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Renew Body and Mind with a Copal Cleanse in Belize

Renew Body and Mind with a Copal Cleanse in Belize

Experience an ancient healing ritual that will restore your senses and your spirit. At the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, you can take part in an authentic Maya copal cleansing and a tea-tasting and medicinal trail tour.

What is Copal?

Copal is a tree resin made from the sap of tropical trees. The word comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word copalli.

Traditionally, it comes from the copal tree, which is one of a family of trees known as incense trees. These include frankincense, myrrh, and torchwood trees.

These trees produce a distinctive, highly aromatic sap. Copal producers gather the sap and mix it with spices, seeds, and roots to create copal blocks.

What is a Copal Cleansing Ritual?

The use of copal in cleansing ceremonies goes back to the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations. These ancient people believed that resin was sacred and offered it to the gods.

In Belize, indigenous Maya have long used copal in cleansing and purification rituals. They use copal to remove negative energy from a space, to go with prayers, in sweat lodge rituals, or to commemorate weddings and funerals.

The well-known Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) began as a copal ritual. During that time, people burnt copal on their altars as offerings to the souls of their loved ones.

Benefits of a Copal Cleansing

A copal cleansing will refresh you spiritually. A copal cleansing can soothe anxiety. After a ceremony, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll feel better able to handle life’s problems.

It enhances meditation and helps you focus. If you have been feeling out of sorts with the world, use a copal cleansing to restore your mental and emotional balance.

Discover why this healing ritual has lasted for centuries as a restorative, healing ritual.

Experience an Authentic Copal Cleansing, Tea Tasting, and Medicinal Trail Tour at the San Ignacio Resort

As part of its Maya cultural tours, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers a copal cleanse tour in conjunction with a tea-tasting and medicinal trail excursion. During this event, you’ll learn how copal is made and experience a traditional copal cleansing ritual, in addition to a tea-tasting and medicinal trail tour.

The tour is offered on-site at the resort. It takes two hours and is offered twice a day:

• 8:00 am to 10:00 am
• 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

To learn more or to book this tour, contact the San Ignacio Resort in San Ignacio, Belize, at 824-2034.

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