Sacred Mayan Journey

Connecting cultures

Gonzalo Guerrero was a Spanish soldier who came to America after his boat capsized in the Gulf of Darien (south of Panama), in 1511. He and his fellow raffled many obstacles before reaching the northern coast of Quintana Roo, between Xamanhá (now Playa del Carmen) and Zama (Tulum today).


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Guerrero was captured and miraculously survived. Later, not only did he adapted to the lifestyle and customs of the Maya, but also joined in marriage to the daughter of Nachan Ca’an, a powerful chief of the territory now known as the Riviera Maya. Of those children born out of this marriage, were the first mestizos Chactemal (Chetumal). So Guerrero is considered the father of Mexican mestizaje.


The Sons of Mestizaje 

More than 300 oarsmen were involved in the Sacred Mayan Journey in Xcaret, in the beautiful Riviera Maya. For the fifth edition of this journey, a special guest was involved in this history: Gonzalo Guerrero.

In the Sacred Mayan Journey 2011, the dancer Raul Salcedo portrayed Gonzalo Guerrero. It also featured the participation of community theater and dance groups from Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Solidarity and Cozumel. The cast of Xcaret and oarsmen joined in this effort under the organization and logistics of a great team.

Sacred Mayan Journey


For five years, Xcaret is given the task of recreating the annual pilgrimages from Ppolé (Xcaret) to Cuzamil (Cozumel today) to bring offerings to the goddess Ix Chel. The activities of the Sacred Mayan Journey takes place under the supervision and support of the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Research efforts and documentation have resulted in the largest acquisition of information on navigation Mayan trade route that ocurred in the Yucatan Peninsula in the late period (1250-1519 AD).

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