WINTER YOGA RETREAT
Bikram Yoga Lefferts, Stacked Yoga and Sandunga Dance School
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Saturday, February 18, 2017 to Saturday, February 25, 2017
Total Price: $2785
- Roundtrip airfare from Fort Lauderdale-Santiago de Cuba- Fort Lauderdale
- People to People travel visa and 25 CUC Cuban exit fee
- Health Insurance for the length of the trip (Required by the Cuban Gov’t)
- Airport transfers in Santiago de Cuba
- 7 Nights accommodations in a Casa Particular (Private room and bathroom)
- Breakfast the morning of arrival and for 6 days following
- 6 one hour yoga classes
- 6 one hour dance classes (NO previous experience necessary!)
- 2 excursions: Siboney beach(lunch included) and El Porvenir mountainside pool (entrance fee included)
- Farewell dinner and party at Sandunga Dance School
Saturday, 2/18: Meet in Fort Lauderdale Airport for early morning charter flight to Santiago de Cuba. Arrive in Santiago. Check in at Casa Particular. Afternoon is free to explore or rest. Welcome dinner at San Francisco restaurant at 6pm (not included in the cost).
Sunday Morning, 2/19: Yoga class, with small break, followed by dance class. Afternoon and evening free to explore Santiago’s food and music scene.
Monday, 2/20: 8am Yoga class. 10am bus to Siboney Beach. Dance class will be held at a restaurant overlooking the beach, followed by a buffet lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the beach or Siboney. We return to Santiago at 5pm. Evening free.
Tuesday, 2/21: Yoga class, small break, followed by dance class. Afternoon and evening free.
Wednesday, 2/22: Yoga class, small break, followed by dance class. Afternoon and evening free.
Thursday, 2/23: 8am Yoga class. 10am bus to El Porvenir mountainside pool. Dance class will be held poolside. There is a restaurant at the pool and the afternoon will be free to enjoy the sun and water. There is also adequate shade poolside if you prefer. We return to Santiago at 5pm. Evening free.
Friday, 2/24: Yoga class, with a small break, followed by dance class. Afternoon free, farewell dinner and party at Sandunga dance school.
Saturday, 2/25: Return to Fort Lauderdale
Suggested Guide Book: Lonely Planet Cuba
Suggested Afternoon Activities: El Cobre Cathedral, El Morro Castle, Boat tour of Santiago Bay, Santiago Rum Factory (Originally the Bacardi Rum Factory prior to the Revolution), The National Cemetery, El Salton,
Suggested Evening Activities: Casa de la Trova, Casa Grande Hotel, Klaqueta Bar, Salon del Son
Suggested Restaurants: Rumba Café, San Francisco Restaurant, El Madrilena,
Please bring a yoga mat for your yoga classes. A small towel or handkerchief is recommended as they are not provided by the studio. Make sure you have comfortable shoes/sneakers for dancing and walking around town.
The Cuban government requires that your passport be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry. If we are traveling on 2/18-2/25, your passport should be valid through at least 8/30/2017.
It is recommended that you arrive in Miami no later than Friday evening 2/17/16. Check in for the Cuba flight will start 4 hours prior to takeoff. There is a hotel at Miami International Airport if you would like to be close.
At the moment, Cuba is a CASH only economy. Credit cards will not be useful there. The Cuban government charges a 10% fee when changing American dollars to Convertible Cuban Pesos or CUC.
Please note: Licensed U.S. travelers to Cuba will be able to bring back $400 worth of goods and merchandise, of which no more than $100 can consist of both alcohol and tobacco products. There is also a thriving art scene in Cuba. Many a traveler has spent more of their cash than anticipated on art, etc. Western Union services are available in Santiago 😉 if you should find you need it.
Phone and internet cards can be purchased at a local Etesca. You will be able to check email and make calls. You can check with your individual phone service provider, as many are now offering additional services to Cuba.
Please be sure to bring everything you think you may need with you on the trip; sunscreen, toiletries, medications, etc. The U.S. trade embargo is still in place, making it challenging (and expensive) to find things in a pinch.
Additional meals can be arranged with the owner of your Casa for around 10CUC. There are many great private restaurants in Santiago, but we encourage you to eat in your Casa or to take turns having dinner with other group members in their homes. Some of the best food in Cuba is the home cooked food and Santiagueros are the some of the best hosts!