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This page will provide you with answers to some key questions. We will keep this document
updated to ensure you have the most accurate information available to you while on your retreat.


Hacienda 1800 Hotel
Telephone: (+521) 869 696 0530
Whatsapp: (+521) 866 237 6908

Retreat Leaders



A dedicated vehicle will be at our disposal throughout the retreat, ensuring seamless
transportation for our entire group.

Airport - The retreat leaders will organize transfers to and from the airport based on
participants' arrival and departure schedules. To facilitate smooth pickup arrangements,
travel itineraries must be emailed to no later than March 20, 2024.

For the safety and convenience of all our guests, we kindly encourage everyone to remain at the airport upon arrival until the designated driver picks you up. The driver’s contact information will be provided as the beginning of the retreat approaches.

Retreat - Private transportation will be available for all guests at all times between the hotel and activity locations. Some locations are conveniently situated within walking distance of the hotel.

Activities - All major activities will be scheduled and coordinated by your retreat leaders. An itinerary will be provided before the retreat. Free time will be allotted and included in the itinerary.

General Information about Mexico and Cuatro Cienegas

Country dialing code +52 Time Zone: Central 

What language is spoken in Mexico? The official language of Mexico is Spanish. 

Is English spoken in Mexico? English is spoken throughout the country, more so in tourist areas. For the most part, people in Cuatro Cienegas do speak English. If you run into any problems, contact one of your retreat leaders. Alejandra is fluent in Spanish. 

What currency is used in Mexico? The currency used in Mexico is the Peso (MN). Currently, the exchange rate has ranged from $16.50MN to $17.50MN to the US dollar. Credit cards are accepted in Cuatro Cienegas in most stores and restaurants. However, some locations only accept cash. ATMs are available throughout Cuatro Cienegas and there is one available for your conscience at the hotel. If interested, a great app to use for daily exchange rates is Xe.

Visa Requirements/Travel Documents? A visa is not required when traveling as a tourist from Canada or The United States for up to 180 days. A valid passport is required. 

How much should I budget for tips? Tips are optional in Mexico. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Tipping amounts vary widely, though some travelers report that $2-$10/ day for your guide and $1-$3/ day for your driver is common. Partial gratuity is included for some of the activities. A supplemental gratuity would be appreciated, but not expected. 

What is the best way to get to Cuatro Ciénegas from the nearest airport? General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Monterrey. 

Is it safe to travel to Cuatro Ciénegas? Yes, Cuatro Ciénegas is a safe destination for tourists. We ask that you use your best judgment just like in any other place when traveling. 

What are some safety tips for tourists in Cuatro Ciénegas? Keep your belongings secure and be aware of your surroundings. Follow local safety guidelines and regulations. Stay with your group. 

Are there any health precautions I should take before traveling to Cuatro Ciénegas? It's essential to stay hydrated due to the hot desert climate of Cuatro Ciénegas. Apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing to prevent sunburn. Pack necessary medications and carry health insurance information. Pack any over-the-counter and prescribed medication that you think you might need (etc. Tylenol, Advil, allergy meds). It goes without saying, but just in case, do not take any recreational drugs into Mexico. 

Is the tap water safe to drink in Cuatro Ciénegas? No, filtered water or bottled water will be provided. 

Nearest Medical Facilities (911 service) - In Cuatro Ciénegas, the emergency number for police, medical, and fire emergencies is 911. Just like in many other parts of the world, dialing 911 in Cuatro Ciénegas will connect you to emergency services, and operators will dispatch the appropriate assistance based on the nature of your emergency. It's essential to keep in mind that while 911 is the standard emergency number in Mexico, response times and available services may vary depending on the location and resources of the area.

Residents and visitors have access to a range of healthcare services to ensure the well-being of the community. The local health infrastructure includes a hospital, clinics, and medical facilities that offer a variety of medical services, from routine check-ups to emergency care. Hacienda 1800 Hotel has a small clinic on-site for minor medical needs. 

Additionally, Cuatro Cienegas is equipped with emergency response services to promptly address any unforeseen circumstances. The emergency services, including ambulance services and first responders, are dedicated to providing swift and effective assistance in times of need. Hacienda 1800 Hotel has an agreement with Cruz Roja Mexicana (+52 866 281 7371) to permanently monitor the facilities in high-demand locations, this includes the dates of our visit. The closest specialized medical services for major medical issues are 1 hour away in Monclova, Coahuila. 

Health/Travel Insurance - Not a requirement, but something to think about… Check with your credit card company to see if they offer travel insurance. Ask for details to be sent to you in an email. Credit card insurance may not be comprehensive. These websites are highly regarded by seasoned travelers for their reliability, coverage options, and customer service. Do your research and find what works best for you and your needs.

World Nomads Travel Insurance
Allianz Travel Insurance
Travel Guard Insurance
InsureMyTrip Travel Insurance
AXA Travel Insurance

Best Travel Insurance Companies of February 2024
How to Find the Best Travel Insurance - NerdWallet

For More Information about traveling to Mexico, please visit the official website of the
Mexico Tourism Board: HOME - VisitMéxico

On visa requirements and international travel documents required for Mexico, please
refer to the official website of the Embassy of Mexico in your country or visit the Mexican
government's official visa information page: Visas for Foreigners

Here’s the website for the US State Department regarding Mexico:
Mexico International
Travel Information

How is the Wifi/Cell Coverage? The Wifi coverage can be spotty at times. Check with your local cell service to see what kind of coverage they have in Mexico (if you need or want to look into e-sim cards...try Holafly)

Weather - Cuatro Ciénegas generally experiences warm and dry weather in April, with
temperatures typically ranging from highs around 28-32°C (82-90°F) during the day to
cooler temperatures in the evenings. It's advisable to check closer to your travel dates
for more accurate weather forecasts. Bring a light jacket as it could get windy at night.


What to pack - 

Items Provided by Camino Encantado:

  • Water bottle

  • Yoga mat

  • Beach towel

  • Personal journal and pen

  • NASA-approved eclipse-safe sunglasses CE AND ISO CERTIFIED FOR DIRECT SUNVIEWING.


Please Bring:

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Swimsuit

  • Athletic/yoga clothing

  • Long pants for hiking, not included in package

  • Flip-flops

  • Comfortable walking shoes/tennis shoes 

  • Sunglasses

  • Necessary medications

  • Travel documents (passports and medical insurance card) 

  • And most of all, an open heart!

Protect the Environment:
● Minimize waste, conserve water, and respect the local flora and fauna.
● Leave a positive impact on the environment during your stay.

Prioritize Health and Safety:
● Follow safety instructions provided by the retreat staff.
● Notify staff immediately of any health concerns or emergencies.

Embrace Inclusivity and Diversity:
● Foster an inclusive and respectful environment where everyone feels valued.
● Respect and celebrate diversity among fellow retreat participants.

Honor Privacy and Confidentiality:
● Respect the privacy of fellow retreat participants.
● Maintain discretion in all interactions and avoid sharing personal information without consent.

Participate Mindfully:
● Engage in retreat activities with mindfulness and intention.
● Respect others' viewpoints and contribute positively to group discussions.

Communicate Openly:
● Feel free to ask questions, share concerns, or provide feedback to retreat organizers.
● Open communication ensures a fulfilling experience for all participants.

Be Responsible and Accountable:
● Take responsibility for your actions and conduct yourself with integrity.
● Your cooperation contributes to a harmonious and supportive retreat environment.

Embrace Growth and Learning:
● Approach the retreat with an open mind and a willingness to learn and grow.
● Support your fellow participants on their journey of self-discovery.

Follow Financial Policies:
● Adhere to the retreat's financial policies regarding registration fees, payments, and refunds.
● Seek clarification from organizers if you have any questions about financial matters.

By following these guidelines, you'll contribute to a positive and enriching retreat
experience for yourself and others. Let's create lasting memories and meaningful
connections during our time in Cuatro Ciénegas!

**Sunscreen - needs to be biodegradable/reef safe/non-toxic - Coola, Sun Bum, Alba
Botanicals, Raw Elements, Badger. Check at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, or
perhaps Target for these and other possible options.

Facts about the Solar Eclipse? The solar eclipse occurring on April 8,
2024, is a total solar eclipse. Total solar eclipses are relatively rare events and typically
occur about once every 18 months somewhere on Earth's surface. However, the
specific path of totality, where the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon, varies with
each eclipse and may not cross the same location for many decades. So, while total
solar eclipses happen approximately every 18 months, the occurrence of one in a
specific location can be much less frequent.

Can I cancel or get a refund? Please note that due to the nature of the event and the
requirements to reserve space, activities, and transportation in advance, it is not
possible for us to refund any monies paid for this retreat.

Rules to Follow while in Mexico -

Respect Local Laws and Customs:
● Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs in Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico.
● Adhere to any specific regulations or guidelines provided by the retreat organizers.

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