Sacred Mayan Crossing

Sacred Mayan Crossing Reenactment May 25 – 26th

12th year of this historic event……

Although the Sacred Mayan Crossing isn’t until May 25 and 26, canoeists from Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum have been vigorously training and preparing for  the 31 KM journey round trip from Xcaret Park on the mainland to Chankanaab Park in Cozumel.

This year, which is the 12th  year of the event,  over 400 rowers are expected to  recreate the theorized way in which the ancient Mayans  paid tribute to the goddess IXchel, deity of the moon and fertility. Prior to the crossing, the rowers will undergo various purification ceremonies

The event is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 25th at Xcaret where there will be a ritual farewell dance ceremony starting pre-dawn.  The canoes, weather permitting are expected to reach Cozumel approximately 1 PM.  That evening, in Cozumel, a private meditation ceremony is scheduled

On Saturday, May 26 the  canoes will set off, once again, from Chankanaab Park en route to Xcaret, where the closing dance ceremonies will take place.

As of last year, a  total of 2,230 canoes with rowers from 22 countries have participated.  For more information,

check out the event’s webpage

Mayo 25 al 26 tiene lugar representación de la Sagrada Travesía Maya

Es el 12º año de este evento histórico. . .

No obstante que la Sagrada Travesía Maya se lleva a cabo hasta Mayo 25 y 26, los canoeros de Cozumel, Playa del Carmen y Tulum han estado entrenando intensamente y preparándose para la travesía de ida y regreso de 31 kilómetros desde el Parque Xcaret en tierra firme al Parque Chankanaab en Cozumel.


Este año se cumplen 12 años del evento y se espera que más de 400 canoeros participen en la representación que especula la manera que los antiguos mayas rendían culto a la diosa Ix-Chel, diosa de la luna y de la fertilidad. Antes de realizar la travesía, los canoeros llevan a cabo diversas ceremonias de purificación.


Se prevé que el evento comience el viernes 25 de mayo en Xcaret donde la ceremonia de danza de despedida es antes del amanecer. Si el clima lo permite, las canoas deben llegar a Cozumel alrededor de la 1 p.m. Está programada una ceremonia privada de meditación para esa noche en Cozumel.


El sábado 26 de mayo las canoas zarparan nuevamente desde el Parque Chankanaab hacia Xcaret donde se llevarán a cabo las ceremonias de cierre.


El año pasado se contó con la participación total de 2,230 canoas con canoeros procedentes de 22 países. Para mayor información,



Echen un vistazo a la página web de eventos.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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