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Banyan Tree Mexico Mayakoba Experiences - Local Festivals And Attractions

Local Festivals And Attractions

Abounding with breathtaking sites that award you with a unique sense of place, Mexico will certainly turn your visit into the adventure of a lifetime. As you travel through this mystical land, embrace off-the-grid itineraries that will make your stay a fulfilling and explorative journey.

Activities & Experiences

The Mayakoba Classic made golf history in 2007 when it became the first PGA tour event to ever be contested outside of the United States or Canada. Today it remains in the Riviera Maya and is regarded as one of the finest on tour by professionals, sponsors and spectators alike. The Mayakoba Classic is building a strong tradition and a proud history. Legendary golfers and an outstanding course come together each year to create dramatic and exciting results.

Xcaret Park honours this tradition that was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2003. Each year the park holds the “Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte” on October 30th, 31st and November 1st and 2nd. During this celebration you can enjoy the traditional gastronomy of the region, typical sweets, Hanal Pixán rituals, workshops, crafts, offerings, theatre, dance and concerts. Visit Xcaret Park during this festival and enjoy the Maya world dedicated to the dearly departed.

Mexicans celebrate their country's Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16th. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. "Viva Mexico" or "Viva la Independencia” is shouted amidst the crowds on this day in Playa del Carmen.

This is an event that recreates one of the most antique traditions of Maya culture, a pilgrimage that canoeists make to the Island of Cozumel to worship with offerings to Ixchel (the Maya Moon Goddess of fertility, textiles and medicine), seeking her divine message for the Maya people.

Enjoy this great opportunity and look at how the wonderful natural setting amongst the waterways of Mayakoba creates its very own carnaval, a mix of Latin cultures. Viva el Carnaval! Viva la Vida! Viva Mayakoba!

Jazz musicians are invited to play on the beach every November. Enjoy the sand between your toes as you relax and listen to the sultry sounds of great jazz against a backdrop of the glorious Caribbean.

A festival showcasing the best local and international films, this event is one to be savored by connoisseurs of film art and those looking to mingle with locals.