Yoga and Culture in Havana and ist surroundings

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Feel the pulse and the unique atmosphere of Havana with its oldtimer cars, Hermingway and Tropicana, art, music, and architecture. Relax at the Las Terrazas Nature Reserve, also known as Cuba's very own Garden Eden. Don't miss out on exploring the infamous tobacco fields in Viñales, where time seems to stand still. To finish this experience off, spend some time at a classical Carribean beach.

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Day 1: ARRIVAL HAVANA. Welcome at the airport in Havana and transfer to the hotel in the city.

Day 2: HAVANA & OLD TOWN. Early morning pick-up in the accommodation to enjoy the sunrise together with the locals. After an activating yoga class back to the hotel for the breakfast which brings energy for the day. Walk along the Havana’s busiest street “Calle Obispo”, passing the drogeria “Johnson”, the Hotel Ambos Mundos (where Hemingway used to stay) and the farmacia “Taquechel” with its wonderful ceramic jars, into the heart of the historic old town. The musicians and street performers in their traditional dresses gives a colourful accent to the baroque Cathedral at the correspondent square and just a few streets away, Cubans are selling antiquarian books under shady palms at the “Plaza de Armas”. The early seat of the Cuban government in the “Palacio de los Capitanes Generales”, the ”Castillo de la Real Fuerza” and the charming “El Templete” are just a few attractions of this block. The cobbled “Plaza San Francisco” with the “Fountain of the Lions” and the neoclassical building “Lonja de Comercio” or the recently renovated “Plaza Vieja” have a few nice restaurants to refresh with a typical Cuban drink or just enjoy the “Joie de vivre”. Rest of the afternoon at free disposal. Or (pre-booked) optional excursion, details see below. At 18:00 h Pick up in the hotel for a yoga class in a special location. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 3: HAVANA WITH VEDADO & MIRAMAR. Early morning pick-up in the accommodation to enjoy the sunrise together with the locals. After an activating yoga class back to the hotel for the breakfast which brings energy for the day. Rest of the morning at free disposal. Or (pre-booked) optional excursion, details see below. Panoramic tour in an American vintage car around the "modern" part of Havana. Along the famous "Malecón" up to the magnificent "Hotel Nacional", drive on through Vedado up to the revolution square, the impressing cementery "Colón" and continue until the exclusive residential area Miramar with its old mansions on the "Quinta Avenida", where nowadays most of the embassies are located. On the way backstage visit of a dance company e.g. “Havana Queens”, one of the hippest dance ensemble in the city. Authentic introduction to the world of young dancers with a live performance. Finish the tour with a breathtaking view from an outlooking point off the beaten tracks in the neighborhood "La Vibora". Right away afterwards yoga class in a nice location. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Dinner accompanied by the refreshing and modern show of the dance company “Havana Queens”. This show group was nominated in Frankfurt (LEA) in 2016 for the best show of Germany, participated in the German TV series “Dream Ship“ in 2017 and has already received millions of clicks on YouTube. Five years ago the director Rosario Garcia Rodriguez - graduated of the well-known Cuban dance academies “Escuela Nacional de Arte“ (ENA) and “Instituto Superior de Arte” (ISA) - and the Swiss Patrick Hofer founded the dance ensemble “Havana Queens” which is today an integral part of the dancing scene in Cuba. Their repertoire ranges from classical ballet to Flamenco, Modern Dance to Rumba and Salsa. A perfect example of the young Cuba and a cultural highlight with sex appeal during your stay in Havana.

Day 4: HAVANA & THE SEA. Pick up at the Hotel to spend a day at a private house close to Marina Hemingway. On site time for a yoga lessons, introductory class of Stand-Up-Paddle-Yoga, lunch and time to relax. After a final yoga class back with the bus to the hotel. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 5: HAVANA. Early morning pick-up in the accommodation to enjoy the sunrise together with the locals. After an activating yoga class back to the hotel for the breakfast which brings energy for the day. Day at free disposal. Or (pre-booked) optional excursion, details see below. Later Excursion with Cubykes or e-bikes, side by side with American vintage cars or horse-drawn carriages, one discovers the capital in its own way. After a short introduction about how to use the e-bikes heading to the outskirts of  Havana to the yoga location. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Dinner at e.g. private restaurant "El Cocinero right next to the "Fabrica de Arte" in a former cooking oil plant. On the first floor and on a small intimate terrace there is a regular restaurant with excellent international cuisine. After the dinner go up the spiral staircase to the roof top and discover an urban NYC flair. There you can enjoy grilled snacks, cool music and international cocktails under the open sky. Later possibility (optional) of the visit of the “Fábrica de Arte” (must be booked in advance – see below details).

Day 6: HAVANA – LAS TERRAZAS/SOROA. In the morning drive to Caimito - a small town outside Havana, off  the tourist paths! Yoga lesson surrounded by the beautiful nature. After sport enjoy a fortifying lunch freshly prepared by the couple who learnt cooking in Paris and they are now trying to influence the preparation of the local dishes by their knowledge. Naturally using their home-grown ingredients. A place that invites to pause for a while. In the afternoon continuing the journey towards Las Terrazas and Soroa. Check-in to the Hotel and late Yoga class in the in the surrounding area. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 7: LAS TERRAZAS/SOROA. Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Day at free disposal or optional excursion hiking tour (must be booked in advance, details see below.). Each participant does have 1 hour of massage included. Please consider that in the daily planning of the 2 days in Las Terrazas/Soroa). At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Dinner at the eco-restaurant "El Romero". Vegetarian restaurant with creative menus, situated directly in the village center right above the "Hotel La Moka". "El Romero" is against the mistreatment of animals and aims to offer high quality, tasty food. Meals are prepared with organic ingredients from its own vegetable and herb garden as well as with herbs growing in their natural environment with an extensive variety of local plants and trees. This Eco-Restaurant offers a unique cuisine with a wide palette of distinctive flavors and represents an unforgettable culinary experience.

Day 8: LAS TERRAZAS/SOROA. Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Day at free disposal or optional excursion to the tobacco region Viñales  (must be booked in advance, details see below.). Each participant does have 1 hour of massage included. Please consider that in the daily planning of the 2 days in Las Terrazas/Soroa). At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 9: LAS TERRAZAS/SOROA – JIBACOA. Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Drive to the beach resort in Jibacoa. At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 10: JIBACOA. Starting the day with an activating yoga class in the surroundings of the hotel. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance). Time to relax on the beach. At 06:00 pm yoga class in the surroundings. This class is exclusively for the participants of this trip. (Yoga style can be agreed on in advance).

Day 11: JIBACOA – HAVANA DEPARTURE. Transfer from the beach resort in Jibacoa to the international airport Jose Martí in Havana.

Additionally you can book optional excursion in advance or on spot.

Highlights

  • 5 nights in Havana
  • 3 nights at the Las Terrazas/Soroa Nature Reserve
  • 2 nights in an all-inclusive beach hotel (possibility to stay longer)
  • Yoga sessions with a local teacher in different locations
  • Organized by a Swiss Travel Agency in Havana
  • Dance show Havana Queens
  • SUP Yoga Taster Session

Included

  • Transfers according to the program in modern air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees and excursions according to the program
  • English or German and Spanish speaking Cuban guide from day 1 till day 11
  • 10 overnights with breakfast in the above mentioned hotels (according to availability)
  • therefrom 2 nights in an All Inclusive Hotel in Jibacoa
  • 2 lunches / 4 dinners
  • 1 hour Massage

Difficulty

For all Yoga interested people. Beginner, intermediate and advanced level in mainly Vinyasa and Yin style.


Main yoga instructor

Luis Alberto Sánchez: Yoga instructor, trained by the Cuban Yoga Association “Asociación Cubana de Yoga”, by the Yoga Master Eduardo Pimentel, leading exponent of the discipline in Cuba for more than 40 years. A pediatrician by profession, he decided to give his life a new direction and devote himself to permanently studying and teaching of Yoga in Havana. Although he dislikes being referred to as a specific yoga style-teacher, his classes and practice are highly influenced by the “Vinyasa flow”, but with a focus on the appropriate diet, permanence and respect of the principles of the sequence of asanas, in an attempt to create safe and well-structured classes. He also has experience in prenatal and restorative Yoga. He attended several Workshops and classes in Havana, delivered by famed teachers as Sean Curn, Tias Little, Mary Parford, Janet Macleod and Edgar Martinez.

Attendance
Minimum number of participants: 4 Persons / Maximum number ofparticipants: 16 Persons
 

Cancellation policies

  • Starting from the reservation up to 46 days before arrival: 300 EUR per person
  • 45-30 days before arrival 40%*
  • 29-15 days before arrival 50%*
  • 14-07 days before arrival 75%*
  • 06-01 days before arrival 80%*
  • Less than 24h before arrival 90%*
  • *but at least 300 EUR per person