Unique Mayan tradition.
Cleanse your body, mind and soul on this unique tour to a Mayan steam lodge – or temazcal.
Learn about the spiritual beliefs of the ancient Mayans and enjoy the most amazing experience on your vacation.
A knowledgeable guide – or temazcalero - takes you on a tour following Mayan traditions that have been preserved through the centuries.
The whole experience takes place at the Xkan Ha nature reserve, in the middle of the jungle and completely free from sales people, photographers or other annoyances of modern life.
Cleanse your body, mind and soul.
The word temazcal comes from the ancient Aztec dialect Nahuatl and means house of steam: temaz - steam, calli - house.
Learn the phases of this mystic process.
It differs in many ways from Scandinavian, Turkish or Indian sweat baths and saunas, and has been widely used by the Aztecs and Mayas that populate Mesoamerica for many hundreds of years.
Used by the Aztecs and Mayas for many hundreds of years.
The ceremony is a relaxing and cleansing therapy for the nervous system and reactivates skin cells. The steam bath helps eliminate fat and stimulate blood vessels, as well as benefiting the digestive and respiratory systems.
Emerge reborn and rejuvenated.
You will be led through the various phases of this mystic process. First the recognition of North, East, South and West and their significance to the Mayans with the 'Smudging Ceremony'. Then into the Mayan steam lodge for the four phases of cleansing and the five points of visualization. After an hour you will emerge reborn and rejuvenated.
Bathe in the fresh water cenote, a natural Yucatecan sink hole.
As part of the cooling down process, you are invited to bathe in the fresh water cenote, a natural Yucatecan sink hole, or rinse off in a freshwater shower.
Relax in a hammock in the jungle while enjoying fresh fruits and juices.
Once dry again, you can relax in a hammock in the jungle while enjoying fresh fruits and juices, grown and harvested locally on the Xkan-Ha reserve.
As a departing gift each guest is given a glyph necklace, indicating the participant's birthday according to the ancient Mayan calendar. You're sure to sleep like a baby that night and hopefully will feel like a new person!
Price: $80 per person.
Duration: approx. 4 hours in total.
The Mayan steam lodge is located 5 minutes south of downtown and the cruise ship terminals by road. Round trip transportation to/from cruise terminals (all ships) and hotels (within 6 miles/10km) is included. Guests staying at hotels more than 6 miles/10km away should go to the meeting point downtown. Please contact us if you're not sure how far away your hotel is.
Dates/Times: tours start at 9am or 1pm Cozumel time. Mon-Sat.
Bring: bathing suit, towel, comfortable dry clothes and sandals.
Round trip transportation, full explanation of the temazcal practice according to the Mayan vision, Four Elements and Smudging Ceremony, temazcal steam bath, cenote (sink hole), facilities, purified drinking water, fruit and juice (after the bath) and Mayan glyph with energetic signature (participant's birthdate decoded with the Mayan calendar).
Important Additional Info:
* Minimum age 14.
* Passengers with heart problems, pregnancy or intoxication will not be able to go on the tour.
* It is dark inside the steam lodge and guests are free to leave or enter at any time.
* Avoid the use of make-up, sun screen or products that block the sweating.
* Avoid alcohol, heavy meals and scuba diving immediately before the tour.
* The steam lodge is located at a jungle reserve, so the drive to get there is sometimes a little bumpy, the bathroom facilities are clean but simple and there is no electricity on site.
* This is not a typical commercial tour, please come with an open mind and a desire to learn about another culture's beliefs.
E-Ticket and Booking Confirmation Voucher:
For every confirmed booking you will be required to print a voucher which is presented at the destination. You will receive your voucher via email once your booking is confirmed.
Local Operator Information:
Complete operator information, including directions and local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your voucher.