Festival of Life and Death of Xcaret Park is a MUST DO


Perhaps we’re a little late with this news, but, at Tulum Blog we prefer to think that we are one year early so everyone can plan ahead and have no excuse to miss the next festival. So, first things first:

What is the Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret?

The Day of the Dead in Mexico is a great celebration full of rituals and symbolism where the main objective is to remember and commemorate people who are no longer with us physically. This is a very special time of year in Mexico and it is even recognized by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.

Unfortunately it is super complicated to visit all the unique places in Mexico where this day is celebrated, not only for the amount of time this would involve but also for the cost of so many trips!

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So Xcaret brings it all to you in one place and for 12 years has been celebrating the “Festival of Life and Death”, a four day event (from October 30 to November 2 of each year) where specific states of Mexico are lauded as guests of honor. Each guest state adorns the park with spectacular altars and offerings.


As well as dance, theater and performances by local and regional artists, and also features the participation of stellar artists such as the singer Lila Downs, the actor Ignacio López Tarso and even the tenor Fernando de la Mora.

The most irresistible part of the Festival of Life and Death of Xcaret is the food and treats! Typical dishes like “pib” and a variety of tamales are brought by the local communities and you can savor them all at super accessible prices, as well as purchasing the handicrafts of the region.


Without a doubt this festival is one for the bucket list, something you must do at least once in your lifetime!


Bonus track: Tips for attending the Festival of Life and Death of Xcaret:

  • It is very important that you wear comfortable shoes and clothes, you are going to walk a lot to in order to get a taste of every incredible attraction.
  • We recommend that you read the program and decide which events you want to attend so that you can plan ahead and not waste time getting lost in the park.
  • Bring extra money to buy food and a souvenir at the festival.
  • Get there early! Arrive with enough time to park, taking into account that if you go by car it is possible that you will be sent to a lot a distance away from the entrance and you will have to wait for Xcaret transportation to approach the ticket offices.
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