Xcaret "small inlet" or "deal of merchants"
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Xcaret "small inlet" or "deal of merchants". Xacaret is a small Maya civilization archaeological site located on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the modern-day state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, 1 mile south of Playa de Carmen on Highway 307. The original name was P'ole' "merchandise". Xcaret, the site was occupied by the pre-Columbian Maya and functioned as a port for navigation and an important Maya trading center. The site functioned as a port for Coba. The area around Xcaret was first occupied prior to 300 BC by a farming and fishing community. According to the research by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) the first buildings of the site are from the years 200 AD to 600 AD, but the majority of them are from the period from 1200 AD to 1550 AD.
Several small Maya ruins lie within the eco-park of Xcaret 200 acres. This eco-archaeological park has displays depicting different aspects of the Mayan culture of Quintana Roo, and it also has ecological importance due to its efforts of conservation and reproduction of regional flora and fauna.