Spice It Up With These 6 Yoga Retreats In Latin America

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.

GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort

GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort

Acres of lush jungle and verdant lands surround the serene and tranquil GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort. Located at the heart of the majestic La Fortuna, it is a haven for peace seekers and soul searchers.

The breathtaking views from your luxury villa with it’s own pool, all the rainforest sounds, the peaceful ambience – everything is combined for you to truly rest and relax. Enjoy being away from the busy streets and the bustling city lifestyle and feel nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes and scenic nature.

On the 4 Day Green Lagoon Ultimate Wellbeing Experience you will enjoy nature walks and tours from waterfalls to volcanoes. This retreat includes daily breakfast, 2 dinners per person, Natural History and La Fortuna Waterfall Tour with guide, body massage, zip line across the jungle canopy and horse ride, Jungle Night Experience Tour with guide, Baldi Thermae with dinner, and complimentary admission to the Cerro Chato ANC Park and Gardens.

Xinalani Retreat (Mexico)

Mayan Historical Site in Mexican Jungle

Mayan Historical Site in Mexican Jungle

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. 

Cuba Wellness Adventures

Cuba Wellness Adventures on Yovada

Cuba Wellness Adventures offers a unique combination of travel and adventure, cultural experience, dance, yoga and wellbeing. Creating bespoke holiday packages for their guests, the staff of Cuba Wellness Adventures draw on their extensive local knowledge and connections to create an experience as vibrant and dynamic as the country of Cuba.

Accommodations are provided by local, family-run bed-and-breakfast businesses, with three daily meals included. Prepare for a holiday full of experience, centered around yoga and wellness, but expansive in the diversity of activities.

Experience Cuba on a 5 Day Havana Wellness Adventure Retreat.  After morning yoga classes, you will have full days of exploration which will include art, music, world heritage sites, seeing the famous beaches of Eastern Havana and connecting with Cuban culture. You will learn some great dance moves from excellent Cuban instructors and your nights will be filled with music from world class Cuban musicians. Learn and practice yoga each day with teachers from the Cuban Yoga Association and enjoy the opportunity to stay in a beautiful authentic BnB in the heart of Old Havana.

Cuba adventures also offers a 7 Day Cuba Alive & Real Yoga Retreat and 7 Day Farm to Table Cuban Tour.

Yoga Adventures Tulum (Mexico)

Yovada - Yoga Retreats in Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

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.

Anamaya Resort (Costa Rica)

Yovada - Yoga Retreats in Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Surfers on the beach in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula

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. Guests who enjoy mixing yoga with sun, sand and the beach may choose to join its Soul Surfers Yoga Retreat. The package includes five three-hour surf lessons (transportation and board rental included), 10 yoga classes, a cooking class, salsa lesson, waterfall hike, Butterfly Garden tour, beach bonfire, and circus performance.

Nosarananda Retreat (Costa Rica)

Yovada - Yoga Retreats in Nosara, Costa Rica

Beach in Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosarananda Retreat is a boutique resort located in Nosara, a surfer’s paradise. In fact, National Geographic included the place in its list of “World’s Best Surf Towns.” It is therefore no surprise that the retreat centre is popular among yoga enthusiasts who love to do their warrior pose as much as they enjoy catching the waves and high swells.

Nosarananda offers three types of retreat packages: Detox, Restore and Adventure. Starting at US$1,088, the gentle cleansing Detox Retreat includes all meals, two 60-minute Kundalini yoga sessions daily, a choice of daily surfing or one surf lesson with an ISA-certified instructor, a choice of kayak, horseback riding or ATV adventure, a guided nature walk, holistic massage treatment, organic juice blends and a one-way transfer from Nosara or Liberia. Aside from other standard inclusions, the Restore Retreat (starting at US$1,288 per person) includes a 90-minute restorative yoga session. Browse all Nosaranda offerings here.

Yovada has additional amazing retreat offerings – click here to browse events in Costa Rica, here for events in Cuba and here to browse all retreats. 

Mae Bejo
Mae Bejo

Mae Bejo is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has extensively written stories that inspire others to live a healthier life. She tries to live a mindful life herself by eating well, meditating and practicing yoga. Mae loves the occasional challenge of a hot yoga, but cherishes most her bonding time with her five-year-old daughter who loves to copy her downward-facing dog pose. For more of her writing, visit: http://www.thegospelofbeauty.org/

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