Come join Tais and see Cuba with yoga. You will stretch every morning to prepare for your day ahead: enjoy the sights, engross yourself in the culture, and have a relaxing evening practice before sunset. The yoga will be structured to enhance strength and abilities and to unwind the muscles at the end of the day. Spend your days immersing yourself in healing yoga practice and soaking up the rejuvenating energy of this magical part of the world.
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During the retreat, you will stay in guesthouses in Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad as a perfect way to get a flavor of the places that you will visit. Encompassing five-star, ocean-facing accommodation, and heavenly dining, this is the ultimate care package for your fast-paced, high stress, always-on-the-go lifestyle.
Havana Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organized. There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 18:00 this evening. The tour briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner.
You will enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana today, a perfect first taste of the city. Your local guide will show you the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, and Central Park. The entrance to the Camera Obscura is also included. This afternoon, you will have an informal Spanish lesson with your leader. Your evening will be free to spend at your leisure.
Today, you’ll make your way to Viñales. You’ll stop in for lunch and tour the orchid garden there. You will then continue to lovely Viñales where tobacco and agricultural fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape. The scenery here is some of the most picturesque in Cuba. There are many ways to take it all in, including cycling, walking through tobacco fields, and hiking to mountain caves (all optional activities).
A walking tour of the farmlands and crops is included today. You will learn more about the simple lifestyle here and see firsthand the farmers who grow tobacco for some of the most expensive cigars.
An informal salsa lesson is included, so you are confident to be involved. There are only three bars in this town, so you probably won’t find yourself getting lost. Later, you will head to an ecological farm for an included dinner.
You will head towards Cienfuegos today, it is a long travel day. You will be stopping via the Bay of Pigs to learn more about the botched US Military counter-revolutionary invasion in the Giron Museum then stop at the bay itself for a swim in the crystal-clear water or simply enjoy the stunning surroundings.
Then, you will continue your trip with the short drive to your destination for the night, Cienfuegos. You will enjoy a photo stop at Palacio del Valle, which is Cienfuegos’ architectural pride and joy. Later, you will learn more about its history as you take in the beauty of its intricate carvings of Venetian alabaster. If you haven’t done so already, perhaps you can try some Cuban coffee while you’re here; it’s served black, strong, and super sweet.
There are no activities planned for today, you are free to explore and spend it at your leisure.
Today, you will board the bus for a short drive to Trinidad. You can kick things off by strolling along the cobbled streets and marveling at some of the colorful colonial architecture on display (this town was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988 for good reason).
During your orientation walk, you will visit the Santeria Priest to learn more about the unique religion followed in this area. At some point, your group can decide when they want to schedule their informal Spanish class.
After breakfast this morning, you will take a half day walk to Salto de Javira, a beautiful waterfall with a natural pool you can swim in. This evening you will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.
You will enjoy a day of free time. There are some great Spanish-style churches to see and nearby is the Valle de los Ingenios where sugar plantations stretch out as far as the eye can see. For some seaside fun, you can head down to Playa Ancon and stroll its long stretches of white sand. You can go for a snorkel too. Just be careful when you’re in the water, as sea urchins can be a problem here.
Back on the land, you can go cycling or hiking. If you rent a bicycle, be careful on the cobblestones and remember your bike will be of the vintage variety. The trekking is great in the Sierra del Escambray, the local mountains. A folklore dance and music show in one of the open-air venues is highly recommended; a great chance to immerse yourself in Cuba’s African, French and Spanish-influenced music and dance culture.
On your way back to Havana, you’ll stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial. In the museum, you can get a rare insight into the legacy of the revolutionary leader with some interesting ephemera and artifacts on display, such as letters, firearms, even medical devices. Once back in Havana, you will have an opportunity to visit the beautiful Hotel Nacional as well as the Revolucion Square.
Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your forward flight home.
Originally from Wahroonga, suburb to the north of Sydney, Australia, it is no secret that Tais is one very positive vibrant person. She has a big love for the sea and yoga lifts her spirit gracefully. Yoga and the ocean calms and compliments her style of practice, and others feed off her light and energy. A well-travelled woman who has met so many other beautiful and like-minded yogis, she has learned many variations and styles like Yin, Restorative, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga. She finally decided that this was her calling. Many years later, Tais was inspired to become a yoga instructor.
Havana’s Old City is well preserved and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th century fortresses, and countless churches.
Viñales is a small and charming rural village. It’s probably the easiest place to mingle with locals in Cuba, who are very sociable. Many of them love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away.
Cienfuegos is the gem of the south, a seaside town of relaxing streets and dazzling buildings that strike a beautiful pose by the water.
There’s no doubt it’s one of Cuba’s alluring destinations, a great place to wander around, with almost every scene offering a photo opportunity. You will see as locals casually smoke their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes and hear the old Chevrolets rumbling by.
This retreat will provide you with 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners.
Please book your flight to arrive at José Martí International Airport (HAV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.
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