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 5-hour 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
Departure & Return points:
Hotels in Playa del Carmen (Private tour)
Meeting Point in Playa del Carmen (Shared tour)
Private tour: Pickup and drop-off at the lobby of your hotel
Shared tour: Pickup and drop-off at the meeting point
If you opt for a private temazcal experience, start by meeting your guide in your hotel lobby between 4pm and 5pm; 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 5-hour temazcal tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel or at the centrally-located meeting point in Playa del Carmen.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Know before you go
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