When visiting Xcaret and Cozumel, you may be fortunate enough to witness a ritual takes place along the Riviera Maya. It is an ancient ceremony that people strive to be part of after months of training.

Men and women along Xcaret Eco-Park work together in order to keep alive this ancient ceremony handed down by our ancestors.

The journey initiates in Xcaret and proceeds onwards to the island of Cozumel, where canoers go to receive a very important message from the goddess Ixchel.


As the sun rises, the priests and chiefs of local villages bless all the boats and send off all participants with a special goodbye, consisting of different dances and offerings that will be taken to the Moon Goddess. This is a journey like no other; this is a journey that will make all canoers prove themselves, their strength, loyalty and fraternity with one another during such a difficult moment.

Once they arrive in Cozumel, they will present their tributes and wait for the goddess to reveal her knowledge to them – words that they will share with the rest of the villagers once they return to the bay.


This traditional ceremony was brought back to life 10 years ago, and will keep being celebrated to preserve the folklore of the Mayan Culture. This culture represents the entire Riviera Maya, something we are all very proud of and that draws great amounts of tourist to witness such important moments.

Don’t miss such important moment, and get your tickets directly with Xcaret for the 20th and 21st of May!

Keep on discovering Mayan culture with us!