Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Go to a Temazcal Sweat Lodge

At a Glance

Guided ceremonies in a handbuilt sweatlodge on the Ajijic hillside.

Street View

Address

Paseo del Prado Ajijic

Phone

556-932-9839

More Info

These sweat lodge ceremonies are open to the public most Sundays at 12 p.m. Or you can make an appointment for a private ceremony with Katusa, our local medicine man.

Call Yadir Flores at 556-932-9839 to make an appointment or to check when the next Sunday ceremony is. You might find it easier to message him through his personal Facebook account if you don’t speak any Spanish.

You might also be able to get ahold of them through their Temezcal Mexicana Facebook page. At least according to Wikipedia, you can spell it temezcal, temascal, temescal or temazcal.

You should bring a towel to clean up with, plus a bed sheet or something to wrap yourself with when you lay down afterward outside for a quiet period.

Ceremonies last about 90 minutes. All activities are optional, so if you don’t feel like being slathered in cool mud (for some reason) or you can only stand one or two rounds baking inside the temazcal, you won’t be seen as less of a spiritual warrior.

The total cost for the experience will set you back less than $300 pesos, including the mud.

Photos

Yadir collects fallen wood from the property to make the fire that heats the temescal.

Yadir collects fallen wood from the property to make the fire that heats the temescal.

Bringing wood back to the temescal.

Bringing wood back to the temescal.

Yadir stokes the fire to raise the temperature inside the temescal.

Yadir stokes the fire to raise the temperature inside the temescal.

Natalia lights incense that infuses the air before the ceremony.

Natalia lights incense that infuses the air before the ceremony.

Adding more wood to the fire.

Adding more wood to the fire.

Though the smoke doesn't permeate into the actual temescal area where everyone gathers, you're still going to smell smoky afterward and your hair will smell like smoke for several days.

Though the smoke doesn't permeate into the actual temescal area where everyone gathers, you're still going to smell smoky afterward and your hair will smell like smoke for several days.

Collecting sage.

Collecting sage.

Natalia gathers fresh sage, which is abundant on the property.

Natalia gathers fresh sage, which is abundant on the property.

Sage and a shaker instrument.

Sage and a shaker instrument.

Before you enter the temescal, you can participate in the mud part of the ceremony if you like.

Before you enter the temescal, you can participate in the mud part of the ceremony if you like.

The mud comes from the area nearby.

The mud comes from the area nearby.

Natalia pours mud onto a participant.

Natalia pours mud onto a participant.

The mud will dry quickly.

The mud will dry quickly.

Temescales at Tepetates are usually done clothed (men in shorts and women in shorts/top).

Temescales at Tepetates are usually done clothed (men in shorts and women in shorts/top).

Musical instruments, including a drum and shakers.

Musical instruments, including a drum and shakers. Inside the Temescal, there will be time to take an instrument and sing some simple songs. (You'll be able to sing along without knowing Spanish or any indigenous languages.)

Natalia prepares the sage after gathering it for the ceremony.

Natalia prepares the sage after gathering it for the ceremony.

Natalia places sage on the floor of the temescal.

Natalia places sage on the floor of the temescal.

The herby smell and healing powers of the sage are released in the hot, humid air while you're inside.

The herby smell and healing powers of the sage are released in the hot, humid air while you're inside.

Peyote. Guided peyote ceremonies might also sometimes be available.

Peyote. Guided peyote ceremonies might also sometimes be available.

Natalia uses sage to blow the copal smoke over each participant before they enter the temescal.

Natalia uses sage to blow the copal smoke over each participant before they enter the temescal.

Natalia uses sage to blow the copal smoke over each participant before they enter the temescal.

Natalia uses sage to blow the copal smoke over each participant before they enter the temescal.

Before you go inside the temescal, you do the invocation of the four directions, an ancient rite shared the world over by many cultures.

Before you go inside the temescal, you do the invocation of the four directions, an ancient rite shared the world over by many cultures.

A conch shell is used during the invocation.

A conch shell is used during the invocation.

And everyone turns north, east, south, and west.

And everyone turns north, east, south, and west.

Inside the temescal.

Inside the temescal.

A beam of lights cuts through the darkness inside the temescal.

A beam of lights cuts through the darkness inside the temescal.

There will be several rounds of going in and out of the temescal. After each round, you'll be washed off with cool water before going back in.

There will be several rounds of going in and out of the temescal. After each round, you'll be washed off with cool water before going back in.

After the ceremony is complete, you are supposed to eat some fruit, which is said the replenish sugars lost during the temescal.

After the ceremony is complete, you are supposed to eat some fruit, which is said the replenish sugars lost during the temescal.

Where the main road ends and the side road begins. When you reach this point, turn left and head north towards the hills.

How to get to Tepatates. Drive or walk to this point north of La Floresta, where this dirt side road begins. When you reach this point, bear left and head north towards the hills.

The road that leads to the trail.

The road that leads to the trail.

Park off to the side when you get to the end of the dirt road and then head down this trail.

Park off to the side when you get to the end of the dirt road and then head down this trail.

The trail to Tepetates.

The trail to Tepetates.

Look for this sign, head right and you'll be there soon.

Look for this sign, head right and you'll be there soon.