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Sacred Mayan Journey 2024 (Travesía Sagrada Maya): A Timeless Tradition Revived on May 17-18

As tourists flock to the Riviera Maya, they are in for a treat - a chance to experience a piece of history and culture that has been revived and reenacted annually. The Travesía Sagrada Maya, or Sacred Mayan Journey, is a ritual that dates back over 500 years and is a testament to the rich heritage of the ancient Mayan civilization.


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The Sacred Mayan Journey: A Spiritual Pilgrimage


The training regimen for canoeing participants is nothing short of arduous and demanding. It is a symphony of synchronized movements, where every stroke of the paddle requires strength, endurance, and unwavering determination. The canoeros undergo intensive physical conditioning, including long-distance paddling sessions and grueling workouts designed to enhance their cardiovascular fitness, upper-body strength, and core stability. They spend countless hours honing their paddling techniques, practicing in both calm waters and rough seas to master the art of navigating the unpredictable currents.


Beyond physical preparation, canoeing participants also engage in mental conditioning to cultivate resilience and focus. They learn to embrace the challenges of the sport, finding motivation in the face of adversity. The rigorous training process creates a deep sense of camaraderie among the canoeros, forging unbreakable bonds and a shared commitment to excellence.


As the day of the competition draws near, the canoeros are a testament to the transformative power of dedication and hard work. With each stroke of their paddles, they channel their collective strength and determination, propelling their canoes forward with a grace and power that belies the immense physical effort required.



The Cultural Significance of the Travesía Sagrada Maya


Mayan goddess Ixchel, the patron deity of fertility

The journey begins at the eco-archaeological park, Xcaret, where participants gather early in the morning to embark on a 62.6-kilometer canoe ride across the Caribbean Sea to the island of Cozumel.


This is not just a leisurely boat ride; it is a spiritual pilgrimage that honors the Mayan goddess Ixchel, the patron deity of fertility, childbirth, medicine, and gestation.


In the ethereal glow of dawn, the journey unfolds at Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park that serves as a gateway to a sacred pilgrimage. As the sun paints the horizon with hues of gold and pink, participants gather, their hearts filled with anticipation and reverence. Dressed in traditional Mayan attire, they embark on a canoe ride across the shimmering Caribbean Sea.


Schedule and Logistics


The Travesía Sagrada Maya is a unique and unforgettable experience that allows participants to immerse themselves in the ancient Mayan culture and traditions. This challenging and rewarding journey takes place on May 17th and 18th, with the departure from Xcaret at 3:30 a.m. and the arrival at Chankanaab Park on Cozumel around 1 p.m.


The journey will cover a distance of 62.6 kilometers and will take around six to nine hours to complete. Throughout the journey, participants will paddle across the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, following the same route that the ancient Mayans used to travel between the mainland and the island of Cozumel.


Along the way, participants will have the opportunity to witness stunning natural beauty, including coral reefs, sea turtles, and dolphins. They will also learn about the history and culture of the Mayans, as well as their spiritual beliefs and traditions.


The Travesía Sagrada Maya is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic and mystery of the ancient Mayan world. It is a physically and mentally challenging journey, but it is also an incredibly rewarding one. Those who complete the journey will leave with a deep appreciation for the Mayan culture and a sense of personal accomplishment.


To book your ticket for the Travesía Sagrada Maya, please visit the Xcaret website.



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