NEW YEAR'S DISCOVER CUBA YOGA RETREAT WITH LUDISIS MONES

Havana, Cuba

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Yalorde Yoga
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Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Group size: 3 - 9
NEW YEAR'S DISCOVER CUBA YOGA RETREAT WITH LUDISIS MONES
Havana, Cuba

Yalorde Yoga
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€1499
Deposit: €300
Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Group size: 3 - 9

About this trip

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.



Itinerary

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, 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!

Day 1

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

Day 2

  • 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: 8 CUC).
  • 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).

Day 3

  • 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).

Day 4

  • 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.

Day 5

  • 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).

Day 6

  • 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).

Day 7

  • 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).

What’s 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 neighborhoods 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

What’s 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 mention

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 300 euros 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.

Things to do (optional)

These excursions are recommended, please book in advance or upon arrival in Cuba:

  • Excursion of Modern Havana in an old classic car “Almendrón”.
  • Captivating connection with nature through an 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.

We will visit the most typical neighborhoods of Havana such as Plaza de la Revolución, Vedado, Cerro Miramar.

  • Eco trekking to Topes de Collantes Natural Park.
  • Snorkeling at Playa Ancon
  • Catamarán
  • Horseback riding at Trinidad and Viñales
  • Private salsa lesson (90 minutes - 50 USD)
  • Thai massage (60 minutes - 50 USD)
  • Tour guide in Havana

Food

  • Breakfast: Healthy breakfast with coffee and fresh bread and eggs
  • Chia, nuts, oats, and fruits
  • Seasonal fruits: Guava, mango, papaya, and banana
  • Lunch: Frigoles, tostones, aroz, yuka con mojo, and tamales
  • Cuban deserts
  • Welcome dinner is included in a very special restaurant
  • All other meals are not included due to verify and choice of each participant

Please tell us if you have any specific diet or allergy before the start of the retreat so that our team will do everything possible to provide you with the best experience.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

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

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 an individual room with a double bed and private bathroom. You will only share your room if you book a Twin Room Package.

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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 ( university) 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