More than 300 canoeists will line up the blue open waters of the Caribbean to reenact an ancient Mayan pilgrimage to worship moon goddess Ix Chel. The 5th Sacred Mayan Journey is organized by Xcaret and will begin this May 19th, 20th, and 21st.
The journey begins at the Ppole port (now Xcaret). The ancient Mayans would row across the ocean towards Cuzamil (now Cozumel) to hear the oracle predictions from goddess Ix Chel. The Mayans would then cross the ocean once again to arrive at Xamanha (Playa del Carmen).
The participants of the Mayan Journey will recreate the entire ceremony including dance and music rituals as well as goddess Ix Chel message in Cozumel.
What you need to know to see the canoeists
May 19th in Xcaret Park: Starting at 5 p.m., entrance is free for visitors to enjoy a number of activities at the park.
May 20th in Xcaret Park: Arrival is at 5:30 a.m. to see the canoeists off. There are only a limited number of tickets.
May 20th in Cozumel: The events will begin at 12 p.m. with the welcome of the canoeists in Caletita by the lighthouse. At 8 p.m., the canoeist will take their offerings to goddess Ix Chel in Chaancanab Park.
May 21st in Cozumel: The canoeists depart from Island of Cozumel at 5:30 a.m. from Caletita.
May 21st in Playa del Carmen: The Sacred Mayan Journey will end with the arrival from the canoeists at Playa Fundadores, next to the ferry port at 12:00 p.m.
The 5th Sacred Mayan Journey will include participation from the Felipe Carrillo Puerto Community Theater, dance groups form the Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) and Cozumel Municipalities, as well as volunteers from the DIF Solidaridad Golden Club and volunteers from Xcaret Park.