Explore One of the Most Beautiful Archaeological Sites in Mexico
The mysterious Xcaret Ruins of Mexico offer visitors a variety of ways to explore the Mayan culture. Located on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Mayan archaeological site and ruins lie within Xcaret Eco-Theme Park, perfect for touring individually or within your park pass. Dating back between 1400 and 1517 AD, Xcaret represented the ceremonial center for the Mayan people that would visit to purify themselves before sailing to Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel. The site also functioned as a port for navigation and maritime trade. Most of the site's original structures are contained within a replica village in theme park's Tropical Rainforest between the Open Forum and the Coral Reef Aquarium.
Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm
What does Xcaret mean?
The name Xcaret means "small inlet" in the Mayan culture. Its name comes from the small inlet that served as a strategic location for navigation and commerce for the Mayan people. The original name of the site was p'ole', from the root p'ol that means "merchandise" or "deal of merchants," which correlates with the economic relevance of the site.
Can I take a tour of the ruins?
Yes, tours are available of the Xcaret ruins for just 70 pesos, or $4 USD. Most visitors buy tickets to the Xcaret Eco-Theme Park in which the ruins are located for a full day of fun and exploration. Enjoy underground rivers, beaches, and natural pools for a family-friendly Mexican experience.