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7 Days Transformational Dance, Cuban Culture and Yoga Retreat in Cuba with Cuban Yoga Teacher, Ludisis Mones - 7 Days

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Come and explore this Yoga Retreat in Cuba, with a Cuban who has local knowledge, insider secrets and history that you can not find anywhere else. Yes, Americans Can join this tour!

Why this Yoga Retreat in Cuba is for you?

  • Discover the country with a local and experience the real Cuba!
  • Feel get back in time when visiting the colonial jewel of Trinidad, a gorgeous city with its main square surrounded by magnificent 18th-century buildings.
  • Enjoy the ultimate experience visiting local temples of Afro-Cuban Culture or Santeria. After that, the true protagonists will teach you about this transcendental African influence.
  • Prepare for an adventure to Viñales Valley, located in the westernmost of Cuban provinces. On the other hand, known for growing the best tobacco in the world. Most importantly, Viñales is Cuba’s natural Cathedral, declared UNESCO World Cultural Landscape.
  • Breathtaking tour to the Topes de Collantes Natural Park will delight you with its beautiful waterfalls. Appreciate the fascinating flora and fauna, for example, the Colibrí or the national bird: El Tocororo.
  • Indulge in the tobacco aroma and learn from the farmer the cultivation process and how to roll Cuban tobacco with your hands.

Yes, Americans Can join this tour!

During our tours, you will engage in additional authorized Support for the Cuban People activities. In addition, you stay in rooms in a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casas particulares), you eat in private Cuban restaurants (paladares) and you buy in privately-owned stores (cuentapropista), as stated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) (§515.574 Support for the Cuban People, Note 2 to paragraph (a)).

You need to carry a full-time schedule itinerary in order to meet the requirement. We include this itinerary for free when you book with us.

Be part of our Cultural – Yoga retreat in Cuba

Yalorde Yoga invites you to her neighborhood in Havana, for an exclusive experience. Engage with her family and neighbors, visit and enter local houses and enjoy a typical day of a local Cuban.

Walk on 500-year-old cobblestones streets while Yalorde Yoga shares the unique history that embraces Havana.

Get to know the most remarkable historical sites of Havana. For instance, La Plaza de La Revolución, The Capitol and La Bodeguita del Medio.

We will visit Cienfuegos, a sensational city by the Sea, with French architecture that remains intact despite the weather. Its Historic Center was declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Cienfuegos Historical Center is considered a unique model of 19th-century urban planning in Cuba and the Caribbean.

Have fun and learn Cuban Salsa with locals meanwhile in our Private Salsa classes. Salsa is above all a popular dance and it comes from Son: our National dance.

Come and explore Cuba with a Cuban who has local knowledge, insider secrets and history that you can not find anywhere else.

  • Take your practice to a different level with our relaxing daily Hatha Yoga sessions. Meditate in typical places of Cuba such as its beautiful beaches or on a rooftop with the best views of the colonial Havana.
  • Experience the real Cuba in “Casas Particulares” where you can share with your local hosts about the culture and the Cuban idiosyncrasy.
  • Attend a show of traditional Cuban live music and dance with locals during the show.

Yalorde as a Cuban is the guide and a local friend who is always at your disposal and shows you the magic spots that only a Cuban knows.

Explore the heritage center of Old Havana through our walking tour. In addition, we will visit the non-tourist neighborhoods where you can get to know the true local life in Havana.

  • Day 1 – Arrival Day Havana
  • Day 2 – Havana
  • Day 3 – Viñales
  • Day 4 – Trinidad via Cienfuegos
  • Day 5 – Trinidad
  • Day 6 – Havana
  • Day 7 – Departure Day

The classes that will be carried out during our yoga retreat, are all planned to avoid in this way an unnecessarily difficult practice and that it may cause injuries to our clients.

Ludisis Mones our certified yoga instructor will offer you a range of asana, pranayama and meditation sequences, so you can choose which sequence is best suited to your self-exploration.

Instead of thinking about asanas held for a long time as static, we will encourage you to perform small adjustment movements that provide stronger stability and more comfort for breathing, body, and mind.

The Hatha yoga classes will gradually go from the simple to the complex in this way the body opens more easily and consequently more safely.

In our classes, we will enter the stillness from the moment we step on the Mat, during the most intense phases of practice and even in savasana. We hope you will join us and enjoy our yoga retreat. We have prepared it with love.

Day 1
Welcome to Cuba

Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV).

The transfer to their Casa Particular (guest house) is around 35 minutes.

Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you to your room.

Then in the afternoon, they will have a welcome ceremony in which you will meet the other participants and will have dinner together at a local palate (privately owned restaurant).

Day 2
"Havana, a city of history and traditions"

In the morning today, Yalorde Yoga invites you to a relaxing session of Hatha yoga that will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day. Our local hosts prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava or papaya.

To immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital, you will take a walking tour of Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana.

We are going to enter into its historic center which, together with its System of fortifications, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO.

The Historical Center of Havana has 3370 buildings, most of great environmental and patrimonial value.

Walking through this city Intramuros, you will know its most characteristic symbols such as El Capitolio, El Templete, La Giraldilla, and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro, the latter was inaugurated in 1630 and is the symbol that welcomes the city to those who arrive it by sea.

Appreciate the five main squares that define the physiognomy of the old city: Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Assis, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza del Cristo.

In addition to visiting historical sites, you will visit non-tourist neighborhoods to learn about the life of the locals, learn about the Cuban currency and the peculiar lively and boisterous life of the Habaneros. Finally, you will finish this day with a Cuban Salsa class.

Day 3
"Behind the Cuban Tobacco Route in the Valley of Viñales"

Westernmost of Cuban provinces, its main attraction for tourists is its natural beauty. Today, you will valley to Unesco world cultural landscape, but also for growing the best tobacco in the world. Typical of this natural park is the unique mogotes, hillocks of limestone, honeycombed with cavities and with a nearly flat top. Here in Viñales, you will get to know the Cuban tobacco growing process, where farmers transmit their secrets from fathers to sons.

At the end of the day, you will have a session of silent meditation surrounded by the majestic mountains of Viñales Valley, meet your inner being and fill yourself with the purity that the valley offers you.

Day 4
"Trinidad, the past in the present"

Today, first of all, you will begin the day with a tasty breakfast prepared by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Havana. Then you will start a trip to Trinidad the so-called museum city of Cuba. This colonial jewel has a main square surrounded by magnificent 18th-century buildings such as the Sanchez Iznaga palaces, and the church of the Holy Trinity. Here Spanish and African traditions are blended and flourish in a culture passed on from one generation to the other.

Before arriving at your villa in front of the sea, you will make a stop to be pleased with Cienfuegos a city that dazzles for its French architecture.

Tonight, Yalorde Yoga will invite you to delight yourself with live music and folklore at La Casa de La Música de Trinidad.

Day 5
"Eco - Topes de Collantes Natural Park"

Hatha yoga at sunrise on the shore of the beach watching the rising sun will allow you to reconnect with your inner being and have a beautiful moment of peace.

After breakfast, The Topes de Collantes Natural Park, an immense protected area that owns 45% of the endemic birds of the country awaits you for a hiking excursion.

In the afternoon, a tour of immersion workshop in Trinitarian popular culture, excellent opportunity to learn about the typical ceramics of the area, the colonial architecture and the efforts of the neighbors to conserve it.

Day 6
"Enjoy Havana like a local"

In the morning after breakfast, you will embark a trip to Havana in a private car.

The Afro-Cuban Religion or Santeria came to the island in the minds of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves. In Cuba, this belief was syncretized and in the present is one of the most popular beliefs in Cuba.

Today, we will visit a temple of local practitioners who will teach you their rituals, ceremonies, and the characteristics of each deity.

An Afro Cuban or Cuban Salsa dance workshop of your choice is included this afternoon.

At night one of the most important shows in the country brings you artists from the winner of several Grammys “Buena Vista Social Club”.

Day 7
"Hasta Pronto Cuba"

– Hatha yoga session and Vipassana meditation

– A ceremony with offerings and mantras to the Orishas.

– Breakfast and departure at Casa Particular in Havana.

– Transfer to the José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana is included.

What is included?

  • - 6 nights beautiful accommodation in colorful Havana and Trinidad
  • - Rejuvenating Hatha yoga and Vipassana meditation sessions with our Cuban yoga teacher, Ludisis
  • - 7 breakfasts lovingly prepared by our local staff
  • - Guide and personalized special attention during the whole trip by our local Ludisis Mones
  • - Free airport pickup and dropoff, because we want to meet you as soon as possible
  • Transportation to and from Trinidad, Viñales, and Havana
  • - Immersion in Cuban Popular Culture: discovering the daily life of the Trinitarians (local people of Trinidad), excellent opportunity to learn about the typical ceramics of the area, the colonial architecture and the idiosyncrasy of the Cuban
  • - Guided Walking tour of Old Havana in English
  • - Excursion to Cienfuegos
  • - Workshop of Afro-Cuban culture or Santeria: An approach to the traditions inherited by our African ancestors that will allow you to know the traditions, myths, ceremonies, songs, and Orishas that makeup this Afro-Cuban syncretization
  • - Meditation session on the beautiful shores of Playa la Boca Beach in Trinidad
  • - Explanatory Afro Cuban culture workshop from local practitioners
  • - Life changing visits to neighborhoods in Havana to meet locals and know the real Cuba life

What is not included?

  • - Flights, tickets, and any visas required
  • - Tax and services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Dinners and lunches
  • - Activities mentioned as not included in the itinerary
  • - Transfer to optional activities
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Useful information about Cuba

What is the weather like in Cuba?

While the weather can’t be predicted, it’s usually nice and sunny in Cuba. June, July, and August are the hottest months. Tropical showers usually come through in August – November, but they usually pass quickly. They leave clear blue skies, lots of warm weather, and sunshine.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is canceled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
  • Read our Terms and Conditions and our Retreat participant waiver for more information.

Main entrance Casa Particular Trinidad

Our Villa in Trinidad

During this event, 6 nights of accommodation are included. You will enjoy the privacy of your private room with a private bathroom in each destination.

In Havana, we will stay in a Casa Particular that has great comfort and enjoys one of the best locations in the capital.

Located steps from the majestic University of Havana, this accommodation, allows you to appreciate the colorful and unique life of the “habaneros” and appreciate cultural and historical places that are just a few meters away.

In Trinidad, we will stay in Villa that is more than 80 years old, this Casa Particular is surrounded by the sea, the Escambray mountains make the air pure and they are a beautiful sight.

In this accommodation, you will enjoy incomparable sunsets. I recommend you try the piña colada that your hostess Lisandra makes while you swing in one of the hammocks and contemplate the sunset!

The breakfast includes exotic tropical fruits, omelet, natural juices, fresh bread, homemade jams, Cuban desserts, milk and the best coffee in the world: Cuba’s!

In Trinidad, our hostesses Lisandra and Sonia will cook delicious traditional food from the Santi Spiritus region, without a doubt this will be a great opportunity to enter their kitchen and learn how to prepare some of these delicious dishes.

If you prefer vegetarian food, please let us know when you make your reservation and we will provide vegetarian dishes.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From EUR  1,399/person
1399
Total 1,399 EUR

Trip Facts

  • Car or Bus
  • 6 People Max
  • All levels
  • Ludisis Mones
  • 18
  • Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Viñales Valley
  • HAV- Jose Marti International Airport