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Stress continues to be a major problem in the lives of most people, 77% of people regularly "experience physical symptoms caused by stress" - according to Forbes. Do you want to discover the real Cuba while melting your stress away? Imagine hanging out with a marvelous group of people in harmony, a relaxing afternoon of Hatha yoga practice with Ludisis, while watching the sun sets on the horizon into the water. The sky, at sunset, shows beautiful ranges of blues that interlace between the soft clouds and a homemade aroma is felt from the delicious dinner prepared by Lucia, your local chef. Come, enjoy your life!
In Havana, the private house is located very close to the main cultural and historical sites of the city, the colorful life of Havana gives it a familiar and vintage style. In Vinales Valley, the casa particular is located in the middle of the mountains of the valley where you can enjoy the best sunsets and practice yoga from the terrace on the roof of the house.
In both accommodations, Yalorde Yoga provides personalized assistance and all the services you need to make your stay during the retreat a wonderful one. The accommodations are local owned houses and are the best way to experience Cuba and support Cuban Families.
Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV). You will be transferred to Casa Particular (a guest house). The transfer will take around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you your room. Then in the afternoon, you will have a welcome ceremony in which, you will meet the other participants and will have dinner together at a local eatery (privately owned restaurant).
Today, in the morning, you will be invited for a relaxing session of Hatha yoga that will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day. Your local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava or papaya.
Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital! Today, you will make a walking tour of Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana. You will enter into its historic center which, together with its system of fortifications, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO. The historical center of Havana has 3370 buildings, most with a great environmental and patrimonial value.
Walking through this city of Intramuros, you will know its most characteristic symbols such as El Capitolio, El Templete, La Giraldilla, and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro, the latter was inaugurated in 1630 and is the symbol that welcomes the city to those who arrive it by sea. You will also appreciate the five main squares that define the physiognomy of the old city: Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Assis, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza del Cristo.
In addition to visiting historical sites, you will a visit non-tourist neighborhoods to learn about the life of the locals, learn about the Cuban currency, and the peculiar lively and boisterous life of the Habaneros. Finally, you will finish the day with an exciting Cuban salsa class.
Valley of Viñales is located in the Western most of Cuban provinces, its main attraction for tourists is its natural beauty. Today, you will visit one of Cuba's natural cathedral called "Pinar del Rio". The province is not only famous for the Viñales Valley, to Unesco world cultural landscape, but also for growing the best tobacco in the world.
In the natural park, you will be amazed at the unique mogotes, hillocks of limestone, honeycombed with cavities, and with a nearly flat top. Here in Viñales, you will get to know the Cuban tobacco growing process, where farmers transmit their secrets from fathers to sons. At the end of the day, you will have a session of silent meditation surrounded by the majestic mountains of Viñales Valley, meet your inner being and fill yourself with the purity that the valley offers you.
Today you can take optional excursions to Cayo Jutia or just spend time in the stunning Viñales Valley. Morning Hatha yoga and meditation in the middle of nature are some of the activities that you can enjoy today.
After breakfast, you will embark a trip to Havana in a tourist public bus. The Afro-Cuban religion or Santeria came to the island when the Africans are brought to Cuba as slaves. In Cuba, this belief was syncretized and in the present is one of the most popular beliefs in Cuba. Today, you will visit a temple of local practitioners who will teach you their rituals, ceremonies, and the characteristics of each deity.
Afterward, you can enjoy salsa dance lessons with a local expert in Havana will make you feel happy and relax. An Afro-Cuban or Cuban salsa dance workshop of your choice is included this afternoon. At night one of the most important shows in the country brings you artists from the winner of several Grammys "Buena Vista Social Club".
This morning, you are going to the most beautiful beach in Cuba: Varadero. Enjoy an excursion to Bacunayagua Bridget. Lunch will be in a typical paladar restaurant.
Today, you start your day with a morning yoga session followed by breakfast and check out.
Ludisis trained as a dancer in her native country, Cuba. From an early age, she felt a great passion for the spiritual world. Her training as a yoga teacher took place in Indonesia exactly in Bali, the island of the Gods. Her goal is to share her practice with her students and help them to know more about themselves and yoga. She is passionate about spirituality and offers wisdom, guidance, and persistence to her students. Teachers who worked with her in Bali found her to be a kind, strong, and powerful individual, and she can be relied upon to act as the calm in the middle of a storm.
Set in the rich culture and beauty of Cuba, "the Pearl of the Caribbean". You will have the opportunity to explore Havana, Varadero, and Viñales.
The breakfast includes exotic tropical fruits, omelet, natural juices, fresh bread, homemade jams, Cuban desserts, milk and the best coffee in the world: Cuba's! In Trinidad, your hostesses Lisandra and Sonia will cook delicious traditional food from the Santi Spiritus region, without a doubt this will be a great opportunity to enter their kitchen and learn how to prepare some of these delicious dishes.
If you prefer vegetarian food, please letYalorde Yogas know when you make your reservation and they will provide vegetarian dishes. Among the dishes that you will enjoy at this retreat are:
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