Art Kramer | September 7, 2016 4:00 PM ET
MUST SEE: Xcaret's Coral Reef Aquarium
Photo courtesy of Experiencias Xcaret
Xcaret, dubbed an "eco-archaeological" park, is a symphony of Mayan culture and natural beauty, each aspect warranting close admiration to appreciate the wonders within — including the destination’s abundance of wildlife.
Xcaret is currently highlighting its resident fauna, providing a suggested route to catch all 190-plus species.
The beloved donkey Anselmo and Tequila the zebu are big draws, along with the 1,500 birds in the aviary and butterflies in their own pavilion. A pair of large islands contains a duo of Jaguars and Pumas — the former revered as “Balam,” a supernatural entity.
The beach area is home to a dark cave where hundreds of bats dwell, while back in daylight at the nearby lagoon, manatees hold court.
READ MORE: Ten Things To Do At Experiencias Xcaret
Proceeding through the rest of the park brings you up close to soaring macaws, sea turtles, crocodiles, sharks, spider monkeys … the list goes on. Xcaret’s Coral Reef Aquarium brings that fragile ecosystem up close and personal for visitors with shallow to deep-water examples.
After perusing these surroundings by land, head to the Paradise River and do some underground rafting, which lets you see the Mayan jungle denizens from a different perspective.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS MENAGERIE OF ANIMALS, visit Xcaret’s blog.
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