MEXICO: With restorative rituals, yoga retreats and psychedelic experiences, Mexico has turn out to be a magnet for spiritually minded vacationers looking for an alternate trip removed from the troubles of the trendy world. Whereas many guests head straight to the seashore, a unique sort of vacationer chooses the village of Tepoztlan, a haven for artists and intellectuals an hour’s drive from the capital. A few of its residents as soon as got here for a brief keep and located it arduous to go away.
“I really like the vibes right here,” stated Ania Bitiutskaia, a 31-year-old Russian dwelling on the foot of the Tepozteco Mountain, the legendary birthplace of the Aztec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl. “Individuals are extra relaxed, extra religious,” she added, searching an natural market the place the sound of a folks guitar and drum beats crammed the air.
“I don’t see a lot information. I nearly dwell within the mountains,” Bitiutskaia stated, including that she prefers to know as little as potential in regards to the struggle in Ukraine. The particular vibes come at a value: costing upwards of $50-60 an evening, Tepoztlan’s accommodations are dearer than these in lots of components of Mexico, which welcomed almost 32 million overseas vacationers final yr. Guests can even keep in holistic facilities providing yoga and meditation.
“Because the pandemic, many individuals have come to dwell in Tepoztlan… foreigners in addition to individuals from Mexico Metropolis who realized that their power can be blocked,” stated Alizbeth Camacho, of the Luz Azul (Blue Mild) holistic middle. Camacho provides visitors “aura photos” to visualise their power, karma and chakras. Mexico’s new age tourism dates again to the Nineteen Seventies, when the anthropologist Carlos Castaneda offered tens of millions of books in regards to the teachings of an Indigenous Yaqui shaman. Pre-Hispanic traditions additionally impressed Miguel Ruiz’s 1997 self-help bestseller “The 4 Agreements: A Sensible Information to Private Freedom.”
For some guests, a trip in Mexico wouldn’t be full with out a completely different sort of journey—hallucinogenics. American writer Robert Gordon Wasson paved the way in which within the Fifties by revealing the secrets and techniques of a conventional healer, Maria Sabina. Sampling peyote continues to be potential with Indigenous communities such because the Wixarika, who use the mind-bending drug derived from a cactus of their spiritual rituals.
And within the mountains of Oaxaca, guides like Pedro Ramirez provide the prospect to strive magic mushrooms at greater than 2,500 meters (8,200 toes) above sea stage. “It’s going to be an interior journey,” stated Ramirez, main a bunch of Mexicans and foreigners to a clearing within the village of San Jose del Pacifico. “You is perhaps scared at first, however after 10 to fifteen minutes you’ll snort, and possibly cry slightly,” he added. Araceli Perez stated she determined to strive the mushrooms following the deaths of her husband, a health care provider, from COVID-19 in 2020. “I’m in search of solutions and acceptance,” she stated.
“I wish to dwell and now not simply survive as I feel I used to be doing,” she added. One other main attraction on Mexico’s new age tourism path is the temazcal, a sort of Mesoamerican sweat lodge that information Nicolas Lopez stated can “awaken our spirit, our soul.” Close to the Mayan pyramids of Palenque within the southern state of Chiapas, guests enter Lopez’s heated chamber crammed with the aroma of incense and dance to the sound of a tambourine. “It’s one thing sacred, pure,” 30-year-old Mexican vacationer Valeria Landero stated after experiencing the purification ceremony along with her husband and teenage daughter. “It’s about letting all of it out, the sicknesses, all of the dangerous issues, and bringing me pure positivity,” she stated.—AFP