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.
Looking for a unique and different experience? Pura Vida Retreat & Spa “is a retreat under the clouds” – after all, it is perched high up on a hill, 4,900 feet above sea level! Pura Vida – which means “Pure Life” in English – is surrounded by coffee plantations and an abundance of greenery. Its elevation offers guests practicing Vinyasa at sunset a stunning view of San Jose at night, Costa Rica’s capital city. Yoga retreats are offered throughout the year, and there are many options for yoga enthusiasts with limited vacation days.
Pura Vida Retreat & Spa offers a 6 Day Mind, Body & Spirit Yoga Retreat in which you will experience yoga instructors who offer their own unique style of hatha yoga. Among Pura Vida’s Wellness Center staff are some of the most gifted and commended therapists in Central America. Each highly trained in specific bodywork and committed to healing from the heart, each with the essential gift of being present in this beautiful, powerful setting. While the style may vary from instructor to instructor and week to week, the classes are always appropriate for students of all levels and the teachers are extremely responsive to students’ needs and interests. To top it all off, you will get to stay in imaginatively designed, nature-friendly rooms with lush garden or mountain views completing your Costa Rica holiday.
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 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.
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. 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 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.