What is the Sacred Mayan Journey?

Preserving the history of the Maya World

Sacred Mayan Journey


The Sacred Mayan Journey is the recreation of a sacred pilgrimage that the Maya practiced almost 500 years ago. The pilgramage consisted in selected man and woman rowing from the coast of Pole (now Xcaret) to Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel, who ruled the aspects of fertility, health, water and vegetation.




With the Sacred Mayan Journey, Xcaret seeks to recreate part of the history and culture in the region through their rituals, dances and ceremonies prior to the crossing of the canoe. This event hopes to strengthen communication and cooperation between public and private institutions in Cozumel, the Riviera Maya and Xcaret in a common effort to enrich the cultural offerings of Quintana Roo.


Sacred Mayan Journey through the years




Xcaret Park opens its doors to show the pre-Hispanic interactive market “the kii’wik, a trip to the past” where guests can exchange their currency, interact in the market and enjoy the ceremonies of purification for the oarsmen. Wear white and bring comfortable shoes. To enjoy the event it is necessary to present tickets, which are given away through local media and social networks. Xcaret visitors can enjoy this event as part of their activities included their entry fee.




The following day, the oarsmen depart at 6 a.m. from Xel-Há Park and row to the island of Cozumel. In the island, there are purification rituals and the attendees listen to the message from the Oracle of the goddess Ixchel in Chankanaap Park in Cozumel.

After a night of rest, the canoes leave from Cozumel to Xcaret where they are welcome with dances, food and celebration. The journey has been completed.


Follow the Sacred Mayan Journey in social networks using the hashtag #SacredMayanJourney

and on Facebook at Xel-Há and Xcaret.