Be part of a centuries-old Mayan ritual. Push your physical limits. Experience the Caribbean Sea as only a select few have done before. Train with some of the Riviera Maya's most adventurous people.

Sacred Mayan Journey Riviera Maya 

This November, the Sacred Mayan Journey is calling locals ages 18 - 65 to participate in their annual venture across the waters of the Riviera Maya. The Sacred Mayan Journey was once a tradition among the ancient Mayans living in the region, where they traveled by canoe from the Riviera Maya mainland all the way to the island of Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel. In recent years, Xcaret and Xel-Ha parks have hosted spectacular reenactments of this ceremony; locals train for months to dress in Mayan attire and row the distance from the Riviera Maya to Cozumel, and back again the following day.


Photo by Lisa Love Juliot

The Sacred Mayan Journey 2014 will take place in May, but participants must sign up during the month of November in order to participate in the training sessions leading up to the big event. The only requirements are:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 65 years
  • Live in the area
  • Sign up through the website
  • Send 1 digital color face portrait
  • Have a spirit of success, commitment, discipline and teamwork
  • Respect and enjoyment of the Mayan culture
Sacred Mayan Journey Xcaret

Photo by Lisa Love Juliot


Sacred Mayan Journey Xcaret
Photo by Lisa Love Juliot

Training to be an oarsman or oarswoman for the Sacred Mayan Journey 2014 begins in November at 4 different locations in the area. Sign up on the Sacred Mayan Journey website.