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Xcaret: Mayan Dancing, Spinning and Falling On Purpose

I did it!! I figured out how to post videos!!!

Warning: These are my first attempts at video, so please bear with the occasional bobbles and shakes.

These videos were taken in Xcaret, an eco-park outside Cancun, Mexico. This beautiful place is dedicated to preserving and sharing Mexican history and culture through archaeological finds, lush gardens, and performances portraying Mayan dances and traditions.

My favorite event of the day was when five men in brilliantly colored traditional garb came bowing and dancing into the dusty arena.

Aren’t their headdresses fabulous?! As their dance came to an end, they took turns clambering up a towering pole with no ropes, harnesses or nets to keep them from plummeting to the ground.

If that wasn’t enough, one chap stood on top of the pole as it began to spin, playing an instrument as his companions did this:

Needless to say, I was agog. I am scared spitless of heights, and can imagine few more terrifying prospects than leaping headfirst from a lofty perch held only by a rope lashed around my waist. Yipes!

They went on to amaze us even further by their intricate dance steps and this little number:

Heavens!

Those fellows deserved every clap, whoop and holler they got.  It was a jolly treat from my hosts at Royal Holiday and I loved every minute of it. If you’d like to see more video from my trip to Cancun and Xcaret, click here to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

So what scares you? Heights? Small spaces? Sharks?




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Tuula - Wow Krista, great shots! Really happy you got the video going to share this with us – these guys are amazing!
Well, I think I’m quite afraid of heights myself, not to mention small spaces, but spiders probably tops the list, a classic, lol 🙂

Ayngelina - That looks insane! So glad you were able to show a video of it. I can’t imagine watching it in action.

Mary - What great entertainment. Could be be looking at ancient bungee jumping 🙂 I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

LindyLouMac - Oh my goodness! So glad you worked how to share these videos, it looks amazing!

Zorymar - Snakes! :-/

Andi - Love these videos! I’m insanely impressed.

Anna Johnston - Oh that’s so goooooooood. Really lets us see what you saw. Thanks Krista.

Barbara - Yikes! No bungee jumping for me, thanks.
Great photos and videos! I adore the costumes.

bellini - Thanks for sharing sips of your journey in Cancun. What colourful costumes and fun. What scares me, just having my arms confined, I could never be in handcuffs..not that I would do anything to get arrested mind you…wink.

momgateway - Good for you! That’s so fun… I’ve never tried posting a video–seems too complex to do.

Krista - Thank you, Tuula! I’m terrified of heights! Yipes!! 🙂 Spiders are NOT my friends either. 🙂

Krista - My heart was in my throat, Ayngelina!! Can’t believe they did that! 🙂

Krista - It sure was, Mary! I absolutely loved it and was SO glad it wasn’t me up there! 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Linda! I’m so glad too! Love having this memory to look back on. 🙂

Krista - Eeeeesh! Me too, Zorymar!!!

Krista - Aw, thanks, Andi!! 🙂

Krista - You’re sure welcome, Anna!! 🙂

Krista - I’m with you, Barbara! I’ll watch but am NOT participating! 🙂

Krista - LOL! Of course you wouldn’t, Val! 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Momgateway! 🙂 It took some doing, but I’ve got it figured now! 🙂

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