7 Day Cultural Immersion and Hatha Yoga Holiday in Cuba with a Cuban Yoga Teacher Ludisis Mones


Event Highlights

  • Discover Cuba with a Cuban yoga teacher who knows every corner of the country and will ensure that you have a unique experience in this yoga retreat.
  • On this retreat, you will experience Cuban music, a meditation on the beach, eating delicious Cuban dishes, making new friends, and practicing Hatha Yoga.
  • You will also get inspired, increase your flexibility, learn about spirituality, gain more energy, enjoy nature with like-minded people, and change your life!

Schedule

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 our "Casa Particular" (Guest House) is around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you your room.

Then in the afternoon, we 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, I invite you to a relaxing session of Hatha Yoga that will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day. Our 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, today we will make a walking tour of Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana. We 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, we 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, we 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 we will go to the one called Cuba's natural cathedral, "Pinar del Rio" province is not only famous for the Viñales 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, we 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, we will begin the day with a tasty breakfast prepared by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Havana. Then we 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 our Vila in front of the sea, we will make a stop to be pleased with Cienfuegos a city that dazzles for its French architecture.

Tonight I 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 today after breakfast we 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 we 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: US$300-500
Medical Insurance (Required by Cuban Government): US$36-63
Note: Insurance is included in airfare for direct flights to Cuba from the U.S.
Cuban Tourist Visa (Tourist Card): US$(contact info blocked)

About This Event

Discover Cuba with a Cuban!

This Cuban cultural immersion and yoga holiday in Havana and Trinidad 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-touristy neighborhoods where you will 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 retreat experience in Cuba. 

Imagine a week in the colorful "pearl of the Caribbean", Cuba.

Immerse yourself in the colorful Cuban culture and enjoy learning about the interesting daily life of Cubans!

You can expect a week of immersion in Cubanness, relaxation, amazing discoveries and revitalization as you embark on this retreat.

Yoga. Cuban music. History. Adventure

An opportunity to get away from it all and explore the uniqueness of Cuba while immersing yourself more in yourself through yoga and dance.

You will be witnesses of an experience of the real Cuba, the Cuba that can only be seen knowing its corners by the hand of a Cuban. 

"Renewing experience" The experience has been better than I expected. It has surpassed my expectations. The place, the activities and the teachers were the best. I loved the yoga and meditation classes and the walks through the forest. I have learned a lot these days and I went home with a lot of interior peace, which is, what I was looking for. I keep applying everything learned and the truth is, that the results are the most curious, and at the same time, pleasant. Thanks Ludisis and Günther for your teachings and for bringing more light to my life. Great professionals and above all big persons. hugs! - Laura Aguayo

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
  • Daily delicious breakfast and lunch lovingly prepared by our local staff
  • Guide and personalized special attention during the whole trip
  • Free airport pickup and dropoff, because we want to meet you as soon as possible :)
  • Transportation to and from Trinidad, Viñales, and Havana
  • Guided Walking tour of Old Havana in English
  • 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
  • Short excursions 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
  • Life changing visits to neighborhoods in Havana to meet locals and know the real Cuba life

What's Not Included

Flights.
Meals.
Transfer in your free time or for optional activities.
Travel Insurance.
Visas.

Venue Highlights

6 nights beautiful accommodation in colorful Havana and Trinidad
Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga and Vipassana meditation sessions with our Cuban yoga teacher, Ludisis
Daily delicious breakfast and lunch lovingly prepared by our local staff
Guide and personalized special attention during the whole trip
Free airport pickup and dropoff, because we want to meet you as soon as possible :)
Transportation to and from Trinidad, Viñales, and Havana
Guided Walking tour of Old Havana in English
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
Short excursions 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
Life changing visits to neighborhoods in Havana to meet locals and know the real Cuba life

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 a 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.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat

Menu/Cuisine

The breakfast includes exotic tropical fruits, omelet, natural juices, fresh bread, homemade jams, Cuban desserts, milk, and the best coffee in the world from Cuba!

Directions

José Martí International Airport / Airport code is: HAV
Avenida Rancho Boyeros, La Habana, Cuba

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