Annual Sacred Mayan Journey
The Sacred Mayan Journey is a ritual in which the Maya braved the ocean on their canoes and crossed to Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel.
More than 1000 years ago, people from all over the Land of the Maya carried out a yearly pilgrimage to worship the goddess Ixchel. This ritual began days before in the marketplace known as Kii’wiik, where they traded for the different objects that were to be offered to the goddess.
Therefore, market days were great festivities for the valiant oarsmen who prepared to undertake the sacred journey crossing the ocean and obtain special favors from the goddess of fertility for all their people.
Today, you have the opportunity to travel into the past and witness a marvelous ancient tradition. The two main points of departure and arrival in the sea crossings by the ancient Maya were: Ppolé (Xcaret) and Cozumel.
The ceremony is on May 22nd and the journey begins on May 23rd when the pilgrims leave on their boats from the shores of Paya del Carmen and arrive at Cozumel around noon, later at night, a ceremony takes place at “Chankanaab” park. Next day in the morning the pilgrims return to the coast at Xcaret.