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Emotional Paddle To Cozumel (And Back)

More than 350 canoeists had an emotional paddle from the mainland to Cozumel and back, at the end of last month.

The sea and wind made them battle hard, as they took part in the 2014 historic Travesía Sagrada Maya, or Mayan Sacred Journey.

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Emotional paddling.

The three-day reenactment brings to life the ancient, mystical journey said to have been taken by the Maya in their quest to pay tribute to the Goddess Ix Chel, whose sanctuary is believed to rest on the island.

Ancient, mystical journey
Three-day reenactment brings to life the ancient, mystical journey

They left the mainland at sunrise and paddled across the open channel to Cozumel Island where -- tired and emotional -- they were met with the warmest of receptions. The next day they braved the sea again as they dug their paddles deep to cross back to Playa del Carmen in just a matter of hours.

More than 350 canoeists took part
More than 350 canoeists took part

The journey had started in Polé, or Xcaret, on the mainland from where canoes, carefully crafted to match traditional vessels, launched for the 17-mile journey across to Cozumel.

They left the mainland at sunrise
They left the mainland at sunrise

In Cozumel, participants made offerings and performed ceremonies for Ix Chel at Chankanaab Park, reviving ancient practices with rituals, dances and music to provide an enriching experience. Those within ear shot heard Mayan myths and heroic legends and learned about the ancient civilizations sophisticated trade, numerology and navigation.

Rituals, dances and music
Ancient practices with rituals, dances and music

The Mayan Sacred Journey reenactments began eight years ago and have helped reawaken interest in this ancient culture from both locals and visitors.

Visit our Facebook page to see previous photos of the Mayan Canoe Crossing or see our tourist information section for more about Cozumel events.

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