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This Spanish and yoga retreat in Cabuya will give you the chance to practice with locals and improve upon your learning in a fun and supportive environment. The yoga classes are Hatha and Vinyasa, held in a studio surrounded by nature, and are within earshot of the sweet sounds of singing birds and howling monkeys. The resident instructors will guide you mentally and physically to reach an inner peace you'd be lucky to find anywhere else.
You can choose a deluxe room with air-conditioning for yourself or with a friend, or request to be set up with a roommate. You may also choose to stay in one of the economical shared rooms with a shared bathroom. No matter which accommodation you choose, you will share a full kitchen. The dining room and lounge with swing chairs, couch, and fans is 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 La Escuela del Sol does not have a 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 room has one queen-sized bed and a twin bed and all have their own private bathroom with hot water, a digital safe, a 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. The bathrooms have 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 La Escuela Del Sol 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 the space is limited to 15 people in order to keep classes intimate.
You will receive two hours of classroom instruction and two hours of applied learning each day (Monday to Friday). If by chance you are the only person in your level, the private instruction will reduce to 90 minutes per one-on-one session or three hours per day total if you are the only one in your applied learning session as well.
Applied learning is where you can put your knowledge to use and reinforce what you've already learned. This might mean a scavenger hunt, a board game, or a walk on the beach with your instructor. Many times, during your afternoon section, you will have the opportunity to use your new found language skills with Cabuya locals in the center of town with a fun and hands on experience.
Many schools try to cram in as many students as possible from week to week, maximizing their profits. But mixing and matching levels often creates inconsistencies and slows down the learning process as everyone has to adjust to new students. La Escuela del Sol maximizes learning by only accepting new students every two weeks (few exceptions apply).
In a three or four week Spanish session, you may have to integrate with new students once, if at all. In a one or two week Spanish session, the students you start with are your classmates from beginning to end. Inhibitions drop quickly and Spanish conversation excels!
Your horse will await you in downtown Montezuma where you'll begin your tour. Guides will take you along the beach and through the Nicolas Wessberg Nature Reserve. You'll ride past rivers, waterfalls, and natural swimming pools formed on the beach before reaching the El Chorro Falls.
There you will dismount and take some time to swim in a refreshing river, play on the beach and check out the falls in virtual privacy (aside from the curious monkeys, of course). The whole trip lasts four hours and includes water and a snack. No experience is necessary.
Since La Escuela Del Sol is located so close to the spectacular Montezuma Falls, they 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.
Your zip lining tour will send you soaring, high above the rainforest floor for one of the biggest adrenaline rushes Costa Rica has to offer. If you keep your eyes open, chances are you'll see monkeys, exotic birds, and unmatched views of the Pacific Ocean. Professional, experienced instructors will guide you safely through the exhilarating course, containing nine cables, three waterfalls and two and a half hours of high-flying fun.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200
Jessica initially came to yoga as a follower of another trend; however, ended up uncovering something so much more valuable than that - the incredible power of being present now and how stilling the mind can provide clarity as you move through your experiences. Now as an experienced 200-hour yoga instructor and a certified Acro instructor, she attempts to bring yogic philosophies to energetic classes while guiding students to maintain a certain lightness in their practices.
With over 15 years experience in the fitness industry, Mandy has offered personal fitness and yoga classes to both individuals and in class settings. She has completed two 200-hour yoga teacher training courses, and is certified to teach both pre-natal and children's yoga, she is currently working on completing her 300-hour certification. Mandy’s students enjoy her easy-going, humorous, and light-hearted approach to yoga during her alignment-based Vinyasa flow classes.
Wendy has a degree in marketing and sales from the Universidad Metropolitana Castro Carazo in San Jose, Costa Rica, an advanced level English speaking certificate from the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and a PhD in showing you a good time while learning the Spanish language!
Located in the beautiful and tranquil Cabuya, Costa Rica, La Escuela del Sol is founded on the principle of self-enhancement of the body, the mind, and the soul. La Escuela del Sol's brand new campus is located on 5 acres of ocean view land, just off the main Coastal road in Cabuya.
La Escuela del Sol 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.
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.
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 head stones on the island. Some were created by local artists and are extremely creative. It's certainly worth a visit or two.
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 colones, 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.
Located just a mere 20-minute 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 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!
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, La Escuela del Sol can recommend some trails. You can rent a bike for 15 USD a day or 75 USD per week.
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.
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.
Afterwards, 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.
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.
Transfer available for additional US$40 per person
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 La Escuela Del Sol 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). La Escuela Del Sol 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.
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