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Cozumel Kun-Che Mayan Sanctuary Park and Mayan Ball Game Cultural Experience Excursion with Lunch

Cozumel, Mexico (Excursion ID S3510)

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    4 hours
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  • Convenient meeting location from your Cozumel cruise ship terminal or resort!
  • Certified English-speaking staff and guides!
  • Entrance fee to Kun Che Park and use of the facilities!
  • Mayan Purification Ritual!
  • Guided walk in the only authentic Mayan Park in Cozumel!
  • Mayan Ball Game Pok-Ta-Pok and Prehispanic dances with traditional, elaborate costumes! 
  • Mexican folkloric show!
  • Regional buffet lunch!

Are you interested in the culture and history of the Mayan people? What about their traditional games that were also religious rituals? Whether you simply are fascinated by history or want to learn about an ancient culture, this is the perfect experience for you at Kun Che Park.

You will meet your guide at a convenient location outside your Cozumel cruise ship pier or resort. Then you will take a comfortable ride to Kun Che Park located in the oldest settlement of the island known as El Cedral. You will receive a guided visit of the Park, view and participate in the activities. Kun Che Park is the only place in Cozumel where you will be able to experience true, authentic Mayan activities and enjoy watching a sacred pre-hispanic ball game, Pok-Ta Pok.

With its origin in the Mexican Mayan dynasty, Pok-Ta-Pok was part of their sacred rituals. It was played to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and to ask for protection. It was played in every Maya city with 2 teams of 1-4 players each. The basic object was to keep the ball in motion using only legs, hips, and heads either the rules about bounces in between plays or getting the ball through a ring located on each side of the stadium and as high as 20 feet off the ground! Body pads were often used to protect the players as the ball was made of a local rubber and morning glory sap and weighed up to 9lbs (4 kilos). Over the years and in Maya regions, the rules changed. One of the more unusual twists and as the ultimate honor to the Mayan Gods of the Underworld was that often the winning team was sacrificed! The game could go on for days as well. Other cultures such as the Aztecs adapted the game too.

The ball game is just one of the Mayan traditions you will experience. Cozumel is an island rich in Mayan history as the sacred place of the goddess of fertility - Ixchel. Every Mayan woman was expected to travel to the island in a wooden canoe at least once in their lifetime. You will also see a traditional and authentic Mayan purification ritual. To add to your educational adventure, you will experience the way the Mayans lived and learn the process of making handmade corn tortillas and tamales. You will even be able to participate in the production of organic artisan local cacao chocolate.

But the enjoyment does not end here! After all that you have learned, you will be treated to a Mexican fiesta, including folkloric ballet and regional dances from the Yucatan Peninsula with all performers in elaborate traditional costumes. As you watch the show, you will enjoy an authentic Mayan lunch. The buffet includes a variety of Yucatecan dishes (salbutes, panuchos, and a chicken dish that varies daily), a fruit and salad bar, and unlimited jamaica (a refreshing, delicious drink made with red hibiscus flowers) and horchata (a rice-based beverage). If you would like, you can also purchase alcoholic beverages (beer or cocktails), bottled water, and soft drinks.

With your mental and gastronomic appetites thoroughly satisfied, your transportation will take you back to your meeting point outside your Cozumel cruise ship pier or resort.

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Cozumel Kun-Che Mayan Sanctuary Park and Mayan Ball Game Cultural Experience Excursion with Lunch Experiences

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At Cozumel's new Kun Che Park, you will discover in a very unique way about the culture and history of the Mayan people. You will watch a prehispanic ball game and enjoy the folkloric dance. Learn how to make tortillas and Mayan chocolate! To finish your Mayan experience excursion day, you will enjoy a complimentary traditional Yucatecan buffet lunch!


4 Reviews

DeFuniak Springs FL, US
Educational and Entertaining
     5/5  (Visited on February 2020)
This was one of the best excursions we have ever taken! The meeting was arranged well, and they did everything possible to accommodate our needs. My husband has a hard time walking, so a wheelchair was arranged with someone to push. The purification ceremony by the shaman, an incredibly spiritual woman, was very special and meaningful.Unexpectedly special were the individual blessings she gave. The Mayan ball game, especially with the explanations, was breathtakingly powerful, with powerful young men, amazing costumes, the drum, and the ceremony. I held fire!!! The culinary demonstrations and tasting were fascinating--and very tasty. The lunch following the demonstrations was ok, but the dancing enhanced the experience. The tour operators were personable, understanding and knowledgeable. We've told everyone about this great tour. I wish the ship (NCL) offered it, because we did have to take a taxi from our port to the meeting place. Thank you for offering this tour and making it so accessible.
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Spanish Fork, UT
Awesome Experience
     4/5  (Visited on December 2019)
We had a great time! Have already recommended this to friends. You should try to get the cruise lines to add this as \"their\" excursions that they offer their guests. Pros: When they played Mayan Ball! WOW! Tasting the food they made! The guides and the people working at the park are so sweet and nice. Bathrooms were clean. Cons: We were unsure if the meeting time was local or ship time so we missed the meeting. We had to take a taxi ($90) in order to get to the park. BEWARE! It's LOCAL time. Bring BUG SPRAY! It's all outdoors and you'll need it. I recommend Skeeter Beater because it worked REALLY well and SMELLS GOOD! I thought the lunch would consist of the tasty food we tried throughout the day but it didn't. It was good, but I was looking forward to that. Gave four stars because of the cons but you should book it!
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Brattleboro, VT
Interesting the Mayan Culture!
     5/5  (Visited on December 2019)
Just getting back from our Carnival cruise last week and we took our children on this tour. We really wanted to have something cultural and to learn about the Mayan Culture. This was a perfect choice and really loved this place. The park is lovely with Mexican decorations and all the staff was very nice and friendly. We enjoy the Mayan ball game, learn to make tortillas and enjoy the Mexican performance dances. We had a Mexican buffet and had different dishes to choose from. I really loved this tour and I thank Shore Excursioneer to offer such great excursions.
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Amazing! Small Group
     5/5  (Visited on December 2017)
I totally love this one. We had so much packed into this excursion. We had a small group in our van 8 I think. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the mayan culture. The football game I thought was going to bite. Not your typical game. It was super interesting and the winners died! After the game we were taken to see how the mayan people lived then off to see the dancers! To fun. If you get tired of the beach this is a must do . I would actually do this one again. Our ages were 52, 55, and my dad that is 78. He had a blast and since he was slow at walking the guide was too! So nice to not be in the normal cattle line!
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