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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Costa Rica.
Montezuma Yoga is located at Hotel Los Mangos, just outside the village of Montezuma. Unlike other beach towns in Costa Rica, Montezuma has a strong health and eco oriented community and is not full of real estate development. The rivers and beaches are clean and still full of unspoiled nature and wildlife. This is the perfect place for people travelling solo and you will make friends easy, if you like.
You will be practicing yoga in the open, wooden pavilion looking out to the ocean and listening to the sound of birds, monkeys, and the ocean. Just drop in, there are mats and props available for you. Combine the relaxing and stretching benefits of yoga with learning or deepening your Spanish knowledge while on vacation in some of the most beautiful beaches.
You will be staying at hotel Los Mangos, located on the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, in the town of Montezuma. This small, hip village remains one of the most popular destinations on the coast, with its beautiful beaches, great nightlife, and abundant natural beauty.
The hotel offers accommodation in 10 rooms and 9 bungalows in a beautiful mango orchard looking out to the ocean. The owner has designed the bungalows to resemble the architecture found in Bali, connected by walking roads, the buildings have an octagonal structure, made of "Nazareno" wood with cathedral ceilings and wide roofed porches. You can relax by the pool, watch the monkeys, hike to the waterfalls or take a horseback ride along the beaches. Single rooms have either one queen bed or two twin beds and share the bathroom with one other room. Bungalows have one queen and one twin bed and private bath, as well as a private porch with hammock.
Silvia is originally from Switzerland and later lived in Copenhagen, where she was inspired by a spiritual community to commence a Hatha yoga practice 8 years ago. When she realized her passion for nature, art, and the sea in Montezuma 4 years ago, she decided to make a home here. She trained with Jackie Chiodo, and became a YA 200-hour certified yoga teacher. Silvia teaches alignment based Hatha flow, as well as Restorative yoga. She is also a trained aesthetician, specialized in holistic natural skin care.
Montezuma Yoga was founded by Dagmar Spremberg, a native German. After leaving Germany in 1996 she moved to Los Angeles, where she began practicing and studying yoga. After moving to New York she intensified her studies and trained with Anusara teacher Elena Brower at Virayoga, New York. She arrived to Montezuma in October 2001 where she began teaching yoga and organizing yoga retreats with the Hotel Los Mangos. She is a 500-hour certified RYT with the Yoga Alliance and also an Anusara inspired teacher.
Montezuma remains one of the most popular destinations on the coast, and many people like to stay for at least several days, to enjoy not only the beaches but also the nearby nature reserves, like Cabo Blanco National Parks and Cur wildlife reserve; islands, like Tortuga which is the best known in the area. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the monkeys playing in the forest canopy, start the day with an outstanding sunrise, and hike to cascading waterfalls. Cobano town is really closet o Montezuma, here you can find the national bank, a clinic for emergencies, and a pharmacy.
All packages include a delicious healthy breakfast, but no dinner. There is a large variety of great restaurants in town that include vegetarian and vegan options, so you can explore and choose on your own. The best restaurant, Playa Los Artistas, is located right across the street from the hotel Los Mangos.
Enjoy the great therapeutic massage, included in your package.
From the center of Montezuma, where the bus station is, turn left at the corner in front of the public park. Follow the road for 250 meters and reach the hotel just behind the corner at the end of the beach. Only three minutes walking.
It is possible to fly directly from Juan Santamara International Airport (SJO) to Playa Tambor, leaving from the international airport, with Sansa or TravelAir airlines.
In Puntarenas there are 2 ferry terminals that connect to Paquera:
The terminal at the northwest end of the town where the Peninsular has a car / passenger ferry which does the one and half hour trip to Paquera and the new air-conditioned car / passenger ferry oparated by Naviera Tambor also leaves from this dock and goes to Paquera.
The old terminal at the dock behind the market where the "lancha" departs. This lancha is for foot and bike passengers only. The lancha connects with the Paquera - Montezuma bus.
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