Sunset Sunday-The Mayan Sunset at Xcaret

I visited Xcaret for the first time and spent the entire day inside the park.  I originally expected Xcaret to be a Mayan focused theme park, a Mayan Disneyland per se, but it was more, much more. I toured the park and experienced up-close wildlife encounters, Mexican cultural exhibits, an amazing wine cellar (showcasing Mexican wines), beach and water activities (you will get wet) cenote altars, actual ruins, and of course a Mayan village.

I didn’t even see the entire park.

sunset from the mayan ball court inside Xcaret Park, Riviera Maya, Mexico

the sun sets on the Mayan ball court

But when the sun started to set, I decided to capture the splendor from atop the stadium style seats of the reconstructed Mayan Ball Court.This sunset was not captured purely for the beauty of the moment or the even to discuss the park itself, but it also carried symbolism. My preconceived notions of Xcaret also set. The park was more than a Mayan adventure; it was Mexican magic.

Happy Sunset Sunday.

Travel Tip:

When visiting Xcaret Park, you must stay until after sunset because every night Xcaret Park puts on “the Mexican Spectacular” or Xcaret Mexico Espectacular. It is a experience not to be missed. The spectacular  showcases the history, culture, song and dance of Mexico and evokes emotion inside everyone (not just Mexicans) who watches the show. I know I just didn’t watch it, but felt the show too.

Stay adventurous, Craig

I was a guest of Xcaret Park, but my story and opinions are, as always, my own.

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  • Wendy Greene

    When I took my daughter to Xcaret when she was nine, I did so kind of reluctantly, thinking also that it was going to be a typical theme park. I was so pleasantly surprised and relieved that it was not another Disney – we both loved it! Glad you experienced it also.

    • craig zabransky

      I thought much the same… but would clearly recommend it for families and also travelers wanting a different taste of Mexico when in the Riviera Maya… Stay Adventurous, Craig

  • Maria Falvey

    Gorgeous sunset, but then if it weren’t, I wouldn’t have found it here. :-)
    I never took them for granted but now, living in the Arctic where there aren’t anymore sunsets ’till August… I cherish these weekly posts. Thanks!

    • craig zabransky

      Wow, so glad you will cherish the weekly post… I also look forward to hearing about the first sunset you see again in the Arctic…
      stay cherishing, Craig

  • The World Wanderer

    Beautiful sunset, and I love the tip. I really haven’t spent enough time in Mexico, and you always inspire me to get there asap! #staysunsetloving

    • craig zabransky

      Someday you need to wander south of the border… it really offers so much and great sunsets too… staylovingmexico, Craig

  • Traveling Ted

    I love viewing sunset Sunday posts on #sunsetsunday. Great tip about coming to the theme park for a sunset and espectacular.

    • craig zabransky

      Gracias Ted…. glad you love viewing those sunsets. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Tim & Nat ✈

    great sunset! thanks for sharing.

    • craig zabransky

      thanks, always a great sunset when you love where you are. Viva Mexico!

      stay south of the border, Craig

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