Xcalacoco Experience

Spring Equinox

March 20, 2016

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.

  • 7:30am – 8:10am Meditation by the Sea

Place: Beach

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

  • 8:15am Mayan Purification

Place: Beach

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

  • 11:00am Popol Vuh Tour

Meeting Point: Info Center

A tour through the jungles, mangroves, cenotes and Jade River of our resort, where we’ll tell you Mayan tales about the origins of the Earth, human civilization and natural phenomenons.

  • 11:00am – 12:50pm Sun Tribute

Place: Beach

Celebrate and welcome the spring with this party on our beautiful beach. We’ll have games, drinks and live music.

  • 11:00am Temazcal Ceremony

Place: Xcalacoco

Delve into the jungle to experience an ancient tradition: a purifying ceremony inside a Mayan sweat lodge known as a temazcal. Reservation required. Limited space available.

  • 1:00pm Traditional Cooking Lessons

Place: Salvia restaurant

Learn to prepare mouthwatering Mexican cuisine from the chefs at our resort.

  • 1:00pm – 10:00pm Mayan Artisan Fair

Place: Avenida Balam (Main path)

You’ll fall in love with the colors and beauty of the handicrafts made by local artisans at this Mayan market.

  • 3:00pm Popol Vuh Tour

Meeting Point: Info Center

A tour through the jungles, mangroves, cenotes and Jade River of our resort, where we’ll tell you Mayan tales about the origins of the Earth, human civilization and natural phenomenons.

  • 3:00pm Temazcal Ceremony

Place: Xcalacoco

Delve into the jungle to experience an ancient tradition: a purifying ceremony inside a Mayan sweat lodge known as a temazcal. Reservation required. Limited space available.

  • 5:00pm Mayan World: The Bonfire

Place: Donkey Habitat

Step into this recreation of a traditional Mayan village with residents from the local community.

  • 5:00pm Mayan Face Painting Station

Place: In front of the spa

At this stand, we’ll paint your face with themes from the region’s fascinating Mayan culture.

  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm Marimba

Place: Donkey Habitat

Enjoy the rhythm and sound of this traditional music made popular by the Mayans.

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Mayan Purification

Place: Plaza Tzolkin

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

  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm Xcalacoco Land

Place: Tennis court

Kids will have a blast while playing in this world of games, where we’ll have plenty of interactive activities for the little ones.

  • 6:00pm Equinox Dinner

Place: Plaza Tzolkin

We’ll be offering a variety of food stands serving mouthwatering Mexican food and delicious drinks.

  • 6:00pm Marimba

Place: In front of the spa

Enjoy the rhythm and sound of this traditional music made popular by the Mayans.

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Sinaloa Band

Place: Donkey Habitat

Get ready to dance to the beat of the drum. It will be your chance to show us your best moves.

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm Jarocho

Place: Plaza Tzolkin

Listen to a live group play this traditional music during an evening in the heart of our resort.

  • 7:30pm Tunnel of Time

Place: Cenote Cristalino

This virtual museum will show you the fascinating story behind the three eras of the Mayan civilization.

  • 7:00pm Virtual Mayan Ball Game

Place: Plaza Tzolkin

Learn about the traditions and legends behind the famous pok ta pok ball game at this exhibit.

  • 7:00pm Xcalacoco Hologram

Place: By the Photopro shop

Learn the history and the astronomy behind the construction of the famous Mayan city of Chichen Itza through this ongoing screening.

  • 8:00pm Sons of the Sun Parade

Place: Plaza Tzolkin

This vibrant parade displays the traditional music and dance from the region’s pre-Hispanic culture.

  • 8:00pm – 10:00pm Yucatan Band

Place: By the shopping area

A traditional band from the Yucatan region will be playing during the Equinox festivities to accompany the evening with local music.

  • 8:15pm Dance of the Pig’s Head

Place: Plaza Tzolkin

This regional dance is a long-standing tradition that represents a tribute thanking nature for all of its blessings.

  • 8:15pm  Yaxche, The Sacred Tree

Place: Theater terrace

In this performance, you’ll be able to experience the incredible stories and tales of the Mayan civilization. We’ll tell you all about the ceiba tree and caring for the environment.

  • 9:00pm Kids Club Xcalacoco Ceremony

Place: Teatro

The resort’s youngest guests will put on a ceremony based on this beautiful love story.

  • 9:15pm Popol Vuh Ceremony

Place: Theater

The Popol Vuh is a book filled with captivating stories from the ancient Mayan culture. Live the magic of Mayan legends with this show.

  • 10:15pm Kukulcan Party

Place: Theater terrace

Experience a pre-Hispanic carnival with plenty of music and dancing, the perfect way to end a memorable evening.