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Join Wild Sun Jungle Resort for a week of yoga and surfing in Costa Rica. This country is known to have some of the most consistent waves in the world. With its diverse topography and coastal winds, there are waves for every surfer. Add to that the year-round heat and warm ocean and there is never a bad time to pick up a board and head to the beach.
You can choose a deluxe room with an air-conditioning that can be set up with a roommate. You may also choose to stay in one of the economical shared rooms with shared bath. No matter which accommodation you choose, you will share a full kitchen. The dining room and lounge with swing chairs, couch, and fans are now complete and available for your chilling pleasures.
If you come alone and choose a shared room, you will normally be set up with one roommate, or if circumstances require, a maximum of two roommates. If for some reason there is no roommate available for you, you may be upgraded to a private room instead. If you come as a couple or with friends, they will place you in your own room with up to three beds.
The campus offers four deluxe rooms with air-conditioning. Each has one queen bed and a twin bed. All have private bath with hot water, digital safe, mini fridge, and a porch with swing chairs and ocean view.
Also available are three economical shared rooms with shared bath. The two co-ed rooms have a bunk bed and a twin. There is also a room for couples with a matrimonial size bed. Shared rooms with shared bath provide fans and mosquito netting for every bed. They also share a living room, three showers, and bathrooms, as well as a changing room downstairs. Bathrooms are equipped with hot water.
Whether you are just starting out in yoga or looking to take the more advanced program, you will have the opportunity to practice with others on your skill level in a very relaxing, intimate atmosphere. In addition to this, you will be taught by professionals whose goals are to help assist you in getting to new yoga levels and who want to help you reach the ultimate in relaxation.
Classes are exclusive for students to ensure the best quality experience. The classes are Hatha Vinyasa based, held in a studio surrounded by nature, and are within earshot of the sweet sounds of singing birds and howling monkeys. They are open for all levels, taught in English, and space is limited to 15 people in order to keep classes intimate.
The areas of Cabuya, Montezuma, Mal Pais, and Santa Teresa provide all sorts of breaks to choose from. Most of the classes revolve around Montezuma's Playa Grande, but if the group improves enough, the instructors will bring you to some other breaks in the area. Generally, each class will last two hours (Monday to Friday), but that may depend on your endurance as surfing is a rigorous and, often times, tiring sport. Either way, you will find two hours to be more than enough to be ripping in no time.
On day one for beginners, you will go over the safety and technical introduction on land. You will spend the rest of your two hours in the water practicing your balance on the board, getting a feel for the waves, and learning the basic techniques of how to stand up and paddle effectively. These lessons will introduce you to surfing and give you the tools for what often becomes a lifelong passion.
For intermediates, you will have a chance to hone your skills on a relatively unknown and empty beach. Those from California know how much of a privilege that can be!
When you are not tearing up the waves or doing yoga, this program will also let you take the opportunity to enjoy the scheduled excursions depending on the situation on the field.
Since your retreat location is so close to the spectacular Montezuma Falls, you can't pass up the opportunity to show off a little bit. Every student will be taken on an easy hike to the local watering hole for a rest and a quick dip. There you can swim or just sit and admire the magnificent 75-foot falls (the largest in the area). For the more daring, you may continue through some difficult terrain to the second and third falls where you can take the rope swing out for a twirl and maybe even do some cliff diving. It's a great time, guaranteed.
The retreat takes place in the beautiful and tranquil Cabuya, Costa Rica. Your retreat location is founded on the principle of self-enhancement of the body, the mind, and the soul and is located on five acres of ocean view land, just off the main Coastal road in Cabuya. Costa Rica is known to have some of the most consistent waves in the world. With its diverse topography and coastal winds, there are waves for every surfer. With the year-round heat and warm ocean, there is never a bad time to pick up a board and head to the beach.
As part of the program, you will be provided with a private chef who will cook the meals for you over the course of your week. Don't worry about where to eat and what's good, just sit back and let just enjoy your three daily delicious, nutritious, and home-cooked meals during Sunday, Friday, and Saturday morning. There will be no lunch and dinner prepared on Saturdays.
Take a ride on the wild side with a Honda four-wheeler to discover some of the more secluded pristine beaches, waterfalls, and pueblos in the area. One of the better forms of transportation on the mostly bump-laden (a.k.a. adventurous) dirt roads, you can take your quad all the way to Cabo Blanco or Mal Pais and Santa Teresa for some wildlife or an afternoon surf. You can rent an ATV for 60 USD for half a day and 80 USD for the whole day.
Take a bumpy ride for some snorkeling at Las Manchas or Los Cedros beach. Stop for a rest in the beautiful Rio Lajas where natural Jacuzzis form in the shallow rock bed and mini-cascades massage your shoulders from above. Or keep on keeping on to the Cabo Blanco reserve for some great exercise. If you're a mountain biker, Wild Sun Jungle Resort can recommend some trails. You can rent a bike for 15 USD a day or 75 USD per week.
Born and raised in Cabuya some 60 years ago, Doña Nena can tell a story or two! She also makes fresh marmalades and coconut oils from locally grown and collected fruits. Nena also boasts a bird farm of ducks, pheasants and a few rare birds she keeps for company. Be sure to take a walk around to see them all.
Wild Sun Jungle Resort provides the use of two bicycles available to all students and volunteers. Biking to Montezuma will take about an hour, but there are so many beaches, rivers, waterfalls, tide pools, and secrets to find along the way. They recommend a full day of biking and exploring to discover and enjoy a few gems you won't find in any guide book.
Five minutes from the school, you will see a mysterious island off the coast. During low tide, you can walk there, but the onset of high tide may leave you stranded, so time it carefully! There are close to 50 headstones on the island. Some were created by local artists and are extremely creative. It's certainly worth a visit or two.
This uninhabited island off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula provides exquisite beauty and endless fun. You'll work on your suntan and enjoy the views from the deck of a speedboat on the way through the islands. Once you reach Tortuga, you'll disembark, grab your snorkel gear, and head for the volcanic reef to hang in the crystal clear waters with some tropical fish. Afterward, you can wade in the ocean or explore the island while your guides cook you up some fresh fish and local cuisine. But save some gas in the tank 'cause the ride back often turns into a dance party. This activity costs 55 USD.
Costa Rica is also the top fishing destination in all of Central America. Take a three-hour tour into the Pacific Ocean, cast your rod, and start reeling in blue marlin, giant yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, red snapper, dorado, and wahoo among others. Whatever you catch, bring on home and for a few more colonies, a local chef will grill it up for a mouth-watering, happy ending to a fantastic day. This activity ranges from 250 USD to 800 USD.
In 1963, the nearby Cabo Blanco became the first National Park in Costa Rica. Today it boasts 1250 hectares of lush rainforest, dramatic coastline, and countless species of animals and plants. Monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots, and a slew of other exotic animals frolic through the forest and fly overhead.
Hike through the mountains, picnic by the river, or stroll along the stunning beach and you'll see things your friends would never believe if you didn't have the proof on your camera. This activity costs 8 USD.
Located just 20 minutes walk outside Cabuya's center, Rio Lajas provides hours of free entertainment. The river is shallow but every now and then the rock bed opens up and forms a natural Jacuzzi with cascades sending water into your swimming hole, perhaps over your shoulders for a nice massage. There is a large swimming area close to the river mouth which is frequented by exotic birds, including the large, pink Roseate Spoonbill.
Hike up the river for about an hour and head to the right when the river divides by equal tributaries and you will find a small waterfall with a large pool followed by the tallest waterfall in the region. During the dry season, this river can fill up with tad poles and other fun creatures but may not be suitable for swimming. But for hiking, always!
A speedboat will take you straight from Montezuma beach to a prime dive spot near Isla Tortuga. Visibility ranges from 30 to 80 feet where you may spot angel fish, sea horses, octopus, manta rays, spotted eagle rays, dolphin, whale sharks, and countless tropical fish. Trip includes lunch and drinks, full diving gear and professional, English-speaking, dive master instructors. This activity costs 100 USD for one tank dive or 140 USD for two tank dive.
There are two companies which offer a 30-minute flight from Juan Santamaria International Aiport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) to Tambor Airport (TMU), 45 minutes from Cabuya. From Tambor, you'll need a 50 USD, 45-minute taxi. Please allow Wild Sun Jungle Resort to arrange your taxi to make sure you get the fair price from a trusted driver who knows where to drop you off. Also, if their surf van is available, they can pick you up for 40 USD instead.
Sansa Air and Nature Air leave directly from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) as well as Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Wild Sun Jungle Resort recommends that you arrive at least two hours before your connecting domestic flight.
There is no direct bus from Liberia to Cabuya but there are local buses. Connections are not timed so it may take you all day (or two). If you don't speak fluent Spanish, this is not a recommended way to travel.
There is daily, direct service between San Jose and Montezuma through Transportes Rodriguez. The trip takes approximately 6 hours, including a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Puntarenas to Paquera. The cost is approximately 15 USD.
Once in Montezuma, there are buses to Cabuya (1.50 USD) every two hours until 4:15 p.m. If arriving later, you will have to take a taxi (14 USD) from the center of town to reach the campus. Having a fair handle on Spanish is essential or you may miss a changeover and get lost.