Yoga & Surf with Gigi Mao
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
November 5th-10th, 2017

Six days of sun, surf and serenity with Austin-based yoga instructor Gigi Mao.

$1695 per person
Limited spots remaining!

  • Private villa 5 minutes from the beach and walking distance to town
  • Twice daily yoga sessions and daily meditations
  • Group surf lesson with local instructors from Alex's Surf Shop
  • Two healthy meals per day prepared fresh at your villa
  • Visit to our community education partner Barrio Planta Project to do yoga with kids 
  • Cultural education to get the best local experience in San Juan del Sur
  • Small group experience, max 14 people
  • Transfers to/from Managua airport
  • Optional add-ons including private yoga, sea turtle excursion, surf, and much more



Day 1: Sunday November 5th

Arrive at the Managua airport and meet your local driver as you exit customs. Enjoy the 2½ hour drive to San Juan del Sur. Get settled in your room, meet your roommates for the week, and get out onto the beach. Enjoy dinner, a meet and greet and learn a bit about Nicaragua before a gentle post travel yoga and meditation session.


Day 2: Monday November 6th

Wake up bright and early for sunrise yoga before a delicious breakfast of local fruit, fresh coffee, protein and a Nicaraguan specialty, gallo pinto. Get ready for your first surf lesson, included in your trip.  Wind down your day with afternoon yoga, a healthy fresh cooked dinner and time to reflect, sleep or socialize.


Day 3: Tuesday November 7th:

After morning yoga and breakfast, pick your adventure for the day such as another surf lesson, an excursion to one of the many hidden beaches in the area, or some time on the water. Regroup in the early afternoon to visit our community partner, Barrio Planta Project, and enjoy a (semi!) structured afternoon of yoga with the kids, and arts project, and time for some play and English/Spanish practice while learning about the importance of this non-profit as a secondary education source for the San Juan del Sur community. Back at the villa, enjoy a well deserved yoga session and healthy dinner. 


Day 4: Wednesday November 8th:

After morning yoga and breakfast, use your free time for a hike, some surfing, or more R&R on the beach. Regroup for an early afternoon yoga, dinner, and a special sunset meditation session. If you take part in the optional sea turtle nature reserve add-on, we'll save dinner for you when you're back!


Day 5: Thursday November 9th

Follow an invigorating morning yoga session with your healthy Nicaraguan breakfast. Now that you’ve gotten to know San Juan del Sur and your fellow yoga travelers, pick your adventures for the day. Consider a private yoga session or massage in town, or more R&R by the beach. Join for an extra long afternoon yoga, special farewell dinner, and time in the evening for reflection and socialization with your new friends.


Day 6: Friday November 10th:

Join in a short pre-travel yoga session that will get you stretched and zenned for your going home plans. Breakfast will be available extra early so that you’ll have time to pack up and prepare for 5-6 hours between leaving San Juan del Sur and your afternoon flight out in Managua. Our transfers will take people to the airport in groups according to their departure time with the last group leaving by 12:00 noon.


Trip Price:

$1695 per person, based on double or triple occupancy

+$550              Single supplement, your own room with private bath

-$100               Yes, I’ll take a super comfy sofa bed!

+$25                Additional surf lesson (group) - each

+$50                Additional surf lesson (private) - each

$+85                Private, customized 60-minute yoga lesson with Gigi Mao

$+65               La Flor Nature Reserve excursion to see sea turtles (includes transit, entrance fee and local guide)


Trip Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Additional excursions and activities
  • Lunches
  • Required travel insurance


Ready to book? Download our registration form and get started! Or contact us with questions!



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Gigi Mao has been a devoted practitioner of yoga for more than a decade and teaches alignment-based flow. Her classes are strong and focused while supportive and introspective. Gigi has led two yoga retreats in Mexico and Costa Rica and has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Gigi believes that both yoga and travel are a means of connection and is passionate about creating spaces for adventure and growth.


Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and yoga enthusiast with a background in tourism,  entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked and traveled in 30 countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe the Middle East and Africa including tours she has led in Spain, Germany, China and Canada.

Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.  

Terms & Conditions

Please refer to registration for complete terms.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler. Deposits may not be refunded, but can be transferred to another traveler of the same gender for $100.

Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $500 deposit on booking + remainder due 30 days after booking. Payments will be invoiced by e-mail for credit card payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Travels.

Cancellation Policy
We get that life happens, and we wish we could compensate for unforeseen circumstances, but we begin to incur costs the moment you book (if not before). Therefore, cancellations are 100% non-refundable. However, we do allow for last minute transfers of the same gender for a $100 admin fee. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.

Travel Insurance
Comprehensive travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits. Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days before trip start will result in trip cancellation with no refund. We can recommend a travel agent to assist you with obtaining insurance, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.

Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.