Yoga Retreat & Outdoor Adventure
Thursday, June 1st - Tuesday, June 6th 2017
Who wants to travel to Cuba and see the beautiful countryside, cities, old classic cars, colonial architecture, music, dance, and more? We know we do! We have partnered with Doc Ford's Cuba Expeditions which specializes in Cuba. We have arranged a personalized Yoga and Outdoor Adventure itinerary! On this retreat, you will have opportunities to practice Yoga in the morning and at night, hike caves, enjoy a 1940s spa with hot springs, mud baths, and massages, take a 5 mile hike through a nature preserve and biosphere, tour Viñales Valley, Las Terrazas (a sustainable community initiative), San Diego de Los Baños, and of course Havana!
We want you to experience Cuba in all of the ways possible!
Your trip includes:
- Yoga (offered most mornings and afternoons/evenings)
- All indoor/outdoor excursions and admissions
- All ground transportation while in Cuba (including airport pick up and drop off)
- Most meals (vegetarian and vegan options available)
- 5 nights in Hotels / B&Bs
- Depart from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) on Thursday
- Return to FLL Tuesday
- Options for trip extension available
- Full guide service
Not included: Airfare from FLL to HAV (around $150 for airfare plus $50 Cuba Travel Visa Fee), gratuities for guides, driver, maids, additional spa services, some meals, etc.
Cost: $2950.00 per person single room; $2650.00 per person shared room
If interested in sharing a room, please email Laurie (YogaAuraBocaRaton@gmail.com).
Registration Information: Registration and $500.00 deposit (non-refundable) due by February 28th, 2017
First payment: $1150.00 due by March 28th
Final payment: Due in Cuba in local currency (USD) ($1350.00 single; $1000.00 double per person)
To register: Send an email to DocFordsCubaExpeditions@gmail.com with your name and room preference (single or double) and subject Yoga Aura. Doubles: Include both travelers names. If you would like to share a room and do not have a someone to share with yet, include a note in your email. We will share that information with Laurie at Yoga Aura to work with you on room placement.
Detailed Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 - Thursday
June 01, 2017
8:00am Yoga at Yoga Aura
10:00 Meet at Terminal 1 downstairs by Southwest Cuba check-in counter.
Southwest Flight departs from FLL at 12:30 pm
1:30 Arrival time in Havana - One hour for custom’s procedures.
2:30 Depart for Artemisa and panoramic orientation to Cuba by guides in route
4:00 Arrive in Las Terrazas and Hotel Moka: Las Terrazas
Fresh green juices, fruit, and snacks waiting your arrival
Get checked in and settled
5:00 Meet by pool to depart on welcome orientation walking tour of complex grounds
6:30 Yoga lead by Laurie
8:30 Healthy Dinner at Organic Eco Restaurant: El Romero
Continue social time
*Note: We will arrange music and dance performers pending their availability.
Day 2 - Friday
June 02, 2017
8:00 Yoga lead by Laurie (indoor or outdoor depending on weather)
9:30 Breakfast at El Balcón de las Tecas (traditional and Fresh green juices)
11:00 Nature Hike (5.5 miles). Shorter hikes available.
Lunch on own: Cafetal Buenavista (view of both Northern and Southern coasts) or choose from a selection of other restaurants on grounds.
Afternoon excursion options:
Boat rides on lake
All natural perfume factory
Art and Artisan displays
Explore the Community
Lounge by the pool
6:00 Yoga and Chakra balancing workshop (2 hour)
8:30 Group Dinner: Casa del Campesino o Fonda de Mercedes
Evening Social time!
*We will arrange music and dance performers pending their availability.
Day 3 - Saturday
June 03, 2017
8:00 Yoga lead by Laurie
9:30 Breakfast at Hotel
10:30 Hotel Checkout and Depart for Viñales Valley (1.25 hour drive)
12:00 Arrive at Viñales and head out for 1.5 mile hike down open trails to Palmarito Cave.
-Enjoy fresh bananas and fruit from other fruit trees on way. (The cave is one of largest and most impressive in Latin America.) At the end of the cave, bathe in crystal spring water, take a natural mud bath, and option to sit in on Yoga chanting and meditation.
3:00 Group Lunch: At Valle del Silencio Ranch (Roasted lamb/pig, vegetarian options, fish)
- While on the ranch grounds, enjoy a guided-walking tour of fruit trees, cinnamon trees, the coffee plantation, a tobacco drying house and tobacco fabrication process discussion, cigar rolling presentation and workshop - roll your own Cuban cigar!
6:00 Depart for Bungaloo check in (10 minutes away), get settled & relax
7:30 Evening Yoga lead by Laurie
Dinner on own: Recommended Tres Jotas (Tapas restaurant)
Enjoy exploring the night life in Viñales!
Day 4 - Sunday
June 04, 2017
8:00 Yoga lead by Laurie
9:30 Breakfast at B&B
10:30 Day Excursion: depart for San Diego de Los Baños (1940s Spa)
11:30 Arrive at Hotel Mirador and spa (equipped with changing rooms, private showers, bathrooms, and Hotel amenities at your disposal)
Afternoon: El Balneario de San Diego:
Hot mineral bath spa,
Walk through Parque Nacional La Guira
*Admission to spa included. Additional services (massages, mud baths, acupuncture) available at additional cost.
Lunch (on own): Recommended Hotel Restaurant La Parrillada (open air charcoal)
4:00 Yoga workshop and practice (2 hour)
7:00 Return to Viñales (1 hour)
9:00 Group Dinner: at restaurant/bar and make your own Mojito!
Evening out in Viñales!
Day 5 - Monday
June 05, 2017
7:00 Sunrise Yoga lead by Laurie
8:00 Breakfast at house
9:30 Depart for Havana
11:30 Arrive at Old Havana – Explore Old Havana (various options with sub groups or on own)
Lunch on own with guide’s help (location list made available)
Plaza de Armas
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Hotel Ambos Mundos (view of Havana) / Hemingway’s room
Chocolate museum (an artisan chocolate store)
Cuervo y Sobrinos watch store / Boutique shops
Bodeguita del Medio
Finca Vigia – Hemingway’s Estate (reserve 2 hours)
Walk down Calle Obispo to the Parque Central
One-hour Classic car tour
5:00 Yoga lead by local Cuban instructor
6:00 Happy Hour – El Floridita (Birthplace of the daiquiri, live music)
7:00 Depart for Bed & Breakfast in east Havana (Cojimar) and get settled
9:00 Depart for Farewell Group Dinner: Calle 10 – Fine dining at a beautiful marble-floor home converted into your own private restaurant. After dinner, enjoy wine and deserts on front porch.
Day 6 - Tuesday
June 06, 2017
8:00 Yoga at the 1920s Mansion overlooking Cojimar Bay
9:30 Breakfast at B&B
11:30 Depart for Airport
Southwest Flight FLL to HAV departs at 2:00 pm