Three Places to Reconnect
By Jade Arroyo
Temazcal in the Charco del Ingenio
For those who do not know this practice, the temazcal is a ritual steam bath, accompanied by herbs and medicinal plants. Temazcal has many health benefits: it cleanses the body of toxins, lowers uric acid, cleanses the pores of the skin, and is excellent for weight loss and regular blood pressure. El Charco del Ingenio offers two temazcales a month, with expert temazcaleros. To book, visit elcharco.org
The Sabino of La Huerta
El Sabino is considered the national tree of Mexico. It is Sabino in Spanish, Ahuehuete in Nahuatl, meaning old tree of water. It has stood with dignity in this quiet town for over 450 years, surrounded by fruit trees and a spring that has always nourished it. It is an imposing yet friendly tree and one of the tallest in the country. Its circumference is equivalent to 20 adult people hugging it around the waist.
Although precise data are not available, oral tradition and some documents attest its antiquity back to the first Conquest wars in the 16th century.
The community La Huerta is located under the curtain of the Allende Dam, on the road to Celaya. To get there, cross through a large tunnel and follow the path. You will reach the spot where this great-grandfather is located, and where there is also a chapel and a town known for basketry.
San Miguel is well known for its natural hot sulfur springs. In addition to having tangible benefits to the health and recovery of the body, they have remarkable therapeutic properties for relaxation. Spas are located 10-15 minutes from the city, on the road to Dolores Hidalgo, the most famous being Escondido Place and La Gruta. There are no buses that go there you directly, but you can take a taxi from town for a fare of approximately 120-150 pesos.