Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vacation Learning: Mexico 1/14/15

For our last adventure in the Yucatan Peninsula, we headed over the Xcaret.  It is an ecological, and cultural theme park. We were able to climb ruins, see wildlife, swim and snorkel, and even enjoy cultural performances. For your convenience, the roads are marked by color to help you find your way around. Above we were headed to the aquarium and turtle refuge areas by following the blue road. The paths are surrounded by beautiful local vegetation.

The interactive aquarium was a lot of fun. It included an area about sea turtles. We walked in by a turtle's nest, and the kids got to be inside an egg, or in between a shell. Outside we saw small and giant sea turtles who are protected by the park staff.

The Mayan culture is all around the park. It included an archaeological zone for kids to climb.

Wildlife in this Ecopark includes exotic birds, jaguars, monkeys, pumas, dolphins, stingrays, sharks, and many other sea creatures. Above you can see the flamencos strolling right by us.

Besides wonderful exhibits, and beautiful animals, Xcaret also has several performances around the park. Above you can see the Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores de Panpantla.

We jumped in the semi underground river. It takes you to a 40 minute floating/swimming adventure alongside caves, waterfalls, and several surprises.

We swam to a Mayan statue and were welcomed by a face on the wall above.

By far Big Sister's favorite part was to spot the actor above.  He was dressed like an ancient Mayan, and was found in the mist of our river adventure.

The kids also got to do some extra snorkeling in some amazing natural pools.

In the afternoon, and in the middle of the jungle, we watched a Mayan show about the birth of the corn seed. With live music, and fantastic dancers, it was a show that perfectly fit our learning style!

Finally, after a long day at the park, we enjoyed the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show. This 2 hour show takes you on a trip around time and cultures. It includes Mayans, Aztecs, Conquistadors, regional folkloric dances, and so much more.
If you are in the area, I highly recommend Xcaret.

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