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Why Choose a Yoga Retreat in Mexico?

Few other destinations are as colorful, complex, and vibrant as this lovely country. Featuring mountain regions, plenty of beaches, and seaside resorts (especially on its Caribbean coast); delicious food and drinks, charming music and festivals, ancient ruins, and cultural heritage sites, Mexico seems to have it all.

And if all this wasn’t enough to make it a perfect place for yogis, you should know that scholars who explored the ancient heritage of the Mayan civilization found some resemblance between its principles and those of yoga. The principle of the 5 elements is practically the same as the one in yoga philosophy.

And even though this isn’t enough to claim the ancient Mayans had developed a form of yoga of their own, the similarity could explain in part why yoga has caught on so fast in modern-day Mexico. They’re the pillars that explain why Mexico has become one of the top destinations for yoga holidays.

Most retreats are held in paradisiacal places where you can participate in sacred ceremonies, savor the mouth-watering local cuisine, or just chill by its glorious beaches. Plus, it offers tons of different activities to inspire you to become a better yogi, relax and enjoy the moment.

Popular Yoga Retreats Destinations in Mexico

One of the most popular areas for yoga in Mexico is the Caribbean; names like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres may sound familiar to you, as they’re part of the most visited region in the country.

Tulum especially has a Zen atmosphere any yogi will enjoy. Plus, some of the best wellness centers in the country and healthy lifestyle culture. On top of that, it offers tons of adventurous water sports.

Down to the Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta offers beautiful beaches, abundant marine life, water sports, and yoga retreats. Whether you want to stretch out on the beach, do some snorkeling, go fishing, or spend the afternoon on a sunset boat tour, you’ll find plenty of fun activities to complement your trip.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a place to mix yoga with surf, go south to Oaxaca, where you can find great waves, good vibes, and tons of surf and yoga holidays.

A yoga retreat in Mexico is suitable for you if:

  • You’d like to enjoy a relaxing yoga holiday by the sea
  • You’d like to complement your yoga with ancient local traditions
  • You’d like to enjoy an affordable yet quality yoga or training experience
  • You’d like to experience a colorful and vibrant culture

What to expect on a yoga retreat in Mexico?

With its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and spiritual traditions, Mexico is a great choice for a yoga retreat. The practice has increased in popularity over the years and nowadays, you’ll be able to find retreats scattered across the country. Expect to strike the poses by the beach or in the deep jungles, enjoying stunning views.

When you plan to join a yoga retreat in Mexico, you can choose between a multitude of yoga styles taught by passionate instructors. Round up your experience with relaxing meditation sessions. You may even find yourself partaking in Mayan sacred ceremonies or singing in a Temazcal (a type of low-heat sweat lodge).

What areas of Mexico are popular for yoga retreats?

From colonial cities to pristine beaches, magical islands, bohemian towns, renowned surf spots, misty mountains, and astonishing reefs, Mexico offers plenty of paradisical places for an inspiring yoga retreat.

Located on the Riviera Maya, Tulum has a Zen atmosphere, a healthy lifestyle culture, and Mayan ruins. You’ll practice yoga on sandy beaches, swim in cenotes, and bask in the sun! Bordering Guatemala, Chiapas is filled with historical landmarks, both from the Mayan period and the Spanish colonial era. Strike your asanas in the lush rainforest, take a refreshing dip in the cenotes, and indulge in the local cuisine.

In Oaxaca, the small beach town of Mazunte is one of the most popular yoga destinations in the country. If you want to add some zing to your practice, here’s the right spot to do so! Learn to surf, witness the diverse wildlife, and admire some of the best sunsets in the world.

Other in-demand destinations where you’ll experience an unforgettable yoga retreat in Mexico include Playa del Carmen, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun.

When is the best time to go on a yoga retreat in Mexico?

Mexico has pleasant weather all year round, so you can join a yoga retreat anytime. However, if weather is an important factor in your planning, you should know that, for most parts of the country, the dry season lasts from December to April. Expect warm, sunny days, with little rain, ideal for outdoor activities and of course, spending time at the beach.

If budget is a factor, you should consider visiting during the shoulder season, from May to November. The rainy season and hurricane season overlap during this time of the year, so expect warm, rainy days.

What type of accommodation options are available in Mexico?

From glamping tents to eco-friendly villas, guesthouses, apartments, and hotels, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the accommodation offered on a yoga retreat in Mexico. No matter your budget or preferences, there’s something to meet your needs. Most often, the retreats take place in beautiful surroundings, often right near the beach, offering gorgeous views of the ocean or the lush jungles.

What type of food & beverages are usually served at a yoga retreat in Mexico?

Most often, the packages include at least one daily meal. You’ll likely be served vegan or vegetarian dishes, prepared from fresh, local, and organic ingredients. At some retreats, the menu features traditional Mexican recipes, which also include seafood and sometimes chicken. Water and tea are also offered. And sometimes you’ll be delighted to enjoy complimentary servings of local fruits as well.

What activities or excursions are included in most yoga retreat packages in Mexico?

No matter where you go in Mexico for a yoga retreat, you’ll likely spend time at the beach, swim in cenotes, go on hikes, or visit Mayan ruins. You may practice yoga or meditation by the beach or in the rainforest. In addition, visiting landmarks, local markets, and going on city tours may also be included in the package.

An ideal country for outdoor activities, some packages also include surfing lessons, zip lining, or snorkeling.

Are there any opportunities for cultural immersion or interaction with locals during the retreat?

Some retreats are organized during Dia de Los Muertos, in early November. You’ll get the chance to witness a colorful celebration, where locals give offerings to the deceased. In addition, many retreats include traditional ceremonies such as partaking in a Temazcal or a cocoa ceremony. Visits to historical landmarks and local markets are also often included. And you can always explore the chosen destination on your own in your free time.

Are there any cultural or religious holidays/events related to yoga in Mexico?

The most popular festival is, without a doubt, Dia de Los Muertos. Contrary to its name, it’s a celebration of life. The two main important dates are November 1st and 2nd. Graves are decorated with flowers, offerings are prepared, and families celebrate their loved ones who have passed on.

In July, the streets of Oaxaca come to life with dance and music during Guelaguetza Festival. Watch the parades, indulge in the local food, and enjoy the shows.

Right before Easter Lent starts, Carnival is enjoyed across the country. In Veracruz & Mazatlán, however, it’s quite magnificent. Colorful outfits, dancing, music, treats…a time to have fun and immerse in the local culture.

Starting on December 16, Las Posadas mark the start of the Christmas celebrations. Watch the procession of children with lit candles, listen to the traditional songs, and enjoy the delectable sweets and treats.

Other notable celebrations in Mexico include Semana Santa (Holy Week), Cinco de Mayo, and Día de la Candelaria.

Is transportation to and from the airport usually included?

Some packages include transfers to/from the nearest airport. However, most often the transfer is available for an additional fee.

What are some must-visit attractions or landmarks in Mexico?

From the world-famous Chichen Itza to the impressive Teotihuacán, the relaxing beaches of Tulum, the striking Las Coloradas, and La Merced Market, Mexico is filled with impressive landmarks to visit.

One of the seven wonders of the New World, Chichen Itza is one of the greatest Mayan archeological sites in the country. It’s no longer allowed to climb any of the temples or structures, but even so, you’ll be in for a fantastic experience witnessing the impressive El Castillo pyramid and the largest ball court in the Americas.

In the heart of Mexico City, La Catedral Metropolitana is one of the oldest buildings in the entire country. Notable for the amalgam of architectural styles, its interior features a spectacular golden altar.

Close to the capital, Teotihuacán is still shrouded in mystery. It is not yet known exactly who inhabited it but, for sure, its impressive Pyramids of the Sun and Moon are worth checking out.

You simply can’t visit Mexico without going to the beach. Tulum is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the country but Playa del Amor, in Baja California, is not to be avoided either.

What are some off-the-beaten-path activities or hidden gems in Mexico?

If you’re looking for a picture-perfect place to visit, head to Laguna Bacalar in the Yucatan Peninsula. Plus, it’s close to some lesser-known Mayan ruins, such as Kohunlich Ruins, Chacchoben Ruins, and Becan Ruins. Isla Holbox, also in the Yucatan Peninsula, offers beautiful beaches, hammocks in the water, and good vibes. Here, you’ll find Punta Coco Beach, famous for the hammocks during the day and the bioluminescence during the night.

In for an adventure on wheels of steel? El Chepe, a luxury train, connects Creel (in Chihuahua) to Los Mochis (in Sinaloa) stopping in some extraordinary places along the way.

Islas Marias opened only in 2023 and is definitely the ultimate hidden gem in the country. A former prison, the islands are now a nature reserve. The main island can only be visited as part of a tour.

What is the local language spoken, and how widely is English understood?

Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Aside from the official language, 68 indigenous languages are also recognized in the country. The most spread non-native language in Mexico is English but only about 10% of the population speaks it. However, if you’re visiting popular tourist destinations, you’ll be fine with English.

What are some local dishes or foods I must try while visiting?

Good food is serious business in Mexico, and it goes way beyond tacos and burritos. From tasty street food to delectable classic dishes, your taste buds will be in for a delightful experience!

Chilaquiles is a traditional breakfast that includes fried corn tortillas topped with green or red salsa. Eggs, chicken, cream, and cheese are also added. And everything is served with refined beans. Tacos al pastor is one of the most popular varieties of tacos. The filling includes thin strips of pork, onion, pineapple, and coriander leaves.

Dating from Mayan times, Enchiladas are made from tortillas filled with meat, cheese, seafood, beans, or vegetables. Cooked in a chili sauce, this dish is also a great choice for breakfast. Guacamole needs no introduction. The avocado dip is made with mashed-up avocados, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, and chili peppers. Served with tortilla chips or as a side dish, it’s the quintessential Mexican dish.

Other popular Mexican foods include tamales, mole, chiles en nogada, elote, tostadas, and pozole.

What are some etiquette tips to follow when interacting with locals?

Mexicans are hesitant to give direct refusals. Instead, they take a long-winded way to convey their message tactfully. So, instead of trying to get a direct answer, it’s best to ask open-ended questions and get more details.

While a handshake with eye contact and a smile is the appropriate greeting in most situations, in predominantly indigenous towns, the expected greeting is a loose handshake.

Are there any specific dress codes I should adhere to in certain places?

In most cases, when visiting catholic churches, anything goes, as long as you dress respectfully. However, both men and women should avoid wearing shorts.

What is the tipping culture like in Mexico?

Tipping in Mexican restaurants is always expected. However, how much you tip depends on the type of service and places you visit. In popular beach towns, it is customary to tip between 15% and 20%. In less touristy destinations, between 10% and 15% is sufficient. In some restaurants, particularly at hotels and resorts, a service charge of about 10% is typically included in the check. You may choose to add more on top of that, but it’s not mandatory.

You’re also expected to tip at bars (about 20 pesos / 1 USD per round). At the hotel, you may tip the housekeeper between 20 and 50 pesos per day. Remember to also tip your tour guide. For a large group, 100 pesos is plenty; whereas if you go on a private tour, it’s common to tip between 200 and 400 pesos for a half-day experience.

What other insights or tips should I know about when traveling in Mexico?

Mexico is a fairly safe place to visit. Like anywhere, it’s always good to be aware of your surroundings and take normal precautions when it comes to your money and other valuables. Make sure to use only official taxis and don’t walk around after dark.

In addition, we recommend drinking only bottled water, and don’t forget to bring some active charcoal tablets with you (for potential digestive issues).

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