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Festival of Live and Death Traditions Xcaret Park

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On the 10th Anniversary of the Festival of Live and Death Traditions, Xcaret Park brings together 50 Mayan communities that demonstrate their peculiar way to celebrate the Hanal Pixán or the Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico.

Be amazed by the taste of traditional dishes offered to the souls like the stuffed white turkey and the mucbipollo. Learn how Maya honor death, such as the custom to spread ashes to detect when a deceased person is present, or how they avoid glassware in the offerings because reflections can scare the souls of their loved ones.

 

The festival also honors souls abandoned by their families, and those who wander from house to house. Each one has its altar with offerings, and a farewell party with lit candles, lighting up its return to the after-life.

Admire the handicrafts exhibition of filigree, jipijapa, sisal, embroidery and melipona honey products. Music, dances and theater are also part of this celebration. Don’t miss it!

In addition, learn about the cultural richness of Colombia, the first country to be invited as a guest of honor. For this occasion, the Festival has the most representative talents of Andean music, all recipients of the Mono Núñez Award, given to the best performers of this genre in Latin America.

The Nocturnal Duet formed by tenor, guitarist and composer Alfonso Ricardo Arrieta and baritone Vladimir Ardila, who throughout their career have won more than 10 awards in their native country, bring you the best of their compositions.

To continue with more Colombian talent, De Ida y Vuelta Trio offers an unforgettable evening with a treble-mandolin-guitar or mandolin-treble-flute format.

For those who love the magic of the violin, flute, maracas and ‘cuatro’ instrument, the Ensemble Cruzao group adds up a joyful touch with a vast repertoire of Colombian instrumental music.

Come and enjoy the perfect combination of the Mayan heritage and the beauty of Andean music in a special union of two brotherly countries.

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How can I attend the Festival?

You can come in your own car as the park features free parking lot facilities. If you come by bus, ADO buses offer you special departures from Cancun and Riviera Maya during the Festival (from October 30th to November 2nd).

Special rates for Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan residents

If you want to attend the festival, you have two ticket options: General Admission and Preferential Admission.

Important Information:

  • This price is exclusive to Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan residents.
  • Children under 5 years enjoy free admission showing an ID.
  • Children aged 5 – 11 pay 50% of the adult ticket price when showing an ID.
  • Twelve-year old children pay the price of an adult’s ticket.
  • Both children and adults must show a valid photo ID at the entrance of the park (IFE, driving license, passport or FM3 / Children: CURP, passport or school’s credential).

General Admission to the Festival

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Adult’s fee : $1556 USD

Child’s fee : $781 USD

  • Admission to the park from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Access to more than 40 activities of the Festival.
  • 10% off at La Plaza and Kiosko stores.

Preferential Admission to the Festival*

Adult’s fee : $2806 USD

Child’s fee : $1406 USD

  • Access starting at 1:00 p.m.
  • Access to more than 40 activities of the Festival starting at 4:00 p.m.
  • Reserved seats in presentations of the main forums and at Julieta Venegas Gala Concert in the Gran Tlachco Theater, if you visit the park on November 1st or 2nd
  • 10% off at La Plaza and Kiosko stores.

* You must arrive 10 minutes before the event, as your reservation is subject to the capacity of the venues.

* Does not include reserved seats at the small forums: La Capilla de Guadalupe, Main Plaza, Esplanade, The Acueducto Forum, Mayan Village and the Wine Cellar tasting dinner.

If you visit us from another state of the Mexican Republic, another country or you are peninsular but do not have a current official ID.

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We have for you the following access options to enjoy the park and the Festival of Life and Death Traditions using the same ticket.

Admission to the park: $ 9900 USD
*Presale price: $ 8910 USD

  • Admission from 8:30 a.m. to the closing of the Park and/or Festival.
  • Access to more than 40 activities of the Festival.
  • Entrance to the newest attraction of the Park: the aviary.
  • Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show.
  • Swim in the underground rivers.
  • Use of lifejackets and inner tubes.
  • Dressing rooms and showers.
  • Access to the beach, inlet and natural pools.
  • Resting areas, lounge chairs and hammocks.
  • Visit the Natural Reef Aquarium.
  • Parking lot facilities.

*-10% purchasing with 7 or more days in advance.

Admission to Xcaret Plus: $ 12900 USD
*Presale price: $ 11610 USD

  • Admission from 8:30 a.m. to the closing of the Park and/or Festival.
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  • One buffet lunch including 1 beer and unlimited beverages (soft drinks, flavored waters and coffee) at the restaurant.
  • Use of the Area Plus facilities.
  • Locker and snorkeling equipment ( a $19.35 USD refundable deposit is required).
  • Entrance to the newest attraction of the Park: the aviary.
  • Xcaret Mexico Espectacular show.
  • Swim in the underground rivers.
  • Use of lifejackets and inner tubes.
  • Dressing rooms and showers.
  • Access to the beach, inlet and natural pools.
  • Resting areas, lounge chairs and hammocks.
  • Visit the Natural Reef Aquarium.
  • Parking lot facilities.

*-10% purchasing with 7 or more days in advance.

Exclusive Gala Night with Julieta Venegas: $9900 USD
*Presale price: $8910 USD

Listen to this talented singer from the comfort of your reserved seat while indulging yourself with a glass of sparkling wine accompanied with a select choice of dried fruits.

  • Reserved seat during Julieta Venegas Gala Concert if you come to the Festival on November 1st or 2nd
  • A bottle of sparkling wine.
  • Non- alcoholic drinks for children.
  • Selection of dried fruits.

*-10% purchasing with 7 or more days in advance.

Wine Tasting and Festival of Life and Death Traditions: $14144 USD
*Presale price: $13354 USD

Enhance your experience at Xcaret through a journey of the traditions that Mexicans celebrate during the Day of the Dead. To make things better, we offer an exclusive tasting of regional and Columbian cuisine accompanied by Mexican wines in the intimate ambience of Xcaret’s Wine Cellar.

  • Food and wine pairing.
  • A 7-course tasting dinner with regional and Colombian products.
  • Sittings 17:30 h and 20:30 h
  • Dates: from October 30th to November 2nd.
  • Space limited to 25 pax per sitting.

*Pre-sale price until October 29th, 2015.

 

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