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Puerto Aventuras Culture

Few places in the World could offer such an extense variety of options to put together the perfect holiday package for all different interests.
For those interested in the Mayan Culture, PA is located at hort distances from some of the most impressive archaeological sites of the area.



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Xcaret, meaning "small inlet" in Maya, one of the preferred places on the Riviera Maya, both because of its archaeological monuments and its Ecological and Archaeological Park which is dedicated to disseminating the Maya and Mexican cultures in general, as well as to preserving the environment and the ecology. Numerous species of animals and plants are preserved in their natural state within the park's boundaries.

Vestiges of the Mayan Past, a fascinating tour of underground river, swim with dolphins programs, a spectacular evening show and more await visitors to this outstanding development combining the best of the history, culture and natural beauty of the Mayan World in one beautiful setting. .
Xcaret in Riviera Maya Mexico   Xcaret Juego de Pelota Maya
Xcaret Cancun Eco Park is located only 45 minutes from Cancun Mexico and 5 minutes from Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya.

Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Winter) and 10:00 p.m. (Summer)

With the idea of a tourism development that would add to the attractions of the region, a group of Mexican entrepreneurs with a very clear vision of the future trajectory of tourism in the State of Quintana Roo purchased the land surrounding Xcaret. In 1984, Architect Miguel Quintana Pali, captivated by the spot's natural beauty, purchased 5 hectares of this wonderful parcel from the group with the idea of building his dream home.
  Xcaret in Riviera Maya Mexico
However, when he began to clear the land, he started uncovering cenotes formed by collapsed cave ceilings weakened by 3 million years of erosion from underground rivers running through them and flowing into the sea. He felt that so much beauty should not be accessible only to a privileged few.

So, Quintana began to formulate the idea of a Natural Park open to the public and soon joined forces with Oscar, Marcos and Carlos Constandse to turn this great dream into a reality.

Together, they faced this enormous task and the park-a family-oriented park with something for all ages--opened in December of 1990. At the same time, they established contact with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in order to restore the Mayan pyramids and buildings found in the site. XCARET subsidized all the work and INAH provided a team of experts to supervise restoration.

Whether relaxing or exploring, at Xcaret one can enjoy all the wonders such a privileged region provides. The Eco Park has a Museum with scale models of the ancient Maya cities; a Butterfly Pavilion; a Wild Bird Breeding Aviary; an archaeological zone; a Mayan village; two underground rivers; a Botanical Garden housing an Orchid, a Mushroom Farm and an Apiary; the Rincon Mexicano, with an hacienda, charreria (traditional horsemanship) shows and a fair; a Coral Reef Aquarium; two dolphin areas; a lagoon with manatees; pumas and jaguars on their own lush islands; small mammals representative of the local fauna; five restaurants offering Mexican and Caribbean specialties, along with live music; rest areas; aquatic activities; a rotating scenic tower; and, finally, Xcaret Spectacular Night in the Grand Tlachco. Xcaret Park promises a day full of fun and unforgettable experiences.
Xcaret’s Spectacular Nights  

Several small Maya ruins lie through the park's 200 acres. Xcaret is a Mayan word meaning "small inlet." (The Mayan "X" is pronounced approximately "sh", hence the name is something like "Shcaret" when pronounced). This settlement was at its peak from 1400 to approximately 1517 A.D. The Mayas are said to have bathed in the inlet to purify their bodies before traveling to Cozumel to worship Ixchel, Goddess of Fertility.

Xcaret's Spectacular Nights are experiences that excite the senses. An epic celebration like a giant folklore festival that takes you back to Mexico's golden days of yore:
the splendor of the Mayan kings in the drama of the ball game and the game of the fireball on the majestic "Great Tlachco" court, followed by an unforgettable presentation of the best regional music and dances. More than 250 actors present an incredible parade of colors and sounds!"

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