I wanted to post about our Xcaret experience (pronounced sometimes ish-care-it or ex-caret). Xcaret is an ecological park on the Mayan Riveria. The park was about a 60 km drive from our Cancun accommodation, but well worth it and a wonderful opportunity to explore Mexico’s wildlife (particularly endangered species) and Mayan/pre-Hispanic history.
Lily especially enjoyed seeing the macaws. During the past six years, over 750 red macaws have reproduced at Xcaret.
The girls also had a chance to release a sea turtle, as part of the sea turtle conservation program.
Lily named the turtle Leo and it was announced over the loud speaker (five seconds of fame).
…Leo swimming away for a new life.
As a family, we completed the underground river swim – from time to time you may see pinners pin this particular swim on their travel pinterest boards. The rivers are salt water and “part of a large cave system that forms deep under the surface of the Yucatan peninsula.”
The snorkel swim takes about 45 minutes to complete, the girls were very proud when they finished. Here is a shot of Evangeline Hope and I.
Here are the Papatla Flying Men – a pre-Hispanic ritual.
Over lunch, the band played while we gorged ourselves on tacos, habaneros, and guac.
There are two chapels on the park. The St. Francis D’Assisi and the Chapel of Guadalupe. The St. Francis chapel is located on the park’s highest point, whereas the Chapel of Guadalupe descends underground and the altar is surrounded by one of the underground rivers.
This is a just a small snippet of our Xcaret experience. I have not shared photos of all of the wildlife, you will have to see it for yourself!
Thanks for stopping by,