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Private or Small-Group Temazcal Maya Ritual from Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Experience Mexico’s indigenous culture by taking part in a traditional temazcal ceremony led by a Maya shaman. Use copal resin and aromatic herbs in a temazcal sauna as the shaman guides you through the ritual with songs and music, then refresh with a cool bath, fresh fruits, and drinks, with time to relax in a hammock before returning to Playa del Carmen. This temazcal experience can be booked as a private tour or small-group excursion.
  • Temazcal cleansing ritual from Playa del Carmen
  • Private tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour includes pickup at a central meeting point
  • Guided experience with a temazcalero
  • Snacks and drinks included
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Private tour: Pickup and drop-off at the lobby of your hotel
Shared tour: Pickup and drop-off at the meeting point
Light dinner
Alcoholic drinks
If you opt for a private temazcal experience, start by meeting your guide in your hotel lobby; for a small-group tour, make your way to a centrally-located meeting point in Playa del Carmen.

Travel to the “hot stone house,” a traditional lodge where the temazcal ceremony takes place, and meet the temazcalero guide, who will answer any questions you have about the cleansing ritual, and invite you to join a salute around the fire.

After an initial cleansing ceremony with copal and herbs, enter the temazcal, which is heated by volcanic rocks believed to have purifying properties. The temazcalero will guide you through four cycles of increasing and decreasing heat, incorporating herbs, mud, honey, aloe, and refreshing teas. Soak up the aromatic, cleansing steam as you listen to live music and traditional singing.

You can leave the temazcal at any time to cool off, or ask the temazcalero to adjust the heat for your comfort, and most sessions last around 90-minutes. After your time in the temazcal, lie down in a hammock for a quiet interval, with cool drinks and fresh, seasonal fruit.

This temazcal tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel or at the centrally-located meeting point in Playa del Carmen.
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Meet your guide in your hotel lobby (for the private tour) or at the meeting point in Playa del Carmen (for the shared tour) between 4pm-5pm to begin this truly unique experience. Head to the "hot stone house," the lodge where the temazcal ceremony takes place. Listen to an introductory talk from the temazcalero guide, who will answer questions, then participate in a salute around the fire. After a small cleaning ceremony with copal (resin) and aromatic herbs, enter the temazcal and feel the heat of the volcanic rocks as their red light glows in the darkness. Breathe in the aromas of herbs and copal as your body is purified of physical and energetic toxins. Be guided through four intervals of increasing and decreasing heat by the temazcalero using aromatic herbs, mud, honey, aloe vera, and refreshing teas. Enjoy the ceremony's curative powers as you listen to live singing accompanied by musical instruments. After the session in the temazcal (during which you can leave the room or ask the shaman to increase/reduce the heat at any time), refresh by taking a cold bath. Then kick back in a hammock and have a light snack of fresh, seasonal fruit and natural beverages. Because of its interactive character, the length of the temazcal session can vary, though it generally lasts about 90 minutes. Leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and filled with positive energy. The tour concludes with a drop off back at your hotel or the meeting point in Playa del Carmen.
Duration: 4 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Note: Before entering the Temazcal please make sure you do not eat for 2 hours and are well hydrated
  • It is recommended that you wear a swimsuit and bring a towel, change of clothes, and bug repellent
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trip To Mexico

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private or Small-Group Temazcal Maya Ritual from Playa del Carmen?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private or Small-Group Temazcal Maya Ritual from Playa del Carmen?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Private or Small-Group Temazcal Maya Ritual from Playa del Carmen?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private or Small-Group Temazcal Maya Ritual from Playa del Carmen?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Private or Small-Group Temazcal Maya Ritual from Playa del Carmen?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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A Spiritually Enlightening Experience
, Feb 2021
This was by far one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. The entire Mayan community was extremely welcoming and the shaman had the most calming energy. The ceremony was about an hour / an hour and a half total. You are only in the hut for about 20 min., but it is pitch black and very warm. So, if you are afraid of small spaces/dark spaces then this is not for you. The entire ceremony is intended to cleanse your energy. You leave the hut feeing incredibly light and cleansed. Our tour guide, Maricela was an absolute delight. I cannot recommend this experience enough. Swimming in the cenotes in the moon light is heaven.
Unique experience
, Nov 2020
It was such an unique experience and a powerful ritual! When I return to Mexico I will repeat it for sure but I will choose the private option. The temazcalero was such a genuine, kind and knowledgeable person. All my respect to him! The entire ritual, the people from there, the dinner, the swimming in the cenote nearby all made this an unforgetable and one of a kind experience. It was a long trip from Playa to the forest and back, at least one hour one way! But we chose a group ritual and it is understandable. What I didn't like and it is not understandable is that they promote a small-group experience but we were 20 people inside and felt crowded! This is not a small group. There were too many people, some wanted to go out before the ritual finish and I felt a bit disturbed of that. So when you make the reservation keep in mind to remind them it is a small group ritual. I totally recommend this! P.S.: "If you have problems with heat, darkness or closed off spaces think twice though."
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Unique experience
, Apr 2019
This was a very unique experience that will remember for a long time. It was one of those experiences wherein you make what you will of it. It is an honor to participate in such a powerful ritual. Make the most of it! Also, be aware of and honest about your own needs as far a heat, darkness, and closed off spaces are concerned.
This was a one-of-a-kind experience...
Marti J
, Apr 2017
This was a one-of-a-kind experience. The communication with the tour company was good. Our guide was fantastic. She explained a lot about the ritual on the way to the site. They picked us up at our condo around 4:15 pm. It was about a 45 minute drive to the temazcal site in the jungle. We chose the small-group experience so there were two other people on our tour in addition to my two stepdaughters, ages 16 and 17, and myself. This is defininitely an authentic experience-not a touristy sample of the Maya ritual. The shaman's daughter, Ruby, performed the ceremony for us and did an amazing job explaining everything for us in English though the prayers and chants were in Spanish. I was a little nervous about how hot the temazcal would be and whether or not we would be able to stand it for the entire 90 minutes. It definitely was HOT, but you can lie down on the floor or lean against the wall for some relief. The ritual is broken into four doors . They open the entrance to the temazcal between each door which brings in some cooler air. After the temazcal we had some fresh fruit and juice and relaxed for a few minutes. We fell in love with the adorable little girl whose family lives at the temazcal site. I wasn't sure how my stepdaughters were going to react to the experience but they both absolutely loved it and seemed to get a lot out of it. We got dropped off at our condo around 9:00 pm. If you are in the Playa del Carmen area, I would 100 recommend this experience to anyone who's open to trying something new.
, Sep 2019
Una experiencia fantástica. Altamente recomendable. Andrés es una persona que inspira confianza y respeto. Antonio y Sergio súper agradables. Gracias
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Agradecemos mucho tus comentarios :) Esperamos verte pronto!!

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