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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Cuba.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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, 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.
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.
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".
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
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, Trinidad, 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, 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:
José Martí International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Jose mart International Airport. Yalorde Yoga will pick you up at the airport.
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