Cancun, Q.R. – This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Sacred Mayan Journey, an annual event that sees over 300 oarsmen cross the water from Xcaret to Cozumel.
The sacred event dates back to the Late Post Classic Period (900-1550 AD), where in the Mayan community, it was common practice of villagers to make an annual canoe trek from what is today called Xcaret, to the island of Cozumel to visit the Oracle of the Goddess Ixchel.
The annual event attracts thousands of onlookers as more than 300 oarsman take to their canoes to participate in the annual sacred journey. This year, the Sacred Mayan Journey will take place on May 20 and 21.
Vice presidente of Grupo Xcaret, Carlos Condstance, said, “On May 20 the canoes checkout at 5:30 in the morning to cross the Xcaret to Cozumel course. The canoeists are people in the community who train for six months to participate in the trip.”
Canoists will depart Dos Playas at Xcaret at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20 where they will set out for Chankanaab Park at Cozumel, hoping to reach the island by 1:00 p.m. They will make the return journey on Saturday.
After centuries of being lost, Xcaret park began recreating the traditional crossing in 2007. Since then, more than 2,596 Mayan canoeists have made the challenging crossing.