11.12.2006 Xcaret Park is situated in the heart of the Riviera Maya. 'Xcaret' means 'Small Cove' in Mayan. Xcaret is located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, in front of Cozumel.
¡Amo la flora y la fauna de México!
I had a wonderful day today! I spent the whole day walking around Xcaret enjoying the flora & fauna, there was too much to see! I love Mother Earth! Xcaret is a large "eco-archaeological" theme park. It's like a zoo, an 'open-air museum' & beach resort all in one. It's built around the ruins of Polé, an important Postclassic Maya coastal settlement. The ruins looked cool! Yeah I'm learning a lot about Mexico thanks to my travel guide... I've been reading a lot 'cause I just love getting to know a country & its history, culture & traditions. That's why I'm so grateful that I get the chance to travel, cause I'm learning so much about the world!
I saw a lot at Xcaret: they had puma's and a jaguar & a panther. They looked pretty bored and fat 'cause they had a
small space to live on and nothing to chase... They still looked amazing though, mighty big cats!
I really enjoyed the turtles; they had them in all different ages/sizes. It was cool to see how huge those tiny baby turtles will get... They also had a Manatee [sea-cow] with its young, impressive! They actually look pretty elegant when they swim, that's probably why sailors used think they were mermaids...
The nicest part of the park was the Butterfly Garden... You had to get in there through a curtain. The garden had different levels to walk around and the roof was closed so the butterflies couldn't escape. Hard to explain really what it was like... Butterflies everywhere! They even sat on me! I managed to take a picture of one sitting on my leg... Their colors & the way they fly around and seem to be so careless made me feel really happy!
I spent some time at the beach, got a drink & enjoyed the sight of the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. The crew was taking pictures with Natasha at the re-created Maya village. I sometimes went back to check how long they'd still take and they took a while so I had a lot of time in the park!
There was also a typical Mexican Cemetery rebuild at Xcaret. Conceived & built with the characteristic creativeness of architect Miguel Quintana. Very colorful with very positive 'wishes' to the dead on the stones. I read that around 330 people worked very hard to bring this wonderful place to real life, including bricklayers, master builders, sculptors and specialists in limestone, architects, designers and painters, as well as some hundreds of Mexican craftsmen who made a great number of pieces that were added to the tombs design. You can really tell, the cemetery looks amazing! I also read that Mexico has a positive relationship with the concept of death. It's portrayed with humor and even affection by craftspeople and artists. On Nov. 1st & 2nd they celebrate the Days of the Death. On those days the dead have permission on Earth; the children on the 1st in the evening and the adults on November 2nd, according to popular belief. The living welcome the passed souls with offerings like their favorite food, flowers, candles and incense. I respect dealing with death like that!
At one point there was a dancing show in the Maya-village, typical 'Indian' or actually 'Mayan' because we'd only call it Indian because Columbus thought he discovered India... Anyways! That show was pretty cool, the dancers/chanters were dressed nice, I think they were representing different animals and maybe spirits... I don't know much about that yet!
Well I've had a really good last day in Mexico! I've really enjoyed Xcaret, the whole atmosphere was positive and IRIE, respecting Mother Earth & the Animal Kingdom. For real!
Tonight we're having our last dinner at the Mexican 'Gourmet' restaurant. Mexican haute cuisine... Can't wait!
We're leaving around 9 to the airport tomorrow morning. I can't believe I'm leaving already! The time really flew. Probably because I only had fun!
PAZ Y AMOR!