We got up bright and early Cuetzalan. Cuetzalan is about 3 hours up a mountain from Puebla. It took us about 5 because of some traffic as we headed up a one way street. We were literally stopped in a 12 person van in front of people’s houses. There were mules and horses passing us on this road. It was an interesting experience, to say the least.
As soon as we got there, we headed out for a waterfall tour. The waterfall was absolutely amazing. We hiked up / down stairs for about 20 minutes to finally reach the place where we could swim. After adjusting to the cold, I paddled against the waves to the center of the waterfall. I was only under the falling water for a few seconds before I became entirely overwhelmed. I could not see or hear anything and my body started to panic. I quickly pattled out of the cascada and all was well. But it was weird!
In the evening, we went to have a Mezcal Bath. This was an unique experience that I would have never thought to seek out. We were ushered into a small / round hut by a lady wearing traditional Mexican attire. Inside the “bath” there were 6 of us sitting cross-legged around the edges of the building. In the middle of us we’re sauna stones that were piping hot.
The lady that was with us led us through the ceremony entirely in Spanish. We chanted, sang, and let out grititos (little screams). The ceremony was all about respecting Mother Earth and our elders, loving one another, being patient, tolerant, and knowledgeable, etc. Our ceremony leader would occasionally pour hot “herb” water on the rocks. It was a really cool and rejuvenating experience.
We went to dinner later that night and swam in our hotel pool.
What a great day. Sabado was truly amazing.