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7 Days Spanish and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Del Super Chicho, 60111 Cabuya, Puntarenas, Costa Rica


Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Teeming with waterfalls, endless beaches, and a bountiful rainforest, Cabuya is the perfect place for a yoga retreat! Over the period in which you are here in Costa Rica, you will fall gently into the flow of the class, not having to slow down for newcomers from day to day. You will get to know your instructors' next moves before they make them and the instructors will get to know your strengths and your weaknesses so that together, you can take your practice to the next level.


  • Daily Hatha Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Classroom Spanish instruction classes
  • Applied Spanish learning lessons in class or outside
  • Guided waterfall hike or sightseeing tour
  • Books and instructional materials
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Fire show

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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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 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 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.

Deluxe rooms

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.

Economical rooms

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.

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 five acres of ocean view land, just off the main Coastal road in Cabuya.

Nearby places

  • Beach, 1 mile
  • Cabo Blanco National park, 1 mile
  • Grocery store, 1 mile
  • Mal País, 5 miles
  • Montezuma, 5 miles
  • Restaurants, 1 mile
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Books and instructional materials
  • Daily applied learning sessions (2 hours)
  • Daily classroom Spanish instruction (2 hours)
  • Daily yoga classes (90 minutes)
  • Fire show (most weeks)
  • Guided waterfall hike or sightseeing tour


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.

Spanish language instruction (Monday to Friday)

You will receive two hours of classroom instruction and two hours of applied learning each day (Monday-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.

What makes this Spanish course better than others?

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!

Driving directions from Liberia

  • The best route for all seasons is to follow signs in order toward Nicoya, Jicaral, Playa Naranjo, Paquera, Cobano, Montezuma, and finally Cabuya.
  • The trip should take about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Driving directions from San Jose

  • Follow signs for the Paquera Ferry.
  • Kick back and enjoy the views for an hour and a half until you reach the ferry dock.
  • After you return to your car, you will follow signs for Tambor and then Cobano.
  • Turn left at Cobano and follow signs to Montezuma and finally to Cabuya.
  • The whole trip should take approximately 6 hours.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus from Liberia

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.

Arrival by bus from San Jose

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.

Group size

Maximum 15 persons.

Travel assistance

La Escuela Del Sol can help you arrange your incoming trip. Approximate cost will be 15 to 230 USD depending on your time of arrival and the amount of people traveling with you. Please keep in mind that this cost is not included in the program fee.

Important information

Applicants must be 18 years of age by date of arrival. La Escuela Del Sol makes every effort to ensure the safety of its students. An informational seminar will be held on the first day, giving you traveling tips to help guard against the dangers of personal injury or theft in the region. That said, Escuela Del Sol is not responsible for any injury, property damage, or loss which might occur to students while attending any Escuela Del Sol activity or while traveling in or around Costa Rica.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to La Escuela Del Sol, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

Montezuma waterfall hike

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.

  • Jessica Chae

    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.

  • Lindsay Monteagudo

    Currently residing in Costa Rica, Lindsay Monteagudo began her yoga career in her hometown of San Diego, California. As a mother of twins, yoga provided the balance needed to tackle everyday challenges. Trained under Gerhard Gessner of Prana Yoga, her Vinyasa classes are partnered with a strong focus on alignment. Lindsay's classes aim to center oneself and open blockages. All while her lightheartedness and thirst for life comes through.

  • Mandy Lawson

    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 Quesada

    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!

  • Adriana Bolaños

    Adriana is a 31 year old mother of three who was born in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. She is a sincere person, responsible, and persistent in her goals. With an English teaching degree from the Universidad Latina in San Jose, and several years of combined English and Spanish teaching experience, she is a true professional. Considering her love of academics, Adriana continues her studies today in the Universidad de Santa Lucia in Puntarenas to one day become a nurse.

  • Airport pick up is not included in the price.

Free for all activities

Doña Nena's marmalade and bird farm

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.

Explore by bike

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.

Isla Cabuya Cemetary Island

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.

Rio Lajas river or waterfall hike

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!

Optional activities

ATV rental

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.

Bicycle rental

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.

Hike through Cabo Blanco National Park

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.

Isla Tortuga snorkeling tour

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.

Off shore and deep sea fishing

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.

Scuba diving at Isla Tortuga

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.

  • Boating nearby
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Mosquito net
For information about the booking conditions, please send La Escuela Del Sol an inquiry.
  • Review by Aileen from Richmond Hill, Canada

    "My husband and I spent two weeks with LEDS: We studied Spanish together, I did daily yoga and he got his scuba diving certification. We highly recommend the courses as the instruction for everything was excellent."

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  • Review by Keisha from California, USA

    "Love La Escuela! Gabriel, Dennis, and Jeremy were so helpful and Wendy was a great teacher. The yoga classes were also awesome. I signed up for three weeks at the school but only ended up staying for two only because I wanted to see the rest of the country. I am a skeptic with a lot of things I do, but I am soooo glad I found La Escuela Del Sol. Go with them you won't be disappointed."

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  • Review by Ryan from Texas, USA

    "Decided to do something different for travel this year and headed down to LEDS in Costa Rica for a week of Surfing and Yoga (I have never done either). Wow! I should have come sooner! The location is great! Jeremy and his team made sure everything went super-smooth. We made friends quickly with other students and did many activities as a group. The classes and instruction were awesome. Pablo quickly (and safely) got us riding waves and the Yoga instructors were very helpful to me just starting out. Really looking forward to a return trip!"

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  • Review by traveller

    "I would definitely recommend La Escuela Del Sol to anyone looking to learn Spanish and/or do yoga classes in Costa Rica. I was told that the surfing and the poi were also great, but I didn't take those classes so I can't speak from personal experience. The teachers were fantastic and the location in Montezuma is fabulous - the beach and plenty of great restaurants are within walking distance. The rooms are reasonably basic, but comfortable."

    Jan 2014. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by traveller

    "I spent a week surfing and at Spanish school here in early December and had the best time. The teachers are great, really nice with good English, I had Pablo and Wendy and both were very professional. My room was ok, quite noisy on the ground floor, but I was pretty busy with activities and enjoying Montezuma to spend a lot of time there, just don't expect to have many lie-ins if you're in room 4. Other facilities were nice though, lounge area great for some hammock-time and kitchen well stocked for cooking, etc. Staff also very friendly and welcoming, it's just a great place to spend time learning new skills!"

    Dec 2013. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by traveller

    "Amazing? Wonderful? Magical? I can't find one adequate adjective to describe my month at La Escuela Del Sol. Jeremy Levine has created an environment where you can learn to surf, learn Spanish, practice yoga and get scuba certified while being supported by kind, gentle, loving, caring people that have nothing but your best interest at heart. Everyone from housekeeping to management knows you by name, what classes you're taking and they are all genuinely interested in hearing about your latest surf adventure or to help you out with your Spanish."

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Montezuma, Costa Rica

La Escuela Del Sol is a yoga, surf, Spanish, and fire dancing school that also offers yoga teacher trainings amongst other workshops in Costa Rica.

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from US$505

7 days / 6 nights


This vacation is available all year round, with arrival on Sunday.


Low season
  • March 27 - November 13, 2016


High season
  • November 20, 2016 - April 16, 2017

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