[Quintana Roo, Mexico] — Xcaret is kind of like Disneyland, if Disneyland were a pre-Hispanic theme park. But instead of Mickey Mouse, here you’ll find Ek Chuah (the God of Cocoa), Rattlesnake, Jaguar, Owl, and White Death. You gotta love White Death, if only for the name (just try and imagine a Disney character with a name like that!).

Xcaret, in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, promotes itself as an eco-archaelogical park, with attractions highlighting Maya culture and showcasing the region’s natural beauty.

During a recent travel writer’s conference, our group was treated to a photo op with these characters from Maya mythology — a most impressive presentation.

Ek Chuah – the God of Cocoa


White Death



Xcaret Mexico

Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Federal Highway, Km. 282.

Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico



Mexico’s Riviera Maya: http://rivieramaya.com/

Mexico Tourism: http://www.visitmexico.com/

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Cristin Cogen

    July 23, 2012

    Okay, this has officially put me in the mood for a Xcaret trip. I have to pack my bags 😀

  2. Meygan

    June 26, 2012

    Wow! Those photos are awesome! I have never seen such those before.. Might be really interested to see them in person.. Love this post here!
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  3. Kathi

    June 26, 2012

    Wow! Really breathtaking photos, I thought it was shot on a comic con or something like that! Amazing costumes!
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  4. I have not been to Xcaret but have heard both positive and negatives about it! Love their costumes.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      June 22, 2012

      Hi Debbie, overall it is very impressive, but if you’re not a “theme park” kind of person, it may not appeal to you. But for what they do, they do it quite well.

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