Meditation session at Sapo Sayulita Psychedelic Retreat in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

5-MeO-DMT Retreats in Mexico

5-MeO-DMT is one of the most potent psychedelics available. One user described it as being akin to “tripping sideways into another dimension”. Derived from the venom of the Bufo Alvarius toad native to the Sonoran Desert and parts of northern Mexico, it induces an extremely powerful psychoactive effect very quickly and for a short time. 

Proponents hail 5-MeO-DMT as a powerful medicine for the treatment of mental health conditions. One study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, for example, found that the majority of patients suffering from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse disorder, and alcoholism experienced improvements in symptoms after 5-MeO-DMT use. 

Although research is still ongoing, initial results and personal anecdotes are promising enough to entice many. Aside from treating mental health conditions, 5-MEO-DMT has been known to bring about spiritual and mystical experiences that leave users feeling connected with a higher power and at peace. 

Is your interest piqued? Below we’re going to take you through the legality and cost of 5-MeO-DMT in Mexico, how to select the right retreat, and the top-rated 5-MeO-DMT retreats in Mexico.

Is 5-MeO-DMT Legal in Mexico?

As 5-MeO-DMT has been used in ritual contexts by the country’s indigenous people for centuries, it is legal in spiritual or religious contexts in Mexico. While synthesized or concentrated DMT remains highly illegal, 5-MeO-DMT extracted from the Bufo Alvarius frog is an exception. Psychonauts and spiritual seekers from around the world have capitalized on this loophole, and the country has become a hotbed for 5-MeO-DMT retreats.

How to Select a 5-MeO-DMT Retreat in Mexico

Selecting a psychedelic retreat is not a decision to make lightly, as the experience could have profound impacts on your brain, worldview, and quality of life going forward. Here are several factors to consider to ensure a safe and positive experience when choosing a 5-MeO-DMT retreat in Mexico.

Understand 5-MeO-DMT and Assess Whether it’s Right for You

Not everyone is well-suited to every substance. To evaluate whether 5-MeO-DMT is right for you, read up on its effects, its potential contraindications and side effects, and check out some blogs from folks who have attended 5-MeO-DMT retreats. Do your research thoroughly, and then reflect on why you want to take it and whether others’ experiences are aligned with the results you’re seeking.

Find a Reputable Retreat Center

Thoroughly investigate the retreat centers you’re considering, as well as their staff. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous participants, and check the qualifications and experience of the shamans leading the ceremonies.

Consider the Setting and Accommodations

Some retreat centers are located in more remote and natural settings, while others are located in more developed areas. Consider what type of setting you feel most at home in and what you think will be most conducive to being able to do your inner work safely and comfortably.

Medical and Psychological Support

It’s absolutely essential to thoroughly check on this aspect before you commit to any retreat. A safe 5-MeO-DMT retreat will provide adequate medical and psychological support. Make sure that there are medical and mental health professionals on staff, especially if you’re opting for a more isolated retreat far away from modern medical facilities. 

Look for Additional Activities and Services

Some retreat centers offer complementary activities such as yoga, meditation, and workshops on spiritual and personal growth as part of their program. If you think these add-ons could further enhance your process, be on the lookout for retreats that incorporate them. 

Talk to the Retreat Center

Before you sign up, get in touch with the retreat center and ask any questions you might have, bring up any concerns, and get a pulse on how you feel interacting with their staff. All this will give you a sense of their level of professionalism, their vibe, and how they handle potential issues.

Costs of 5-MeO-DMT Retreats in Mexico 

The cost of a 5-MeO-DMT retreat in Mexico can vary depending on the location, duration, and services offered. Some retreats may cost several thousand dollars for a week-long program, while others are more affordable. The cost typically includes accommodation, meals, transportation, and the ceremony or ceremonies.

Top-Rated 5-MeO-DMT Retreats in Mexico

Here are our expert-curated top picks for 5-MeO-DMT retreats in Mexico. These retreat centers have consistently received positive feedback from their previous participants.


Based in the mountain-ringed hippie enclave of Tepoztlan, this gorgeous piece of paradise offers nothing less than the gold standard for psychedelic facilitation and integration. Their programs combine Eastern and Western wellness philosophies while accounting for and respecting the background and beliefs you bring with you. They claim that their retreats facilitate transformation that results in “noticeable change in your daily life”. In addition to administering 5-MeO-DMT, Tandava also supplements the participant experience with offerings such as kambo, morning yoga, breathwork, meditation, guided hikes, neurofeedback protocols, and integration sessions. Staff work closely with each participant to customize their experience. 

The pool at Tandava 5-MeO-DMT Retreats in Tepoztlan, Mexico
Enjoy the pool at Tandava in Tepoztlan, Mexico.

Their center is just a 90-minute drive outside of Mexico City. It’s more on the luxurious side and features a pool, hot tub, Turkish steam sauna, and beautiful and peaceful surroundings.  

Sapo Sayulita

Set at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the quaint traveler’s village of Sayulita, Sapo Sayulita specializes in helping those who have not achieved the results they’re looking for with other treatments. Their process is personalized specifically to each participant, such that there is no cookie-cutter retreat package in which everyone receives the same experience. Each ceremony is highly shamanic and ritualistic (as opposed to clinical) and usually held outdoors in nature.

Pool area at Sapo Sayulita Psychedelic Retreat in Nayarit, Mexico
The pool with a breathtaking ocean view at Sapo Sayulita in Sayulita, Mexico.

Life Synergy

Life Synergy pride themselves on their holistic approach to healing and growth. They blend plant medicine work with other healing modalities like breathwork, yoga, and temezcal and even tailor their cuisine towards specific foods that help the body recover strength and energy that may be depleted during plant medicine journeys. Their center is on Mexico’s Caribbean coast just on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, so participants benefit from being able to easily access a city with modern facilities while still feeling immersed in the jungle. 

Ancient style dining area at Life Synergy Psilocybin Retreat in Playa del Carmen Mexico
Ancient style dining area at Life Synergy Psilocybin Retreat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Bufo Alvarius Sanctuary

This center’s core philosophy is that healing from trauma begins with a spiritual awakening, and that even those who don’t have deep healing work to do can ascend to a new level of their potential through working with plant medicines such as 5-MeO-DMT. The Bufo Alvarius Sanctuary also offers treatments with ibogaine and kambo, which are very powerful medicines in their own rite. They are located smack dab in the middle of Tulum, one of Mexico’s most famous towns for healing and spirituality.

Twinkling waters and starry skies – a breathtaking symphony of night's embrace by the poolside. Dive into the magic at Bufo Alvarius Sanctuary Bufo Alvarius Retreat in Tulum, Mexico
Twinkling waters and starry skies – a breathtaking symphony of night’s embrace by the poolside. Dive into the magic at Bufo Alvarius Sanctuary Bufo Alvarius Retreat in Tulum, Mexico.

Of course, this is not an extensive list and there are other reputable retreat centers in Mexico. We always recommend that you research and carefully consider all options before making a decision.

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Cait has been writing since the age of 7, when she wrote her first short stories about two crime-fighting dogs. Although she has since strayed away from the canine detective genre, she still delights in writing about relationship psychology, travel, the psychoactive effects of cacao, intentional communities, nutrition, wellness, and more.

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