Last week was the Travesía Sagrada Maya (Sacred Mayan Journey), a popular event in the Riviera Maya that has been hosted by Xcaret for seven years. The three-day event recreates an ancient tradition of the local Mayans, where canoes are rowed from the mainland all the way out to Cozumel island so the Mayans can pray to the goddess Ixchel.

Travesia Sagrada  

The event began with an interactive Mayan market at Xcaret on Thursday evening, followed by a stunning show with dancing and blessings on the beach.

Travesia Sagrada 2013 

Travesia Sagrada 

Friday morning at dawn saw the canoers set out from Xel-Ha park (a new location this time around) and into the open sea amidst cheers from the crowd that had gathered to support family and friends participating in the journey.

Travesia Sagrada 

After spending the night on Cozumel, the rowers (in simple Mayan clothing) spent Friday morning rowing their canoes back to the mainland, where they were greeted by dolphins, macaws, dancing and friends at Xcaret in yet another beautiful ceremony.

 Travesia Sagrada 2013

Travesia Sagrada 

Travesia Sagrada 2013  

Thanks to Xcaret and Xel-Ha for recreating such a unique aspect of the Riviera Maya's Mayan heritage with the Travesía Sagrada Maya!