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Spa & FitnessSpa & Fitness

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

Xcalacoco Xcalacoco

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
At Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort, we welcome Midsummer’s Day with open arms. The Summer Solstice represents warmth, sun and joy, so come and help us celebrate this iconic day with eco activities, Mayan ceremonies and much more in the heart of the Riviera Maya.

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.