Not far from Cancun, Xavage is a new adventure park by Xcaret offering a variety of adrenaline pumping activities including an intense ropes course, ziplining, white water rafting, monster trucks, kayaking, and a high speed jet boat experience. I recently visited the park to celebrate a friend’s birthday and it was an exhilarating experience, a full day of adventure and extreme thrill. In this post, I’m detailing everything you need to know about Xavage and how to make the most of your visit.
Where is Xavage?
Xavage (pronounced “Savage”) is located about 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen, or 20 minutes from Cancun. It’s located right off the main highway, which makes it easily accessible by car and there is a free parking garage available on-site. It’s located right next to Xoximilco, which is another experience by Xcaret where you can float down the canals on a colorful barge drinking tequila and listening to live Mariachi, a recreation of the original attraction in Mexico City.
Xavage Admission Costs
Xavage offers two different admission packages–basic admission and all-inclusive admission. The main difference is that the basic admission only includes 2 activities (kayaking and ropes course). Before each activity you are required to scan your wristband so they know which type of admission you purchased.
The normal price for the basic admission package is $59.99 USD for adults and $29.99 USD for kids (ages 5-11). What’s included:
- 2 activities (Kayaking and Ropes Course)
- Kids Area
- Snack Bar
- Lunch buffet
All Inclusive Admission
The normal price for the all-inclusive admission is $149.99 USD for adults and $74.99 USD for kids (ages 5-11). What’s included:
- All activities (Kayaking, Ropes Course, Monster Trucks, Jet Boat, White Water Rafting, and Zip Line) as many times as you want
- Kids Area
- Snack Bar
- Lunch buffet
Round trip transportation from your hotel in Cancun, Riviera Maya, or Playa del Carmen can also be added to your park admission during booking. The cost is $17.99 USD per person and can only be added at the time of purchase. Note the pickup times below:
You’ll get the best price if you book your Xavage admission in advance online. You can automatically save 15% by booking at least 21 days in advance or 10% by booking from 7-20 days in advance. If you’re interested in visiting any of the other adventure parks by Xcaret (Xcaret, Xplor, Xel-Ha, Xichen, Xoximilco, Xenses, or Xenotes), you can also save by packaging the tours together. Click here to check the admission price for Xavage now.
When you first arrive to Xavage, you’ll be outfitted with a helmet, your admission wristband, as well as a thick velcro wristband for your locker key. You’ll also be given small disposable packages of biodegradable sunscreen that you can apply throughout the day. From the main entrance, you can head down to the lockers and changing rooms to store your belongings. The lockers are very large in size and big enough to hold all your items including tote bags, purses, towels, etc.
Each activity at Xavage is designated as an animal, and you’ll see animal signs around the park directing you to the different activities. With the all-inclusive admission you can participate in each activity as many times as you want. Before each activity you are required to watch a safety video or listen to safety instructions (offered in both English and Spanish).
Ropes Course (HOWLER Monkey)
The ropes course is a high level obstacle course built to test your balance, strength, and stability. There are four different difficulty levels to choose from–green, blue, red, and black. The green level is the easiest at a height of 26 ft and the black level is the most difficult at a height of 118 ft. There are a series of obstacles including ropes, wooden platforms, tires, and nets that you have to traverse to make it to the end of the course. On some levels, there are even suspended kayaks and bicycles.
Once you arrive to the ropes course, you’ll be outfitted with a safety harness and gloves. The guides will explain in detail the clic-it technology system that you use to hook your harness onto the safety lines as you progress throughout the course. Although I have a slight fear of heights, I felt very secure in my harness which made the activity much less frightening. In fact, I think the ropes course was my favorite activity and found it to be super challenging yet very fun.
Zip Line (Hawk)
The zip line at Xavage is a horizontal or Superman style zip line. You will lay down on your stomach and be lifted and secured into a harness. You’ll then hang horizontally from a suspension and fly down with your arms outstretched to the bottom of the track. I was excited to try this type of zip line because it was very unique, but to be honest it wasn’t as fast as I was expecting it to be and was more of a leisurely cruise to the bottom.
White Water Rafting (Barracuda)
White water rafting was probably the most nerve wracking activity for me. I had never been rafting before which definitely made me a little nervous. Although it is a man-made course, the rapids at Xavage are still very intense, reaching up to class III rapids with 7 foot waterfalls! The rafts hold up to six people with a certified guide at the back that shouts instructions throughout the course.
When you first arrive to the activity, you are required to watch a safety video as well as listen to detailed instructions from the guides. They explained exactly how to maneuver the raft and what to do if you fall out–which apparently is pretty common! I’ll admit our rafting experience was pretty intense as our two teams got very competitive but luckily I did not fall out!
Monster Trucks (Puma)
Another one of the more intense activities at Xavage is the monster trucks driving course. I didn’t even drive and I was still super freaked out! You are basically strapped into land rover vehicles and you have to navigate through a challenging course with boulders, steep climbs, and muddy pits. It will definitely get your heart pumping! Note you’ll most likely get a little dirty on this activity so I would recommend wearing old tennis shoes.
Jet Boat (Dragonfly)
The jet boat is a group experience where you are buckled into a high speed boat that makes 360 degree turns. Luckily there is an experienced driver but it’s their job to give you a wild ride! There’s a GoPro camera strapped to the front of the boat that records your reactions and you can purchase your group’s video after the ride. Note you will get wet on this activity.
Kayaking is another activity offered at Xavage, and you can choose to go in a single or double kayak. Our group decided not to participate in this one but it looked like a good way to explore the park.
Kids Pool (Serpent)
The kids pool at Xavage is a expansive water park with water slides, waterfalls, a wading pool, and falling water buckets. It looked very fun but can only be used by children.
Food and Beverage
Xavage offers two food and beverage options at the park–a lunch buffet and a snack bar. There are also complimentary bananas available once you finish the ropes course. Note due to the nature of the activities, alcohol is not served anywhere at the park.
Included in your admission is a lunch buffet, which actually was very impressive. It offers a variety of cuisine including salads, veggies, pasta, tacos and other Mexican dishes, American food, and desserts. You’ll also be greeted with a fruity welcome drink and a variety of fresh juices.
The other food and beverage option at Xavage is the Xnack (Snack) bar. They offer lighter food options here such as pizza, fruits, and fresh juices. The snack bar is centrally located between the activities so it’s a great place to take a break and enjoy some refreshments.
Xavage offers full amenities including lockers, changing rooms, showers, and restrooms. There are also gift shops at the entrance to almost every activity where you can purchase your park photos and souvenirs including water shoes, water bottles, clothing, and stuffed animals.
What to Wear
I would recommend wearing a swimsuit with active wear over it. When I visited Xavage, I wore a one piece swimsuit, athletic shorts, and an athletic tank. You will definitely get wet so it’s best to wear active wear or clothing that dries quickly. You are also required to wear closed toes shoes so I would recommend wearing a pair of old tennis shoes as they are likely to get dirty, especially on the Monster Truck activity. It’s also a good idea to bring water shoes to wear on the water activities (Kayaking, Jet Boat, and White Water Rafting).
What to Bring
Below are a few items I would recommend bringing to Xavage. It’s important to note cameras are not allowed on the activities unless they can be strapped to your life jacket or helmet. You can keep your camera stored in your locker and get it out at anytime to take pictures around the park.
On every activity, there are designated Xelfie stations where you can pose for photos or have your reactions photographed. The photos are logged by your helmet number and there are screens around the park where you can scan your wristband to view your photos. At the end of your visit, you can purchase photo packages at any of the gift shops around the park.
Review: Is it worth it?
Overall, I had an awesome time at Xavage Park by Xcaret. I’m pretty adventurous and I love adrenaline pumping activities so this was right up my alley. Even though the all-inclusive admission is a bit pricey, I think it’s definitely worth it if you take advantage of the entire day. Plus, you can save money if you book your ticket in advance. The park is beautifully designed and well-equipped, and the best part was that the lines were never long so you could just walk right on to the next activity. My favorite activity was definitely the ropes course and I would love to visit again to conquer the black level!
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