Are you uninspired by your current go-to yoga spot? Or maybe you need some new, unique energy? Often overlooked, Central and South America are home to some incredible places that inspire the most relaxation and make great locations for a yoga retreat.
Latin America is home to a wide variety of ancient traditions and endless sleepy villages calling you to come and explore their streets. Regardless of the reasons, a travel-loving yogi such as yourself needs to check out our list of the best yoga destinations in Latin America.
1. San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala
San Marcos la Laguna is a small town on the shores of Lake Atitlan, in Southern Guatemala. Yoga studios line the small town’s streets, offering classes and shamanic practices for beginners and experienced yogis alike.
San Marcos la Laguna is also home to Reiki masters and crystal healers. The town’s sleepy lake town vibes add to its peaceful demeanor, calling meditation-seeking guests to come check it out.
2. Sacred Valley, Peru
Tucked deep inside Peru’s Andean mountainside by the city of Cusco, el Valle Sagrado, or the Sacred Valley, is home to many of Peru’s colonial towns and Inca sites and a perfect place for a yoga retreat. The tranquil pace of life and the spiritual quechua culture are perfect for your days of relaxation and peace. The Sacred Valley is also home to dozens of yoga and meditation retreats in Peru. Learn about holistic healing, Hatha Yoga, and more from the native shamans.
3. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Want to do yoga with the sloths and monkeys that inhabit the area? Puerto Viejo’s yoga studios inside the rainforest of Costa Rica give you that chance. Or, head straight to the water’s edge yourself for some yoga on the white sand in front of the calm blue waters.
4. Valle del Elqui, Chile
Northern Chile’s wine region also happens to be one of the best yoga and meditation spots. Due to its location on the 30-degree latitude line, Valle del Elqui is said to be a point of “high energy.” Add to that the high number of yogis, stargazers (the region is excellent for charting constellations), meditation centers, and chakra healings to be found.
What could be better than meditation in Earth’s magnetic core? The area is also home to various trekking and hiking adventures around the valley to explore the region’s nature.
5. Copan, Honduras
What could be more relaxing than yoga in a small mountain town filled with history, all while being serenaded by exotic birds? Copan, Honduras is home to the Copan Ruinas, a reminder of the Mayan civilization that first called the area home. The extensive complex of temples, altars, tunnels, homes, and other buildings spans about nine square kilometers.
The town is a must-visit spot, not just for the sites, but also for the relaxation and yoga retreats you’ll find. Copan’s lodges offer classes led by yoga masters, or you can just head out yourself and meditate to the sounds of the cool, gentle breeze and singing birds.
6. Sayulita, Mexico
This little beach town on Mexico’s western coast is home to not just great beaches and great surf, but also incredible yoga and wellness classes and retreats. The little coastal village’s lush forests and hippy beach town atmosphere are perfect for your trip of rest and relaxation.
Dozens of shops throughout the town offer meditation and yoga classes, either in studios or right on the beach in front of the cool, turquoise water.
Want to become a yoga teacher while exploring these locations? Take a yoga teacher training in Latin America and deepen your yoga knowledge surrounded by these natural wonders!
Rebbeca is a guest author from AllTheRooms.