Xcalacoco Experience

Spring Equinox

March 21, 2014

Spring Equinox

When the sun shines directly over the equator and daytime becomes as long as the night, the world rejoices in the beauty of the spring. This is the perfect time to open our minds to nature and celebrate the equinox, just as the Mayans of the Yucatan Peninsula have done for so many centuries. Join us at Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort.

  • 7:00am Open your heart to the spring

Location: Beach

Let the sun and the sand awaken your senses to the possibilities of this season with a meditation session on the beach.

  •  9:00am Temazcal

Reservations and meeting point: Spa Sandos

Step into the jungle to discover our “temazcal”, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge used to purify the body, mind and spirit.

  •  10:00am Equinox eco tour

Meeting point: Sports Bar

This guided tour through the jungles and mangroves of our resort will teach you about the Riviera Maya’s environment and Mayan culture.

  • 11:45am Energy cleansing

Location: Xcalacoco

A Mayan shaman will purify your body and spirit in a traditional cleansing session.

  •  1:00pm Ball game ceremony

Location: Xcalacoco

Much more than just a game, this sport had religious and ritual importance for the ancient Mayans. You’ll have the chance to see a reenactment of how the famous Mayan ball game was played.

  •  1:00pm Temazcal

Reservations and meeting point: Spa Sandos

Step into the jungle to discover our “temazcal”, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge used to purify the body, mind and spirit.

  • 1:45pm Puppet show

Location: Xcalacoco

A performance designed especially for kids, telling fascinating Mayan legends.

  • 1:45pm Live music

Location: Xcalacoco

Enjoy popular songs in the beautiful area by the Sacred Ceiba Tree.

  •  1:45pm Traditional Mayan lunch

Location: Xcalacoco

Experience life in a Mayan village during this special lunch. We’ll begin with a ceremony dedicated to the Sacred Ceiba Tree, and afterwards you can enjoy a Mayan handicraft fair along with a wide variety of regional dishes prepared by the Mayan community.

  • 3:00pm Equinox eco tour

Meeting place: Sports Bar

This guided tour through the jungles and mangroves of our resort will teach you about the Riviera Maya’s environment and Mayan culture.

  • 4:00pm The Mayan community welcomes the spring

Location: Theater

The people of our region’s Mayan community will be here to share their traditions and culture with us, showing how it all relates to the spring equinox.

  •  4:00pm Temazcal

Reservations and meeting point: Spa Sandos

Step into the jungle to discover our “temazcal”, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge used to purify the body, mind and spirit.

  •  5:00pm Descent of  Kukulcan at Chichen Itza”

Location: Theater

Every March, thousands of people travel to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza to see the shadows in the form of a serpent descend down the staircase of “El Castillo” pyramid. Here, we’ll present the live broadcast of this spectacular event, accompanied by music, traditional Mayan drinks, and a representative from the Mayan community to tell us the significance of this event.

  •  5:20pm Equinox ceremony

Location: In front of Spa Sandos

A Mayan shaman will guide us in a ritual honoring the spring equinox.

  •  8:00pm Stargazing

Location: Xcalacoco (Plaza del Sol)

We’ll use the sky itself to show you how the ancient Mayans used the positions of the stars to create their calendars and build their pyramids.

  •  8:30pm The Fire of Life

Location: Xcalacoco (Plaza del Sol)

Our beautiful fire ceremony under the stars! Watch as Mayan warriors dance with the flames in this unforgettable nighttime show.