The creators of Xcaret outdid themselves when they created Xplor Adventure Park but they have gone beyond what they already created and offered a new twist on one of the leading experiences in the Riviera Maya! This new hype is called Xplor Fuego! Xplor took and extra step and decided to open its doors at night lighting up the entire park with fire and excitement! A friend of mine recently went and shared this with me:
“You enter the park just before dusk into a cave like environment! Come equipped with your bathing suit or clothes if you don’t mind getting wet. Also, it is important to bring water shoes! You don’t need to change into dry clothes until the very end. Expect to get when during all activities! You can choose to start with any of 5 adventures. You can swim through the underground river, take a paddle boat ride through the river, soar through the zip line circuit, drive through the amphibious jungle or eat in spectacular buffet.
We decided to start with the swim through the underground river. And we were glad to do so because after swimming through a magical underground cenote, lit up of all different colors, you end swimming thorough an amazing waterfall. All of a sudden you realize you are in a cenote pool with the waterfalls all around you and when you look up the view and the feeling is absolutely incredible!
Now since we were already in the vicinity we wandered over to take a little stroll through the river in the paddle boat. The ride was fun and the paddles were very easy and user friendly. Again you experience more amazement in a different route of the underground river.
Say Cheese! Or shall I say, Tequila!!! And be ready! Because there are cameras throughout the entire area of the park and underground river!
By the time we were done with the underground river, the skies darkened! We took a break to eat and enjoy a fabulous buffet including a real BBQ offering beef and pork ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers and baked potatoes. Also an incredible salad bar with fresh and healthy veggie options with a variety of dressings and toppings. Also, you can enjoy some other international items such as chicken kebobs, pizza, mozzarella sticks, and much, much more! And if that isn’t enough how about ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate and natural fruit water! And it’s all unlimited!
After filling our bellies it was time to explore the amphibious jungle with an adventurous 4×4 jeep ride! What an experience! The path is set up through the jungle with hills, water, rocks, heavy terrain and bridges. The jeeps are very equipped and safe for this kind of activity so go ahead and press the gas a little and head out in the moon light! Keep those lights on! If you turn them off you will sit still in absolute darkness! We tested it for the thrill! Stopped of course! Don’t worry, you are not alone! There are check points along the way to be sure your car is working properly and can continue with the ride! You will not get lost in the dark! This activity was my husband’s absolute favorite! Before moving on we refueled in the snack area to rest for a few minutes and enjoy Mexican sweet bread and hot cocoa. We couldn’t resist!!!
Now onto the zip line circuit! We started this adventure by walking up a very safe spiral path to the top of a tower where we took flight on zip line number one! The zip lines are truly an incredible experience and even for me who is honestly afraid of heights this was my top pick for the entire park! I have been zip lining during the day and enjoyed it but it is truly a different and unique experience to soar through the sky at night underneath the moon and stars! It is a completely different feel and I highly recommend this experience! The circuit consists of nine zip lines; the last one with a fun splash water landing!
Although this was the last of the fun filled activities, it did not end our night! Didn’t I mention that the buffet is unlimited!? Yep! All this fun called for another refuel! So we sat and enjoyed another meal and talked about what an incredible time we had! This brought us up to right around 11 pm which was perfect timing to fit in all the activities, eat and relax! Before leaving we stopped to view all the awesome photos that had been snapped of us during the adventure! You are not obligated to purchase these photos however we did! They offer different packages for you to choose from. I must say that buying the photos are always worth it for me to be able to keep for memories! And this one in particular was certainly a memorable experience!
This experience was not a one-time stop for me; I enjoyed it so much that I plan to return! I hope that everyone out there will give this a shot; you will not be disappointed.”
So, I recommend Xplor – at night! I’ll have to go check it out myself some time soon.
-by Bea Lozano