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Urban Unpluged Retreat:
4/11/2015 – 4/18/2015
Take a step back, dig your toes into the sand and align your breath to the ancient rhythm of ocean waves. Join Urban Yoga Spa and the Pacific Ocean as we find expanse and new horizons in the tropical paradise of Tulum, Mexico. Enjoy two daily all-levels yoga sessions, afternoon workshops, adventures to Mayan ruins, dips in fresh water cenotes, boat rides, through tropical forests, and life-affirming talks. Mexican wisdom.
Unplug | Take a breath | Practice yoga | Find adventure | Enhance your life
All activities are optional for a fully customizable retreat experience…
7-8:30 AM – Beach front stroll to morning Yoga Session
8:30 – 10 AM – Lite breakfast
10AM – 1PM – Grab coffee, bike to and explore Mayan Ruins
1PM – 2PM – Lunch
2PM – 3PM – Siesta
3PM – 5PM – Workshop and Lecture
5PM – 7PM – Swim in the ocean and get a massage
7PM-8:30PM – Evening Yoga Session
8:30PM-10PM – Dinner
10PM – Stargazing, philosophizing, and Coronas!
Join the UYS team for two daily all-levels vinyasa flow yoga classes. Classes will emphasize building strength, flexibility, and fluidity in the body and achieving a peaceful outlook in the mind. Classes will range from the vigorous to the restorative. Throughout the week, workshops will be offered to deepen your practice of yoga. Whether you have a question about a specific pose or are hoping to gain insights about yoga’s profound philosophies, the workshops are a great opportunity to dive deeper.
Celebrate dining in an expansive circular cabana, delighting in world-class cuisine as you take in the dazzling turquoise sea through the many windows around the dining hall.
Prepare yourself for abundant vegetarian meals with the occasional addition of freshly-caught seafood. Enjoy breakfasts of buttery waffles with sumptuous native fruits. Try your eggs a la Mexicana (scrambled with tomato, onion and habaneros or Serrano chiles), con Mole (fried eggs on a flour tortilla filled with Oaxaca cheese and layered in a traditional mole sauce), or Motulenos (fried eggs on toasted corn tortillas layered with refried beans and spicy habanero chili sauce). Feast on lunches with homemade guacamole and calamari, Thai shrimp cakes, and an endless assortment of seasonal salads, avocado sandwiches, fish tacos, and rice dishes. But wait, this only covers breakfast and lunch!
Start your dinner with tasty appetizers such as shrimp ceviche, stuffed avocado, quesadillas, soups, and tostachos. Move on to salads and vegetable dishes, grilled vegetables, pasta offerings (many served with seafood), a medley of seafood selections (fish fillet Mayan style, fish fillet Guajillo style, shrimp brochettes, etc.), rice dishes (brown rice with lentils, rice with curried vegetables, and Asian Rice with shrimp. Complete your dining experience with an assortment of homemade desserts and fresh fruit dishes (papayas and pineapples are plentiful) and then it’s time for a walk on the beach!
Walk out the door of your private thatched roof cabana and you’ll be directly on the beach. At night, in the moment just before sleep, your last thought will be of the lapsing ocean waves. Sustainable, yet far from rustic, Maya Tulum’s luxury accommodations include filtered water, private bathrooms, hot showers, high thread count sheets, and daily turndown service. Cabanas can accommodate one or two people and are all footsteps from the yoga pavilion and dining area.
Maya Tulum is an excellent location for activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and exploring. The reef is an invitation to discover an underwater paradise of colored fish, coral, and other marine life. A wide variety of half and full day tours that are suitable for everyone are also available. The tours range from snorkeling all the way to catamaran sailing to see the “eyes” of the Tulum Ruins.
The Tulum ruins sit atop white, sandy beaches on fortress-like limestone cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean coast. It is the only Mayan city to be found along the sea and was considered to be a trading center.
At the North end of Akumal is Yal-Ku Lagoon. This is a calm clear environment for beginner snorkelers. The lagoon is inhabited by multicoloured tropical fish and has nice coral formations. If you are lucky you may see the huge king parrot fish. The lagoon is a mixture of fresh and salt water and is refreshing after a long day at the beach. It is a very special ecosystem, so please help to protect this resource by not wearing sunscreen or feeding any of the fish. This is a smaller version of its famous neighbor Xel-Ha. Tour includes round trip transport, guides, snorkeling gear and entrance fees where applicable.
Cenote 2 Ojos:
Meaning “two eyes,” it is located 48km/30miles south of Playa del Carmen, near El Jardin del Eden where it is hard to miss the signs for Dos Ojos. Enter through one of the two separate pools, which look like two large eyes, and explore an intricate, and surprisingly clear, maze of caves and decorations. This wonder is to experience its expansive cavern, which is considered to be one of the longest, and most decorated, underwater cave systems in the world. The stalactites, stalagmites flowstone, and rim pools which are formed inside are true natural works of art. There are full bathroom facilities, snacks, and souvenirs available. Open 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sian Kaan Muyil Experience:
Reaching the ruins of these coastal ruins, a guide will show you the Muyil ruins and explain to you all about the importance of this ancient Mayan trading post and the importance of the Ixel moon goddess in this city. On the way to reach the Muyil lagoon you will climb in the highest view point of Sian Kaan and enjoy a unique view on the reserve. Once you meet your local skipper, you will go for a 2 hour boat trip across the wetlands. Visit the secret Maya temple and jump in an ancient canal. You will let yourself float in translucent fresh water; the natural current will drive you across the beautiful mangrove. Once back to Muyil we will share our experience of this wonderful day around a little appetizer of wine and cheese.
Coba is located among five lakes in the middle of the jungle and was once home to about 50,000 people. One of the most outstanding features of Coba is the incredible number of sacbe (elevated roads) that connect parts of Coba with other Mayan cities many miles inland.
Aktun Chen & Cenote Xunaan Ha:
Visit the 5 million year old Aktun Chen Caverns where one can enjoy thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and natural sculptures. The tour will start with an explanation of the local flora and fauna, followed by a short hike to the entrance of the caves. While inside the caverns, you will learn about their formation. Later, enjoy a refreshing dip in the Xunaan Ha Cenote (freshwater sink hole).
Prices include all yoga, workshops, accommodations, and three daily meals (airfare not included).
Don’t have a roommate? Let us play matchmaker! We’ll find someone for you to room with!
Double Occupancy :
- Garden View Deluxe – $1,755
- Ocean View Deluxe – $1,860
- Ocean View Super Deluxe – $1,985
- Beach Front Deluxe – $2,035
- Beach Front Super Deluxe – $2,125
- Beach Front Premium – $2,175
Single Occupancy :
- Garden View Deluxe – $2,315
- Ocean View Deluxe – $2,455
- Ocean View Super Deluxe – $2,700
- Beach Front Deluxe – $2,805
- Beach Front Super Deluxe – $2,980
- Beach Front Premium – $3,085
* $400 deposit due at time of sign up. Remainder is due by February 1st, 2015.