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Ignite both your wanderlust and inner rock aficionado in the land of salsa, tropical wonders, and colorful street fronts. Starting in Havana, you’re in for a week featuring a mix of activities allowing you to savor the essence of Cuba. Scale the Caribbean’s finest limestone routes in the UNESCO-protected Valle de Viñales. Immerse yourself in the country’s rich cultural mosaic as you explore bustling plazas adorned with vintage cars. Wander scenic tobacco fields, and sway to contagious beats. Connect with locals at the crags and authentic casas particulares—your home away from home. This dynamic retreat masterfully blends yoga, slacklining, dance, and more, creating a potent concoction that captures the best of Cuba. Prepare for an extraordinary journey where outdoor adventure, personal growth, and cultural exploration blend seamlessly—revealing new discoveries at every turn.

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Adventure highlights

  • Superlative climbing

    Get your hands on scenic limestone crags at Valle de Viñales—the Caribbean’s premier rock climbing destination

  • Immersive cultural exploration

    Wander the lively streets of Havana, savor local cuisine, and connect with friendly locals in casas particulares

  • Relaxation and rejuvenation

    Find balance through yoga, acroyoga and dance sessions amidst serene Cuban landscapes and recharge with a Thai massage

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Experience the best of Cuba on this active retreat, where you'll partake in a unique fusion of rock climbing, yoga, dance, and cultural exploration! Ascend the Caribbean's premier routes guided by an experienced AMGA guide in Valle de Viñales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its high-quality limestone and extensive climbing options. Engage in invigorating yoga and dance classes under the guidance of skilled instructors. Wander the vibrant streets of Havana, relish delectable organic cuisine, and stay in authentic casas particulares. With included transport during the adventure and logistics taken care of, you're in for a memorable and fuss-free journey through Cuba.

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Meet your guides

Heidi Wirtz
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Heidi Wirtz
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Heidi is a climber, yogi and philanthropist at heart. She is one of the country’s few prominent female adventure climbers, climbing for over twenty years, and letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to exotic and remote places around the world. In the US, she is known as Heidi Almighty for her bold and technical climbing as well as speed ascents in Yosemite Valley.
Raquel Hermandez-Cruz
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Raquel Hermandez-Cruz
Raquel Hermandez-Cruz
Raquel is a true globetrotter balancing multiple roles. As the manager of YogaSlackers, she deftly handles “real” work tasks while also indulging in her passions and sharing them with others. Raquel leads workshops, retreats, festival classes, and teacher trainings worldwide, bringing her rich travel experiences to influence her teaching. Her authentic desire to connect with people shines through compassionate communication. Drawing on her scientific background, Raquel fearlessly tackles complex challenges, overcoming any obstacle in her path. With patience and enthusiasm, she'll guide you to the edge of your perceived limits and inspire you to go beyond. In her presence, a supportive and encouraging environment fosters playful discovery, allowing you to learn and grow in the most enjoyable and enriching way possible.
Sam Salwei
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Sam Salwei
Over a decade ago, Sam made a bold decision to break away from the conventional lifestyle. In 2004, he embraced a nomadic existence and embarked on a coast-to-coast journey in pursuit of a life aligned with his values of adventure and environmental responsibility. Within a year, Sam's passions for Slacklining, Adventure Racing, and Rock Climbing converged, leading him to co-create The YogaSlackers. This unique company was founded on the idea of infusing yoga poses into the art of slacklining and exploring the yogic aspects of other body-awareness practices, like acrobatics and climbing. Through The YogaSlackers, Sam found a remarkable way to express his love for adventure and mindfulness, creating a path that resonates deeply with his core beliefs.
Earth Play Retreats
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Earth Play Retreats
Earth Play's trips provide a refreshing step away from one’s everyday life. Through adventure and mindful movement, Earth Play helps restore balance and harmony in people's lives. Their trips are designed to help you find proficiency in the given sport that you are immersing yourself into. Earth Play Retreats brings to you guides of the highest caliber. Be assured that you are learning from the best of the best!
5.00 (2 reviews)
Michelle Hale

Earth play retreats is a blast! It’s a great way to travel, and play with people who have similar interests. As a climber of 26+ years, finding a climbing/ travel partners isn’t always the easiest to find. Earth play has been awesome for that. I get to travel and climb with out the worries of finding someone to travel with.

Isacc Jessen

Earth Play was everything I could have wished for. Wake up to yoga and surfing in paradise, crushing gorgeous limestone coral formations in the jungle, and slacklining over the waves with a breathtaking ocean sunset, all accompanied by like-minded awesome people and culture.

Things to know

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • Experienced AMGA rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Yoga/acroyoga, dance, slacklining, and Thai massage instructors
      • Shared double room for 6 nights in casas particulares (single room available for an additional fee)
      • Transportation to your lodging from the Havana airport
      • Roundtrip transportation from Havana to Vinales
      • 6 Breakfasts and 4 dinners
      • 4 Yoga/acroyoga classes
      • 1 Thai massage classes
      • 2 Dance classes
      • Day tour of Havana
      • Daily climbing outings while in Vinales

    If you have any dietary restrictions, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Havana airport
      • Lunches, snacks, and two dinners
      • Alcohol and any other personal expenses
      • Additional activities (can be arranged with the help of your guides)
      • Optional additional multi-pitch days — includes accommodation and breakfast
      • Optional beach excursion
  • If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun retreat, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

    If you’re worried about yoga or acroyoga, fear not! Participants of all fitness levels are welcome on this adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner, your experienced instructors will guide you with patience and enthusiasm, ensuring you feel comfortable and supported. Obviously, having a basic level of fitness and an adventurous spirit will enhance your enjoyment during the retreat. Nevertheless, like climbing, yoga and acroyoga focus on technique and body awareness, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of strength or flexibility.

  • Cuba has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

    For intermediate to advanced climbers, the Vinales Valley has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

  • All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Ropes
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
      • Belay device
      • Chalk bag

    You can rent from your guide:

      • Harness with a locking carabiner
      • Rock shoes

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    The equipment for yoga/acroyoga will be provided by your guides. Bring comfortable and breathable sports and leisure clothes you feel comfortable in. We suggest bringing moisture-wicking clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the maximum number of participants is 12.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate.
      • Costs per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

    This rock climbing and yoga guided adventure in Cuba can be arranged for bigger/private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Havana, most people fly into Havana-José Martí International Airport. Once you get there, you will meet your guide who will provide transportation to your accommodation.

    The specific meeting time and place will be communicated to you in weeks prior to the adventure and may depend on your arrival time. Your guiding service will make the arrival process easier by taking care of the legal and customs issues.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Cuba, please refer to the Garda World website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • A percentage of your trip cost will go directly to Bolts for Cuba, a local organization that raises funds for the Cuban Climbing Community to purchase bolts, anchors, drills, and additional hardware to maintain existing sport routes as well as develop new climbing areas all over Cuba. Everyone is encouraged to bring unused gear to donate as well to contribute to the organization as well.

  • A $450 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the deposit is paid, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund minus the deposit and any service fees. It is not possible to refund the deposit as it covers costs that have already been incurred.
      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip, Client is entitled to a 50% refund.
      • After that deadline (59 days or less), Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide. However, the Guide will discuss options with the Client regarding the possibility of reselling the Client’s place.
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