1 History 2 Attractions 3 Criticism 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links
Mayan ruins in Xcaret
The Ecological Park is built in the same area as the archaeological
site and has the same name, Xcaret.
The land was originally purchased by a group of Mexican entrepreneurs,
led by architect Miguel Quintana Pali. 5 hectares of the land was
purchased in 1984.
When he began to clear the land, he started uncovering cenotes,
sinkholes formed by collapsed cave ceilings weakened by 3 million
years of erosion from underground rivers running through them and
flowing into the sea. He saw the potential for tourism and
formulated the idea of an Ecological Park open to the public, and soon
joined forces with Oscar, Marcos and Carlos Constandse, achieving this
goal in December 1990.
At the same time, contact was established with the National Institute
of Anthropology and History (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e
Historia) with the objective of rebuilding the remnants of the Mayan
pyramids and buildings that were found in the area. The park’s
administration subsidized all the operation and the INAH put in charge
a team of specialists.
The nature-based attractions of the park include a river that goes
through the Mayan village, a subterranean concrete sluice in which
people can swim and snorkel with a life vest. Near the inlet there are
recreational activities at the beach, snorkeling, Sea Trek and Snuba
in the nearby reefs, or swimming with dolphins. The park also has a
coral reef aquarium turtle nesting site. Next to the inlet there’s
an area for manatees. The park also has a bird pavilion, butterfly
pavilion, bat cave, orchids and bromeliad greenhouse, an island of
jaguars, and a deer shelter, among others.
The cultural attractions include an open church, replica of a Mayan
village with real artisans at work, a Mexican cemetery, a museum, an
equestrian show, Mesoamerican ball game, an open theater with
performances of pre-Hispanic dances, Papantla flying men and the Gran
Tlachco (theater with a six thousand people capacity) where the
Mesoamerican ball game
Clavé, Salvador Anton (2007). The Global Theme Park Industry. Andrew Clarke (trans.). Wallingford, UK: CABI. ISBN 978-1-84593-208-4. OCLC 70921404. Fedick, Scott (2003). "In Search of the Maya Forest". In Candace Slater. In Search of the Rain Forest. New ecologies for the twenty-first century series. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. pp. 133–166. ISBN 978-0-8223-3205-3. OCLC 52821109. Lück, Michael, ed. (2008). The Encyclopedia of Tourism and Recreation in Marine Environments. Wallingford, UK: CABI. ISBN 978-1-84593-350-0. OCLC 152560388. Mowforth, Martin; Clive Charlton; Ian Munt (2008). Tourism and Responsibility: Perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean (1st hbk ed.). London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-42364-9. OCLC 123136460. Simon, Joel (1997). Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. ISBN 978-0-87156-351-4. OCLC 35559240. Slater, Candace (2003). "In Search of the Rain Forest". In Candace Slater. In Search of the Rain Forest. New ecologies for the twenty-first century series. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. pp. 3–40. ISBN 978-0-8223-3205-3. OCLC 52821109. Walker, Cameron (2005). "Archaeological tourism: looking for answers along Mexico's Maya Riviera". In Tim Wallace. Tourism and Applied Anthropologists: Linking Theory and Practice. NAPA Bulletin, no. 23. Arlington, VA: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology. pp. 60–76. ISBN 978-1-931303-22-4. OCLC 61285198.
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