Sacred Journey Goals

The 16th edition of the Sacred Journey in May, 2024 pays tribute to a ritual and tradition rescued after hundreds of years of not being carried out, where the ancient inhabitants of the region made a pilgrimage by sea to pay tribute to the goddess Ixchel and receive a message for their people. Among the goals of the Sacred Journey that Xcaret rescues outstand:
Preserve an ancestral tradition. This ritual recreates an offering to Ixchel, the goddess associated with the moon and fertility. It was performed by the ancient settlers of this area of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Contribute to the consolidation of a cultural offer in Cancun and Riviera Maya. Strengthen the original culture of the region, promote sustainable tourism development, and spread one of the most relevant events in the Playa del Carmen area.
Be a vehicle to learn about the traditions of the former inhabitants and create interest among new audiences.
Invite the community to be proud of the region’s ancient culture, preserving it from the intense migratory flow in the region.

Sorcerers of the Sea

The Itazes or Sorcerers of the Sea mention Siyan Ka'an Bakhalal - today Bacalar - as their "place of birth." In that place, they remained for about 60 years until they abandoned the site and reached Polé, and there they took Xpol as their mother.
According to the Chilam Balam of Chumayel, the Sorcerers of the Sea left Polé on Katun 8 ajaw when they embarked on their journey in search of new lands until they reached the site with a sacred cenote to find the Well of the Sorcerers of the Sea, known today as Chichen Itzá.
On the beaches of the ancient port of Polé, we will witness the visit of dignitaries from the island of Cuzamil and the distant town of Ichpaatun, where the lunar goddess had a place of worship. The offering of tamales, cocoa, and balché will be shared with the inhabitants. We will honor Ixchel with rituals and beautiful dances recalling our lineage in this ancient tradition of ancestral navigation following the maritime route of crossing to the island of Cozumel, of exchange with cocoa in the market, and above all of the reverence to the goddess of weaving, fertility, and gestation.
After their long physical and mental training, the oarsmen and women are ready to undertake their pilgrimage with their offerings. Before making this religious journey to the island, they will be purified to augur a good voyage through the Ekab Sea .

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