Stone sign for Xcaret Mexico surrounded by trees and flamingoes

Looking for things to do in Cancun? The sun-soaked Mexican paradise is awash with fun, cultural and adrenaline experiences and happily, in between relaxing on the beach. you can take your pick of them when you pick up a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7-day All-Inclusive Pass, the very best way to make great memories and savings too.

The natural wonderland of Xcaret Park is one of the highlights of the Riviera Maya - breathtaking by day and possibly even more magical by night. Here we guide you through the adventures on offer when you visit Xcaret Park at night including:

• Tropical jungle trails and wildlife
Underground river swimming
• Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show
• The Coral Reef Aquarium, Aviary and Butterfly Pavilion
Your pass also includes admission to the Cancun Scenic Tower

Close up of red Macaw at Xcaret park Mexico
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

What to do at Xcaret at night

Whatever the time of day, there’s always something new to discover in this tropical eco-archaeological park of over 50 attractions. Roam the jungle trails and come face to face with jaguar, deer, macaws, stingrays and manatees. Visit the Coral Reef Aquarium (until 6.30PM), the Butterfly Pavilion and the Aviary (until 6.30PM). As the evening golden hour falls, the lush grounds are even more magical, the pristine beaches less crowded, the river swims deliciously cooling and the Mexico Espectacular show not to be missed!
Evening tickets are valid from 4PM to 10.30PM.

Smiling family of older kids on bench surrounded by tropical plants, under Xcaret sign

What to take to Xcaret at night

We’d suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes to explore the park.
Remember to pack or wear your swimwear and towel. You can put your belongings in a locker or drybag to pick up at the end of your river swim. Maybe take a waterproof camera, phone or phone cover to capture your adventures, though you can also buy images taken at automatic photo points. Snacks, drinks and alcohol are available to buy for the evening show.

Smiling teen turns to camera during river swim in turquoise water, Xcaret park

River swimming at Xcaret

Evening tickets are valid from 4PM with river swimming available until 5.30PM so you might want to head there first for this fun and refreshing experience. This part of Mexico is pitted with enticing xenotes (watering holes and underground rivers). Grab your mandatory buoyancy aid to float in the sparkling water, swim through caves, drift under canopies of tropical vegetation, waft through the mangroves and watch exotic birds (and even bats!)

Iguana on rocks at Xcaret park Mexico

Children’s World at Xcaret

All ages will be entranced by the shows, wildlife and beautiful surroundings, but there’s still an area especially for those aged 6-12 years, open until 6PM. The Secret Adventure features tunnels, waterslides, hanging bridges, a wading pool, a jet fountain and a sandbox.

Two charros (Mexican cowboys) on horseback with traditional wide brimmed hats

Entertainment at Xcaret 

Listen for the drum-beat and follow the aroma of copal (a resin traditionally burned by the Mayan people) to the Mayan village, where pre-Hispanic dances are performed at nightfall. Don’t miss the Horse Exhibition where charros and escaramuzas (Mexican horsemen and women) display their riding and roping skills on magnificent Aztec horses.

Voladores (flying men) spin upside down on ropes around a tall pole against a blue sky

Xcaret Flying men

Los Voladores de Papantlya (Flying Men) will leave you with your jaw on the floor as they fall headfirst from a tall pole and spin by their feet in a time-honoured ritual that is listed by Unesco as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ (!) Watch as five men climb to the top and one plays a traditional flute and drum in honour of the sun and the four elements. Then gasp as the dancers fall, their long ropes unwinding, spiralling closer and closer to the ground, like exotic birds. There are outdoor shows throughout  the day, but in the evening you can watch them fly as part of the Mexico Espectacular show. 

Blue lit overhead shot of multiple performers in traditional dress at arena show Xcaret

Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show

Take your place in the enormous Gran Tlachco theater for the famous evening extravaganza, featuring over 300 artists re-enacting 500 years of history, folklore and traditions. Watch the arena flicker to life as you light a candle along with the other audience members. Follow the scenes of Mexico’s legendary birth, of encounters between Spaniards and Aztecs and soak up the spectacular costumes, sights, sounds, dancers, musicians, singers, sportsmen and horses from every part of the country.

Mayan ball game player in traditional dress uses stick with flaming ball

Cheer on the teams in the Mayan ballgame, one of the most famous ritual sports, as two teams try to score through a high-up hoop - traditionally with life or death consequences!
Thrill as a ball of fire speeds hazardlously between players’ feet as they thwack it toward the fire-pit goals of Mayan fire hockey.

It’s a long but endlessly engrossing show for all ages, as the performers celebrate Mexico past and present.

Aerial view from Cancun scenic tower of jungle vegetation, with hotels, pools and blue sea beyond

Cancun Scenic Tower

Your Xcaret park wristband also gives you entry to this dizzying viewpoint, found in the Cancun Hotel Zone at  El Embarcadero Isla Mujeres by Xcaret, Blvd Kuklucan Km4. 

Climb aboard the elevator and be whisked 260ft up to a revolving platform for stunning views of the Caribbean sea. Cameras at the ready for those evening photo opps as the golden light falls across the waves and sparkling lights flicker around the tropical landscape.

Back view of people walking jungle trails of Xcaret park

We’re sure you can't wait to ‘xperience the ‘xcitement of Xcaret! For huge savings on combined admission to this and a whole host of other attractions and experience in and around Cancun, check out our Explorer Pass and All-Inclusive Pass, remembering that Xcaret at night is only available on the All-Inclusive Pass.

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