Every December, millions of Mexicans celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Patron Saint of Mexico, with pilgrimages to the country’s basilicas and churches. They bring candles, offerings and more through the streets toward their churches in honor of the Mexican patron saint who appeared to Juan Diego on December 12, 1531. In fact, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is the most-visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, with up to 6 million pilgrims visiting in the month of December for the Day of Guadalupe.
Here in the Riviera Maya, we have our own smaller but equally significant pilgrimages in honor of the Day of Guadalupe. On the evening of December 11, numerous Riviera Maya resorts met up at Sandos Playacar Beach Experience Resort to march to the Church of Guadalupe in the city of Playa del Carmen. Along the way, they met up with resorts from the northern Riviera Maya to create a group of 50 hotels participating in the 3-mile pilgrimage.
Team members from Sandos Playacar had a beautiful altar set up!
And Sandos Caracol built a colorful float to accompany the pilgrimage.
One hour north in Cancun, Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort had their own team celebrating the Day of Guadalupe.
Sandos resorts in the Riviera Maya have been participating in this Catholic event for the past 6 years, with about 200 team members choosing to take part each year.