Xcaret I know Xcaret intimately, and have loved everything about its magical Mexican playground, a world-renowned cultural, ecological, and archeological park south of Cancun, which tantalizes the sense of all ages and tastes, but I’ve recently returned after and extended absence, only to find it better than before. Two free archeological tours now serve as time tunnels into Mexico’s past. Simulated senses accompany the imagination to envision the Maya as they once lived, as knowledgeable guides explain the ancient structures left behind. An afternoon tour meanders through original sascab caves to an authentic Mayan Village, where dancers, priests and warriors add a pulse of breath to what must have been. Five free interactive ecological tours provide memorable experiences with Mexico’s wildlife from the air, land and sea. Fascination with Mexico’s coral reef is fed by a new snuba excursion five minutes outside the park. Tlachco is the new 6,000 capacity auditorium, which hosts one of the most elaborate cultural events in Mexico. It follows Mexico’s chronology, from the ancient Maya to today with over 300 performers, pok-ta-pok and fireball game exhibitions, elegant costuming, and professionally choreographed performances. The informative jungle tour concludes with a raft trip down the newly discovered Rio Paraiso (Paradise River), offering an eye opening view of the rivers that honeycomb the Yucatan Peninsula’s crust. Xcaret is still focused on giving its visitors only the best.