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From the Cloud Forest to the Pacific Coast
March 12-19, 2023
Join Sarah Brenes for another fantastic EcoYogadventure in Costa Rica. We will begin our adventure in the cloud forest and hike Cloudbridge Nature Preserve in the Talamanca mountains, known for its majestic views and sounds of the mountains, forest, and river. This region is famous for having some of the most exquisite birds in the world. From the mountain region we will then travel to the Pacific Coast. Along the way we will visit the Nauyaca Waterfalls. On the Pacific coast will be staying at a beautiful retreat center in Ballena Bay, a beautiful region known for its whale tail shaped beach and rainforest in the Osa Peninsula. It is one of the best places in Costa Rica to see whales and dolphins, coral reefs and tropical marine life, along with an abundance of wildlife in the nearby national parks. There will be daily yoga and meditation experiences, healthy and delicious food (can accommodate to most diets), time to hang poolside and the beach, hiking excursions through the primary forest, discovering inspirational waterfalls, and more sweet surprises.
Customize your retreat experience
Flight Booking Dates: Sunday, March 12 & Sunday, March 19 (flying to and from SJO San Jose, Costa Rica)
3/12 (Arrival Day): Stay at Studio Hotel Boutique, in Santa Ana (near SJO Airport-free shuttle included)
3/13: Travel to San Gerardo via private tour bus as a group. Stay at El Pelicano lodge for cloud forest YogAdventures: Hike Cloudbridge, bird watching, waterfalls, hike with guide equipped with bird-watching scopes
3/14-3/18: Stay at Hotel Vista Ballena near Visa Ballena National Park for YogAdventures: Hike Nauyaca Falls, whale and dolphin tour, animal sanctuary tour, trip to Dominical, surf lessons
3/18(Last) Night: Stay at Hotel Villa San Ignacio, near SJO Airport
3/19: Your journey home begins
You will fly in on Sunday, March 12th, fly out Sunday, March 19th. Once you arrive at San Jose Airport/Juan Santa Maria (SJO), you will be shuttled over to Studio Hotel Boutique which is in Santa Ana, not too far from the airport. When you fly back on Friday the 19th, I will arrange your pick up to take you back to the airport. Transportation to/from hotel costs are included. Hotel, lodge and transportation in the country is included in cost. All meals at most places are included. 2 incredible adventures: a guided tour of the Cloudbridge Primary Forest Reserve and an adventurous trek to the Nauyaca Waterfalls are included.
Yoga will be led by Sarah, who has organized eco yoga retreats and adventures in both the US and Costa Rica for 10 years. Yoga will be mixed level and adaptive to each student's level, allowing for personal expansion. There will be morning meditation experiences that will touch your heart and connect you to your own nature. When we come to know our own nature, we can better connect to the nature around us without feeling separation.
Once you register, I'll send insights, and inspirational guidance which will be life-enhancing and prepare you for our journey together.
Not into yoga? That's ok! Your non-yogi partner or friend that wants to come will definitely not be bored, as there are so many activities available. There is a lot of freedom for you to choose how much you would like to participate in activities.
Some adventures are included in this trip. Additional adventures such as guided early morning bird watching, zip lining, whitewater rafting, etc. are mentioned in the "Additional Tours Menu".
This is what adventures are included in your cost:
Cloudbridge Hike to Primary Forest Tour: Tuesday, March 14th. This is a 4-hour hike through along a river trail past two huge waterfalls, spotting birds and other wildlife, while learning about the cloud forest and the reforestation work that has evolved over the last several decades. Watch a video below. Transportation and a packed lunch is included.
Nauyaca Waterfalls Tour: Thursday, March 16th, Hidden deep within the forests of Costa Rica's South Pacific, the Nauyaca Waterfalls consist of two amazing falls. This all-day excursion, 42km from the lodge, includes entrance fees to park, transportation, lunch, guide, and snacks.
Cost, inclusions, and exclusions:
Retreat cost is $1500 for shared room/double occupancy (please indicate if you are sharing a bed or want a room with 2 beds), and $1999 for single room experience.
If choosing double occupancy please indicate if you have a roommate in mind or are open with being paired up.
A 10% non-refundable deposit reserves your spot. Payment plan options are available with the total amount due 30 days prior to the commencement of the retreat.
Retreat cost covers:
Daily yoga and meditation practices
Lodging: 2 nights at Hotel near airport, 1 night at a lodge in the mountains, and 4 nights at Vista Ballena.
Transportation: when you arrive to San Jose, Costa Rica, I will cover transport from and back to the airport, and back and forth from the lodge we will have our own private transportation bus.
Meals: All meals at lodges and hotels are included. The only times I don't cover meals is when we eat out, and before and after our stay at the lodge.
Cloudbridge Primary Forest hike, and Nauyaca Waterfalls tour
Retreat does not cover:
Your airfare. Do not book too early, do not book too late! About 6 months prior you should be looking for rates, give or take. kayak.com is my go-to
Meals outside the lodges (mainly the first and last day)
Tips for guides and drivers... good karma always appreciated :)
Additional excursions. See more info in the "Additional Tours Available Menu", shown above. You can wait and choose to pay for these up to a month before the trip.
Flights to SJO are frequent and rates are quite reasonable; please make sure you have a valid passport that is not expected to expire.
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