Cancun Celebrates 2012 Mayan Year of Rebirth with Special Events
By Claudette Covey
September 09, 2012 9:22 PM
Cancun is offering dozens of special events through Dec. 21 in celebration of the destination’s rebirth in the year 2012, which closes out the traditional Mayan calendar and welcomes a new era. For centuries, the world has speculated on the year 2012, which was calculated by the ancient Mayans and announces the end of an era and the beginning of a new age.
Xcaret, Cancun’s eco-archeological park, is offering several themed events for families to explore Mayan culture. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, travelers can learn about Mayan history and its diverse characteristics across regions through the Day of the Dead. A nightly show, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, will commemorate the Mayan culture between Dec. 1 and 21 in the Tlachco area of the park.
On Dec. 21 and 22, visitors may watch the freeing of 104 macaws, which will fill the sky with a red glow as the majestic birds fly away. From Dec. 1 to 21, travelers can take guided tours of jungle trails. The Island restaurant will offer Xcaret guests the opportunity to celebrate together the rebirth of the Mayan calendar on the night of Dec. 21 at a gala dinner that will include dancing, a traditional meal and a special tribute.