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Top 5 Events Coming To The Mexican Caribbean You Won’t Want To Miss

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If you’re visiting the Mexican Caribbean in the next few months, then here are a few upcoming events you won’t want to miss:

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Sacred Mayan Journey

If you’re looking for a really unique and exciting experience, which offers an insight into the ancient Mayan world and their spiritual beliefs, then this one is for you!

The Sacred Mayan Journey, also known as Travesía Sagrada Maya, is an annual event that happens on the Yucatán Peninsula — this year, it will be on May 12 – 13.

It’s a reenactment of the pilgrimage that the ancient Mayans did to the island of Cozumel, which is where they thought that Ixchel, who is the goddess of childbirth and fertility, lived.

The journey involves people dressing up in traditional Mayan clothing and paddling in canoes from Xcaret on the mainland and then onwards to Cozumel, just as their ancestors did – it’s roughly a 19km journey and typically takes around three hours to finish.

This reenactment plays an important part in paying homage to the Mayan people and is a modern-day way for people to honor their ancestors and keep traditions alive. It’s also a really great way for tourists to learn about the history and culture of the Mayans, plus it makes for a really fun day out.

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HootieFest: The Big Splash

HootieFest: The Big Splash Riviera Maya is an exciting festival arriving in Riviera Maya between April 26 – 29 this year.

The festival is hosted by an American rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish, and they are bringing an exciting lineup of popular music artists with them to perform.

Joining the band in paradise alongside them will be the Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms, and Barenaked Ladies, to name but a few. The festival will be hosted on each at Moon Palace, a luxurious resort located south of Cancun.

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Located directly on the beach at Moon Palace, it makes for an unforgettable experience customized for this intimate event. The resort also boasts many restaurants, pools, bars, plus daily activities, all included in the price of the package.

Picture yourself in a beautiful location, lounging by the water, enjoying one big pool party with exclusive performances, and eating tasty food and drinks from an array of vendors located on site.

If you’re in the area at the time, or alternatively, you can stay at the beautiful hotel on site – just head to their website for more information and check out how you can attend.

Zamna Festival, Tulum

For all the music lovers out there, specifically electronic music fans – Zamna Festival will be arriving in Tulum with 3 upcoming events for April:

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Zhu on April 7, Taraka on April 8, featuring Gordo, Mau P, Korolova, and Tokimonsta, and last but not least, there is Renaissance on April 30, which will see the arrival of Ben Böhmer, Colyn, Henri Bergmann, and Rodriguez Jr.

Starting in 2017, now Zamna is arguably one of the more famous music festivals in the ever-growing music hub of Tulum to the south of Rivera Maya. It often features world-renowned techno, house, and electronic DJs, famed for its impressive production value, with its incredible lighting design, stage decoration, and general atmosphere.

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Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Annually, the week before Easter, this year between April 2 – 9, the Riviera Maya is filled with celebrations – Holy Week marks the end of the lent period, and the streets liven up with music, religious processions, and more!

Including not only locals but also many vacationing nationals too. Easter Sunday involves friends and family members breaking confetti-filled eggs over each other as part of the tradition – so why not get involved and head to some of the bigger towns on the peninsula and discover how the Mexicans celebrate Holy Week?

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Be mindful that places will be busier, and prices may not be as affordable as they typically are during the rest of April. That being said, the atmosphere will be great fun!

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an annual event every May 5. Its origin is from 1862, to remember the victory over the French Army, and it is still widely celebrated today, not only in Mexico but across North America.

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If you’re in the Mexican Caribbean during this time of the year, you’re in for a great time. Despite there being no events as such, there will be plenty of street parties and bars hosting events, so there should be lots of great drinks and food on offer around the bigger towns.

It’s expected that this celebration is typically celebrated in more tourist-dominated areas such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulun. You would be less likely to find celebrations in smaller towns as it’s generally a celebration geared more towards tourists.

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