The Temazcal Ceremony is one of these once-in-a-life-time experiences.
Your adventure will start about 5 pm, inside an authentic Mayan house. You guide will explain how the Mayas lived in the past and how they live nowadays. You will get to know different elements of the house such as the palm tree roof or the hammock to keep you fresh at night and safe from unwelcome animal guests. You will learn to use the traditional kitchen equipment such as molcajete, a manual corn mill, and you will become an expert on how to make home-made tortillas.
Next, you’ll learn to blow sea snails, a skill that is necessary to ask permission to Mother Nature to enter the Temazcal.
Then, the community shaman will offer you a drink, called Balche. It’s a traditional mixture of extracts of different tree barks, honey, lemon, zacate and water. The potion helps to open the body pores. You’ll also learn some words in Maya, that you will need to pronounce inside the Temazcal.
Inside the circle of fire, the shaman will purify everybody with some medicinal herbs and then, you will have to ask for permission to enter the Temazcal by blowing the sea snails.
Together with other people in your group, you will take turns to enter the steamy Temazcal and inside, the shaman will sing and pray to get your body and soul cleansed.
After the ceremony, you can swim and refresh in a cenote and have a light dinner before you get on the bus back to your hotel.
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