In Quintana Roo you can visit Xcaret, an Eco-archaeological park designed by millionaire developer Miguel Quintana-Pali. Xcaret is an intriguing recreational and educational project perhaps the first of its kind.
In addition to cultural, historic and archaeological attractions, the Xcaret park's 250 acres include a vast play area where you can swim, snorkel, horseback ride, engage in water sports and be entertained by folkloric and equestrian performers.
The Xcaret park is
located on a stretch of the Caribbean coast of Mexico, around an inlet that was once an
embarkation point for Mayan pilgrims en route to
Cozumel to worship at the shrine of Ixchel, the
god less of fertility. The area around the Xcaret, or "little cove" in Mayan,
was inhabited by these fascinating people from A.D. 1200 to 1500. Mayan culture and
history are preserved in the park's museum and in archaeological sites scattered
throughout the lushly landscaped grounds.
At the Dolphinarium, you can watch trained dolphins perform or get into the water yourself and swim alongside these high intelligent sea mammals. The Xcaret park's aquarium allows you to view marine habitats representative of the main Eco-systems of the Caribbean Sea, including coral reefs; you can also touch live starfish, manta rays and other sea creatures.
Bird lovers will
particularly enjoy walking through the aviary, where more than 70 species can be observed.
The Xcaret park's botanical garden is a nice place for a respite. In an atmosphere of quietude, you can discover more than 80 varieties of indigenous plants, bushes, flowers and trees.
Xcaret's restaurants have been creatively designed to complement the park's natural setting. You can dine outdoors under palm frond roofs on fresh seafood and Mexican specialties.
A visit to Xcaret is an all-day adventure for folks of all ages.
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