New Year Cuba Yoga Holiday with the Cuban Ludisis Mones

Havana, Cuba

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Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
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New Year Cuba Yoga Holiday with the Cuban Ludisis Mones
Havana, Cuba

Yalorde Yoga
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$1599
Deposit: $350
Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Group size: 4 - 12

About this trip

Discover Cuba with a Cuban!


This Yoga and Culture retreat that we present to you in Cuba, is an attempt to share the love for this warm country where our yoga teacher and founder Ludisis Mones was born. I will take you by the hand through its streets and squares, we have designed an itinerary, thought of you.


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!


Yoga. Cuban music . History. Adventure . Dance . Meditation


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


To penetrate the history of the capital of Cuba, "Havana", we will visit The Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña, the largest fortress built by the Spanish in the "New World".


Havana repeatedly rose from the rubble and ashes that were reduced from time to time by French pirates and corsairs during the first half of the sixteenth century. Military defenses were built at the entrance to Havana Bay.


From its first centuries it became the most important cultural center of the Island. Diversity is the sign of Havana culture. Traditions of African, Spanish and African origin converge. Also some Chinese and Arabic, among other recognizable influences in the daily life of the city.


Of particular religious interest and much of our idiosyncrasy is the Afro-Cuban religion; heritage of our African ancestors. During our Retreat of Yoga and Cuban Culture. You will be able to enjoy an explanatory workshop as well as an Afro-Cuban dance workshop.


The inhabitants of Cuba are exuberant in their love and hyperbolic in their emotions: they are all friends of the Cuban citizens and they are friends of the whole world. 


In Cuba there are no strangers, since foreigners are going to be part of our great family. To whom they realize they belong. When they are surprised talking to a Cuban for hours, whom he never met before. And probably does not see anymore. As if he were a loved one for life. 


Cuba is a unique confessional, where the Cuban is ordained a priest of laughter, saving souls from the most serious depressions.


What People are saying about us

Patricia Joseph - USA

My Cuban Yoga Retreat was AMAZING!!! I've told everyone what an incredible experience we had! I'm hoping to be able to go again next year!!

United States, Monday, 30 July, 2018


Leslie Tenney - USA

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 toget


Aart Schutte - Netherlands 

You will enjoy the beautiful city of Havana more with a tour guide who really appreciates the beauty and culture of her city. Ludisis will bring you to the best places where you can enjoy the nice side of Cuba. She knows the cultural hotspots, places to have a good meal, and where to go dancing and meet the locals. Ludisis is educated as a classical dancer, tourist guide and yoga teacher. She has lived and travelled in various countries. Ludisis as a guide is trustworthy, punctual, cultured and fun to be with. Ludisis understands the subtle difference between making you a plain tourist and making you a partaker of the local culture.

Thanks Ludisis for showing me Havana!


May fern Toh - USA

This was one of the best trips I’ve experienced and was perfect for a single female traveler. I was nervous to visit Cuba alone so it was extremely reassuring to have a local guide show me around.

Ludi was beyond flexible and the itinerary was customized to my interests. I couldn’t make the exact dates for the retreat but Ludi was more than accommodating and went out of her way to pick me up 2 days before the actual trip was scheduled to start.


Because of that, I had 2 days of a private guide with Ludi. I got to experience the authentic Cuban culture while enjoying all the touristy delights Cuba had to offer.

I was initially hesitant as I had very little yoga experience but it wasn’t a problem at all! This was a great introduction to the practice for me. So If yoga isn’t your thing, don’t fear!


The accommodations were better than expected, clean, safe and most of all locally owned. I would recommend arriving a day or two earlier if you’d like to spend more time in old Havana. I can happily say that I’ve made a fabulous new Cuban friend and cannot wait to return and spend more time in Havana.

Thanks, Ludi for the experience of a lifetime that I’ll forever cherish!


Regina Cameron - USA

I had a WONDERFUL time in Cuba. Ludisis did an amazing job making sure that we had the best experience possible. I can’t wait to go again, and again, and again!!


Burnetta Gipson - USA

The 7 Day Cuba Retreat with Yalorde Yoga was one of my best vacations. Ludisis was awesome and perfectly planned our experience to include all aspects of the Cuban culture. Yoga on the beach was a great way to end our day! If you are looking for the perfect retreat I highly recommend Yalorde -Yoga.


Alisha Conrad - USA

I felt renewed mentally, physically, and spiritually. As a yoga instructor, I was inspired by Ludisis knowledge and expertise. I learned a lot about the history of Cuba and the Cuban people made me feel welcomed. Ludisis and her family made my New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day the most memorable I’ve ever had. They also made my 40th birthday special by celebrating me at breakfast and live music in the evening. I’ve never been to a retreat that allowed me to customize my entire experience. I will return to Cuba or any other retreat ran by Ludisis!

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    6 Nights of Lodging in Private Houses. ALL ROOMS HAVE AIR CONDITIONER.
  • Tour
    Guided tour in English the city of Havana World Heritage since 1982.
  • Visit
    Visit to Dance Schools and Plastic Arts Workshops.
  • All Breakfast
    Daily Breakfast at your particular house
  • Airport Transfer
  • Cuban Local Guide
  • Afro-Cuban Workshop
  • The Best New Year Party
    Enjoy with locals the New Year with an authentic Cuban Dinner and Celebration.
  • airfare
  • travel insurance
  • Lunches and Dinners

Itinerary

Retreat Itinerary
New Year Cuba Retreat with the Cuban Ludisis Mones

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.

Your Organizer


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Yalorde Yoga
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Ludisis is a dance and certified Yoga Alliance teacher from Cuba. Her studies in tourism permitted her insight at Yoga retreat venues. Ludisis is a person who radiates joy and harmony. She is passionate about spirituality and offers wisdom, guidance, and persistence to her students. Teachers who worked with her, 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. She is balanced and kind-hearted as well as beautiful inside. A true guide to one's life's work. Together with Guenther, a Thai massage instructor, nature lover, globe trotter, Pathfinder, Trekker, Skier, Mountainbiker and Rock Climber. He does Thai Massage since 1995 and lived several years in Thailand, Japan and Chile. Our goal is to provide you with a unique and personalized retreat experience. In addition take advantage of the benefits of ancient Thai techniques, Meditation, spirituality, guidance, fitness, healing, and Yoga.

Reviews

This was one of the best trips I’ve experienced and was perfect for a single female traveler. I was nervous to visit Cuba alone so it was extremely reassuring to have a local guide show me around. Ludi was beyond flexible and the itinerary was customized to my interests. I couldn’t make the exact dates for the retreat but Ludi was more than accommodating and went out of her way to pick me up 2 days before the actual trip was scheduled to start. Because of that, I had 2 days of private guide with Ludi. I got to experience the authentic Cuban culture while enjoying all the touristy delights Cuba had to offer. I was initially hesitant as I had very little yoga experience but it wasn’t a problem at all! This was a great introduction to the practice for me. So If yoga isn’t your thing, dont fear! The accommodations were better than expectated, clean, safe and most of all locally owned. I would recommended arriving a day or two earlier if you’d like to spend more time in old Havana. I can happily say that I’ve made a fabulous new Cuban friend and cannot wait to return and spend more time in Havana. Thanks Ludi for the experience of a lifetime that I’ll forever cherish!

References

BG
This was the best trip I have been on . Very organized and well planned . The accommodations were nice . The itinerary allowed us to emerse ourselves In the Cuban culture thru painting, dance, hiking, site seeing, and so much more! I highly recommend Yalorde Yoga w Lusisis and Gunther.
By Burnetta Gibson on Jul 17, 2018
SC
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