Mexico’s East Coast ~ The Yucatan and Quintana Roo

This area of the beautiful Mexican Caribbean is magical, with pristine turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, rich Mayan culture, flavorful cuisine, and much, much more! The energy here is perfect for a retreat setting, offering the space and natural environment essential for reflection, contemplation and depth for your experience.

Should you decide to retreat here, we can also offer personal recommendations for alternative therapeutic experiences such as: Family Constellations, Massage and Energy work, Mayan Sweat Lodge (temazcal) and Tarot and Mayan Astrological readings. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are particularly exceptional here!

Isla Mujeres

A stunning 20 minute ferry ride from Cancun’s Puerto Juarez, Isla Mujeres is a charming island and fishing village only 5 miles long and ½ mile wide. With its “pueblo” like feel, gorgeous white sandy beaches, and lively downtown area which offers a variety of cafes, ethnic restaurants and shopping… this sweet little island has something for everyone!

Ferry boats run from the island and Puerto Juárez/Gran Puerto on the mainland. The island is popular with day trippers, but activity quietens down in the evening after the tour groups leave. To the east is the Caribbean Sea with a strong surf and rocky coast, and to the west the skyline of Cancún can be seen across the clear waters.

The island of Isla Mujeres is located close to one of many coral reefs such as the one located in Garrafon Park, which is an area popular for its snorkeling and scuba diving. The Cancun underwater museum, created by English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, is located off the western coast of Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is also home to a population of sea turtles. Because of the recent endangerment of sea turtles in the area, a facility was set up on the southern end of the island for the rehabilitation and breeding of them. This facility is open to the public.

Tulum

81 miles south of Cancun, Tulum is known for its long stretches of virgin-like beaches, small town and stunning Mayan Ruins overlooking the Caribbean. The town now houses more restaurants and shops and has become home to many Italians and other foreigners. Tulum is known for its “laid back” and peaceful vibration. It’s the perfect setting for those wishing to do very little, and simply be.

Here you will find some of Mexico’s best beaches, ideal for diving and snorkeling. Tulum also has freshwater cenotes, passageways to underground rivers. A must-see! Visit the craft markets or watch the Mayan Pole Flyers as you walk around town. A walk up Tulum Beach Road takes you to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere and Punta Allen. The main god honored at Tulum is the “diving god,” or “Descending God,” depicted on several buildings as an upside-down figure above doorways. Tulum’s history and sacred land makes for yet another magical retreat destination!

Merida and Western Yucatan Beaches

A unique Mayan style yoga and wellness retreat hotel located in the protected Celestun Biosphere Reserve on the Yucatan Peninsula’s western beaches, offers Mexico yoga retreats in a new ocean view yoga and wellness retreat center.  Just a 1.5 hour’s drive west of Merida, Satya offers the option of spending a day or 2 in this beautiful, colonial city on either end. This destination offers Mayan bungalow suites, new yoga and spa wellness center, and other facilities which were planned with respect for maintaining the original tropical native vegetation, leaving an intact eco-system.  The endless white sand beaches are covered with thousands of  seashells.

Nestled on a 3 mile virgin white sand beach, the sea is tranquil, very shallow, and has abundant aquatic life. There are a great variety of flowers in the hotel area. You will be able to see them by visiting the hotel’s interpretative paths…

Mérida was founded in 1542 by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Montejo, after marching across the peninsula from the Mayan port of Xel-Ha. Mérida has the one of the largest centro historico districts in the Americas. Large and small colonial homes line the city streets to this day. Mérida is a cultural center, featuring multiple museums, art galleries, restaurants, movie theatres and shops. Mérida retains an abundance of beautiful colonial buildings and is a vibrant cultural center with music and dancing playing an important part in day-to-day life.

Bacalar

This small town is in the heart of the Mayan world, approximately 4.5 hrs south of Cancun, and 30 minutes from Chetumal. Bacalar is known for its sweet water lagoon of 7 colors, a sacred fountain of life and health. Retreat to this magical and peaceful location for a truly unique and profound experience.

Valladolid

An elegant colonial town founded in 1543, Valladolid is 100 miles inland from Cancun, and also 100 miles from the beautiful city of Merida. In addition to its beautiful town square, colonial architecture and nearby cenotes (natural caves containing wells nestled in tropical lush foliage), Valladolid also offers local tours to ancient Mayan ruins such as Ek Balam and Chichen Itza. This area of the Yucatan is often added in as a side-trip, and can also be taken either prior to or following the actual yoga retreat. Satya Retreats is happy to help coordinate a few extra days of a more historical journey for you and your retreat participants should this be of interest to you!