A trip to Mexico’s stunning Punta de Mita is sure to be an inspiring stay for guests who are looking to indulge in spectacular scenery, wonderful weather, and options for rest and relaxation that focus on the sand and sun. However, just as intriguing for those who make their way in this direction is one of the most fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta and the opportunity to connect with local culture, both past and present alike. Punta de Mita and the greater Riviera Nayarit is an area filled with a fascinating history. Among the many traditions that provide a cultural foundation in the area is the ancient rite of Temazcal.
When translated from its original Nahuatl language, Temazcal means “house of heat” and the rite itself is closely linked to the Nahuatl people that lived during the pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican era in present-day Mexico. A small and sacred structure was established within the tribe in which to perform Temazcal. The methods used during the rite were believed to have beneficial healing and purification powers over the body and were often used on tribe members returning from battle as readily as they were to heal women after childbirth. Temazcal was believed to help heal the sick and restore the body after strenuous physical efforts.
Today, it’s not uncommon for the Temazcal ritual to be utilized throughout modern Mexico as a healing and restorative practice and guests booked with Interentals who are interested in participating in one of these ancient rites can do so by requesting the booking with their Experience Concierge. It’s definitely one of the most exciting things to do around Puerto Vallarta. Our guests have the opportunity to participate in the Temazcal that’s hosted in San Pancho which sits only 15 minutes from the Punta de Mita community. Be prepared to be a part of a ritual that revitalizes the mind, body, and soul while enjoying the fact you’re participating in an act that has been vital to the country’s story for centuries. Give it a shoot as this is definitely one of the most fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta!