Pray Cancun: Part 2 of Eat, Pray Love Cancun

by Carla Fiorito on August 20, 2010

Pray Cancun

Eat, Pray, Love Cancun Series

Eat Cancun
Pray Cancun
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What is praying? A religious practice, connection to a greater deity or a greater self understanding? Whatever it means to you and whatever way you choose to pray, it can be an experience you hold close.

From participating in ancient Mayan rituals such as Temazcal to attending a traditional Mexican celebrations you will have an opportunity to pray in Cancun.

Pray at Ancient Mayan Sites

The Mayan culture is embedded with religion – their art, architecture, and daily lives were influenced by religious practices. Now, they are well known for their religious culture – filled with rituals such as sacrifices, prayers, and pilgrimages.

Praying Experience: Surround yourself with the remains of this culture and visit the grounds where religious ceremonies were celebrated for thousands of years.

How to Pray: Visit Chichen Itza, only 2 ½ Hours from Cancun, during the spring and fall equinox, which are believed to be some of the holiest days, when you can see the shadows of the ancient Feathered Serpents run down the staircase of the Kukulkan Pyramid. Uxmal, 3 Hours from Cancun, is known for its magical aura and impressive Magician’s Pyramid. El Meco is an archeological site found just north of Cancun has an awe striking view from thee top of one of its pyramids of Chacmochuc Lagoon.

Pray for the Souls of the Dead

Some popular Mexican religious celebrations include the Day of All Saints, November 1st, and the Day of the Dead, November 2nd.

Praying Experience: These days provide the opportunity to pray in a different way, and it gives you a glimpse into traditional Mexican holidays. Mexican families will visit the graves of their loved ones and celebrate life.

How to Pray: Cancun has citywide events marked with celebrations including dancing, eating, and honoring the dead. You can also visit the cemeteries which are decorated for the holiday.

Pray With Your Whole Body

Looking to get in touch with your spiritual self?

Praying Experience: Yoga is the perfect way to pray Cancun, as it calms your mind and helps you gain an understanding of your true inner nature. Imagine getting ready for a yoga class on the beach – your mat is on crystal sands and you are looking over the ocean, the waves and the wind are your soundtrack.

How to Pray: Yoga By the Sea specializes in yoga retreats at Playa Del Carmen, close to Cancun, and start at about $15 for a single group session. Or you can bring your own mat to the beach.

Pray Underwater

If you are looking for an adventurous way to Pray Cancun, why not visit an underwater religious shrine? In Cozumel’s Chankanaab Reef, there lies a 14-foot statue of Christ 20 ft deep among marine sea life.

Praying Experience: Imagine how amazing it would be to pray surrounded by tropical fish and coral underwater.

How to Pray: You will be provided with the proper breathing equipment – whether you are scuba diving or snuba diving (A combination of snorkeling and scuba). Aquaworld provides one and two tank dives to the reef in Cozumel as well as night dives.

Pray with Ancient Rituals

If you are curious about ancient rituals to pray in Cancun, try Temazcal, a traditional steam bath that has been used in Mexico for thousands of years.  In the Mayan culture, temazcal was used to purify the body, heal the sick, or improve health. Today, it is used to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit.

Praying Experience: Temazcal,usually takes place in an enclosed structure, and a pit filled with hot volcanic rocks sits in the center. Water is drizzled on them to produce the steam, which can be controlled by the number of volcanic rocks.

How to Pray: This indigenous practice surrounds you with native songs and aromatic herbs creating a unique environment perfect for Pray Cancun.

What are your favorite ways to relax and retreat?

Carla is currently an intern at All About Mexico. She is studying Hotel & Restaurant Management at University of Houston. She loves writing, traveling, and tourism.
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