The Sacred Mayan Journey has become a tradition. People from several municipalities at Quintana Roo wait the registration period every year.

  • The Oarsmen

    They are the cornerstone for the Sacred Mayan Journey. They have full training both physical and mental to cross to Cozumel and back. Every year, many volunteers from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Xel-Há, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, and Cozumel, have high expectations to join as oarsmen. They will chase discipline, great attitude, faith, and teamwork, through this Mayan tradition. Oarsmen receive tools and compelling training. They will learn about canoe navigation, first aids, physical preparation, and the food they can eat during long crossings.

  • Paddling Schools

    • Cancún, Quintana Roo.
    • Playa del Carmen (Xcaret), Solidaridad, Quintana Roo.
    • Tulum (Xel-Há), Quintana Roo.
    • Cozumel, Quintana Roo.
  • Training program

    During the first months of the training program, there will be a combination of functional exercises along with swimming and flexibility.

    The program objectives are focused on having the best performance by developing specific capacities and physical skills, especially paddling and guiding. The following are the main:

    • Increase force-resistance.
    • Gain maximum force.
    • Efficient paddling technique.
    • More flexibility and muscle coordination.
    • Know how to swim and float.
    • Elevating the oxygen volume.

    The program also contemplates theoretical sessions about paddling techniques, savings, and aquatic rescue; oarsman integration about the canoe dynamics; navy language, knots, and helm technique; plus, talks about the journey and the trading routes by the ancient Mayans relevance.

  • Calendar

    • Call open for oarsmen through media channels such as radio, social networks, and websites, plus press media.

    • Registrations and start of land training in all the seats.

    • Land trainings and Christmas vacation.

    • Canoes and paddles distribution in the different seats.
    • Land and sea trainings.
    • Theoretical and practical course for helmspersons.

    • Swimming and flotation tests.
    • Cultural talk about the Sacred Mayan Journey.
    • Call for the artistic cast. Open for children, women, men, seniors, and pregnant women.
    • First long sailing.

    • Integration activity and training for all the seats and substitutes.
    • Second long sailing.
    • Theoretical and practical first-aid and aquatic rescue course.
    • Casting for the Sacred Mayan Journey
    • Casting closure and starting of rehearsals

    • Easter vacation.
    • Rehearsals for the cast to the Sacred Mayan Journey.

    • Recreation activities.
    • Oarsmen meeting.
    • Cleansing ceremony.
    • Cozumel crossing.
  • Schedule and venues for training sessions


    XAVIER ARGUIMBAU. Trainer and Coordinator – Xel-Há seat
    “For me, it’s satisfactory to push them to their own limits, both physical and mental. They will find that when their body seems that won’t go on, there’s so much more to give. To make them integrate as a team. They can learn and go the distance.”

    FÉLIX GUZMÁN. Physical Trainer – Cancun seat
    “My experience as a trainer for the Sacred Mayan Journey has been inspiring and moving. To pass out techniques and to make them develop skills, and much more I’ve embraced throughout these 12 journeys. It’s quite a challenge for me to help and be part of the trainers' team and contribute to the Sacred Mayan Journey’s good name.”