August 13, 2015
Cancun is a place of constant change in recent years, especially when it has come to tourism. First came the spring breakers, which have since given way for glamorous hotels and fine dining. What has not changed in Cancun is the deep cultural heritage of those who live there, off of the strip.
As a post on the Huffington Post points out, there are choices for the traveler looking a richer experience on their trip to Cancun.
Over 1000 years ago, Mayans traveled by canoe on a pilgrimage known as the Sacred Mayan Journey. They paddled their way from Xcaret to the island of Cozumel to commune with the goddess Ixchel who was believed to rule over health, water and vegetation. Every summer in the Riviera Maya, just an hour’s drive outside of Cancun, tourists can see this sacred journey reenacted.
Visitors can venture into the past and witness this celebration of ancient history. Today, Xcaret houses an eco-archeological park that hosted the opening ceremony of the festivities this year. The area contained a recreation of the Mayan marketplace which would have been the origin of the journey. Tourists traded their money for the traditional Mayan currency of cocoa seeds and used them to purchase handicrafts such as necklaces, textiles and traditional musical instruments. At night, visitors were entrances by dancers and storytellers.
It takes volunteers 6-months of training to become an oarsman in one of the Mayan traditional canoes. They travel from Xcaret to Cozumel, pay their respects to Ixchel and leave their offering, and make their way back across the channel the following morning. The trip is a total of 38.6 miles.
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