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Give in to relaxation at Spa Sandos, featuring a well-equipped gym and a full spa with a variety of massages and treatments. (18+)

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Learn to live like the ancient Mayans throughout the week with activities and performances inspired by regional history, culture and nature.

Family ActivitiesFamily Activities

From the young to the young at heart, the resort has endless fun-filled activities and sports for everyone to enjoy during their vacation.

 Special Xcalacoco Events
Special Xcalacoco EventsHonoring Spiritual Holidays

From solstices and equinoxes to the fascinating Day of the Dead, celebrate important annual events that represent ancient Mayan astronomy as well as Mexican traditions. You’ll find yourself opening up to the energy of these spiritually meaningful days through meditation, nature, culture and so much more.


Features

Spring Equinox: March 21, 2014

Summer Solstice: June 22, 2014

Autumn Equinox: September 21, 2014

Celebration of Life and Death: November 1 – 2, 2014



March 21, 2014

When the sun shines directly over the equator and daytime becomes as long as the night, the world rejoices in the beauty of the spring. This is the perfect time to open our minds to nature and celebrate the equinox, just as the Mayans of the Yucatan Peninsula have done for so many centuries. Join us at Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort.

- 7:00am Open your heart to the spring
Location: Beach


Let the sun and the sand awaken your senses to the possibilities of this season with a meditation session on the beach.

- 9:00am Temazcal
Reservations and meeting point: Spa Sandos


Step into the jungle to discover our “temazcal”, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge used to purify the body, mind and spirit.

- 10:00am Equinox Eco Tour
Meeting point: Sport Bar


This guided tour through the jungles and mangroves of our resort will teach you about the Riviera Maya´s environment and Mayan culture.

- 11:45am Energy cleansing
Location: Xcalacoco


A Mayan shaman will purify your body and spirit in a traditional cleansing session.

- 1:00pm Ball game ceremony
Location: Xcalacoco


Much more than just a game, this sport had religious and ritual importance for the ancient Mayans. You’ll have the chance to see a reenactment of how the famous Mayan ball game was played.

- 1:00pm Temazcal
Reservations and meeting point: Spa Sandos


Step into the jungle to discover our “temazcal”, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge used to purify the body, mind and spirit.

- 1:45pm Puppet show
Location: Xcalacoco


A performance designed especially for kids, telling fascinating Mayan legends.

- 1:45pm Live music
Location: Xcalacoco


Enjoy popular songs in the beautiful area by the Sacred Ceiba Tree.

- 13:45 Almuerzo tradicional maya
Lugar: Xcalacoco


Experience life in a Mayan village during this special lunch. We’ll begin with a ceremony dedicated to the Sacred Ceiba Tree, and afterwards you can enjoy a Mayan handicraft fair along with a wide variety of regional dishes prepared by the Mayan community.

- 3:00pm Equinox eco tour
Meeting place: Sports Bar


This guided tour through the jungles and mangroves of our resort will teach you about the Riviera Maya’s environment and Mayan culture.

- 4:00pm The Mayan community welcomes the spring
Location: Theater


The people of our region’s Mayan community will be here to share their traditions and culture with us, showing how it all relates to the spring equinox.

- 4:00pm Temazcal
Reservations and meeting point: Spa Sandos


Step into the jungle to discover our “temazcal”, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge used to purify the body, mind and spirit.

- 5:00pm Descent of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza
Location: Theater


Every March, thousands of people travel to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza to see the shadows in the form of a serpent descend down the staircase of “El Castillo” pyramid. Here, we’ll present the live broadcast of this spectacular event, accompanied by music, traditional Mayan drinks, and a representative from the Mayan community to tell us the significance of this event.

- 5:20pm Equinox ceremony
Location: In front of Spa Sandos


A Mayan shaman will guide us in a ritual honoring the spring equinox.

- 8:00pm Stargazing
Location: Xcalacoco (Plaza del Sol)


We’ll use the sky itself to show you how the ancient Mayans used the positions of the stars to create their calendars and build their pyramids.

- 8:30pm The Fire of Life
Location: Xcalacoco (Plaza del Sol)


Our beautiful fire ceremony under the stars! Watch as Mayan warriors dance with the flames in this unforgettable nighttime show.



June 22, 2014

The phrase “summer solstice” comes from Latin, meaning “the sun stops”, referring to the moment that the sun reaches its highest point above the equator.

This event occurs in the northern hemisphere around June 22, the longest day and the shortest night of the year.


- 9:45 am Opening Event
Location: Beach


Welcome this special day by enjoying the sunshine and the summer breeze. We’ll guide you through the magical mysteries of this enigmatic date.

- 10:00 am Mayan Purification Ceremony
Location: Beach


Guests can participate in this ceremony through a cleansing of their body’s energy while listenng music and drums.

- 11:00 am Solstice Fiesta
Location: Beach


Have a blast with traditional Mexican games, jarocha music and live dancing, not to mention delicious natural drinks. This party will be full of smiles and fun!

- 11:30 am Mosquito Mayhem
Location: Beach


A fun game for kids! We’ll pretend it’s winter and the mosquitos are still asleep, but when spring arrives, the mosquitos wake up… and it’s time to stay alert and make sure the mosquitos don’t bite you!

- 12:00 pm Coco Party
Location: Beach


Dance, Zumba and even limbo on the beach. Enjoy a healthy and energetic gathering by the Caribbean Sea.

- 12:00 pm Traditional Mexican Cooking Classes
Location: Salvia Restaurant

Can you picture yourself learning to create mouthwatering Mexican meals? We make it possible. Show your friends a little Mexican culture by surprising them with Caribbean flavors.

- 12:00 pm Crazy Kites
Location: Beach


Flying a kite has never been this fun! With this activity, the sky’s the limit.

- 2:00 pm Popol Vuh Movie
Location: Kids Club


A movie showing the Mayan legends from the 16th century Maya-K’ich’e written narrative. The creation of the world, the birth and death of gods, and tales of cultural heroes, just like the people of this culture imagined them.

- 3:00 pm Viajeros en el Tiempo (in Spanish)
Meeting point: Sports Bar


Te presentamos la interesante historia de la creación.

- 4:00 pm Time Travelers (in English)
Meeting point: Sports Bar


We’ll show you the fascinating story of creation.

- 7:30 pm Sun Dinner
Location: Xcalacoco (Plaza del Sol)


Feast on a traditional dinner and learn more about the region’s characteristic cuisine.

- 8:00 pm Kids Club Show
Location: Xcalacoco (Plaza del Sol)


The presentation of the event’s closing show, with an exciting surprise!

- 8:30 pm Theater Show
Location: Xcalacoco (Plaza del Sol)


Enjoy a play based on the Popol Vuh as you learn the most fascinating details that have made this written narrative so memorable.

September 21, 2014
The fall season in the Riviera Maya brings many festivals and activities, including the Sandos Caracol celebrations of the Autumn Equinox. You’ll find yourself swept away during your vacation by a blend of ancient Mayan traditions and celebrations honoring our lush natural surroundings.

November 1 – 2, 2014
In the first days of November, Mexico shines brightly with candlelight and colorful costumes during the famous Day of the Dead. Discover how the country honors loved ones who have passed away through beautiful altars and ancient traditions that celebrate life after death.