7 Days New Year Cuban Culture and Yoga Retreat in Cuba with the Cuban Yoga Teacher Ludisis Mones

About us

This New Year Cuban Culture and Yoga Retreat is a 7 day program in which we will visit the Cuban provinces: Havana, Sancti Spíritus, Pinar del Río and Cienfuegos. We will visit 3 of the most important sites that are part of the World Heritage according to UNESCO.

This trip combines Hatha Yoga and Vipassana Meditation with the joy and spirituality of Cuba. The Hatha Yoga classes will harmonize your body, your breathing, your wisdom and your spirit. With Vipassana Meditation sessions you will learn to observe your thoughts without judging them.

To immerse yourself in Cuban culture, history and traditions, Ludisis will show you non-tourist neighborhoods, enter local houses, share and experience local real life.

Workshops of Afro-Cuban Culture, Cuban System of Health and Food will bring you closer to the Cuban reality.

All this with the guide of Ludisis, who will be at your disposal throughout the trip to give you the best New Year experience in Cuba.

Retreat Itinerary

“Welcome to Cuba”

Dec 27th, 2018

  • Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport in Havana.

  • Check-in at Casa Casa Particular in Havana.

  • Walking tour through the historical center of Old Havana with our local guide in English.

  • Lunch or Dinner in the heart of Old Havana, in one of those old squares that will captivate you with its colonial architecture (price not included).


Trinidad de Cuba Colonial city


“Trinidad, the past in the present”

Dec 28th, 2018

  • Delicious breakfast prepared lovingly by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Havana.

  • Travel by classic car with air conditioning to the city of Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities, not only in Cuba but also in Latin America (included).

  • Short Excursion to the City of Cienfuegos: The call Pearl of the South.

  • Check in at Villa Sonia our private house in Trinidad 1:00 p.m.

  • Walking Tour of the city of Trinidad (Optional Transfer to the city: 8cuc).

  • Tasty lunch prepared by our hostess Sonia (price not included- price range from 10 cuc to 20 cuc).

  • Night of Traditional Music and Cuban Folklore on the Stairway of the House of Music of Trinidad. It is the most popular place to dance Salsa under the stars of Cuba (transfer to the club and entrance fee not included).


“Ecotourism in the Natural Park of Topes de Collantes”

Dec 29th, 2018

  • Enjoy the tasty tropical fruits at your breakfast in Villa Sonia.

  • Excursion to the Topes de Collantes Natural Park, an immense protected area that owns 45% of the country's endemic birds (optional, recommended, price not included).

  • Lunch in a restaurant of typical rural food in the middle of nature (if you take the excursion-price not included).

  • Vipassana Meditation session and Hatha Yoga class at sunset on the seashore (included).

  • Homemade cuban dinner made by our local hostesses Lisandra and Sonia. Excellent opportunity to learn to prepare some of the most exquisite dishes of Cuban cuisine (optional dinner-price not included).


“Havana, City of Memories”

Dec 30th, 2018.

  • Delicious breakfast at the Villa Sonia.

  • Travel in old classic car with air conditioning to the city of Havana, which next year will celebrate his 500th birthday (included).

  • Classes of Afro-Cuban Dance and Dance Salsa Cubana with Ludisis (included).

  • Tour of modern Havana in a classic American classic car (optional tour - book before the trip).

  • Traditional show of Cuban live music with a cast that has won 7 Grammy awards, members of the famous "Buena Vista Social Club", all combined with the best Creole food and cocktails (book in advance if you wish to attend.) The best traditional music shows and Cuban dance in the country.


“Celebration of the new year in Havana”

Dec 31st, 2018.

  • Section of Hatha Yoga and meditation with views of Havana.

  • Delicious breakfast at Casa Particular in Havana.

  • Free Time to enjoy havana by yourself.

  • Preparation for the celebration of the new year.

  • Guided tour with Ludisis to the neighborhoods of Havana where you will know the real life of the Cuban. 

Introduction to Cuban popular culture, guided custom tour by your local guide Ludisis (Visits to non-tourist neighborhoods, workshop on Cuban health system, food distribution system, visits to "Un Solar" (local community homes that are not visited by tourists).


  • Great New Year Celebration You will enjoy the best new year's experience surrounded by music, typical food, dances and many surprises. (The transportation to the place and the value of the dinner are not included).


Viñales Valley


“Behind the Cuban tobacco route”

Jan 1st, 2019.

  • Breakfast at Casa Particular in Havana and check in at another Casa Particular (included).

  • Transfer to Viñales by private car (included).

  • Horseback riding through the tobacco plantations and workshop on the production and harvesting of Cuban tobacco (recommended - not included).

  • Tour of caves, prehistoric murals and coffee plantations (included).

  • Lunch at the Guajiro restaurant (organic food from the garden to the table), (lunch not included).

  • Transfer to Havana (included).

  • Dinner in Havana (not included).


“Adios Cuba”

Jan 2nd, 2019.

  • Hatha Yoga and Vipassana Meditation Section ( Closing Ceremony of the retreat).

  • Breakfast and Check out at Casa Particular in Havana.

  • Transfer to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana (included).


“Accommodation”

In Havana, you will stay in our private house that is very close to the main cultural and historical sites of the city and the Habanero Sea, the colorful life of Havana gives a family and vintage style to our Casa Particular.

In Trinidad, you will stay in our Villa that is right in front of the sea, where you can enjoy the best sunsets from the terrace on the roof of the villa, from where we will also have Yoga classes.

In both cities: "Havana and Trinidad", you will have your own room with double bed and private bathroom. You will enjoy privacy, security and comfort.


What is included?

  • 6 nights beautiful accommodation in Havana and Trinidad.

  • Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga Classes and Vipassana Meditation sessions with our cuban yoga teacher, Ludisis.

  • 7 x breakfasts lovingly prepared by our local hosts.

  • FREE airport pickup and dropoff...because we want to meet you as soon as possible.

  • All Transportations to and from Trinidad, Viñales and Havana.

  • The best “New Year Party” with locals. Get ready to dance Salsa cubana all night long!

  • Guided Walking tour of Old Havana in English.

  • Short Excursion to Cienfuegos.

  • Life changing visits to non-tourist neighbourhoods in Havana to meet locals and know the real Cuba life.

  • The Guide and personalized attention to each client of the local Ludisis.

  • Explanatory Afro Cuban culture workshop from local practitioners.

  • A free 2 hours Salsa Dance Lessons with locals.


Optional Excursions 

(recommended, book in advance or upon arrival in Cuba)

  • Excursion of Modern Havana in an old classic car “Almendrón”.

  • Captivating connection with nature through a excursion to Topes de Collantes Natural Park in Trinidad.

  • Traditional show of Cuban live music with a cast that has won 7 Grammy awards, members of the famous "Buena Vista Social Club", all combined with the best Creole food and cocktails.

  • Horseback riding through the tobacco plantations and workshop on the production and harvesting of Cuban tobacco.


What is not included?

  • Airfare, Visas, Travel Insurance.

  • Dinners and lunches not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Expenses for purchases and souvenirs.

  • Tips for drivers, local guides and hosts.

  • extra dance and yoga classes, not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Transportation not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Internet card.

  • Transportation in your free time or to the meetings points.

  • Entrances to museums and national parks.

  • Entrances to dancing centers.


Do not hesitate to contact us at:

contact@yalordeyoga.com


Review by Leslie Tenney from United States July 5, 2018 "One of my very best travel experiences!" The instructors are what makes this a truly unique experience! Every detail was so carefully planned, though they were open and willing to accommodate individual preferences and modifications. Because of the small group and the thought that was put into every detail, I felt that I experienced Cuba in a very different and personal way. As a native Cuban and because of the love that she puts into her work, Ludi is exceptional. She offered insights that I don’t think I would have experienced otherwise. As a team, Ludi and Gunther work together to ensure the guests are happy and attended too always. They make a great team. Thanks Ludi and Gunther for a wonderful Cuban Experience Retreat June 27,2918 thru July 3,2018. I can not stop talking about the Culture, family atmosphere you showed ,and learning of Cuban Heritage. I plan to return soon. Much love from the USA. I highly recommend your services when traveling to Cuba. Shawn By Shawn Coles on Jul. 09, 2018

Event Highlights

  • RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • 2 Cuban dances and Afro cuban Culture workshops with Ludisis.
  • 6 Nights Accommodation in “Casas Particulares” (typical cuban houses)
  • Excursions in an Almendrón (vintage car)
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana in English
  • All Transportations to Trinidad, Viñales, and Havana
  • Dinner with live music and dance

Venue Highlights

Yoga classes Cuban dance workshop Excursions in an Almendrón (vintage car)
Guided walking tour of Old Havana in English Transportation to Trinidad, Viñales,
and Havana Meals as indicated in the itinerary 6 nights accommodation
Airport transfers

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat

Menu/Cuisine

*Breakfast: Healthy breakfast with coffee and fresh bread and eggs and seasonal fruits: Guava, mango, papaya, and banana *Lunch: Frigoles, tostones, aroz, yuka con mojo, and tamales *Cuban deserts
meals and lunches are not included !

Accommodations

In Havana, you will stay in our private house that is very close to the main cultural and historical sites of the city and the Habanero Sea, the colorful life of Havana gives a family and vintage style to our Casa Particular.

In Trinidad, you will stay in our Villa that is right in front of the sea, where you can enjoy the best sunsets from the terrace on the roof of the villa, from where we will also have Yoga classes.

In both cities: "Havana and Trinidad", you will have an individual room with double bed and private bathroom. You will only share your room if you book with a friend or family member and want to share a room.

In both accommodations, we provide personalized assistance, friendly service and all the services you need to make your stay during our retreat a wonderful one.

Directions

Havana, Cuba, Vedado.

Recommendations for your trip to Cuba!
IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH, YOU WILL FIND ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TRAVEL TO CUBA LEGALLY:

1- Fly to Cuba from the US is allowed under 12 acceptable travel reasons:

Family visits
Official affairs of the government of the United States. United States, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
News activities
Professional research or professional meetings
Educational activities and exchanges from person to person
Religious activities
Public performances, clinics, workshops, sports and other competitions and exhibitions
Support for the Cuban people
Humanitarian projects
Activities of private foundations or research or education institutes
Export, import or transmission of information or information material
Travel related to certain authorized export transactions
You can also travel to Cuba with a license issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States. UU (OFAC) or as a national home of Cuban return.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE CATEGORY: "SUPPORT TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE", BECAUSE WE OFFER YOU A LEGAL AND DETAILED TRAVEL ITINERARY, UNDER THE GUIDELINES OF THE CATEGORY, INDICATING EACH ACTIVITY FROM THE BREAKFAST TO THE MOMENT BEFORE GOING TO THE BED.

2- Book your flights and get a "Visa or Travel Card" (it's the same)

Destination airport: Jose Marti (HAV) Cuba

For flights departing from the United States, the visa process may be different depending on the airline you fly with. Here is more information on how to obtain the Cuban visa in the United States, depending on which airline wants to fly.

The visa is called Travel Card!

Southwest: $ 50. It can be purchased online in advance or at the airport upon departure.
Delta: $ 50. Buy at the door or request by mail in advance.
JetBlue: $ 50. Buy at your final airport before flying to Cuba.
United: $ 75. Buy at the Newark or Houston entrance.
American: $ 85. It can be purchased online or at the Charlotte or Miami airport on the day of departure.

WE RECOMMEND TO BUY THE FLIGHT WITH AMERICAN AND THEN BUY THE VISA AT "CUBA TRAVEL SERVICES" A TRAVEL AGENCY WITH MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE THAT PROCESSES THE VISA AND SENDS IT TO YOUR ADDRESS. SEE THE LINK TO BUY THE VISA BELOW.
https://cubavisaservices.com/product/touristvisa-card/

3- TRAVEL INSURANCE

The insurance policy can be taken in the country of origin of departure or upon arrival, you could subscribe an insurance and assistance policy of Cuban insurance companies at the airport, port or marina in Cuba.

Travel insurance from Cuban insurance companies and most international insurance companies receive travel assistance services in Cuba from Asistur SA, available 24 hours a day throughout the year.

SEE www.asistur.cu TO BUY OR WRITE DIRECTLY VIA E-MAIL.
asisten@asistur.cu

4- Bring Cash

Plan to bring cash. American banks are still not uploaded to the Cuban banking system. Keep things simple. Just bring U.S. dollars or Euros. There are plenty of money exchanges and hotels in Havana who will give you the best exchange rate at the time.

Now, in our yoga retreat you have 7 days of lodging included, all means of transportation in Cuba, transportation to and from the José Martí airport in Havana and several lunches and dinners included. So you can decrease those expenses. You only need cash for tickets to museums and National parks, Your personal purchases, Entertainment; etc.
WE HOPE THAT THIS INFORMATION CLAIMS YOUR DOUBTS.
SEE YOU IN CUBA

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