Latin America has a tendency to sizzle. I know this for a fact, as I was forever changed by a week-long trip Mexico. I learned to expand my perspective about life, to live a little more spontaneously, and to have a healthy dose of abandon.
This is what Latin America tends to do to you. You learn endurance as you navigate through Nicaragua’s mountain ranges, or discover your inner courage as you zip-line through Costa Rica’s cloud forests. It’s no wonder Latin America is the destination of choice among yoga enthusiasts looking for ways to spice up their yoga retreat experiences – the region just never seems to run out of sizzling options.
Xinalani is an exclusive tropical yoga retreat center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and combines all the elements which come to mind when one thinks of the mystical land of Mayans and Aztecs; nature, adventure, and uninhibited relaxation. What makes this eco-resort stand-out is its world-class yoga studios. Surrounded by jungle, the flagship jungle studio is a palm-thatched roofed temple that can accommodate up to 60 yoga practitioners at a given time. Its open-air design allows guests to take in the views and sounds of the Pacific Ocean while they try to perfect their inversions. The Greenhouse is an enclosed glass-walled studio designed for Bikram yoga, while the Meditation Cabin is ideal for smaller group classes. Xinalani also offers beachfront yoga classes at its Sand Terrace, where rolling waves are literally just a few steps away.
Enjoy the sun, waves and the gorgeous land and seascapes of Puerto Vallarta with an 8-day surf and yoga retreat. The surfing spots are immediately accessible from Xinalani, just a brief walk away. Reward your body, strengthen your spirit, and connect with yourself, surrounded with other yogis and surf lovers on a similar journey during this retreat. This package starts at $2599 USD and includes 7-night deluxe accommodations, twice daily yoga classes, airport transfers, 5 surf or SUP sessions, 2 daily yoga sessions with the Xinalani yoga instructors, daily Mexican gourmet meals and courtesy margarita. You will also be entitled to a 2-hour daily use of paddle boards for pre-session practice.
Since 2008, Yoga Adventures Tulum has been organising yoga retreats and activities in Tulum, a popular tourist destination known best for its beaches and ancient ruins. Yoga Adventures offers diverse range of retreat options to cater to guests’ varying retreat and adventure demands. Guests whose retreat goals are simply to unwind, free of any of the adrenaline rush that an outdoor adventure may offer, could opt for a Yoga + Spa Retreat. Rates range from US$1,330 to US$2,160 per person depending on accommodation. The retreat package includes a five-night stay, daily breakfast and lunch, opening night dinner, two yoga classes per day, a 90-minute healing massage, group Mexican mud meditation in the sun, and a welcome cleansing circle ritual.
Those looking for a little bit more action may opt to join the Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Retreat, which includes a boat ride and SUP tour in the UNESCO Biosphere of Sí’an Ka’an, a SUP yoga class, and picnic lunch by the lake. There’s also the Yoga + Spa with Circus Workshop for those who want to test their flexibility through Hula Hoop and Aerial Yoga classes.
At Anamaya Resort there’s no shortage of stunning natural views. The resort is located in Montezuma in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica – an area listed as one of the world’s Blue Zones, or “one of the five areas in the world where people are known to live longest and healthiest.” The tropical resort is built on the edge of a cliff to provide guests with glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. Rainforests surround the property, while a beautiful waterfall is right next to the resort.
True to its name, which means “good health” in Sanskrit, Anamaya’s mission is to help guests in their health journey by offering weekly retreats and month-long yoga teacher trainings.