Mexican Cemetery in the Mayan Village at Xcaret
Take a trip to the past with a visit to the replica of a typical Mayan Village at Xcaret. Ancient Mayan cities in the Yucatan peninsula were built radiating out from the center: palaces and temples in the center and the homes of the common people located in outlying areas.
The typical Mayan villages in Mexico featured oval-shaped houses built of wood and hemp (the Maya had no knowledge of metal working), designed to keep cool year round. Roofs were thatched with palm fronds cut during the full moon, when the sap reaches the tip of the leaves, which keeps the roof waterproofed for 20 to 25 years.
The Mexican Cemetery at Xcaret integrates harmoniously to the elements of the Mayan Village as a tribute to the deeply-rooted fascination with death that has existed in our country since pre-Hispanic times. This fascination gave birth to the largest and best-known traditions: Mexico’s All Saint's Day, or "Day of the Dead", festivities.
The Bridge to Paradise is a unique structure representing the Gregorian calendar. The structure simulates a hill in the form of a cone with seven levels representing the days of the week and 365 tombs on the outside depicting the days in the year. Lastly, at the main entrance, there is a stairway with 52 steps that represent the weeks in the year.
We recommend to pay a visit to the Mexican Cemetery at Xcaret both during the day and night.