When you travel, do you immerse yourself in the culture? What does that even mean to you? Eating a taco with a side of Guac? Or do you envision yourself, walking in the place of the ancient peoples that walked before you? Fantasizing about what things might have been like –way back in the day. Many of our guests at Posada Yum Kin, one of the best hotels in Tulum, are avid fans, if not experts, of history, archaeology and, of course, the rich culture of Mexico. One way to experience these ancient cultures is with a trip to Xcaret.
Xcaret is steeped in history. The grounds of Xcaret lie atop a Mayan archaeological site of the early port city of Ppole (918 AD) and became known as Xcaret in the late Post Classic Period (1400-1517 AD). Xcaret was known as a ceremonial center and Mayans from all over the Yucatan would visit to purify body and soul in the city’s scared wells. The ancient ruins of Xcaret feature 500 residential structures and over 60 temples, which are scattered throughout the surrounding jungle.
Mayan Village and Mexican Cemetery – This reconstructed Mayan village offers an opportunity to step into the past. Walk through replicas of Mayan houses built of wood and hemp and see the tools they used to produce their food and support their lives. A Mexican cemetery is integrated into the village as a tribute to Mexico’s popular “Day of the Dead” festivities.
Papantla Flying Men –The Flying Men, known as Voladores de Papantla can be seen within the park of Xcaret and represent a centuries-old tradition still alive in Mexico today. These men are from Totonacapan, located between Veracruz and Sierra Norte of Puebla. This ritual is dedicated to the solar deity and is believed to provide fertility and good harvest. Find this show near Área PLUS (site 39 on map) of Xcaret Park at 11:30am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm, a do-not-miss event!
The next is a performance done with a wheel of sorts. I’m not sure what the back story is, so if you know it -please share it with us in the comment section below.
Fiesta Charra in Xcaret –
The strong influence of the Mayan culture is apparent throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. Often overlooked is the period of time that Mexico went through when Spaniards came in search of the riches of Mexico and the rich culture that has evolved right up to today.
At 5pm each evening, stop at the restaurant ‘La Cocina’ (site D on map) for the ‘Fiesta Charra show’ celebrating the Colonial period of Mexico; the period when Mexico earned its independence from Spain. Charros and cowboys display their acrobatic skills with their talented and experienced horsemanship of the Mexican charreria. Excaramuzas and Adelitas (cowgirls and Mexican women) take part with their beautiful outfits and entertaining choreographed routines.
See last week’s post for visitor details on Xcaret.
Posada Yum Kin, with its multi-lingual staff, is an eco-friendly, 9-unit, boutique, all suite hotel in Tulum, Mexico and features fully-equipped kitchens, a new pool and complimentary breakfasts. It possesses a ‘real Mexico’ atmosphere, but fully concentrates on luxury, while offering a little bit of condo convenience.