Sacred Mayan Journey 2012

The Sacred Mayan Journey will take place at Xcaret for the 6th consecutive year. This event recreates one of the most ancient traditions of the Mayan culture; the yearly pilgrimage of the Maya, who braved the ocean on their canoes and crossed to the island of Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel.

You and your family can enjoy this incredible event at Xcaret, a majestic park located in the shores of the Mexican Caribbean in the Riviera Maya, very close to Cancun, a place where the beauty of nature, the cultural richness and the most representative traditions of Mexico blend perfectly; enjoy an incredible display of folklore and music, with more than 300 artists, on the “Xcaret México Espectacular” presentation; underground rivers; a unique Coral Reef Aquarium, and more than 40 natural attractions, besides music, ceremonies declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as well as exquisite buffet-style Mexican cuisine. If you want to get to know Mexico, come and experience Xcaret!

Let´s celebrate a new beginning

“The time has come to go to the Sacred Ceiba tree; the one located at the center of the main square, equivalent to the axis of the world; a sacred tree that is a reminder of the source, creation, and restoration of the heavenly-cosmic layer, held up by huge Ceiba trees.”

The day has finally arrived, and the sun has gone down on the Village. Ixchebelyax and the Celestial Dragon create a cosmic deluge to mark a new beginning; the sacred twins take their steps, followed by the lords of death. Fire and rebirth dances take place together with the planting of the Ceiba, a sacred and cosmic tree that marks the center of the world and the beginning of a new era, where the paths of the universe acknowledge, respect and complement each other.

With the first rays of sun, the local chiefs called Bataoobs and the high priest of Ppolé, Xcaret – the interpreter of prophecies called the Chilam- lead the blessing ceremony and bid farewell to the oarsmen, bearers of the offerings of the people, who are leaving for Cutzamil-Cozumel to visit the ancient and almost abandoned sanctuary of Ixchebelyax in order to hear the message that will be given by the oracle. Upon their arrival to the island, children and young and elderly women will perform welcome dances as well as dances of death and the new fire, to prepare them for their visit to the Sanctuary and their departure toward Xamanhá-Playa del Carmen to begin a new era.

In 2012, Xcaret, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen will all dress in white to celebrate the 6th Sacred Mayan Journey, the Celebration of a New Era, which the Maya foresaw in their calendars and sacred prophecies.