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7 Days Transformational Tour and Yoga Retreat in Cuba with Cuban Yoga Teacher, Ludisis Mones

San Lázaro y M, Vedado, La Habana. Cuba, CP. 10 400, Cuba

Experience the real Cuba with a Cuban

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Cuba.

Why this tour is for you?

Yalorde Yoga invites you to her neighborhood in Havana, for an exclusive experience! Engage with her family and neighbors, visit and enter local houses and enjoy a typical day of a local Cuban. Walk on 500-year-old cobblestones streets while Yalorde Yoga shares the unique history that embraces Havana. Get to know the most remarkable historical sites of Havana, like La Plaza de La Revolución, The Capitol, La Bodeguita del Medio, and La Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña.

  • Feel get back in time when visiting the colonial jewel of Trinidad, a gorgeous city with its main square surrounded by magnificent 18th-century buildings
  • Enjoy the ultimate experience visiting local temples of Afro-Cuban Culture or Santeria where the true protagonists will teach you about this transcendental African influence
  • Prepare for an adventure to the Viñales Valley, located in the westernmost of Cuban provinces, called by some Cuba's natural Cathedral and declared UNESCO World Cultural Landscape, but also known for growing the best tobacco in the world
  • Breathtaking tour to the Topes de Collantes Natural Park in the chambray mountains to delight yourself with its huge natural pools, beautiful waterfalls, and fascinating flora and fauna, for example, Colibrí or the national bird: El Tocororo
  • Indulge in the tobacco aroma and learn from the farmer the cultivation process and how to roll Cuban tobacco with your hands

A visit to Cienfuegos, a Sensational city by the Sea with French architecture that remains intact despite the weather. Its Historic Center, declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, is considered a unique model of 19th-century urban planning in Cuba and the Caribbean.

Have fun while you learn and dance Cuban Salsa with locals in our Private Salsa classes. Salsa is a popular dance and comes from Son: our National dance.

Meet the instructors

Ludisis Caridad
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Highlights

  • Hatha yoga class
  • Vipassana meditation session
  • Workshop of Afro-Cuban culture or Santeria
  • Excursions in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad
  • The local guide Ludisis, always at your disposal
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • 6 nights beautiful accommodation
  • Airports transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Child care
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

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 Trinidad, the villa is located just in front of the sea where you can enjoy the best sunsets and practice yoga from the terrace on the roof of the villa.

In both accommodations, Yalorde yoga provides personalized assistance and all the services you need to make your stay during the retreat a wonderful one.

Program

7 Days Cuba Yoga Holiday Summary

  • Day 1 - Arrival Day Havana
  • Day 2 - Havana
  • Day 3 - Viñales
  • Day 4 - Trinidad via Cienfuegos
  • Day 5 - Trinidad
  • Day 6 - Havana
  • Day 7 - Departure Day

DAY 1: "Welcome to Cuba"

Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV). The transfer to their Casa Particular (guest house) is around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you to your room. Then in the afternoon, they will have a welcome ceremony in which you will meet the other participants and will have dinner together at a local palate (privately owned restaurant).

Today's accommodation:

  • Casa Particular (guesthouse - 1 night)

Meals included:

  • There are no meals included in this day

DAY 2: "Havana, a city of history and traditions"

In the morning today, Yalorde Yoga invites you to a relaxing session of Hatha yoga that will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day. Their local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava or papaya. To immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital, you will take 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 of great environmental and patrimonial value. Walking through this city 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 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 this day with a Cuban Salsa class.

Today's accommodation:

  • Casa Particular (Guesthouse - 1 night in Havana)

Included Activities:

  • Old Havana Walking Tour in English
  • Cuban Salsa Dance with Ludisis
  • Excursion to non-tourist neighborhoods to learn about the life of the locals

Activities (up to the individual)

  • Museum of the Revolution - 5 CUC
  • National Museum of Fine Arts - 5 CUC
  • Vintage car tour - 60 CUC (2 hours)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DAY 3: "Behind the Cuban Tobacco Route in the Valley of Viñales"

Westernmost of Cuban provinces, its main attraction for tourists is its natural beauty. Today, you will valley to Unesco world cultural landscape, but also for growing the best tobacco in the world. Typical of this natural park is 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's accommodation:

  • Casa Particular (Guesthouse - 1 night in Havana)

Transfers:

  • From Havana to Viñales round trip is included

Included Activities:

  • Guidance and demonstrative tour about Cuban tobacco
  • Meditation session in the middle of the Valley

Activities up to the individual with extra cost:

  • Horseback tour of the tobacco and coffee plantations
  • Tour of caves, prehistoric mural, and coffee plantations

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DAY 4: "Trinidad, the past in the present"

Today, first of all, you will begin the day with a tasty breakfast prepared by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Havana. Then you will start a trip to Trinidad the so-called museum city of Cuba. This colonial jewel has a main square surrounded by magnificent 18th-century buildings such as the Sanchez Iznaga palaces, and the church of the Holy Trinity. Here Spanish and African traditions are blended and flourish in a culture passed on from one generation to the other.

Before arriving at your villa in front of the sea, you will make a stop to be pleased with Cienfuegos a city that dazzles for its French architecture. Tonight, Yalorde Yoga will invite you to delight yourself with live music and folklore at La Casa de La Música de Trinidad.

Today's accommodation:

  • Beachfront Villa (Guesthouse - 1 night in Trinidad)

Transfers:

  • From Havana to Trinidad is included.

Included Activities:

  • Excursion to the city of Cienfuegos: The call Pearl of the South

Activities up to the individual:

  • Night of live music and folklore at La Casa de La Música de Trinidad (transfer 10 CUC and entrance fee 1 CUC)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DAY 5: "Eco - Topes de Collantes Natural Park"

Hatha yoga at sunrise on the shore of the beach watching the rising sun will allow you to reconnect with your inner being and have a beautiful moment of peace. After breakfast, The Topes de Collantes Natural Park, an immense protected area that owns 45% of the endemic birds of the country awaits you for a hiking excursion. In the afternoon, a tour of immersion workshop in Trinitarian popular culture, excellent opportunity to learn about the typical ceramics of the area, the colonial architecture and the efforts of the neighbors to conserve it.

Today's accommodation:

  • Beachfront Villa (Guesthouse - 1 night in Trinidad)

Included Activities:

  • Hatha yoga class at sunrise with Ludisis Mones

Activities up to the individual:

  • Topes de Collante Natural Park excursion (80 CUC)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DAY 6: "Enjoy Havana like a local"

In the morning after breakfast, you will embark a trip to Havana in a private car. The Afro-Cuban Religion or Santeria came to the island in the minds of Africans 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. 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".

Today's accommodation:

  • Casa Particular (Guesthouse - 1 night in Havana)

Transfers:

  • From Trinidad to Havana is included

Included Activities:

  • Afro Cuban Culture Workshop with Locals practitioners
  • Salsa Dance Lesson with Ludisis Mones

Activities up to the individual:

  • Buena Vista Social Club show and dinner - 70 CUC

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DAY 7: "Hasta Pronto Cuba"

  • Hatha yoga session and Vipassana meditation
  • A ceremony with offerings and mantras to the orishas
  • Breakfast and departure at Casa Particular in Havana
  • Transfer to the José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana included

Transfers:

  • Airport Transfer is included

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Summary Of Travel Times:

  • Havana to Viñales - 3 hours
  • Havana to Cienfuegos - 2 h 45 min
  • Cienfuegos to Trinidad - 1 h 22 min
  • Trinidad to Havana - 4 hours
  • José Martí International Airport to Casa Particular - 35 minutes

Budget for additional costs

  • Spending money for meals, souvenirs, additional gratuities: 300 - 500 USD
  • Medical insurance (required by Cuban government): 36 - 63 USD
  • Note: Insurance is included in airfare for direct flights to Cuba from the U.S.
  • Cuban Tourist Visa (Tourist Card): 50 - 100 USD

Included excursions

Old Havana Walking Tour with Ludisis Mones

Short Excursion to Cienfuegos City

Tobacco Interactive Workshop in Viñales Valley

Afro Cuban Culture or Santería Workshops and Visit to real local Yoruba Temple

Excursion to a non-touristy neighborhood in Havana with Ludisis Mones

Two Cuban Salsa dancing lessons

Instructors

Ludisis Caridad Mones Castellanos

Retreat location

Set in the rich culture and beauty of Cuba, "the Pearl of the Caribbean". You will have the opportunity to explore Havana, Trinidad, and Viñales.

Food

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, our 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 let us know when you make your reservation and we will provide vegetarian dishes.

Among the dishes that you will enjoy at this retreat are:

Vegetarians:

  • Fried Rice with Sautéed Vegetables (Arroz Frito Con Verduras Salteadas)
  • Diced fresh Cuban pumpkin with an herb and onion dressing (Calabaza Fresca con un aderezo de hierbas y cebolla)
  • Stuffed tomatoes filled with sautéed vegetables (Tomatoes Rellenos De Verduras Salteadas)
  • Sweet corn fritter (Buñuelos de maíz dulce)
  • Potato cake filled with seasonal vegetables (Pastel de papa Relleno de vegetables)
  • Tamales

Regular Food:

  • Ropa vieja (Cuban-style shredded beef)
  • Congris
  • Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder Roast (Pernil Roast With Mojo)
  • Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricassee de Pollo)
  • Fish with Escabeche Sauce (Pickled Fish)
  • Ajiaco
  • Yucca with Mojo sauce

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
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)

  • 2 hours hatha yoga private class with Ludisis Mones - 50 CUC

What's included

  • 6 nights beautiful accommodation in colorful Havana and Trinidad
  • Rejuvenating Hatha yoga and Vipassana meditation sessions with our Cuban yoga teacher, Ludisis
  • 7 breakfasts lovingly prepared by our local staff
  • Guide and personalized special attention during the whole trip by our local Ludisis Mones
  • Free airport pickup and dropoff, because we want to meet you as soon as possible
  • Transportation to and from Trinidad, Viñales, and Havana
  • Immersion in Cuban Popular Culture: discovering the daily life of the Trinitarians (local people of Trinidad), excellent opportunity to learn about the typical ceramics of the area, the colonial architecture and the idiosyncrasy of the Cuban
  • Guided Walking tour of Old Havana in English
  • Excursion to Cienfuegos
  • Workshop of Afro-Cuban culture or Santeria: An approach to the traditions inherited by our African ancestors that will allow you to know the traditions, myths, ceremonies, songs, and Orishas that make up this Afro-Cuban syncretization
  • Meditation session on the beautiful shores of Playa la Boca Beach in Trinidad
  • Explanatory Afro Cuban culture workshop from local practitioners
  • Life changing visits to neighborhoods in Havana to meet locals and know the real Cuba life

What's not included

  • Flights, tickets, and any visas required
  • Tax and services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Dinners
  • Activities mentioned as not included in the itinerary
  • Transfer to optional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jose mart International Airport. Yalorde Yoga will pick you up at the airport.

Airport: José Martí International Airport Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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