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11 Days & 10 Nights Yoga Adventure in Cuba

Hotel Melia Cohiba

Yoga and Culture in Havana and Its Surroundings

Feel the pulse and the unique atmosphere of Havana with its oldtimer cars, Hermingway and tropicana, art, music, and architecture. Relax at the Las Terrazas Nature Reserve, also known as Cuba's very own Garden Eden. Don't miss out on exploring the infamous tobacco fields in Viñales, where time seems to stand still. To finish this experience off, why not spend some time at a classical Carribean beach?

Meet the instructors

Luis Alberto
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Highlights

  • 5 nights in Havana
  • 3 nights at the Las Terrazas/Soroa Nature Reserve
  • 2 nights in an all-inclusive beach hotel (possibility to stay longer)
  • Yoga sessions with a local teacher in different locations
  • Organized by a Swiss Travel Agency in Havana
  • Dance show Havana Queens
  • SUP Yoga Taster Session

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in Spanish
Spoken languages: English, German, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport
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Accommodation

Decent middle class hotels with swimming pools (some of Cuba's best hotels).

Program

Day 1

Welcome at the airport in Havana and transfer to the hotel in the city.

Day 2

Early morning pick-up in the accommodation to enjoy the sunrise together with the locals. After an activating yoga class back to the hotel for the breakfast which brings energy for the day.

Walk along the Havana’s busiest street “Calle Obispo”, passing the drogeria “Johnson”, the Hotel Ambos Mundos (where Hemingway used to stay) and the farmacia “Taquechel” with its wonderful ceramic jars, into the heart of the historic old town. The musicians and street performers in their traditional dresses gives a colourful accent to the baroque Cathedral at the correspondent square and just a few streets away, Cubans are selling antiquarian books under shady palms at the “Plaza de Armas”. The early seat of the Cuban government in the “Palacio de los Capitanes Generales”, the ”Castillo de la Real Fuerza” and the charming “El Templete” are just a few attractions of this block.

The cobbled “Plaza San Francisco” with the “Fountain of the Lions” and the neoclassical building “Lonja de Comercio” or the recently renovated “Plaza Vieja” have a few nice restaurants to refresh with a typical Cuban drink or just enjoy the “Joie de vivre”.

Rest of the afternoon at free disposal. Or (pre-booked) optional excursion, details see below.

At 18:00 h pick-up in the hotel for a yoga class in a special location. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 3

Early morning pick-up in the accommodation to enjoy the sunrise together with the locals. After an activating yoga class back to the hotel for the breakfast, which brings energy for the day. Rest of the morning at free disposal. Or (pre-booked) optional excursion, details see below.

Panoramic tour in an American vintage car around the "modern" part of Havana. Along the famous "Malecón" up to the magnificent "Hotel Nacional", drive on through Vedado up to the revolution square, the impressing cementery "Colón" and continue until the exclusive residential area Miramar with its old mansions on the "Quinta Avenida", where nowadays most of the embassies are located. On the way backstage visit of a dance company e.g. “Havana Queens”, one of the hippest dance ensemble in the city. Authentic introduction to the world of young dancers with a live performance.

Finish the tour with a breathtaking view from an outlooking point off the beaten tracks in the neighborhood "La Vibora". Right away afterwards yoga class in a nice location. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Dinner accompanied by the refreshing and modern show of the dance company “Havana Queens”. This show group was nominated in Frankfurt (LEA) in 2016 for the best show of Germany, participated in the German TV series “The Dream Ship“ in 2017 and has already received millions of clicks on YouTube. Five years ago the director Rosario Garcia Rodriguez graduated of the well-known Cuban dance

academies “Escuela Nacional de Arte“ (ENA) and “Instituto Superior de Arte” (ISA) - and the Swiss Patrick Hofer founded the dance ensemble “Havana Queens” which is today an integral part of the dancing scene in Cuba. Their repertoire ranges from classical ballet to Flamenco, Modern Dance to Rumba and Salsa. A perfect example of the young Cuba and a cultural highlight with sex appeal during your stay in Havana.

Day 4

Pick up at the Hotel to spend a day at a private house close to Marina Hemingway. On site time for a yoga lessons, introductory class of Stand-Up-Paddle-Yoga, lunch and time to relax. After a final yoga class back with the bus to the hotel. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 5

Early morning pick-up in the accommodation to enjoy the sunrise together with the locals. After an activating yoga class back to the hotel for the breakfast which brings energy for the day. Day at free disposal. Or (pre-booked) optional excursion, details see below.

Later Excursion with Cubykes or e-bikes, side by side with American vintage cars or horse-drawn carriages, one discovers the capital in their own way. After a short introduction about how to use the e-bikes heading to the outskirts of Havana to the yoga location. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Dinner at e.g. private restaurant "El Cocinero" right next to the "Fabrica de Arte" in a former cooking oil plant. On the first floor and on a small intimate terrace there is a regular restaurant with excellent international cuisine. After the dinner go up the spiral staircase to the roof top and discover an urban NYC flair. There you can enjoy grilled snacks, cool music and international cocktails under the open sky. %Later possibility (optional) of the visit of the “Fábrica de Arte” (must be booked in advance – see below for details).

Day 6

In the morning drive to Caimito - a small town outside Havana, off the tourist paths! Yoga lesson surrounded by the beautiful nature. After sport you can enjoy a fortifying lunch freshly prepared by the couple who learnt cooking in Paris and are now trying to influence the preparation of the local dishes using their knowledge. Naturally using their home-grown ingredients. A place that invites to pause for a while.

In the afternoon continuing the journey towards Las Terrazas and Soroa. Check-in at the hotel and late yoga class in the surrounding area. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 7

Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Day at free disposal or optional excursion hiking tour (must be booked in advance, details see below). Each participant does have one hour of massage included. Please consider that in the daily planning of the two days in Las Terrazas/Soroa).

At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Dinner at the eco-restaurant "El Romero". Vegetarian restaurant with creative menus, situated directly in the village center right above the "Hotel La Moka". "El Romero" is against the mistreatment of animals and aims to offer high quality, tasty food. Meals are prepared with organic ingredients from its own vegetable and herb garden as well as with herbs growing in their natural environment with an extensive variety of local plants and trees. This Eco-Restaurant offers a unique cuisine with a wide palette of distinctive flavors and represents an unforgettable culinary experience.

Day 8

Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Day at free disposal or optional excursion to the tobacco region Viñales (must be booked in advance, details see below.).

Each participant does have one hour of massage included. Please consider that in the daily planning of the two days in Las Terrazas/Soroa)

At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 9

Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Drive to the beach resort in Jibacoa.

At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 10

Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Time to relax on the beach.

At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 11

Transfer from the beach resort in Jibacoa to the international airport Jose Martí in Havana.

Instructors

Luis Alberto Sanchez

Retreat location

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Day 2: Optional excursion - The Street Art of the Old Town

The diversity of Cuban art ranges from museums across galleries up to streets and public squares. On this tour, the specialized art guide leads through the most important public art sites financed by the state. Insight into contemporary Cuban art, from the simple "Barrios" to the walls of the revolution.

Day 3: Optional excursion - SALSA LESSON

Salsa lesson with a personal instructor. Learn some salsa moves with professional dancers in a nice spot. Workshop with experts in the Cuban body movement and dance. Lesson takes one hour, incl. transfers.

Day 4: OPTIONAL EXCURSION - Bar Hopping

Havana, the capital of Cuban nightlife, is known for salsa, son and Buena Vista Social Club. But some of Cuba's most dynamic and hippest musicians play a completely different sound. "Cuban Fusion" is the name of the phenomenon that has become a key creative element in many live concerts with the different styles of salsa over jazz, hip hop, rock and reggaeton with European, Caribbean, Latin and American influences that connects to a new sound. Havana's nightlife with its many private and hidden spots has much to offer. You dive into another world when you discover the almost secret locations. The evening starts with an aperitif in a popular bar.

Then, accompanied by a English speaking nightlife guide and the taxi driver, spending four hours in the trendy bars of the city (tailored to the respective interests of the guest) with evening program and recommendations.

Day 5: OPTIONAL EXCURSION - TOBACCO TOUR

Visit one of the well-known cigar factories (e. g. "Partagás", "H. Upmann", "Romeo y Julieta" or degustation of tobacco in the "Casa del Habano" of the hotel "Conde de Villanueva") – a perfect opportunity to experience the skilled hands of the "torcederos" (cigar rollers) in the production of the best cigars in the world. Afterwards, an impressive meeting in the authentic humidor manufactory by José Ernesto Aguilera (he has already produced a humidor for Arnold Schwarzenegger in shape of the "Terminator").

Day 5: OPTIONAL EXCURSION - FABRICA DE ARTE CUBANO

X Alfonso says of his project "A meeting place where the best of the island's avant-garde arts can be enjoyed with all the artistic manifestations under the same roof and with prices making it accessible to the majority of Cubans, this is a place where everyone is an artist." Worth it for the varied art installations from some of Cuba's best contemporary artists.

Day 7: OPTIONAL EXCURSION - HIKING TOUR "EL CONTENTO"

Enjoyable hike that will take you through a landscape of hills lying between the campsite "El Taburete" (basic accommodation mainly for Cubans) and the "Baños de San Juan" (natural pools in the "San Juan" river). On the way, you will stop at the ruins of the coffee pantations "San Idelfonso" and "El Contento". Possibility of a refreshing bath in the paradisiacal waters of "Río San Juan", which burbles along through the jungle. Difficulty level: medium/ approx. 8 km by foot. Duration: approx. 3 hours / firm footwear recommended.

Day 8: OPTIONAL EXCURSION - TO THE TOBACCO REGION VIÑALES

Drive along the highway into the heart of the green western part of Cuba. Enjoy the simple life style in the countryside of the beautiful valley of Viñales with its dramatic limestone rocks. Stop at a tobacco farmer's house ("Casa de Veguero") and visit a typical tobacco drying house, known as "Secadero". Short visit of the prehistoric wall painting ("Mural de la Prehistoria") painted by the Mexican artist Leovigildo González Morillo. He was a pupil of Frida Kahlos husband Diego Rivera.

Rustic lunch at "Alberto Vitamina's place", where the traditional Cuban dish "grilled pork with rice and beans" is cooked with love (as an alternative it is possible to get chicken instead of pork - must be ordered at least one day in advance through the guide). At the end of the day "anti-stress-cocktail" at the "Finca Agro-Ecológica" or an apertitif at "Balcón del Valle". Both places with panoramic view over the valley of Viñales (approx. 240 km / 4 hours drive / duration excursion approx. 7 hrs).

What's included

  • Transfers according to the program in modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees and excursions according to the program
  • English speaking Cuban guide from day 1 untll day 11
  • 10 nights' accommodation with breakfast in the above mentioned hotels (according to availability)
  • 2 of the 10 nights in an all-inclusive hotel in Jibacoa
  • 2 lunches / 4 dinners
  • 1 hour massage

What's not included

  • All meals and drinks not mentioned in the program as included
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional Excursions (see extra rates)
  • Tips for porters
  • Tips for waiters and live-music during the meals
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Monday October 14, 2019
Departure: Thursday October 24, 2019

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