It means "small inlet" in the Mayan language , but one thing for sure is that Xcaret will be an unforgettable experience.
I'm talking about a theme park located in the place with the same name, some km. away from Cancun
This park has become one of the lost popular day trips for travelers, and let me tell you that whatever you hear about it (the good things) are true.
If you're planning to visit the MR, please make sure you include Xcaret in your itinerary. I can assure you won't regret.
To get there, I think it is best to book with one of the thousands of tour agents you can find in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
The basic entry fee is about US$80. That is the cheapest but we decided to go for the Xcaret Plus fare which is the one I recommend.
This fare includes transportation, buffet lunch and the equipment to dive in any of the three underground rivers which is not included in the basic price.
The park is quite big and for some people even 1 day is not enough.
It has shows all day long, many shops to buy stuff and you can also see animals roaming around the park all freely and take pictures of them.
So, long story short, go straight to the underground rivers and amaze yourself with the deep blue color, look for the jaguars, don't miss the butterfly sanctuary and at 5 pm, head to the main auditorium and enjoy the Night Show "Mexico Espectacular" to enjoy dance performances from different regions of Mexico and learn a bit of how Mexico was born as a country (I personally loved the Pre-Hispanic ball game).