The Region Offers Visitors a Variety of Special Cultural Activities to Celebrate the New Era
Located along 81 miles of Mexico’s Eastern Caribbean coast, the Riviera Maya is a quintessential destination for 2012 Mundo Maya celebrations. Rather than the end of the world, the Maya people believe the end of the Maya calendar actually symbolizes the start of a new era.
“Rather than the end of the world, the Maya people believe the end of the Maya calendar on December 21, 2012 actually symbolizes the start of a new era and therefore is something to be celebrated,” said Carlos Mora, meetings manager of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office. “It is the end of just one cycle in the Maya calendar and the start of an unmarked cycle, the Maya Renaissance – a new beginning for interconnectedness, sustainability and self-reflection.”
Riviera Maya is home to some of the most eminent ancient archaeological sites; a vast network of cenotes and natural landscapes; and hospitality offerings that focus on preserving authentic Maya traditions. As a result, visitors to the region will find a myriad of culturally-centric activities and events to kick-off the beginning of an unmarked era, the Maya Renaissance.
Special 2012 Celebrations at Attractions
Aldea Zamas & Tulum Present the Pyramid of Positive Thinking: Tulum is celebrating the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 and the start of a new era with the creation of the Pyramid of Positive Thinking, designed by artist Xavier Maria y Campos. The pyramid, architected to reflect Mayan culture, will be created with recycled plastic bottles containing positive thoughts written by residents and visitors to the area. It is expected to receive more than 700,000 thoughts from people around the world, and has already hosted several cultural events including a Spring Equinox celebration.
Xel-Ha Natural Aquarium: Considered to be the world’s largest natural aquarium, Xel-Ha is celebrating the beginning of a new era with a variety of renewal experiences including: yoga by the sea on the closet Saturday to the 21st each month; a special purification and transformation experience at the mouth of the world’s longest underground river; writing messages of renovation on the leaves of the sacred Ceiba tree Dec 1st – Jan 6th; a special floating candle ceremony on Dec 20th & 22nd; and special Maya predictions in astrology nighttime experience from Dec 17-22.
Xcaret Eco-Archeological Park: The famed eco-archeological park, Xcaret, will offer guests a series of Maya experiences special for 2012 celebrations. New limited time experiences include: “El Mundo Maya” photo exhibition Nov 3rd to Dec 22nd; special act in commemoration of Maya times at the nightly “México Spectacular” performance Dec 1-21; special “Hand the Sun Over” ceremony with the flight of 104 macaws; mystical meditation guided nature journeys from Dec 1-22; and on Dec 21, a Maya 2012 gala dinner with contemporary dance presentation.
Xplor Eco-Adventure Park: From Dec 1-21, the Xplor adventure park in Riviera Maya will offer guests a daring challenge to open up their conscience and senses in order to look at the world from a new perspective by flying blindfolded 765 yards in their 147-feet high zip-line.
For more information, visit http://www.rivieramaya.com