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Try a Temazcal Experience

The term “sweat lodge,” first used in 1850 (according to Merriam-Webster), means “a hut, lodge, or cavern heated by steam from water poured on hot stones and used especially by Native American Indians for ritual or therapeutic sweating.” Within this tradition, “Temazcal” refers to a specific practice led by a Mayan shaman. According to CNN, the word derives not from the Mayans, as often thought, but from the Aztec. The group regularly engaged in sweat sessions (and sometimes took hallucinogenic drugs to enhance the experience).

If you’re up for a healing experience that requires some endurance, give it a try when you’re in Playa. Refresh in a cenote (a sinkhole with groundwater underneath) with a rejuvenating swim afterwards.

 

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