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Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America: on-land attractions include a replica cementario (cemetery), decorated as it would be on the Day
Carretera 307, 6 miles south of Playa del Carmen
Tel: 52 984 873 2643's insider take:

If you've never traveled to Mexico before, a visit to Xcaret will give you a decent overview of the country's culture—at Disneyland prices. You can snorkel in subterranean rivers, swim with dolphins (for an extra fee, with reservations), duck at the sound of macaws screeching overhead, wander through a Day of the Dead display, and swing in a hammock beside a turquoise cove. Somehow the 200-acre eco-theme park avoids being hokey and trite—the biologists and naturalists here take their work seriously. Choreographers hired some of the country's finest costume designers and dancers for the nightly folkloric dance show, which is so extraordinary it's been known to give goose bumps to homesick Mexicans vacationing in gringolandia.

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