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Duration:

8 Days

Cost:

$2,299 CDN canadian flag - $1,560 EURO Euro flag
$1,735 USD american flag


2017/2018 Dates

November 3-10
February 2-9

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HIGHLIGHTS:
8 yoga sessions, 2 stand-up paddle board yoga sessions, Ancient coral cliffs nature hike and rock climbing - Isolated private beach swims - Majestic cave exploring - World class snorkeling - Horseback riding to the Sea - Cienfuegos and Trinidad tours - Latin dance lessons – mountain hike to breath-taking waterfalls - Catamaran trip to an isolated island – 4 by 4 Mountain tour – Glamping out under the stars in the mountains – Villa cabins on the ocean – Casas in old Trinidad – Intro to stand up paddle boarding - Flamingo lagoon paddle – Biking tour of Cienfuegos

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FLIGHTS

One of the most important goals is to have all our client’s flights arriving and departing around the same time.   Before booking your flights for our trips please let us help guide you into the right flight choice based on our tour schedule and other parties’ flights.   As you can imagine, this can get very complicated.  It is our goal to make this as smooth as possible and to use our bus as the main shuttle to and from the airport.

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Itinerary

  1. DAY 1 – Guajimico Villa / Yoga Stretch Session Arrive at Santa Clara International airport. Collect your bags and go through customs. You will be welcomed just outside the airport by your Cuban guide and professional bus driver. This is the perfect time to exchange your money into the local Cuban currency (C.U.C.). We recommend exchanging enough money to have $200 - $250 C.U.C. on you for the duration of the trip. This will come in handy for buying extra drinks, souvenirs and tips. Enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of our bus while taking in the scenery on route to our first location. Guajimico Eco-Villa is perched on top of ancient coral cliffs overlooking the azure waters of the ocean below. Once checked-in we will gather for a well deserved 30-minute sunset flow designed to stretch out all those achy travel muscles. Gather at 6:00pm to start this session. Dinner is served at the resort at 7:30pm. Enjoy your first night in paradise.
    ACCOMMODATION: Villa Guajimico

  2. DAY 2 – Horseback Riding/Latin Dance lessons Beach Yoga / SUP Yoga Good morning yogis. After a great breakfast at 8:00am we depart to La Vega restaurant and horse ranch via bus at 9:00am. Here we will saddle up and travel through the rolling foothills of Cuba’s central mountain range on route to the turquoise waters and isolated private beach. Cool down in the ocean with a refreshing swim. A morning beach session will have you enjoying an invigorating vinyasa flow to the sounds of the ocean. Awaken your bodies and tune into our senses as we inhale the excitement of this new adventure awaiting us. After relaxing on the beach, we will circle back to our starting point for lunch at La Vega restaurant. After lunch, the bus will return us back to Guajimico Villa. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon followed by an introduction to stand up paddle boarding combined with yoga in Guajimico bay from 4-6pm. See why paddling boarding has become the most popular water sport in the world and experience the serenity of SUP yoga with Stephanie your instructor and tour leader. First, get acquainted with the boards as you paddle around a protected bay. Next, the group will anchor near a peaceful shore. With water beneath us, sky above us, and an adventurous spirit within, we will surrender our practice to the elements. Stephanie will guide yogis through an all-levels SUP Yoga class. There will be lots of options for yogis to “keep it basic” or “level up” based on comfort levels. This class wraps up with the most magical Savasana you will ever experience. The gentle sounds and movements of the water taking you to complete and total relaxation. We will regroup for dinner on site at 7:30pm. Meet at the bar at 9:30pm for your chance to learn the basic moves of popular Latin dances. I know some of you may be a little shy but how often do you get a friendly, passionate, real Latin dance instructor all to yourselves. Just remember that the bar is also right there if you need a little encouragement. Sleep well dancing stars!
    ACCOMMODATION: Villa Guajimico amping

  3. DAY 3 – Yoga / Hike / Snorkel / Rock Climb / Cave / Ocean View Yoga This is one of those days that you will remember for the rest of your life! Breakfast is at 8:00am. Meet Stephanie on the pool deck at 10:30am for your dose of daily yoga overlooking the tree tops and scenic ocean views to inspire your every move. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm. For our afternoon adventure, be sure to bring a small day pack with you to carry snorkeling gear, towel, swimming and or climbing items, flash light / head light, sunscreen, hat and plenty of water. If you didn’t bring your own snorkeling gear, please tell your guide at lunch so we can get you hooked up. At 1:30pm we all meet on the pool deck with our day packs and our hiking footwear on. Our hike takes us approximately 45mins – 1hour across the tops of ancient coral cliffs and through a jungle valley arriving at paradise beach. Here we will soak in the ‘blue lagoon’ scenery and enjoy world class snorkeling, swimming and rock climbing (don’t worry we got the gear!). On our hike back we will take a different route that takes us through an amazing Cave system that few have travelled. On route to the cave we will pause around the majestic Ceiba tree that is an astounding 35 feet in diameter. Here we will savor a few moments of stillness as we turn our attentions inward for a guided meditation. The trail winds its way back to Guajimico Villa. Take a swim in the pool and relax before we depart to Cienfuegos for two nights. What a day! Once checked in dinner will be at 7:30pm at an elegant restaurant called Prado Restaurant.
    ACCOMMODATION: Cienfuegos Casa

  4. DAY 4 – Spanish Fort / Wild Flamingo Paddle / Walking Tour of Cienfuegos City / Morning Yoga Rise and shine! Yoga session at 7:00am over looking Cienfuegos bay will leave you feeling revitalized, grateful, and ready for another adventurous day. Breakfast is served at 8:15am at our Casa. Cienfuegos city is one of the prettiest cities in Cuba and shows signs of French and Spanish influences. First on the agenda, we are off to a Flamingo Reserve to paddle amongst these brilliant pink birds. Camera is a must! Guanaroca nature reserve boasts a large population pink flamingo and is a protected area. A short bus ride will take us to Rancho Cristal, the best dinning experience of the south shore. Rancho Cristal serves mouth water fresh food, dessert, coffee and one of the best pina-coladas you will ever have. This private restaurant over looks Cienfuegos Bay from a very tranquil spot on the south side of the bay. After lunch, we will return to Cienfuegos City and hop on bikes to explore the city. Enjoy a beautiful ride along to the city square, market place and along the seaside malecon. Our bike tour will take approx. 1.5 hours before returning to our casa for dinner. Dinner we be served at 7:30pm. Rest up tonight because we are off to the mountains tomorrow.
    ACCOMMODATION: Cienfuegos Casa

  5. DAY 5 – Boat ride / Mountain Restaurant / Overnight Jungle Glamp-out / Yin Yoga Practice is early again today starting at 7:00am. We will fire up with an Ashtanga-inspired flow. We are past the halfway mark for the retreat, and it is a great time to re-examine how the first days have made us feel, and ponder how we would like the remaining days to impact our state of being. Breakfast at 8:15am. After breakfast, be sure to pack for your over-night mountain adventure. We will be hiking, swimming, and sleeping under the stars perched on the side of lush tropical mountains? Now some of you are thinking “no way…awesome!!!” and others are thinking “what? This is not for me!” Well let me paint the picture for you. We will be sleeping on foam mattresses, with fresh linen, under beautiful thatched roofed structures overlooking Lake Hanabanilla. There are no biting bugs to worry about, we will have our own chef and bartender and the music will be supplied by tropical birds and a symphony of tree frogs. A reminder that you have signed up for a real adventure that very few people have ever experienced. The bus leaves Guajimico at 9:30am. We will drive up through mountain villages to Hanabanilla Hotel. From here we will catch a boat and continue the tour on Hanabanilla Lake. Be sure to pack a warm change of cloths for this overnight. We cruise the lake taking in the picturesque landscape of the beautiful Escambray mountain range. Our one-hour boat tour drops us off for lunch at Reo Negro restaurant around 12:00pm. Enjoy lunch with a million-dollar view and take the afternoon to relax, swim, SUP and hike to a hidden waterfall. Wind down your day with a blissful Yin Yoga practice in the mountains of Cuba. Yin Yoga is a slower-paced restorative style of yoga where asana are held for longer periods of time. These long holds make it a softer practice that benefits the connective tissues in our bodies (fascia, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules). Notice your mind slowly surrender as your body eases into the steady, deep stretches. Float into some free time, high on the fresh mountain air, before reuniting with the group for dinner. Reo Negro will be our home for the night. Dinner will be served at 7:30pm.
    ACCOMMODATION: Thatched roofed huts of Reo Negro

  6. DAY 6 – Jungle hike / Waterfalls / Boat ride / 4 by 4 Mountain Truck Ride / Slow Flow Yoga Good morning Adventurers! I’m sure everyone enjoyed the fresh mountain air and now you can say you’ve ‘glamped’ out in the mountains of Cuba. Optional sunrise SUP. Fall into the rhythm of your breath as you greet a new day in a magical way. After breakfast, we will catch the boat and enjoy the ride all the way to Jibacoa Dam where a 4 by 4 Russian mountain truck awaits. Dress warm for the truck ride in the mountains. First stop is Topes De Collantes visitor centre. A short walk takes us to a mountain coffee house with over 30 different coffee drinks available. If coffee isn’t your thing you can visit the botanical tea shop next door. Lunch will be at a private restaurant or we will stop at a mountain market place for a light lunch in the community. After Lunch, we will take the 4 by 4 mountain truck deep into the jungle for an amazing hike and swim into a hidden cave system with it’s own waterfall deep within. WOW! This hike is approximately 3km long and consists of up and down grades that aren’t too steep. This hike is beautiful and even at a slow comfortable pace it will take us around 2.5 hours including the swim. Yes, another scene right out of a movie. After hiking, our mountain truck will take us down the mountain with an unforgettable view of a sunset of the Caribbean Sea. Our bus will be waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain to take us to our Trinidad Casas. Once checked in we will roll out our mats on the rooftop terries of our Casa overlooking the historical old square of Trinidad. We will let the freedom of our night in the mountains flow through us as our practice seems to float us above the old Spanish settlement, nostalgic of times gone by. A traditional dinner will be served at the Casa around 7:30pm. Immerse yourself in to the ‘real’ Cuba, an amazing experience! A hot shower and a cozy bed awaits you.
    ACCOMMODATION: Trinidad Casas

  7. Day 7 – Catamaran Cruise / Exploring Cayo Blanco Island, Old Trinidad Walking Tour / Beach Yoga Breakfast is at 7:30am sharp in your Casa! We then take a 30 min. bus ride to Marlin Marina just south of Trinidad. Here we will hop aboard a large catamaran and cruise approximately 18km south of Trinidad to a remote island named Cayo Blanco. This is a great place to snorkel teaming with healthy coral with beautiful beaches. Before Lunch and coming full circle, enjoying our final yoga class on the beach. Our focus will be on fluidity, getting inspired by our location. It will be an opportunity to move, breath, and playfully immerse yourself in the beautiful, scenic, present moment. Lunch will be served on the island with an open. At 3:15pm or so, the catamaran will take us back to the marina where our bus awaits. A short drive into old Trinidad City, an UNESCO world heritage site, where we will walk the cobble stone streets teaming with Culture, music and markets. At 7:30pm we will enjoy our final dinner on the roof top of Vista Gourmet with a treat view of Trinidad. It’s your last night so maybe a night on the town enjoying music and dance. Come together with the group for our Rooftop Reflections closing ceremony. A chance to move forward, mindfully and intentionally, from this experience of a lifetime.
    ACCOMMODATION: Trinidad Casas

  8. DAY 8 – Off to the Airport After breakfast at your Casa, enjoy free time until you head to Santa Clara International Airport via a private bus shuttle. Remember to tip your tour guides well. Without them this amazing adventure wouldn’t be possible. Our goal is to always meet or exceed your expectations and if we didn’t then we ask you to please lower them just a little ☺. We thank-you very much for picking this adventure. Have a safe flight home and we hope to see you again on another Cuba Adventure.
    ACCOMMODATION: Your own bed!

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*Cuba can be a challenge. Often things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers with a sense of humor consider it part of their Cuban adventure. Our Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly, but sometimes itinerary changes happen in light of hardships on islandClick here to download our release wavier.

 


Not Included:

  • Lunch on the arrival day
  • Airfare to and from Cuba
  • Cuban Tourist Card (provided by most airlines on route to Cuba)  
  • 8 Days health and accident insurance valid in Cuba  
  • Personal incidentals and tipping                                
  • Activities and excursions outside the above program


GENERAL TIP ‘ING GUIDELINE

Remember that all Cubans make approx. 20 CUC a month which is very little, so anything that we can do to help in the way of small gifts and tips really does make a big difference.  

  • 1 CUC per meal
  • 1 CUC per night for chamber maids
  • 1 CUC for porters
  • 3-5 CUC for special meal
  • 3-5 CUC for special musical guest(s)
  • 3-5 CUC for special interpretive guest(s) 
  • 5 CUC for taxi rides
  • Loose change for bar tender

CUBA ALL-STAR TEAM or CAST: If you have a great adventure with our CAST, $100.00 CUC / client or approximately 5% of the cost of the trip is recommended. Our CAST includes: Canadian guide, Lead Cuban guide, Interpretive Cuban guide and bus driver who will all be with us for the duration of the trip. If they exceed your expectations feel free to show your appreciation.

PLEASE NOTE: To avoid any confusion, please approach your friendly neighbourhood Canadian guide with your tip at the end of the trip (typically after the last supper) who will distribute the funds accordingly.

Thank- you for supporting our CAST of characters!