The Best Places for Yoga and Meditation in South America

Meditation and yoga are two perfect formulas to maintain a healthy life and a balance between body and mind. For those looking to re-energize and find the necessary harmony, South America offers places to find the relaxation and connection needed to recharge positive energy and break the stressful daily routine.

Here are some of the most recommended South American sites for restoring balance through yoga and meditation.

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Cerro Uritorco, Argentina

This town in the province of Córdoba offers a unique landscape that has made it one of the favorite places for those seeking relaxation with the practice of yoga, tai chi and a series of wellness techniques, as well as than alternative therapies.

In this calm and meditative place stands the famous Shobogenji Zen temple, the first in Latin America dedicated to Buddhist practices and a retreat for the local and international shanga community. Yoga lovers enjoy this discipline surrounded by lush vegetation and abundant wildlife that lives in this wide valley, which also has rocky slopes that invite contemplation. Several tour operators offer three-day packages to this magnificent site that include Buddhist meditation, mantra workshops, Hatha yoga, and reading of Buddhist texts, among others.

Buzius, Brazil

This fantastic place in Rio de Janeiro is located between the beach and the mountains, two perfect places for relaxation and connection of body and soul. Yoga practitioners find in Lumiar, a natural area protected by the Brazilian government, the elements necessary for meditation with the pure air of the Atlantic Ocean.

The extraordinary beaches of golden sand and crystal clear waters are perfect for long yoga sessions and then visit the various restaurants in the place which offer many quality gastronomic options. Hatha yoga retreats include meditation, shamanic healing, mantra fire, vegetarian meals, relaxing massages and nights accommodation, among others.


Many places in South America are wellness sanctuaries where travelers find spiritual peace with meditation amidst nature. (Photo courtesy of kieferpix/iStock/Getty Images Plus).

Isla del Rosario, Colombia

This site, located in Cartagena, is one of the most popular retreat places in Colombia because it is far from the noise of the cities and perfect to disconnect from the daily routine. Tierra Bomba is one of the islands in this archipelago where visitors can travel by boat to reach beaches ideal for practicing yoga and enjoying fresh seafood.

There are many places where travelers enjoy excellent massages, eco-tours, natural aquariums, and outdoor dining, among others. There are also several spiritual detox retreats including yoga sessions, oriental dances, meditations, mantras and relaxation in a natural environment of incredible views and biodiversity.

Tarapoto, Peru

Wellness tourism lovers find in this Amazonian paradise in the San Martin region the ideal place to relax and establish direct contact with the most exuberant nature. Here, travelers have a wide range of spaces that offer relaxing experiences to enjoy long sessions of yoga and meditation.

Tour operators offer experiences such as yoga, detox sessions, reiki, spiritual retreats, massages, group walks, and vegetarian food, among others. Additionally, visitors can tour the area to reach fantastic places such as Huacamaillo Falls, Cumbaza Beaches, and Paucaryacu Thermal Baths, to name a few.


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South America has several yoga centers where people enjoy long meditation sessions and healing experiences. Yoga classes. (Photo via AMResorts).

Lake Rupanco, Chile

Chilean Patagonia is a magical place to restore connection and balance between body and soul. Thanks to the tranquility offered by Lago Rupanco (Lake Rupanco), visitors find the ideal conditions to relax and meditate in an environment free from the pollution of the city.

In this place is the Anandaji Yoga Center which stands out for its extraordinary view where tourists, in addition to enjoying a great healing experience, have at their disposal delicious gastronomic options prepared with organic products as well as places to experience long meditation sessions in front of the magical view of Volcán Puntiagudo (sharp volcano).

Here, in addition to yoga classes and self-awareness and wellness sessions, travelers find accommodation in lakeside cabins with breakfast, lunch and dinner services including set menus with meats vegan, vegetarian and white.