Cancun,which lies along Mexico’s only Caribbean coast,has been busy celebrating the Mayan Year of Rebirth all year,but there are still dozens of events planned between now and Dec. 21. This date marks the end of the traditional Mayan calendar and symbolically welcomes in a new era for Cancun real estate and the world. 2012 was calculated by the ancient Mayan culture to signify the beginning of a new age,according to scientists and archaeologists.
In celebration of this event,Cancun’s eco-archaeological park Xcaret will offer a variety of special themed events for families to enjoy. The events will allow visitors to learn more about the ancient Mayan culture,including programming to educate travelers about holidays such as the Day of the Dead,which falls on Nov. 1,and a nightly show to commemorate the ancient Mayans,which will be held in the Tiachco area of the Xcaret Park. Xcaret will also free 104 macaws on Dec. 21 and 22 in celebration of the event and will offer guided tours of jungle trails as well as a gala dinner on the night of Dec. 21 that will include a traditional Mayan mean,dancing and a special tribute.
Xel-ha,which is also an ecological park in the region,is home to the largest natural aquarium in the world,which boasts a large lagoon jutting out into the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Here,a variety of events will celebrate the renewal signified by the calendar’s end,including monthly meditation sessions and yoga classes held by the sea to allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy a time of peace and harmony in this stunning locale.
Finally,Xel-ha will offer evening candlelight ceremonies Dec 20 and 22 in celebration of the dawning of a new era with hundreds of floating candles to create an enchanting atmosphere. From Dec. 17 through Dec. 22 the park will offer nightly dinner parties hosted by local astronomers who will teach visitors about the astronomical significance of the ancient Mayan predictions.