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Xcaret Park and the New Xcaret Mexico Espectacular Night Show


We’ve been to Xcaret countless times, but it never gets old. The park is huge and you’d have to spend a few days in a row there to really take advantage of all it has to offer.

I really wanted Bebé’s big sister (she has been here for an extended visit, her first time outside of Cuba) to see Xcaret , especially the new night show, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, and since she is leaving to return to Cuba soon, we went last Saturday.

After walking through the tempting gift shop (seriously they have the cutest stuff in there) we took the customary arrival picture. Notice the flamingos and parrots in the background.

Hello Xcaret!

Cancun activities

Since I now know the park pretty well now, and we arrived in the afternoon and didn’t plan on doing any of the (awesome) water activities, I knew we wanted to hit the aquarium first, but not before we took some pictures on the ancient Mayan structures that are part of the park.

Mayan ruins Cancun

When we arrived at the aquarium, they were starting a “swim with the sharks” session and Bebé was loving it, so we hung around there for awhile and then headed inside.

coral Cancun

Next we visited the sea turtles. They are sooo big. Really mindblowing.

On our way to the cemetary, we stopped by the beach area. I have never been able to take advantage of this part of Xcaret. It is really beautiful.

Playa del Carmen vacation

Playa del Carmen activities

Then we took a nice hike through the jungle on the stone paths (one must wear comfortable walking shoes to Xcaret) to my favorite part of the park, the cemetary. This is almost a pyramid-type structure, with seven levels for the days of the week. There are 365 graves that symbolize each day of the year, and at the main entrance the staircase has 52 steps representing each week of the year.

Riviera Maya activities

things to do in Riviera Maya

attractions Cancun


I love this selfie! Check out the sweet-looking tree growing out of my head! It reminds me of the one I took on my friends balcony in Chicago last summer… another happy accident.


Then we headed to the Mayan Village, just steps away, and got a good seat for the Dance of the Mayan Village, which is truly stunning.

Mayan Village Xcaret

It was now about 5:30pm, and there was so much more to see! After the Dance of the Mayan Village we saw the equestrian show, and went 80 meters up in the scenic tower, something Bebé and I had never done before. Then it was time to get our snacks and seats for Xcaret Mexico Espectacular.

And it certainly is spectacular, breathtaking, awe-inspiring. We hadn’t seen the new version of the show yet, which has been infused with hi-tech elements, but not in a way that takes away from the beauty of the show.

The show begins with the entire audience holding lit candles, including Bebé. Love his face here.


Most of my photos of the show were unshareable, so I’ll share a few of Xcaret’s pictures.


Riviera Maya attractions

Photo: Xcaret Park

Playa del Carmen attractions

Photo: Xcaret Park

voladores de papantla

Photo: Xcaret Park

Cancun entertainment

Photo: Xcaret Park

The show is over two hours long and incorporates some 300 dancers and actors. It inspires chills, laughs, and sometimes tears, and filled me with pride for my adopted country.

xcaret night show

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