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9 Days Mystical & Cultural Adventure & Yoga Retreat in Peru

  • Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes - Cusco


Yoga and Adventure Retreat in Peru

  • 8 days with instruction
  • Join in to experience the mystical and cultural wonders of the Sacred Valley. On Vajra Sols 5th annual retreat to the ancient and mystical land of Peru, the journey is highlighted by a visit to the impressive Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological wonders and voted as one of the Best 25 Trips in the World by National Geographic Adventure. Be ready to open your path to an unforgettable and mystical adventure and enter the fascinating world of Peru on a trip of a lifetime!


    • Daily yoga sessions
    • Machu Picchu entrance fee and tour
    • Entrance tickets to the Sacred Valley sites
    • Andean Shaman ceremony and Sacred Fire ceremony
    • Meals including 5 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Train ride to / from Aguas Calientes
    • 8 nights accommodation
    • Airport transfers

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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    The first five nights are spent at a beautiful lodge set in the outskirts of Urubamba town in the Sacred Valley. For the night in Aguas Calientes and the two nights in Cusco, you stay at moderately priced and comfortable hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms.

    The Vajra Sol retreat begins in Cusco and ends in Cusco after breakfast. Please plan on the day prior to the retreat start date and the day after as travel days between your home and Peru when coordinating your trip.

    The trip begins in the culturally rich city of Cusco where we meet before heading to the Sacred Valley. Youll spend five days exploring the sites and vibrant Quechua markets in this beautiful valley surrounded by the awe-inspiring Andes mountains. Your mind, body, and spirit will be opened through daily yoga sessions and you will connect to the powerful healing energy of mother nature at an idyllic retreat lodge.

    You will then cross the valley to Ollantaytambo where you take a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River to arrive at Aguas Calientes, your base from where you tour Machu Picchu. Your travel ends back in Cusco walking through the cobblestone streets, taking in the fusion of the ancient and modern cultures of Peru.

    The Yoga

    A 1.5 - 2 hour yoga session will be held daily during your time at the lodge in the Sacred Valley. The style of yoga practiced is Vinyasa flow in combination with Restorative yoga. There is a powerful energy that is felt in this area of the Sacred Valley which is an ideal and conducive setting to reflect openly and to explore on a deeper level one's yoga practice. The fresh Andes mountain air energizes the mind and body and the inspiring views give a feel of a freedom from time. Here you will experience a transformative connection to nature and self.

    • Machu Picchu tour
    • Sacred Valley sites

    The staple food in Peru is quinoa, potato, meat, and vegetables. Vegetarian meals are also available. There will be 5 lunches and 6 dinners included in the package price.


    • 3 lunches and 2 dinners are not included.
    • 8 nights accommodation: five nights in the Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, and 2 nights in Cusco
    • Airport transfers from / to Cusco airport
    • All meals including breakfast, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
    • Andean Shaman ceremony and Sacred Fire ceremony
    • Daily yoga sessions while at the lodge in the Sacred Valley
    • Domestic transportation
    • Entrance tickets to the Sacred Valley sites
    • Machu Picchu entrance fee and tour
    • Retreat leader and local guides
    • Tours and activities per itinerary
    • Train ride to / from Aguas Calientes
    • 3 lunches and 2 dinners
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Domestic flight between Lima and Cusco
    • Gratuities to service providers and guides (about 80+ USD)
    • International airfare to/from Lima

    Arrival by airplane

    To Lima

    Peru is currently a very popular travel destination and you are advised to book early for international and domestic flights. Book your flight to Lima, the capital of Peru. The airport code is LIM.

    Depending on the arrival time of your international flight into Lima, (many are night flights from the U.S. / Canada arriving in Lima late evening or early morning), you may have to spend the night in Lima (contact Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures for hotel options). The next morning you will take a domestic flight from Lima to Cusco. If your flight arrives in Lima in the morning hours you then can catch a domestic flight to Cusco. Allow at least 2-3 hours in between your international and domestic flights in case of delays.

    Lima to Cusco

    Flight time from Lima to Cusco is one hour. It is recommended to book these domestic flights in the morning as weather is typically better and there is less chance of flight delay or cancelation.

    LAN Airlines, TACA Airlines and Copa Air have international flights from the US / Canada to Lima with connections to Cusco. Multiple US carriers fly into Lima.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures an inquiry.


    • Review by Vera A

      "My husband and I recently returned from Vajra Sol's July 2016 trip to Peru (Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including Machu Picchu). This was our first trip with Sandra and Vajra Sol. Sandra led such an amazing retreat and it was obvious from the start how much attention she put into planning the trip. Everything was taken care of from the moment we touched down in Cusco until our return back to the airport. The itinerary Sandra put together was full of wonderful sites and experiences but also mixed in just the right amount of down time for relaxation and solo exploration. Very nice accommodations were provided throughout our trip with excellent food as well. Sandra had no problem accommodating dietary restrictions either (both my husband and I are vegan and she made it really easy for us). As for the yoga, Sandra mixed together the right mix of restorative and vinyasa flow yoga depending on our schedule, while also making the classes accessible to both more and less experienced yogis. Altogether, we had a wonderful time meeting and traveling with some amazing people and cannot recommend Sandra and Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures enough. We are already looking forward to joining her on a future retreat!"

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    • Review by A traveler

      "Best trip of my life! Simply amazing! Every detail was taken care of - Great combination of yoga, touring the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, wonderful food and accommodations and plenty of extras! First trip with Sandra and likely not the last!!!"

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    • Review by Pamela J

      "This was a trip of a lifetime and I cannot thank Sandra enough for making my time in Santa Teresa Amazing. The whole experience exceeded all my expectations and I was able to meet new friends, try new things and come home with new memories to last a lifetime. Thank you again Sandra, can't wait to come back!"

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    • Review by A traveler

      "I found Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures online by accident, and I do believe that I was meant to be here and experience all that Costa Rica and Sandra from Vajra Sol Adventures had to offer. As someone who is typically a mega-planner, I threw caution to the wind and just went with the flow and kept an open mind to any new and exciting adventures that lie ahead and it was incredible. I went as a solo traveler and I felt safe at all times. I made some fantastic connections with others at the retreat. I felt like there was a good balance of downtime to read books in hammocks or sit on the beach or by the pool and then also do our SUP/Suft & yoga activities. Practicing yoga in the yoga shala was an experience I will never forget. There was a different energy that I felt during savasina. Our SUP instructors Juan and Guido were the absolute best. I never thought I would be doing SUP in the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica while looking at the rainforest along the coast while butterflys flew around our heads....just magical. "


      "We had a free day to do some tourning, I overcame a fear of driving a Quad and went on the most amazing trek with our group to Montezuma and had a fun zip line tour, jumped off a small waterfall and saw the most amazing coastline views."


      "The Pranamar Villas were gorgeous and you quickly get used to life with geckos, hermit crabs, mountain crabs and of course the early rising howler monkeys! I loved the poolside bungalow and the outdoor shower! It is the rainforest and it can be hot and very humid, but it didn't slow us down any. The bedrooms are air conditioned which was quite nice. I enjoyed the early morning hours on the beach going for a run and exploring - it was breathtaking."


      "I can't say enough abut Sandra and her attentiveness to each of us, she has a very special gift. I came on the retreat looking to put somethings in the past and begin anew, I left with a true sense of renewal and I haven't stopped smiling since I got back. Pura Vida & Namaste!"

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    • Review by Greta Podleski from Kitchener, Ontario

      "This was my third retreat with Sandra and Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures and it just keeps getting better. It truly is an adventure: from your trip to Santa Teresa through the jungle, to surfing in the WARM waters of the Pacific on the most stunning beach, to the outdoor yoga sessions surrounded by the unique sounds of Costa Rican wildlife in the distance...there's really nothing else like it. It was mango season, so mangoes were falling all around us. They were quickly scooped up by the Pranamar kitchen staff and transformed into delicious salsa which would accompany the freshly caught fish for dinner! Sandra, the surf instructors, and the Pranamar staff go out of their way to make you comfortable and happy. Everyone learns your name very quickly. Being part of a group of "strangers" is such a good experience. By the end of the week, new friendships and wonderful memories are formed. You can make this retreat as active or restful as you like. There is no pressure, ever, and you can feel completely comfortable travelling solo. It's a special place, that's for sure :) I love it!"

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    • Review by a traveler from Washington DC, USA

      "I spent a wonderful, relaxing, spiritual but super fun week at Sandra's Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures. The Pranamar Villa grounds are spectacular but not in a fancy, stuffy kind of a way but rather a natural, beautiful way. I just loved the Villa #2 that I stayed in that had an AMAZING outdoor shower!! The food was all local, fresh, healthy and delicious. The fresh juices with each meal were a great treat. However the highlight of this place truly is the staff. Each one was warm and genuine. A highlight for me was the massages in the hut on the beach - Marisol was the best ever!! "

      "Sandra is a joy to be around; she makes you feel comfortable and welcome. She did a great job of setting up the yoga, SUP and surfing activity schedule. You could be as active as you like or just enjoy the surroundings (which I did a lot of). It is very evident that she cares about each of her guests experience. There were 14 or so other participants in the retreat....and what a great bunch of individuals!! People traveled from different places in the US as well as UK, France and Australia. It was so wonderful to meet and bond with these folks. All around is was a very enjoyable experience that I'll remember for many years to come."

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    • Review by Stephen F from Coventry, Connecticut, USA

      "I had the honor of traveling to Costa Rica yet again. This was my 5th time with Vajra Sol and I loved every moment of it. Sandra is over accommodating to your needs. The scene and location of your villa and yoga experience is out of this world and you feel like you are completely on a retreat of a lifetime. Trust me, this is the best retreat out there for YOGA, SUPING and Surfing. You will not regret this experience. See you next year!"

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    • Review by a traveler from USA

      "Peru was in my bucketlist for long time. To find a trip that includes yoga was a bonus. This trip was amazing and unforgettable!! Thanks Sandra for being an amazing tour guide!"

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    • Review by G D from Kingston, Canada

      "Could not have asked for a better trip. Amazing people, activities, resort. And amazing food! In a quaint location so, while it may be a bit of trip to get there, the serenity and quietness on arrival are well worth the efforts. Also, Sandra is amazing. Full stop."

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    • Review by Erin B from Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

      "My friend and I had decided in February to go on a yoga retreat and booked one with another company. Less than a month to go we received an email that the retreat had been cancelled and so began the hunt for another retreat. It was our good fortune to find Vajra Sol Adventures and Sandra. She graciously answered all our questions and so with less than 4 weeks out, we booked for her Costa Rica retreat. I honestly can't say enough about Sandra and the retreat experience. From our pick up at the Tambor airport, to the accommodations, the food, the yoga and SUP and surfing, everything was beyond fantastic! Did I mention how delicious the food was?!? I would recommend this retreat for anyone who wants to relax and recharge and reconnect with nature and themselves. Can't wait to go back!"

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    • Review by Bibi from New York City, New York, USA

      "I just came back from Peru with Sandra and a group of travelers looking for yoga, culture, adventure and time to reflect. This trip delivered that and more. Sandra was not only a lovely person and host but also a great yoga teacher, caring, very organized, detail oriented, and very resourceful. She did not miss a beat which in turn allowed all of us to truly let go and enjoyed this mystical and spectacular country along with tons of laughing and new friends. I highly recommend this adventure with Vajra Sol Yoga and I am already contemplating another one with her next year in Costa Rica."

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    • Review by Tanya from California, USA

      "Our trip has definitely kick started my yoga practice again and I look forward to continuing the momentum. I still feel so empowered by not only the daily yoga sessions but from the entire trip and its adventures and giggles. You did a phenomenal job getting it all in for us. I know that none of us will ever forget that special week in Costa Rica!"

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    • Review by Renee from Pennsylvania, USA

      "This was my 4th trip back to Costa Rica through Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures. Sandra takes great care of us and is an inspiring spiritual yoga instructor. The food is excellent, fresh, healthy. Spending everyday learning how to surf and practicing yoga places you in a constant vibrant good spirit. Rest filled sleeps every evening and always the opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old friends if you are a returning guest. Did I mention you receive a complimentary massage as part of the package as well. If I could rate this 10 circles in place of 5 I would."

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    • Review by Lauren from Toronto, Canada

      "The Vajra Sol Retreat in Santa Teresa Costa Rica is an amazing option for a get away if you are looking to have some fun and find some inner peace. The retreat guide, Sandra, is incredibly caring and ensures you are always looked after. The yoga is amazing and suits all people at all levels of their practice, there is no pressure to be a master yogi but the yoga is deeply fulfilling and it is clear Sandra is an extremely advanced yoga teacher.The surf instructors Sandra has personally hired to give lessons are amazing people with huge personalities. They make for a really fun experience - even if you have never surfed before! The people of Santa Teresa in general are incredibly kind and engaging - there is an awesome energy in that place and a great philosophy of life.The food on this retreat was delicious and quite healthy - the fruit is always perfectly ripe and the fish is super fresh - nothing like we get in North America! I felt cleansed after a week of yoga, surfing, and healthy eating.All in all this retreat has got to be one of the absolute best out there - you will meet many like minded people and feel an ongoing sense of community and care on this retreat. You will have lots of options for fun activities on the beach or can you can just relax and enjoy some peace and quiet if you so choose!I sincerely hope that anyone considering a retreat will go with Vajra Sol - I have no doubts that you will love it!"

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    • Review by Eva from Toronto, Canada

      "This was one of the best things I have done for myself in a long time. Sandra is a fantastic yoga instructor, host, and a great person. The accommodations were beautiful and very clean. Playa Hermosa is absolutely breath taking and has a wonderful chilled out vibe. To practice yoga everyday in the gorgeous shala was a memorable experience. Food was healthy, tasty, and the staff some of the best people I have met. Surfing was a blast no matter what level. I look forward to coming back."

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    • Review by Valerie from Calgary, Canada

      "Everything I wanted in a retreat I got! I was able to keep my surfboard and surf up to three times a day and do the daily yoga with our group. Sandra even let me keep the board an extra two days after the retreat and never charged me! My surf instructors Eric and Mike were excellent and fun to surf with. The daily yoga classes with Sandra and Jill were surreal and the best I've every done. The studio is in front of the ocean and yet surrounded by lush trees. The food is healthy, tasty, and we had variety every day. Don't forget to drink the young fresh coconuts!We went four wheeling into town and stopped at various places including a swim up bar on a cliff overlooking the ocean, stopped at banana beach for sunset mojitos. Anything you needed or wanted Sandra was there to make it happen! Oh! and the massage on the beach from Merissa were heavenly, I found myself in the deepest relaxation my body and mind has ever been in; I recommend getting 90 minutes. Some girls took it easy and got massages every day and other girls like me wanted to cram as much surf, yoga, and activities I could in a day! Whatever's important for you. I came back feeling deeply encouraged, refreshed, and renewed! Thanks to everyone who made it special."

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    • Review by a traveler from Rhode Island, USA

      "My wife selected Vajra Sol Yoga adventures (Costa Rica) for our winter getaway trip. My wife practices yoga frequently, but for myself being a non-yogi and someone who cannot sit on a beach for long periods of time, this was the perfect adventure for both of us. Sandra does a great job with everything, including helping you understand the culture and ways of the Costa Rican people, coordinating transportation and lessons, and giving recommendations of other activities to do. You can really make the trip as active or as inactive as you would like, with no pressure. All of the yoga teachers, spa employees, and SUP and surf instructors, were fantastic and also came to socialize during meals and at night to get to know all of us. We would definitely recommend this adventure for anyone traveling to Costa Rica, and we have already talked about when we will join Sandra in Peru!"

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    • Review by Melanie from Calgary, Canada

      "My experience with Vajra Sol was amazing and worth every penny. Most importantly I found it incredibly relaxing and fun. In addition, the surfing and yoga classes were appropriately challenging for everyone from new-bees to more seasoned practitioners. And finally the surfing is done an a nice sandy beach so you don't have to worry about hitting reef after you inevitably fall.Pranamar is a beautiful location for this trip with very friendly staff and delicious meals. I had no idea healthy food could taste that good. Lastly Sandra, who organizes everything, is wonderful. The trip days seamless with zero stress, and she helps to organize delicious dinners in town as well as arrivals and departures, and other activities on our days off. I wouldn't hesitate go back"

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    • Review by Jenn from Tamarindo, Costa Rica

      "My week at Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures far exceeded my expectations! I spent the week in a beach front bungalow with my mom, doing yoga and surfing everyday, eating incredible and healthy cuisine, connecting with a wonderful group of people, and really being granted the time to find my balance and center again. The beautiful location and accommodations made this journey even more zen. Sandra was one of the best yoga instructors I've ever practiced with. She has a radiant light and energy that is contagious, she was knowledgable, spiritual, and a great surf buddy too! Now, two weeks later, talking with my mom and the special people I connected with there, that I now call friends, we are all on board to return together to this retreat next year. I highly recommend Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures and cannot wait to go back!"

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    • Review by Stephanie from Wisconsin, USA

      "Wow! I traveled with Sandra to Peru, and it was the best vacation Ive ever taken. In addition to being one of the finest yoga instructors Ive met, Sandra thought of every detail along the way - from amazing meals to knowledgeable guides. Would definitely recommend!"

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    • Review by Jaime from Philadelphia, USA

      "I was looking for a retreat where I could mark a special transition in my life, feel safe traveling alone, and be surrounded by peace and beauty with just the right amount of physical challenge. The reviews here on Trip Advisor settled my decision to go with Sandra and Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures - and I was not lead astray! I'm not exaggerating when I say that my week was one of the most relaxing, invigorating, beautiful experiences of my life.I opted for pure yoga (though I hear the surfing lessons were awesome too) and the classes were easily modified so any level practitioner could get a great mind and body workout. The yoga studio, an open air shala surrounded by banana trees and looking out towards the ocean, was exquisite. A few especially pleasant surprises: the setting was more beautiful than I ever imagined. Lots of wood, huge palms, and tropical birds, plenty of open windows with bamboo shades, and impeccable housekeeping. I also couldn't believe how quickly I bonded with my fellow travelers. Everyone had an energy of openness and kindness about them that even though I was traveling by myself, I was surrounded by new friends. I was also blown away by the food. I was a little nervous about my celiac issues, but the Pranamar chefs are outstanding. Just outstanding! Not only did I dine on the freshest, healthiest, most nourishing, and delicious juices, smoothies, and meals, but I was inspired to try to replicate some of the recipes back home (Ive failed).What I really valued the most about the retreat was that we could make our days as chill or as vigorous as we wanted. Nothing was mandatory, there were no militant itineraries we had to follow. Classes and meals were at set times, but if we wanted to stroll on the beach or nap in a hammock instead it was totally fine. The only words of caution I might offer (though please dont let any of this deter you) is that the resort isnt very easy to get to. The flight from San Jose to Tambor is not for the faint of heart, and the drive from Tambor to Pranamar is a bumpy one. Bring your sea bands and you should be fine! Also, because of the open-air nature of the resort, be prepared for the occasional bug or lizard to cross your path, maybe while youre brushing your teeth. Its all good! Pura vida!"

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    • Review by Jessie from New York, USA

      "This trip has been an amazing experience and surpassed all of my expectations. I would love to travel on a Vajra Sol trip again in the future. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity."

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    • Review by Scott from Texas, USA

      "This trip was a birthday present from my wife. Learning to surf was challenging but the coaches were great. The yoga was varied and Sandra was a very grounded teacher. The place, Pranamar, was idyllic and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. It was a great week to recharge. I highly recommend it."

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    • Review by Jane from Boston, USA

      "One of the most amazing places in the world. A blend of spiritual connection, yoga balance, energy refueling, and relaxation all in one. A must do for everyone and a have to do again for everyone in our group. Perfect for someone traveling alone or with a companion. The mix of personalities, both male and female made the week extra special. Thank you Sandra for sharing your spirit, wisdom, energy, and experience. Truly life altering! Pura Vida."

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    • Review by Autumn from Ventura, California, USA

      "We all had such a great time on the retreat last week. The entire experience was simply wonderful & I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. You were so helpful in the coordination of the trip --ever so prompt in answering all of our questions and insightful in dealing with our unique issues. We adored our cozy accommodations ...The staff there was very friendly & helpful. The surf instruction was exceptional. The yoga sessions were among the best I've ever had in my 8+ years of practicing. Thanks again for everything. I hope to do it all again soon!"

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    • Review by Leslie R. from California, USA

      "After trying to find a trip that would accommodate my friend's desire to practice yoga and my request for a surf trip, it just seemed too good to be true that we were able to find Vajra Sol that would be able to accommodate both. Everything about planning this trip was so easy and effortless and it had a lot to do with how amazing Sandra, our retreat leader, was. She answered all the questions we needed, and quite honestly, this is probably the quickest decision I've ever made in regards to traveling for a real vacation.The moment we stepped onto the Pranamar Villa compound, I felt like I stepped into a world that I know my body and mind was looking for. It took me a while to really let go of the fact that I was going to be away from work, but with the help of my new friends, I was able to submerge myself into the beauty and the environment that was surrounding me.Sandra was a wonderful yoga instructor! She was able to lead a class with students of all different levels of experience (like myself). Monica is truly a sweetheart and her energy is so positive. Sandra and Monica's passion for their job and their outlook on life is so inspirational. I definitely want to come back just to be around them.The concept of the Pranamar 5 stars all the way. From our villa just steps from the pool, the friendly wait staff who knew our names throughout the week, and the fascinating stories from Susan the owner, this place is everything you can ask for and more. Every meal that we had at the Pranamar was exceptional. And the meals that we had at the local restaurants were just as satisfying.After not surfing for many years, the surf sessions were definitely tough. I do feel like the instructors pushed us and really made it a fun experience. I have many battle wounds from the ocean and my board, but it was all worth it.Our group was seriously "the bomb"! We were a small group that instantly clicked. It's not often you meet people and think that you've known them for years. We shared numerous laughs and experiences that I can always look back on and I am truly blessed to have met everyone.I could go on and on about Vajra Sol , but it's one of those things people have to experience themselves to understand why this trip is so life changing. I've traveled to many places around the world and although I don't like going to places i've already been to, this is an exception. I can't wait to come back and experience it all again.Thanks Sandra and Monica for everythin! Pura Vida!"

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    • Review by Sarah from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

      "In five short days I found serenity, rest, peace and parts of myself that had been hiding behind the day to day grind - thank you for helping guide me through such an amazing journey. I look forward to another Vajra Sol retreat in the future."

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    • Review by John from New York, USA

      "Thank you for a terrific yoga experience. I gained so much more than I expected. Not only did I improve my flexibility and strength, but I also gained a new appreciation of the way it opens and calms the mind. I am looking forward to continuing melding yoga into my life."

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