Saturday, July 7 – See the Cuban Countryside as We Travel to Pinar Del Rio
After our morning yoga and meditation with Eduardo, we’ll travel to rural Pinar del Rio. The two-hour bus ride will offer panoramic views of the Cuban countryside, including the famous Las Terrazas! Our stop is in Puerta del Golpe where we’ll spend the day at the home of Cuban artist Mario Pelegrin. Here, we’ll tour his organic farm and meet students in his painting and pottery studio. We’ll also get to do some painting of our own!
We’ll enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch in the shade and then Marc will lead us in a guided meditation before we head back to Havana. In the evening we’ll have our farewell dinner at Cafe Del Oriente in Havana. Yes, I did say farewell – our trip is ending!
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Friday, July 6 – Learn to Dance the Salsa in Havana!
Eduardo will lead us in a morning yoga and meditation practice to help us warm up for the day ahead. After breakfast, we’ll visit the Organiponico Alamar, an organic farm located in the Alamar district of Havana. This farm co-operative has developed unique urban farming techniques. We’ll get to tour the facilities and learn about the foods and technologies they’ve produced.
We’ll stop for lunch at El Bosque Restaurant before heading to El Chevre Night Club for salsa dancing lessons. These lessons will come in handy later when we join a Cuban block party!
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Thursday, July 5 – Get to Know Havana
On our second day, we begin with a yoga and meditation class led by Eduardo Pimentel. Afterwards, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a full day getting to know Havana!
We’ll visit a local Farmer’s market on our way to Old Havana. You’ll get to meet vendors and learn about small-scale farming in Cuba. Then, we’ll continue on to the heart of Old Havana. Our guide will lead us on a walking tour. We’ll learn about the history and architecture of Havana, as well as how the city is working to preserve and restore buildings in the historic district.
Next, we’ll head to Artechef Restaurant and Culinary School for lunch and lessons on how to mix the perfect mojito. In the afternoon, we’ll head to Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Regla, a small church on the Bay of Havana. Here, we will learn about the history of the Black Virgin and Cuban Santeria.
In the evening, we’ll dine at Paladar La Fonta, before heading to Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana for the traditional cannon blast ceremony. You’ll have plenty of time to tour the 18th Century fortress where you’ll get some of the best views of the city!
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Wednesday, July 4 – Travel to Cuba
As Americans, we’ve heard lots of stories about Cuba. But are you ready to experience Cuba for yourself? I’m publishing this series of blogs to give you an in-depth look at our itinerary. I’ll be writing about the places we’ll visit, the food we’ll eat, and the people we will meet.
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Bienvenidos a la Habana!
We arrive at Havana’s recently renovated José Martí International airport. Here, we’ll go through customs, meet our local guide, and have an opportunity to exchange money.
Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Havana en-route to lunch at La Casa Paladar. Paladars are privately owned restaurants. Typically, families operate paladars in their homes. La Casa was one of the first paladars to open in Havana, over 20 years ago. After lunch, we will check into our hotel, the 4 Star rated Presidente Hotel. You’ll have time to settle into your room and maybe enjoy a poolside mojito or take a walk along the famous Malecon.
Later, Cuban Yoga Master Eduardo Pimentel Vazquez will join us for dinner at Paladar San Cristobal. San Cristobal is one of Havana’s finest paladars, has hosted celebrities including Beyonce, Jay Z, and even the Obamas.
After dinner, we will return to the Presidente Hotel, where I will lead a meditation session to help us settle into our new surroundings. Then the night is yours! I encourage you to take some time to explore the neighborhood. Hotel Presidente is located in the Vedado district, which is a lively “downtown” neighborhood.
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