Sacred Mayan Journey at Xcaret: warriors of the ocean

Is not easy to describe the emotion that brings this sunrise at Xcaret, the famous eco park in the Riviera Maya. Just like 10 years ago, people from Cancun and Playa del Carmen meet at this beatiful inlet. Dressing mayan costumes, with the face painted with red and blue designs, they are the warriors of the ocean, messengers, workshipers. They have been training for six months to recreate an ancient Maya tradition: crossing the ocean to Cozumel island, to workship Ixchel, the mayan goddess of fertility and medicine. They named it the Sacred Mayan Journey.

Xcaret celebrates the SMJ at the Riviera Maya, México.
10th Sacred Mayan Journey: THe Evolution of the Warrior. Photo: PR Xcaret.

Xcaret Park worked hard to make this dream come true: a recovered tradition that could bring identity to this young state, Quintana Roo. With the advice of experts from INAH (Mexico’s National Institution of Anthropology and History), Xcaret created a program based on real information about the Maya and their rituals. The goal was to create a multi-disciplinary event that could be an attraction for local and international tourism, but also could make people join to practice sports, share unique experiences and go deep into the souls and make them grow.

Xcaret celebrates the SMJ at the Riviera Maya, México.
10th Sacred Mayan Journey: THe Evolution of the Warrior. Photo: PR Xcaret.

In 2007, the first Sacred Mayan Journey was performed only by 25 oarsmen in 5 canoes. Now, for the 10th Edition, there were 400 oarsmen, in 40 canoes! People from 22 countries had come to the Riviera Maya to be part of this awesome celebration. We can say now that the Sacred Mayan Journey has become an iconic event, which is ingrained in the glorious past of the Maya, but is part of Mexico’s present.

Xcaret celebrates the SMJ at the Riviera Maya, México.
10th Sacred Mayan Journey: The Evolution of the Warriors. Photo: PR Xcaret.

Xcaret Park and the Riviera Maya waits for you in the 11th Edition of the Sacred Mayan Journey. Mysticism, joy, colorful dances and performings, the energy of the oarsmen and the love of their relatives makes this experience one of the best that you can have in all over Mexico.

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