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7 Days Cuban Cultural Immersion and Yoga Holidays in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

ItineraryDay 1: "Welcome to Cuba"Stop At: Yalorde Yoga Retreats, Granada, Province of Granada, AndaluciaToday 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).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:- BreakfastDAY 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 plantationsMeals included:BreakfastDAY 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:- BreakfastDAY 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:- BreakfastDAY 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.Duration: 58 days 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: "Havana, a city of history and traditions"Stop At: Yalorde Yoga Retreats, Granada, Province of Granada, AndaluciaIn 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.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.