaret Park

Guadalupe Chapel| ©Miguel Discart
Guadalupe Chapel| ©Miguel Discart

Visiting Xcaret Park is a fantastic experience. You will be able to enjoy attractions, water activities, appreciate the flora and fauna of the place, exclusive shows and cultural activities. Below I will tell you everything you can find in Xcaret.

Cultural attractions

You will find cultural tourist attractions that describe Mexico perfectly and reflect the depths of its traditions, culture and history.

  • Main Plaza: is the first attraction that will greet you when you arrive at Xcaret. You will be able to enter between 8:30 in the morning and 10:30 at night.
  • Chapel of Guadalupe: here Mexico's love for the Virgin of Guadalupe is embodied. You can visit between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.
  • Pueblo Maya: absorb the Maya culture on a journey to the heart of the Yucatán. Access between 8:30 am and 7 pm.
  • Mexican Cemetery "Bridge to Paradise": is a replica of a Mexican cemetery that symbolizes the way of living death. You will be able to access between 8:30 am and 6 pm.
  • Scenic Tower: one of Xcaret's most popular attractions, where you can appreciate the best panoramic view at 80 meters high. You can access between 10:00 am and 6:45 pm.
  • San Francisco Asis Chapel: at its highest point you will have the best view of Xcaret and the Caribbean. You can access between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Hacienda Enequenera: tour this classic 19th century mansion that pays tribute to the golden age of Yucatan. You can enter between 8:30 am and 6 pm.
  • Archaeological sites: learn about the history of the Maya in these areas that were the scene of various events in the maritime, commercial and religious life of the ancestors and citizens of Polé, which today is Xcaret. You can access between 8:30 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon.

Aquatic activities

Subway Rivers| ©Curtis & Renee
Subway Rivers| ©Curtis & Renee

Most of the water activities offered by Xcaret Park are optional and therefore have an additional cost, such as swimming with rays, sharks, dolphins and snorkeling. But there are other water activities that are included in the Xcaret entrance fee and you can enjoy them without having to pay any extra cost:

  • Subway rivers: you will be able to get the right equipment to swim in these rivers. It is available between 8:30 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon.
  • Aquatic paradise: nothing like relaxing on the white sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean, you can enjoy in a deck chair in front of the sea.
  • Children's World: is an oasis for the little ones to enjoy with slides, hanging bridges and much more. It is available from 9 am to 6 pm.

Natural attractions and activities

This category is one of my favorites, because at Xcaret Park you will really find unique natural beauties that will make you fall in love just by looking at them. Here you will have all kinds of local fauna, treasures of the Caribbean Sea in the aquarium, the most exotic birds in the Aviary, the orchids of the Mayan world, a butterfly garden and much more. And the best part, all of them are included in the Xcaret entrance fee. Here are the main natural attractions of Xcaret.

  • Coral reef aquarium: houses the marine life of the Caribbean and can be visited from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • Aviary: is a natural sanctuary where birds interact freely and you can appreciate their plumage and songs. It can be visited from 8:30 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon.
  • Paradise River: ideal to experience the subway river rafting experience. The schedule for this activity is from 8:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon.
  • Living Museum of Orchids and Bromeliads: enjoy the colors and aromas of the orchids of the Mayan world. The hours to visit this museum are from 8:30 in the morning to 6:30 in the afternoon.
  • Isla de Jaguares: you can observe the impressive jaguars from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Manatee Lagoon: you will be able to observe these animals from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
  • Butterfly farm: you will observe the most colorful butterflies up close.
  • Sea turtles: you will find this classic species of the Mexican Caribbean in different sizes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Xcaret Shows

The shows are a classic of Xcaret, they are varied and have a very particular display, they are very colorful and you will undoubtedly want to enjoy them. There are shows of various durations, from 20 minutes to 2 hours, so you can choose the one that best suits your visit. All of them are included in the Xcaret entrance fee.

  • Xcaret Mexico Espectacular: a great show dedicated to Mexico with more than 300 artists showing the culture and history of the country. You will be able to see it at 7 pm and it lasts 2 hours.
  • Equestrian show: a show on Aztec horses with all the color of folklore. You can see it at 5:30 p.m. and it lasts 20 minutes.
  • Pre-Hispanic dances: a unique show among the jungle and subway rivers. It lasts 25 minutes and starts at 4:45 pm.
  • Voladores de papantla: a great pre-Hispanic ritual ceremony of birdmen surrounded by jungle. It lasts 25 minutes and there are three schedules: 11 am, 1 pm, 6 pm.

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How much time do you need to visit Xcaret Park in its entirety?

Xcaret Park| ©Miguel Discart
Xcaret Park| ©Miguel Discart

Although the duration is something that depends a lot on the type of visit, whether you go on your own or on an excursion, with your family, with children or as a couple, it is possible to estimate an approximate duration.

If you plan to visit Xcaret Park on an excursion, keep in mind that they usually last up to 12 hours. On the other hand, if you decide to go on your own, consider these times: you will have about 4 hours of water activities, about 2 hours more for natural attractions, and 2 hours for cultural activities, to which you will have to add some more time if you plan to see a show. All this will take a total of 8 hours.

What are the opening and closing hours of Xcaret Park?

Xcaret Park| ©Beth and Anth
Xcaret Park| ©Beth and Anth

Keep in mind that Xcaret Park is open every day of the year, from Monday to Sunday, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., including holidays. On the other hand, I recommend that you check Xcaret's official website for the schedules of the attractions and activities you are going to do, as each one has its own schedule.

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