Sacred Mayan Journey

An ancient Mayan tradition in Xcaret

The Sacred Mayan Journey recreates an ancient Mayan ritual departing from Xcaret to pay tribute to the Ixchel goddess at Cozumel.

Each year takes place a pilgrimage with hundreds of volunteers in traditional canoes and with paddles made out of wood, just as the ancient oarsmen used. After having special training for months, they are ready for this journey in the open sea to reach Cozumel island.

The day starts with a farewell to the oarsmen with music and dances at sunrise, to later recreating a Mayan market. The group of canoes arrives at Chankanaab Park at Cozumel to tribute and deposit their offerings to the Ixchel goddess. After hearing the words of the oracle and resting during the night, they will return to the ancient port of Polé (nowadays, Xcaret) to spread the good news to their fellow citizens.

One of the oldest traditions in Quintana Roo, Mexico keeps alive in this unique experience called the Sacred Mayan Journey.

The Sacred Mayan Journey recreates an ancient Mayan ritual departing from Xcaret to pay tribute to the Ixchel goddess at Cozumel. Each year takes place a pilgrimage with hundreds of volunteers in traditional canoes and with paddles made out of wood, just as the ancient oarsmen used. After having special training for months, they are ready for this journey in the open sea to reach Cozumel island.

Given the sensitive situation that is being experienced around the world by the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, Travesía Sagrada Maya, announces the cancellation of its 2020 edition in accordance with the recommendations and measure of the World Health Organization to cancel Massive events. Our priority is and will continue to be the health and well-being of the participants and visitors who make this tradition possible year after year.

We appreciate the support and understanding of this preventive measure and reiterate the commitment of Travesía Sagrada Maya to the rescue of this cultural heritage. We hope to be able to quickly resume this tradition that we have carried out in Xcaret for 14 years.


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