Sacred Mayan Rowing Crossing

Sacred Mayan Journey:  May 25th & 26th

12 Year of this Interesting Reenactment …

Photo Courtesy of Joe Alfaro from Joe’s Tours

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.

Next week marks their last week of training here on the island for the Cozumel participants, including, which for many have been both morning and afternoon training sessions.

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,

Photo Courtesy of Joe Alfaro from Joe’s Tours

check out the event’s webpage


Travesía Sagrada Maya: Mayo 25 y 26

El 12º año de esta interesante representación. . .

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

La próxima semana es la última de entrenamiento de los participantes en la Isla de Cozumel, que para muchos han sido sesiones tanto por la mañana como por la tarde.


Este es el 12º año que se lleva a cabo el evento y se espera que participen más de 400 canoeros que representarán a supuesta travesía que realizaban los mayas para honrar a la diosa Ix-Chel, diosa de la luna y de la fertilidad. Antes de realizar el viaje, los canoeros realizan diversas ceremonias de purificación.


El inicio del evento está programado para el viernes 25 de mayo saliendo de Xcaret donde se realiza una ceremonia – danza de despedida antes del amanecer. Si el clima lo permite, se espera que las canoas lleguen a Cozumel alrededor de la 1 pm. Esa noche se lleva a cabo una ceremonia de meditación privada en Cozumel.


El sábado 26 de mayo las canoas zarpan nuevamente del Parque Chankanaab con destino a Xcaret, donde se realizan danzas del cierre del evento.


El año pasado se contó con la participación de 2,230 canoas con canoeros procedentes de 22 países. Si desean mayor información, visiten la página del evento.




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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