Discover The Amazing Underground Rivers At Xcaret In The Mayan Riviera In Mexico

Xcaret is a Maya civilization archaeological site located on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the modern-day state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. The site was occupied by the pre-Columbian Maya and functioned as a port for navigation and an important Maya trading center. Some of the site’s original structures are contained within a modern-day tourism development, the privately owned Xcaret Eco Park.

The underground rivers that run through this amazing theme park in Mexico are breathtaking natural wonders where you can swim and snorkel in Xcaret during your Riviera Maya vacation. Normally you need to be an expert diver to undergo these cave challenges, although at Xcaret ecological park you only need a life vest to experience this mysterious underwater world.

Xcaret’s underground rivers are part of a large cave system that forms deep under the surface of the Yucatan peninsula. Snorkel in caves and swim along unique rock formations and marine fossils at Xcaret Park Mexico. The underground rivers at Xcaret are 5 feet deep and they feature exits where you can stop and relax with the warm sun rays. This is one of the top things to do in Cancun during your family vacation in Riviera Maya.

Xcaret means “small inlet” in Mayan. Its name comes from its situation next to a small inlet that in the past served as a strategic location for navigation and commerce for the Maya. The original name of the site was p’ole’, from the root p’ol that means “merchandise” or “deal of merchants”, which gives an idea of the economical relevance of the site.

The underground rivers that run through this amazing theme park in Mexico are breathtaking natural wonders where you can swim and snorkel in Xcaret during your Riviera Maya vacation. Normally you need to be an expert diver to undergo these cave challenges, although at Xcaret ecological park you only need a life vest to experience this mysterious underwater world.

According to the research by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) the first buildings of the site are from the years 200 to 600 A.D., but the majority of them are from the period from 1200 to 1550 A.D. The constructions of the Late Post-Classical period are situated along the coast; some of them in strategic positions for its surveillance. The site had a wall, but unlike the one in Tulum that was open towards the ocean, the wall at Xcaret defended the site from assaults coming from the sea. Xcaret was inhabited at the time of the first stage of the Spanish incursion of Alonso Dávila and Francisco de Montejo into the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula (1527 to 1529). Xcaret has many reserves located near the resorts, open to the public.

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26 Responses to Discover The Amazing Underground Rivers At Xcaret In The Mayan Riviera In Mexico

  1. laurahartson says:

    this looks absolutely amazing!

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    • blurppy says:

      We agree! I am adding it to my must see place list for sure. Thanks for checking out the blog and be sure to share us with others that may like the same stuff. Have a fantastic week.

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      • jj says:

        was there an March and the park is great. walked thru riuns. the underground river takes about an hour. the rock is nothing but ancient coral reef. excellent food by the jaguars.

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      • blurppy says:

        I’m jealous. Want to go REAL bad. Thanks for checking out the blog and be sure to share it with others that may like the same stuff. Have a great week.

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  3. Dana says:

    I like it…looks really cool, we may have to check this out while we are there

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  5. Frank says:

    My wife and I did the underground river float in 1995 and it was fantastic. Xcaret is one of my favorite places.

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  8. javier says:

    i was there a few weeks ago its was amazing its a gorgeos place i will never forget this amizing place and of course the night show ….. the mexico story

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    • blurppy says:

      We are absolutely jealous! This place looks incredible and it continues to be one of our most popular posts of all time, even a year after publishing it!

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  10. danna says:

    como
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    estar
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    buelta
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    subterraneoooo
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    excaret

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  11. Adam says:

    My wife and I came here 5 years ago from new Zealand and loved it. I would recommend it to anyone going to Mexico as a “must see”.
    The people, the sights and history are something I will treasure forever.

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  12. Computer Guy says:

    I’m booking a trip to this place now! Thanks for the good info!

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  13. I have been there several times, my husband, children, and grandchildren. It is honestly a place the entire family can enjoy and experience. The price includes all day and the night show. There are actually 2 underground rivers! Yes, TWO!!! Both are so beautiful. The water is a little cool. We all wore lifejacket/vests—although there are many places in the river where you really don’t need them. There is a nice current/flow that pushes you through the river. Just lay down, relax, and it pushes you—no swimming or swim experience required. It is a natural “lazy river”. My 10 month old grandbaby enjoyed it. It was cool upon entering the water, so I snuggled him & held him close to my chest—then he relaxed, fell asleep. He slept through the entire float trip! It is so beautiful, words can not describe this place. It is like a lost treasure. It takes 2 days to really see, do everything. There are beaches there also. There is so much to do, great variety. My son twisted his ankle while we were there. Three medics came running to help, all with a bag of medical supplies. Provided an ice bag, medication to prevent swelling, and to help with the pain, and wrapped up. Spainish speaking and English speaking! Took care of him FREE OF CHARGE, even provided a wheelchair AND pushed him in it while in the park. I have traveled all over, been on at least 50 cruises, been to Europe, also traveled to most of America in a motorhome, BUT—this place is like no other. It is the only eco and archeological park in the WORLD. This is NATURAL–it is NOT man made. Words just won’t do this place justice, you must see it, to truely understand what I am trying to explain. It is not expensive. If this place was in America, it would be three times the cost or more.

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  14. sincerely says:

    Wondering the cost, where to book, and if there are dangerous creatures like snakes, etc. to watch out for?

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  18. Charlie says:

    Xcaret is probably one of the coolest places on earth for adults and kids. Stay for show at night…when you”re there, I dare you to even get a work thought in your head…Been there more than once..GO!!!!!!!!!

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