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Sunday, 9 July 2017

MY MEXICAN ADVENTURE | A day at Xcaret Park

So although I still have a few more travel/lifestyle related posts regarding my time in Blackpool, when going through my planned posts for this month, I realised I still had some content to post about Mexico!

Though I've come to the end of my posts talking all about what I got up to on Trek America's Mexican BLT tour, as many of you know, I actually stayed on a few days after the tour. The reason for this was so that I still had a little experience of travelling/being in a new place/country alone, and also because I really wanted to visit Xcaret Park.

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Xcaret Park was actually one of the first things that sold me on Mexico and it was the reason why I first thought about staying on after the tour. I'd hoped to round up some buddies from the hostel I was staying in to come with me, but unfortunately this did not happen because a lot of them had been in Mexico a while and already done that and the weather actually rained quite a bit for many of the days I was there. I had to play it by ear, and so when we finally got a somewhat nice day, most people already had plans (to head to the beach no doubt!).

I was super nervous but I persevered. I think the worst part was getting there; I was to be picked up at the hostel and taken to the park but being the only one going from my hostel, I was really worried they'd forget about me, I wouldn't understand where to meet back at the coach afterwards etc. It was actually all fine though, but I did worry at one point when we stopped in what seemed like an abandoned (or maybe it just hadn't opened yet as it was early in the morning) small shopping mall to collect our tickets, and then be split into groups to change coach. Of course I was separated from everyone else because it's just my luck but it made sense as Xcaret actually has a bunch of other parks which I think are under the same management.

Anyway. We were on our way and soon arrived and a lovely man who spoke really good English explained everything to me; what my wristband involved, where to meet afterwards, what time and who to look out for and to remember sunscreen - all that type of thing. He also gave me some recommendations on how to explore the park as I was just there for the day and there was so much to see and do.

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I was so sad I didn't have time to do everything, but what I did manage to pack in made it an amazing day overall. I swam two of the underground rivers, which are essentially both underground and open air rivers that run around the park. They're entirely natural and are a fun way to see the different nature. Some of the caves had bats in them! And one of the rivers runs through the re-constructed Mayan village too. These rivers were so much fun and so smart; basically you start at one end and give the staff your bag with all your items in it; they give you a necklace with a key on and when you get out of the river at the other end (each swim can take up to an hour or more), your bag has been transported there with all your stuff, ready to dry off.

Another favourite part was visiting the Mexican cemetery and seeing all the bright and beautiful graves. I really love the tradition of the graves representing the personalities of those lost. Unfortunately the weather was rainy for a few hours so the photos I did get simply do not show the colours justice. Beneath was a beautiful temple/religious area.

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I also managed to walk around the Mayan village and the rest of the park in awe as even without taking part in any of the attractions, there's so much to see and do. The park is also home to many animals (including flamingos and jaguars!). I also took a ride on the scenic tower to see the park and the surrounding nature from high up, and took a very relaxing ride on the paradise river boat. It had literally just stopped raining so I was the only one on there, but it was so beautiful.

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Finally, as the day drew to a close, everyone headed to the main arena for the much anticipated Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, a show which is made up of performances of Mexico's history, legends and festivities. More than 300 actors take part with original costumes and the set design is amazing - this show is definitely one to see and you'd be mad to miss it. At the end, when everyone stood up to give a standing ovation, I even felt a little emotional!

After, it was time to head back. By the time I arrived back at my hostel I'd been gone for over twelve hours and I was exhausted but happy. Xcaret Park is unlike anything I've ever done before. It's been described as a sort of Mexican Disneyworld and I have to agree with that as it's just so amazing. Though pricey, it's well worth it, especially as there's something for everyone. If you're looking to go however, do ask around as you'll get entry cheaper elsewhere. I went through my hostel and my ticket price included transport there and back and a meal/unlimited buffet, plus access to a VIP guest area (which I think was just more changing rooms).

I already want to go back and I also want to visit some of the other parks. However, I'm glad I chose Xcaret as the other parks are more varied - one is adrenaline focused, one is nature focused and includes tons of water sports etc. Xcaret had a bit of everything which I loved.

If you are ever in Mexico, do not miss your opportunity to visit Xcaret. It will be something you'll never forget!

You can find all other posts relating to My Mexican Adventure or my Mexican BLT tour with Trek America here.

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11 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh you had to swim for an hour? to get to the other side? Also bats in the caves (I would be so creeped out) but the pictures look absolutely lovely! xx

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    1. Well you go at your own pace, it's kind of more like a lazy river and there were lots of stops along the way to get out haha I should have mentioned that x

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  2. Oh this looks so lush! Your pictures are desperately wanting to make me book yet another holiday aha! Xx

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  3. This looks amazing! I would have been so scared of the parrots and the bats (I am a huge whimp)! I love the bright colours in the cemetery

    Tasha x

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    1. The bats did creep me out a little tbh, especially as I was the only one in the cave at the time haha x

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  4. wow it looks stunning! i would love to visit Mexico

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  5. This looks like so much fun! I'd love to go a Mexican adventure trip too.

    ps. That last click is so stunning!

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  6. This looks absolutely beautiful ❤️ Mexico is definitely on my travel bucket list 😍

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