Theme Parks in Cancún and The Riviera Maya
The presence of long extensions of jungle in Riviera Maya has set the perfect conditions for the creation of several theme parks. These places are full of different attractions and recreational activities. Most of the things to do in the parks are a mix between adventure activities, Mexican themed shows and local fauna exhibitions. You will also find food courts and places where you can rest.
Among the most popular theme parks are those that belong to Xcaret corporation:
The largest and most diverse park. Here it is possible to swim on the beach, swim in underground rivers, watch different shows based on Mexican traditions, history and folklore; enjoy natural attractions (aviary, butterfly farm, Jaguar Island), as well as Mayan ruins. With a doubt, you will find a lot to see and many activities to enjoy in this park.
A park designed for those looking for adventure activities. There is a wide diversity of activities like: zip lines, rides in amphibious vehicles through the jungle, raft navigation through rivers, swimming and exploration in underground rivers, walks through caves, among others. The park can also be visited in the afternoon / night in the Xplor Fuego mode.
Here you will find the famous slide in the lighthouse. From the top of the lighthouse you can take a look to the jungle, and later have a fun descent through the slide. In this park, you will also find areas to snorkel and appreciate a great diversity of fish and aquatic fauna. Other activities to do are cenote exploration, swim through underground rivers and even swimming with dolphins.
A park inspired by the traditional Xochimilco Neighborhood in Mexico City. Here you can navigate through the river in “trajineras” (colorful boats) enjoying Mexican food and drinks, as well as traditional Mexican music such as the famous mariachis. It’s a different experience compared to those offered in other theme parks, with a doubt a great one for those who want to have a taste of the traditional party life in Central Mexico.
A park with fun and experimental activities where the objective is to give yourself the opportunity to use all your senses and have a relaxing time walking through the jungle. Among the activities offered in this park are: the journey through the path of dwarfs and giants, walks through caves with atmospheres designed to sharpen the perceptions through each sense, sanctuaries where you can appreciate different species of birds and fish, as well as a lush vegetation sprouting.
It is the newest park in this family. The main activities are: rafting in the artificial rapids, driving a monster truck through a 15-obstacle circuit, climbing a rope course (from 27 to 120 feet), riding a Jet Boat through the park canals, exploring the river in a kayak and zip line descent.
For a visit to these parks, the best idea is to schedule each for a full day. In addition to its extension, diversity of activities and things to see, most of these parks are located more than an hour away from Cancun, since most are located a few minutes away from Playa del Carmen Downtown.
If you are considering a visit to these places on a tour that includes other activities, it is best to leave it as a second stop, especially if the first stop is an archaeological site. These parks remain open until night, so that gives more room to make a late stop.
Besides these famous parks there are other options such as Ventura Park, which is located in Cancun and offers a wide diversity of water slides, pools and water games; as well as other traditional fun park games (Go Karts, rides, Laser tanks, etc.).
Jungala Aqua Experience is located in Puerto Morelos. It is a water park with a wide variety of slides (Paradise Free Fall, Beachside Boomerang, Tropical Whizzard, Hoop Hoop Aqua Loop) as well as pools (Lazy Rio, Brave Wave Pool, Spa Pool). It is perfect for families.
Another interesting option is "El Garrafón" Park in Isla Mujeres where you can find a zip line over the sea, swimming pools, kayaks, meditation activities, snorkeling, among others activities.