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Ready for a day of exploring Mexico’s natural wonders? You’ll swim in underground rivers and stroll tropical forests on this dreamy Carnival cruise shore excursion in Cozumel. The Xcaret Eco-Archeological Park Shore Excursion packs a big lineup of attractions and activities in one Carnival cruise shore tour that’s a firm family favorite.
Start your fun-filled Cozumel shore tour with a leisurely 45-minute ferry journey to the Mexican mainland, followed by the short, scenic ride to Xcaret Beach. Once at the park, you can swim, snorkel, visit wildlife exhibits, or watch an exciting Mayan performance. With so much to see and do, you can be as active or as laid-back as you feel.
Slip on a life vest and float along the slow-moving currents of underground freshwater rivers, past prehistoric marine fossils on cavern walls and shimmering stalactites. Or rent snorkel gear for a close-up look at the colorful fish in the sparkling Blue Lagoon. Prefer to stay dry? Take the Tropical Jungle Trail, where expert guides point out endangered plants and sacred trees during a fascinating jungle hike, before you board a sturdy raft for a leisurely cruise down Paradise River.
If you have kids in tow, make a beeline for the Coral Reef Aquarium, home to tropical fish, seahorses and multicolored corals. (You can even touch the sea cucumbers and starfish!) Or head to the Sea Turtle farm to coo over baby loggerhead turtles and learn more about Xcaret’s important conservation work. Meander the tropical gardens of the Butterfly Pavilion, and be sure to take a family photo with the free-flying butterflies—they like to land on kids’ noses or shoulders, as if posing for a photo op! For an additional fee, you can ride the back of a sleek dolphin or indulge in ancient Mayan healing treatments at the Xcaret Spa.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, you can purchase everything from seafood to sandwiches and burritos to burgers at Xcaret’s restaurants and cafes.
Hold on: Your Cozumel shore excursion isn’t over yet! Venture deep into the park’s jungle to discover the archaeological ruins of this ancient Mayan port. Or visit a replica of a typical Mayan village, dotted with oval wooden houses with palm-frond roofs. Take in a performance by the Papantla Flying Men as they swing from poles in the clear blue skies. Of course, it’s hard to beat an afternoon simply swinging in a hammock on picturesque Xcaret Beach or splashing about in the turquoise Caribbean.
Book Xcaret Eco-Archeological Park Excursion today to float down an underground river, hold a delicate butterfly on your fingertips, and see Mayan history come alive. This Cozumel shore excursion is an exciting way to add fun ashore to your fun afloat.
This is a mainland shore excursion and may not be available on all sailings or itineraries. Please log in with your Booking # to see if available on your sailing.
A ferry ride takes you to and from Playa del Carmen on the mainland which may be rough at times due to weather conditions.
Comfortable clothing and shoes, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, and camera are recommended.