Embarking at Xel-Ha, Mayan port
Sacred Mayan Journey 2013
A journey to the beginning
We are only a few hours away from the first Sacred Mayan Journey of a New Era. This year the New Era brings with it changes including a new route and new challenges.
The canoeists embark on May 24 at 6:00 am at Xel-Ha Park, a place that was in ancient times one of the main ports used for navigation. Various pilgrimages embarked on coastal ports like Xcaret, Xamanhá, Akumal, Tankah and Xel-Ha in order to reach the island of Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel.
One of the main reasons that Xel-Ha was chosen as the starting point from the mainland to Cozumel is because the channel’s current direction flows north. It was also an important port of refuge, shopping center and refuge for mariners since it represented a reserve food in times of bad weather.
Part of the history of Xel-Ha is told by the constructions left behind in its archaeological zone where you can see a spring that facilitated port activities and constituted the economic livelihood of the settlement. The location of Xel-Ha was privileged as merchandise from Yucatan and Belize reached the zone and it was bound to a port town.
The next time you visit Xel-Ha, close your eyes for a moment and let the Caribbean breeze take you back in time to relive the greatness of the Maya culture. Imagine a time where the beauty of this natural jewel was a hub for the Maya’s port to ship to Cozumel looking for the message of the goddess of fertility.
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