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Yoga in Costa Rica Trip Details

Introduction

Yoga, a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit.  Mindfulness, the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment.  The combination of these two is thought to lead one to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being one with their environment.  

This retreat combines the practice of yoga and group mindfulness sessions with amazing adventures in the Costa Rican rainforest. When you bring together adventure with powerful practices like yoga and meditation big shifts can happen!

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Yoga

Yoga classes will begin with a short meditation before leading to a mix of Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga, while afternoon classes will focus on alignment and a restorative practice.

Classes are designed for all levels and give you the freedom to modify all poses.

Sit for evening discussions on yoga philosophy as we learn to use mindfulness as a tool for navigating our fast-paced, 21st century lives.  

Start: Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO)

To ensure shuttle service: plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 PM

Finish: Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO)

To ensure shuttle service, plan to depart Day 6 after 12:30 PM

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

-6 days / 5 nights in Bungalows with roommates
-5 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners
-Airport transportation to and from San Jose Airport (SJO)
-Seven yoga classes (yoga mats included)
-Four mindfulness sessions
-Tour of permaculture farm
-Under30Experiences Yoga retreat leaders
-The chance to meet some kick-ass people

(attendees are responsible for their own airfare)

Highlights

-Tour of permaculture farm
-Uncover the mysteries of Costa Rican rainforest while detoxifying, strengthening, and rejuvenating yourself through the power of yoga
-Delicious and healthy foods prepared at the eco-lodge
-Get hooked on some of the best coffee in the world
-Get a taste of the local culture in La Fortuna
-Make your own adventure with other optional activities like kayaking, arenal observatory hike, etc.
-Yoga Instruction with a teacher with over 1500 hours of Teacher Training

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 14 max, average 12
-Transportation: Private shuttle to and from the airport
-Physical rating: 2 - Average. Some activities might include moderate physical activity like hiking, walking, etc. Yoga is open to all fitness levels.
-Accommodations: Hotel Bungalows (5 nights) with roommate(s).

Community

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Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Grown on the permaculture farm and prepared right on site, eat like a local with delicious Costa Rican dishes like gallo pinto and some of the best fruit in the world. 

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Gallo pinto (rice and beans), eggs, local fruits, homemade jams, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Delicious and healthy foods prepared with the organic greens, vegetables, tubers, fruits, herbs, and dairy from the ecolodge
  • Menu varies depending on the weekly harvest

Breakfasts and dinners can be modified to accommodate any dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.

Transport

Shared, comfortable, safe, air-conditioned private shuttle to and from the airport for your convenience.

Accommodation

Hotel Bungalows for duration of trip

Solo travelers are placed with someone of the same gender

*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)

Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details
*Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips. 

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. 

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

Your yoga instructor has more than 1500 registered teaching hours and will teach for all levels of yoga.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. 

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a sustainable water bottle
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.‍

Do not forget: water bottlesunscreensandalsbeach towelwaterproof rain jacketsunglasses and a hat!

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you U30X will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • Please bring a sustainable water bottle to refill from the faucet; the water is safe to drink.  Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and keep Costa Rica beautiful.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • No innoculations are required to enter Costa Rica from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
  • If you are traveling to Costa Rica from South America you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine.
  • Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of Latin America.  Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.
  • Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Money & Currency

  • Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • Bring cash with you! It will be helpful to have at least $200 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
  • Please be advised that slightly torn US dollar notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).
  • All places accept USD so you do not need to convert to the local currency Colones. If you’d like a better exchange rate call your bank and order Colones before your trip.
  • In Costa Rica, a 23% charge is added on to almost every meal (13% tax, 10% tip). Further tipping for wait staff is appropriate in the case of excellent service. When in doubt, ask your trip leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
  • Basic exchange rate is 500 colones to 1 dollar.  If a meal is 5,000 colones you can give them $10.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended on the beach.
  • Leave flashy jewelry at home.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov
  • Uber works at the San Jose Airport and is the safest way to call a taxi.  If you miss the shuttle, use the free-wifi to call an Uber.
  • Although La Fortuna is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any town at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time activities, as they are the safest and easiest way to avoid any issues one might encounter on the streets after dark.
  • Taxis can be organized from reception of your hotel. Also, take the address of the hotel with you.

Weather

The average temperature in Arenal is 75-85 degrees fahrenheit during the day and 65-75 at night

Please expect showers and thunderstorms most days that pass through the rainforest

cultural information

  • Hello-- Hola
  • Excuse me-- Perdon 
  • How are you?--¿Como esta?
  • Thank you-- Gracias
  • Please-- Por favor
  • A beer please-- Una cerveza por favor
  • Pura Vida-- Pure Life (Costa Rica mantra)

Optional Activities

While your trip leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. 

Hiking in Arenal Observatory Lodge - $10/pax

Explore rainforest, waterfalls, streams, 11 kilometers (7 miles) of trails, and see an amazing wealth of wildlife. Arenal Observatory Lodge is a renowned destination for bird watching in Costa Rica, with more than 500 species of birds noted so far in our forest.

Lake Arenal Kayak Tour - $55

Head out to the shores of Lake Arenal where adventure and relaxation await! Kayak towards Arenal Volcano, explore the abundance of life within the many inlets you pass along the way, and feel refreshed as you jump into the lake for a swim.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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