I got nailed! damn mosquitos..
Xcaret Travel Blog› entry 8 of 9 › view all entries
October 10th, 2008 – by: jenn79
This morning was really ominous. It was the first time we woke up and it was POURING RAIN nonstop from the minute we opened our eyes to the moment we arrived at Xcaret. And Xcaret proved to be pretty consistently really terrible.
There were at least 6 things in the park that we wanted to see and no matter how hard we tried, we just couldn't find ANY OF IT. We ended up at the lame "Dos Playas" where a bunch of large people were waddling around in inner tubes.
This place was so unbelievably different from Xel-Ha, atmosphere-wise and layout wise. The feeling of Xel-Ha was very natural and fun well-maintained. I felt like Xcaret was old and unkempt, plus the paths kept shooting off on wild tangents into nowhere and we kept going in circles trying to find stuff and it was maddening!! Plus, all the amenities that came with "Xcaret Plus" was garbage.
They give you a complimentary towel, snorkel equipment and locker, but you can only exchange your stupid coupons at one spot near the entrance.
During the first 3 and a half hours of walking around at a pretty frantic pace all we were able to see was the butterfly pavillion which was actually pretty cool as a lot of butterflies flit about you, an insane looking graveyard with very catholic-themed headstones/statues, and some sad looking dolphins that flitted to the surface for a spell as they were sick of being watched via an underground window.
We felt like we were walking for HOURS, which we probably were. The one cool thing we got to do was rest our poor feet chillin' in hammocks for a little bit and then we went to these protected reef-wall things next to the ocean. They were like walls that the ocean came right up to, but they were only 5 feet deep-ish so they were essentially child proof. V and I were so hot and exhausted from the interminable walking and frustrating lack of ability in finding anything decent to look at, play with, or partake in so we went into the freezing pools just behind the ocean that were fashioned so that they came right up to the breaking waves. Imagine inifinity pools but really rough and made of rock and lots of rocks and pebbles underneath your feet making it difficult to walk.
We were about to go eat when we spotted a spa in the middle of a freaking river. It was so beautiful. As V does massage for a living she really wanted to get a massage so we inquired about prices and waited. It looked so awesome she got a 1 hour deep tissue massage and I got a 25 minute relaxing massage but the guy ended up working on me for almost 45 minutes! Woohoo! It was the singular most relaxing and comforting experience I have had this week. My feet and calves really needed it after a week of non-stop walking. Afterwards we went to the "best" restaurant at Xcaret to have lunch and there was a huge line as it was after 2pm. The lady at the front told me something about the other side and pointed in that direction but I didn't understand what she was saying.
I was really happy to see my mom as I hadn't seen her all day and was feeling super guilty about leaving her on her own. But her being my one and only mom, she managed to 1) have an amazing time without us tagging along with other people and 2) seeing literally 10x the amount of stuff that we saw as she has some really great sense of direction and intuition that I failed to inherit. I don't like the way she rushes through things but I let her brag about all the wonderful things she saw and let her gloat over me and V's misery. The world was in balance once again and that was a Very Good Thing.
Our luck seemed to have changed for the better after our 2:30pm lunch.
We still couldn't find the stained-glass house, or the orchid greenhouse, or the animal breeding farm, or the Mayan village.
So we have been hearing about Mayan basketball/soccer ever since the excursion to Chichen Itza but it was HERE that they actually showed us a game being played live. My goodness it looked HARD.
The second wonderful thing was that Veronica bought me cotton candy! I LOVE cotton candy, it is one of the best things ever invented =) It always makes me happy as it is fluffy and sweet and changes texture in a flash! Apparently cotton candy in Mexico is made with honey instead of sugar! At least that's how it tasted and it was WONDERFUL =) I ate my whole cotton candy within 10 minutes and was soooo happy and sugared-up! =D Sadly I think that was the highlight of my day at Xcaret.
It's hard for me to recommend this place as I obviously didn't like it and found things frustrating and sad. I have to share an example of the most convulated, Escher-like structure at Xcaret.. THE BATHROOM near the entrance. I could have seriously killed someone. There is this spirally building with niches built into its side winding up. Each niche had a door on the right and left. These were bathrooms. So you walk up to the first niche, and if people are in them, you have to walk up the winding walkway to the next niche, and so on and so forth. There is NO WAY to easily guess whether or not there is someone in the freaking bathroom unless you walk into each freaking niche and poke your head left and right. I wanted to kill someone. What freak of nature designs something like that?! And that, my dear friends is the epitome of this park.
So if I had to do it all over again, I'd just buy tickets for the night show which is really well done, but LOUD and the sound quality is a bit blare-y. I can't in good consciousness recommend handing over $140 for a day in this park.
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