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6 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in El Salvador

  • Balancé Yoga Center, Kilometer 42.5 Highway Litoral, El Tunco, La Libertad, El Salvador

6 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in El Salvador

  • Balancé Yoga Center, Kilometer 42.5 Highway Litoral, El Tunco, La Libertad, El Salvador

Surf Travel and Yoga Retreat El Salvador

Balancé Yoga Center invites you to join this retreat and enjoy a true Central American gem while being healthy, practicing yoga, and having fun in the sun. El Salvador is a safe, enjoyable place to travel that offers you world-class waves, great friends, delicious food, and a wonderful yoga adventure. This thoughtfully designed space will dazzle your senses; you’ll have the adventure of your life!


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 1 amazing surfing lesson
  • 1 hike to the pristine waterfalls
  • 1 night of salsa dancing lesson
  • 1 excursion to the Mayan ruins
  • 3 days of surf board rental
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying at Balancé Yoga Center. The oceanfront suites face the endless blue waters of the Pacific in the Salvadoran surf getaway, Playa El Tunco. You’ll listen to the waves break in front of the oceanfront deck as you swing in a soft hammock, enjoying the sanctuary of Balancé. These luxurious, carefully designed suites are well equipped to make your stay exceptional.

The place has air conditioning, private bathrooms, comfortable sleeping accommodation for up to six adults, premium bedding and linens, dining table and chairs, a full kitchen, walk-in closets, television with surround sound stereo and a digital video disc player, a safe for valuables, and fast Wi-Fi. For couples and individuals, there are smaller waterfront luxury suites available. Clean towels and quality linens are provided as needed.

The surf and yoga retreat will be an adventure combining world-class surfing with carefully sequenced yoga classes in one of the finest studio spaces you’ll ever find. A typical day will include early morning yoga classes for fast-risers and surfing lessons.

For any of you that are experienced surfers, the guided trips will be substituted to the standout point breaks instead of lessons geared to beginners. You will enjoy two daily yoga classes each day. When you're not surfing or practicing yoga, you will be doing some of the extra activities like exploring the region or taking salsa dancing classes.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Yoga class for early risers
  • 06:45 Light breakfast
  • 08:00 Surf lesson (beginning surfers) or guided surf trips (intermediate to advanced)
  • 10:30 Full yoga class from 60 to 90 minutes
  • 12:00 Lunch and mid-day break
  • 15:30 Evening surf or full yoga class
  • 17:45 Sunset hangout session
  • 18:30 Evening Vinyasa, relaxation yoga, or meditation
  • 19:30 Dinner

Surfing lessons

The surf in El Salvador is nothing short of world-class. They have a great group of surf instructors that have been working with guests for over 10 years. Guys like Bamba, Pedro, Toribio, and Manuel are just a blast to be in the water with. You will remember their smiles, energy, and great attitudes forever. Apart from great leadership and coaching skills, these guys are phenomenal surfers.

They will have you surfing quickly, having fun, and improving for your next surf session. They also provide a few early lessons at nearby uncrowded beach breaks where you will have the waves to yourself. There you can practice and hone your skills before testing what you’ve learned on the famous point breaks.

One day trip for a waterfall hike and one excursion to the local Mayan ruins with an expert archaeologist are included in this retreat.

  • Emily Steingart

    Emily is the co-founder of GOYO adventures and lives in Breckenridge, Colorado where she manages and teaches yoga at Meta Yoga Studios. Her class is tailored to your needs whether it be to gain relief from chronic pain, facilitate injury recovery, improve flexibility, reduce stress, improve well-being, ease depression, or simply retain your youthfulness and energy.

  • Pedro Castillo

    Locally known as “Makoi”, Pedro grew up surfing the waves in the La Libertad region, with 16 years of experience in El Salvador. His favorite spots include Punta Roca, La Bocana and kilometer 59. Outside the surf, Pedro will share beers with you and introduce you to all the legends in the local crew. He also loves to play basketball in the nearby town of La Libertad.

This retreat will be held at Balancé Yoga Center in Playa El Tunco, EL Salvador. El Tunco has a style all its own with numerous oceanfront restaurants, bars, and cantinas. The sunsets are world class and to the west, you will find the world-class point break Sunzal. On the opposite side of the beach, the east side, they have another amazing wave, La Bocana.

  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga deck
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served one daily delicious, healthy breakfast and dinner plus morning and afternoon snacks. One daily coconut water and unlimited purified water is also included. Balance Yoga Center goes the extra mile as they like making their own nut-milks from scratch. During two nights, dinner will be out on the town in El Tunco, the cost of this dinners is not included.

The main menu features local flavors and fresh-caught local seafood with an elegant touch. The Salvadoran diet includes a wide selection of delicious fruits and vegetables such as plantains, mangos, pineapple, and papaya. Fruit is of course seasonal and the menus will focus on items that are available fresh and local.

The chef, Mauro Bernal, is trained in New York but is native to El Salvador.

Mauro constantly surprise the guests transforming the simplest ingredients into edible works of art. Balancé Yoga Center can also accommodate vegetarian diets and offer an optional three-day detox with 100% hand-juiced drinks and smoothies for an additional cost.

During your free time you may enjoy of different activities with Sunzal Surf Company. They offer a wide range of services including surf lessons, guided surf trips, day trips and excursions, and board rentals.

During this retreat, spa services like deep tissue massage, facials, manicure, and pedicure can be arranged on request for an additional cost.

  • 1 daily breakfast and dinner plus healthy snacks
  • 1 daily coconut water
  • 1 excursion to the Mayan ruins
  • 1 salsa dancing class
  • 1 surfing lessons
  • 1 waterfall hike
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 days of board rentals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Purified drinking water throughout your stay
  • Transfers from and to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL)
  • Yoga mats and towels
  • 2 dinners
  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Spa treatments

Driving directions from the airport, San Salvador, or La Libertad

Drive to the coastal port of La Libertad and head west towards Sonsonate.

Eight kilometers up the road lies the coastal surf town of Playa El Tunco.

You will see a large wooden sign with the names of several businesses in town, and a blue sign indicating the entrance to El Tunco.

Their driveway is the third one on the left. Look for the big sign with their name and logo.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL). Balancé Yoga Center will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by bus

If you are traveling by bus, you may take the 80 line east from La Libertad towards Majahual and Sunzal.


  • Review by TheJetChef from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Beautiful studio near the entrance to El Tunco. I took classes with Sunni and Rory and was so pleasantly surprised by the caliber of teachers at this studio. They have nice mats and equipment included in admission. Very nice restroom and shower area as well."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Balancé Yoga Center is a beautiful yoga studio located on the entrance of the charming little town of El Tunco. My husband and I enjoyed the classes and vibe very much. "

    "We stayed in the apartments located on the same property. Initially booked for a week and stayed for a month! "

    "They are a five-minute walk from the center of El Tunco and less then a minute walk from the awesome surf wave La Bocana! There are also two other great waves to choose from minutes away. "

    "From the first communications with Adrian (the owner), he was always very easy to deal with and accommodated any request we had. We stayed in each of the apartments and they were both very comfortable, clean, and modern. You have all the furnishings you would find in a new apartment, television, stereo, and air conditioning. Fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook or you can hire a private chef to come cook for you, he goes by the nickname The Chef. Adrian can connect you with him and he cooks some really amazing meals."

    "There are also tons of great restaurants minutes away and the welcome book has them all listed out. The beds are comfortable and the configurations work if you are some surf buddies, solo traveler, or couple. If you need surf lessons, ask Adrian to connect you with Bamba! He had me going from one-to-two-feet waves to carving five-to-six-feet waves in a week. He taught me how to read the ocean and position myself so I could pop right up and rip. This was our first time to El Salvador and we both fell in love with it. The local people are so friendly and we did not feel in danger once. "

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  • Review by Sarah K. from Maryland, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I went on a week-long retreat at Balance Yoga Center and would not have changed a thing. One of the best trips I have ever been on. I felt completely at home in the studio, and the beautiful grounds and people just added to the tranquil, blissed-out vibe. Most travelers worry about safety in El Salvador, but as a young woman I never once felt threatened or worried about walking around by myself in the town, even at night. I would highly recommend this yoga center and the retreats that Adrian offers. Definitely returning."

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  • Review by Julie P. from Washington, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This studio is a beautiful, spacious, and cool during the day. The teachers are all amazing and offer different styles. The classes are an excellent complement to a day of surfing, the schedule fits with the time you want to be on the water and the poses are all the ones you want. Our non-surfing friends all also really enjoyed the retreat."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed at Balancé in one of their apartments and took yoga classes daily. The staff and Adrian (via email) were great from beginning to end. The accommodations were very clean. We liked shopping at the fish and vegetable market in Liberdade in the morning then cooking lunch. They do not provide spices or oil so keep that in mind. Adrian also helped us schedule surf classes and an awesome visit to another part of El Salvador. I highly recommend it!"

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  • Review by Matthew from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga studio is the nicest I have ever been in and that includes here at home in San Diego. It has a great layout and design, spacious, super clean, and gets some of that cool river breeze. The classes are great for all levels and really tied in well with my surf trip. Props for the free bottled water!"

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  • Review by Kelsie M. from United States
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga at Balancé is focused on flow and flexibility. Instructors are fantastic and the class taught me new techniques. The studio space is extremely comfortable and serene, with tropical trees shading the property and the sound of the ocean blowing through on the breeze. Definitely a great retreat!"

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