Last Updated on July 5, 2022 by Helen E. White
Among the most popular theme parks in Cancun, you will find those of the Xcaret Group. Getting to know them is a good plan of fun and adventure for the whole family during the holidays.
The best known is Xcaret Park, both for its activities in underground rivers and for its Mexico Spectacular musical show that narrates the country’s history. If you are adventurous, in Xplor Park you will find a circuit of zip lines 45 meters high. On the other hand, Xel-Há Park will offer you one of the best aquatic experiences and a panoramic view of the Mexican Caribbean.
We have been able to tour the best parks in Cancun and we bring photos so you can get to know them before encouraging you to visit them. Next, we present our list with information about these places that today are an emblem of Mexico.
1. Xcaret Park
Xcaret Park is considered by many to be a kind of “Disney” of Mexico due to its large size and the number of activities it offers for children and adults. It is located one hour from Cancun and has aquatic attractions such as 3 underground rivers for swimming, and entertainment such as snorkeling in natural coves to see fish or rafting down the Paraíso River.
On a visit to the park, you can also see different species of Mexican fauna such as jaguars, manatees and butterflies. We loved the Aviary since it is huge, it has natural waterfalls and most of the birds are flying freely.
In this other article, we tell you about all the adventures and attractions that are in Xcaret (there are more than 50!).
In addition to the numerous diversions that it offers in contact with the natural landscape, Xcaret is one of the best parks in Cancun to learn about the culture and traditions of the Quintana Roo region and the country in general. At the end of your visit, you can enjoy the Mexico Spectacular night show, in which more than 300 artists on stage will tell you the history of Mexico.
The basic entrance to the park will give you access to all the natural and cultural attractions that highlight the Mayan culture, you can also attend the night show, but meals and transportation are paid separately. General admission for adults costs 2,420 MXN (120 USD) at the box office.
See the 360° Interactive Tours and gif videos of Xcaret Park that we recorded, and explore the park from the inside with all its adventures and fun on the beach, hanging bridges and jungle trails.
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Address: Xcaret Park is on the Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Highway, at Kilometer 282, 15 minutes by car from Playa del Carmen. Cancun is an hour and a half away and to get there you can take a bus at Terminal ADO.
2. Parque Tour Xenotes
Xenotes is promoted as a tour, but we liked the experience so much that we decided to include it in this article since it is a kind of “natural park”. It is a tour to get to know 4 types of cenotes characteristic of the Yucatan Peninsula.
It begins at the Lu’um (land) cenote. Here you can swim and rappel assisted from 25 meters. Then, you will visit the Lik’ (air) cenote, ideal for a tour on 2 zip lines and swimming among aquatic plants. The Ha’ (water) cenote is next on the list, and in it you will have the opportunity to practice kayaking. In turn, in the K’aak (fire) cenote you will descend into the well from a slide.
In addition to the entertainment, the tour includes a guide who will provide information about each cenote, food and non-alcoholic beverages, plus all the necessary swimming equipment such as life jackets. You can only participate in the Xenotes Tour from 6 years of age.
Address: The 4 cenotes of this excursion are located in Puerto Morelos, 20 minutes by car from Cancun. The tour includes transportation service from your hotel or a meeting point in Cancun. If you are not staying in a hotel, you must take the transportation at Plaza Marina Puerto Cancún or at Base Xcaret, both in the Hotel Zone.
3. Xel-Há Park
Located one hour and 20 minutes from Cancun, Xel-Há is one of the water parks in Cancun belonging to the Xcaret Group. As an interesting fact, you have to know that Xel-Há means “where water is born” in Mayan, which is consistent with the site since most of its attractions are aquatic. We assure you that the visit will be full of adventures and fun.
One of the attractions of this natural park is a slide that at the top becomes a 40-meter-high lookout lighthouse., which provides a 360-degree view of the Caribbean Sea and the main cove of the park. In Xel-Há Park you can also snorkel in a cove and see colorful fish. Another attraction is the Xel-Há River Tour, a water ride that you can do on board an individual float or for 2 people.
The tour is much better if you do it with aquatic amusements such as crossing 2 ropes suspended over the river (Trepachanga) or sliding on zip lines (Salchipanga). The basic admission for adults is 1,980 MXN (98 USD) and unlike Xcaret, the one for Xel Há includes 2 buffet meals, unlimited drinks and snorkeling equipment.
Address: To get there from downtown Cancun, you will have to take a bus via Xel Há. The journey will take you around 2 hours. Then when you get to the stop you will have to walk to the park. By taxi, it will take one hour and 45 minutes to get there, and when you buy the ticket to Xel-Há you can pay for the roundtrip transportation service from your hotel.
4. Xplor Park
Within the most emblematic theme parks in Cancun, you will find Xplor. Located at kilometers 282 of the Chetumal-Puerto Juárez highway and an hour’s drive from Cancun, this destination is characterized by attracting those seeking adventure. For this reason, its main attraction is a 45-meter-high zip-line circuit.
In Xplor Park, there are amusements such as amphibious vehicles, and off-road cars to travel a 5-kilometer circuit through the internal jungle of the park. On the way, you will have to cross rocky paths and suspension bridges. It is important to note that in this adventure the vehicle can only be driven by a person over 18 years of age.
On the other hand, there is the Underground Expedition, which consists of traveling for 45 minutes through a cavern flooded with waters that have depths of up to one meter. An entire experience in which you will appreciate formations of the natural world such as stalactites and stalagmites.
Another of the funniest water activities at Xplor is Hamacuatizaje, in which you will sit in a hammock over the waters of a cenote. In addition, at night this park becomes Xplor Fuego, with amphibious vehicles and the only zip-line circuit in Quintana Roo, among other entertainment. It could be said that it is 2 water parks in one.
Address: Xplor is located next to the Xcaret and Xenses parks, and from downtown Cancun, you can get there by taking an ADO bus. The trip will take you approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Another option is to pay the official Xplor transportation service at the time of buying the ticket.
5. Xenses Park
One of the most creative parks in Cancun is Xenses. This park differs from the others of the Xcaret Group for its attractions focused on testing the senses of visitors, whether they are children or adults. Among the main amusements is Xensatorium, a dark cave set with ecosystems such as jungles and forests. Here you can only be guided by hearing, smell and touch, instead of using sight.
Another sensory adventure that Xenses Park offers is Lodorama, a trip that you will take submerged in mud that will alert your sense of touch. The Pueblo attraction will also surprise you because in it there is a street in which everything is inverted, you will see how the water “falls” upwards and you will be able to “climb” a ramp downwards.
Address: Xenses is on the Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Highway at Kilometer 282, and as a reference point, the Xplor and Xcaret Parks are next to it. To get to Xenses from Cancun you can take a bus at the ADO Bus Station.
6. Xavage Park
Inaugurated in 2019, Xavage is one of the newest amusement parks in Cancun of the Xcaret Group. It is located at kilometer 388 of the Chetumal-Puerto Juárez highway, 25 minutes from the Cancun Hotel Zone.
Xavage offers 6 attractions full of adventure, such as the Monster Truck, where you can drive an off-roader on a track with 15 obstacles. Another activity is the Xavage Zip Line, a zip line 20 meters high and 400 meters long, in which you will slide horizontally, imitating the flight of a falcon.
The park also has the longest artificial river in the world with 1.2 kilometers, ideal for rafting. On the other hand, at the Jet Boat attraction, you can take a tour of the water channels in a water jet.
The general ticket for adults is priced at MXN 1,187 (USD 69) and MXN 593 (USD 30) for children between 5 and 11 years old. Similarly, when you buy the tickets you will have the option to add activities such as the slide area and water jets for children for an additional cost.
Address: If you are in Cancun and want to visit Xavage Park, you can go to the Central de Autobuses in Cancun and take an ADO bus via Playa del Carmen. You can also pay for the roundtrip transportation service when you buy your ticket on the Xavage website.
7. Xoximilco Park
Parque Xoximilco works in the same place as Parque Xavage, but at night. The visit begins with a kermés, the typical Mexican party with activities such as games, musical performances and even lotteries. Then the tour will continue in the trajineras that bear the names of each of the states of Mexico, such as Chiapas, Sonora and Chihuahua.
The tour has food and drinks, and you can taste typical dishes from Cancun and the Riviera Maya as well as from all over the country. For example, the menus include cochinita pibil, flank steak fajitas and even grasshoppers. In addition, there is an open bar of vodka, beer and juices. The tour has an entertainer who will tell legends of Mexico and will play games to set the mood for the night.
As for the ticket prices, the all-inclusive ticket for adults costs MXN 1,979 (USD 99) and the one for children between 5 and 11 years old costs MXN 989 (USD 49). This park has become popular for offering one of the best one-day tours in Cancun.
If you want to know more about other destinations to visit in a day or more, read this article about the best tourist places in Cancun, with attractions such as the beach, the jungle and archaeological sites, among others.
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Address: Xoximilco Park is located in Puerto Morelos on the Cancun-Chetumal Highway, 20 minutes from Cancun. To get from Cancun to Xoximilco, you can follow the same route as to go to Xavage. One option is to take a bus to the International Airport.