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8 Days Adventure, Service, Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Don Carlos Hotel, San Jose Downtown - Samasati Nature Retreat, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon

Adventure Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Peace through Yoga Foundation groups come to Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary two to three times a year. Their itineraries are filled with adventure, yoga, and a day at the International Center for Girls working with local children. This journey includes yoga as well as adventure and humanitarian work with children. The passengers come from all over the world. Samasati Nature Retreat hopes you join on this adventure!

Highlights

  • Yoga sessions in Puerto Viejo
  • A day working with local children
  • Trip to the beautiful Cahuita National Park
  • Zip lining adventure or horseback riding tour
  • 5 nights accommodation in Puerto Viejo
  • All Caribbean meals at in Puerto Viejo
  • 2 nights accommodation in San Jose
  • Airport and local transportation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Don Carlos Hotel

Due to the particular architectural configuration of the hotel, located amidst the historical neighborhood of Barrio Amn, in downtown San Jose, all of the rooms are different one from another. There are no two rooms that look exactly the same.

Samasati Nature Retreat

Samasati Nature Retreat accommodations are screened in and private rooms with a king size, a queen, a full or two single beds. The rooms are beautiful, with great verandas and spectacular views. Each room has a safe deposit box, fan, emergency light, as well as other amenities. The casitas are triple, double, and single bungalows, nestled in a lovely tropical garden. All bungalows have one bathroom with hot water and spacious verandas overlooking the jungle and the ocean.

You will spend a day in the International Center for Girls working with local children between the ages of 7 and 14 years old. The participants help with English classes, sewing projects, arts and crafts, or share a talent or skill of their own. Stations are set up and children rotate every 20 to30 minutes. The center is just a 20-minute walk from the entrance of Samasati. The other days are filled with yoga every morning and evening, zip lining or horseback riding, a visit to an animal rescue center, kayaking, Cahuita National Park, and an optional river rafting excursion on the return trip back to San Jose.

Day 1 Saturday

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica and transfer to the four-star hotel, Don Carlos, in the city. Get settled in your new surroundings until the welcome dinner at 18:00 on the hotels restaurant, Caf Amon.

Day 2 Sunday

After breakfast, the group will depart 08:30 for Samasati Nature Retreat near Puerto Viejo. You will pass through the chilly heights of Braulio Carriollo National Park, the steamy lowlands of Guapiles, the Caribbean port town of Limon, many banana plantations, and then follow the palm fringed coastal road south by the beach of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. You will arrive in time for lunch. The food is gourmet vegetarian and each meal is a treat. Enjoy the rest of afternoon relaxing prior to a group get-together at 16:30. A gentle yoga class will be offered every evening at 17:00 to 18:15 followed by dinner in the open air restaurant at 18:30. Each evening you can surrender to gravity as you sink into deep restorative poses. After allowing your muscles and connective tissues to release by holding these poses for several minutes at a time, you will be guided through gentle warm-ups and deep stretches. Breath work is incorporated after the physical practice to calm your mind for brief meditation.

Day 3 Monday

A Vinyasa yoga class will be offered every morning from 06:30 to 07:45. After breakfast, the group will go to Puerto Viejo to visit the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center then to a nearby beach. At the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center, you will have the opportunity to hold monkeys and see a wide variety of animals up close. Sack lunches will be provided so you can enjoy a picnic on the beach. The beach at Punta Uva is claimed to be one of the best beaches in the area. The group will return to Samasati after some beach time or you can stay in town and shop. Yoga will be offered from 17:00 to 18:15 followed by dinner.

Day 4 Tuesday

After yoga and breakfast, you will transfer to Peace through Yoga Foundations International Center for Girls. It is located in a rural area in the heart of the rainforest just minutes from Samasati. The name of the property is called El Yue. El Ye is a womens group initiative organized since 1994 in the Carbon 1 Community. As banana and vegetables growers, they started developing alternative activities that could allow them to improve their standard of living and be eco-friendly. You will meet some of the women and participate in the process of making chocolate during the visit. The afternoon will be spent with the girls (ages 7-12) doing a variety of activities, including teaching English, reading books, assisting with math assignments, and implementing educational enrichment stations.

Day 5 Wednesday

Following yoga and breakfast, the group will head out for the famous canopy tour where you will zip from tree to tree in the jungle. There are 15 stations where you will enjoy approximately two hours of zip lining and walking in between several of the platforms. Return to Samasati in time for lunch. An alternative included excursion would be horseback riding at the beach. Well-trained horses and an expert guide will accompany you in this adventurous excursion. You, too, will be back in time for lunch. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 6 Thursday

After yoga and breakfast, you will have a morning adventure at the nearby Cahuita National Park. It is known for white sand, palm tree lined beaches, and crystal clear blue waters. You will also have the opportunity to hike the flat seven kilometers to the point or sunbath. Return to Samasati for lunch and relax or participate in other activities. Taxis can be arranged in the afternoon to go to town for shopping and exploring. Or you can hike one of the many trails, get a massage, relax in the Jacuzzi, take a nap or read in a hammock. You will have the opportunity to dine in a home of a local for family as an alternative to having dinner at Samasati.

Day 7 Friday

After yoga and a leisurely breakfast, you will transfer mid-morning to San Jose and check-in at the Hotel Don Carlos again. There are local markets and museums to explore, or sign-up for an optional white water rafting excursion on your return trip to San Jose. The Pacuare River is world famous for its beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. You will see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides. Wildlife is abundant. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has many rapids that will make your adventure very interesting and fun. The 18-mile-one-day-run includes 38 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many rapids in such a short stretch of water. 99 USD per person. A farewell dinner is scheduled at local restaurant, Caf Mundo, where you will be able to enjoy your last evening with your new found friends.

Day 8 Saturday

After breakfast, transportation will be arranged based on your return flight home. Samasati Nature Retreat hopes you return home rejuvenated and inspired by all you experienced.

There are three different excursions included in the price of the retreat. On Monday, the group will go to Puerto Viejo to visit the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center, and then to a nearby beach. On Wednesday after yoga and breakfast, the group will head out for the famous canopy tour; an alternative included excursion would be horseback riding at the beach. Finally, on Thursday, after yoga and breakfast, you will have a morning adventure at the nearby Cahuita National Park.

Don Carlos Hotel

Located in the oldest historical section of San Jos, the four-star Don Carlos Hotel is a small, but significant part of Costa Ricas rich heritage. Once upon a time residence for two past presidential families, the historical Don Carlos Hotels warmth and charm, graciously awaits you. Enjoy Costa Ricas finest art works as you stroll through the gallery-like corridors and maze of quiet garden and fountain settings, restaurant, and mini pool. Wander into Annemaries boutique and get lost within this unique world of local artistic creations in Costa Ricas number one gift shop.

Samasati Nature Retreat

Samasati Nature Retreat in Costa Rica is a truly natural place and wildlife sanctuary where everyone can have a profound, fulfilling, and real yogic experience in one of the last standing rain forests, as it was in ancient times in a remote space dwelling in the forest, but with the bonus of modern facilities and comfort. Samasati Nature Retreat is nestled in the south Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica, is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a truly forest yogi experience and for whoever wants to deepen the practice and knowledge of yoga in a pristine and unspoiled natural environment. Far away from urban gyms and hectic city life, amongst ancient trees, colorful tropical birds and kaleidoscopic butterflies, it becomes easy and effortless to think ecologically, to nourish harmony with all living creatures and to reclaim the universal and cosmic connection that is the true essence of yoga.

Nearby places

  • International Center for Girls - 20 minutes

Welcome and farewell dinners in San Jose and all meals at Samasati Nature Retreat are included in the price of the retreat. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Samasati Nature Retreat are served buffet style with selections such as Caribbean fusion, light vegetarian along with chicken and fish delicacies when you choose. Fruit is purchased from local farmers, and only the freshest of ingredients are used in every dish. To ensure absolute freshness, the versatile menu is constantly refined, adapting dishes to each catch of the day and using seasonal ingredients available from local farmers. Organic products, as available, are the first choice ingredients. On Thursday, you will have the opportunity to dine in a home of a local for family as an alternative to having dinner at Samasati.

There are several tours offered in Samasati Nature Retreat, from jungle walks to surfing lessons. Samasati Nature Retreat is sure there is one waiting for you.

Gandoca - Manzanillo rainforest hike

Leaving from the Terraventuras office, you ride by microbus to Manzanillo where your guide will be waiting for you to take you on this four-hour jungle adventure through this extraordinary refuge. Apart from the explosion of lush tropical vegetation, you can observe animals like the howler monkeys and sloths, and over 360 fascinating species of exotic tropical birds, including toucans, the black-cheeked woodpecker, and the elusive harpy-eagle to name a few. The beauty of this natural habitat is its dramatic forests and lazy lagoons where youll see caimans, leatherback turtles, guecos, and the red-eyed leaf frogs. It is located in the most isolated and exotic place on the entire South Caribbean coast. The refuge protects 4,500 hectares of sea, 15 kilometers of coast, and 5,000 hectares of plants and hills with maximum height of 115 meters. At the end of this beautiful adventure you can take a walk or just relax on the white sand beach while you wait for the microbus to take you back to Puerto Viejo. If you wish to pass more time on the beach please let the guide know so transportation can be arranged for you.

Horseback riding at the beach

After picking you up from your hotel you will join the group in the office, from where you will depart towards the place where your guide is waiting for you. There you will meet Raul, your experienced guide, a great lover of horses with whom you will share this wonderful experience. It is important to communicate your ability as a horseback rider, to give you a horse according to your level. The passion he feels for these animals gives you a great opportunity to answer all your concerns about these great friends. Do not hesitate to ask any questions. Once assigned to a horse, you are ready to ride towards Punta Uva to enjoy a beautiful stroll along the shores of the Caribbean Sea to reach the estuaries of Punta Uva River. Afterwards you will begin your return along the paths of the wetland, an ideal time to learn about the different species of animals and plants that you find on your path.

Indian reserve, chocolate process, and waterfall

After picking you up from your hotel, you will go toward the Bribri Reserve, the biggest indigenous community in the country and also Talamancas headboard, where you will begin your visit to the indigenous community of Watsi. The journey starts with a visit to an indigenous family, where five generations live together under the same roof. This will be a real close contact with this people life style. You will get to know their houses, cooking, medicinal plants, chocolate production, and many other aspects about their lives. You will taste chocolate with different aromas and flavors. You will have the opportunity of grinding your own chocolate and get to know all the secrets about this old process. Then, you will move toward one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area, The Ro Catarata Waterfall. After freshen up in its pools, you will begin your way back.

Kekoldi Indian reserve

The trek begins inside a former abandoned cocoa plantation. Little by little you start ascending into the secondary and primary forests zones rich in natural and ecological treasures to study and share. This community is accessible only on foot. If you choose the half-day trek, from this point you will return to the road and the bus will take you back to your hotel. If you choose the long trek, your guide will take you to a wonderful waterfall 27 meters in height where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. On the way back, you will visit an indigenous family to enjoy a tasteful typical lunch and learn about their legends and culture.

Rainforest jungle walk with Scott Mckenzie

There are few rainforests and jungles being preserved on earth today. Why is it so important to preserve these living energy bio-spheres? Learn from a celebrity jungle specialist who has a deep love and connection to the rainforest and nature within. Experience interactive nature walks, night hiking, and animal interaction where there are no fences or boundaries. You will be able to live within the natural environment and experience all that happens in Samasatis beautiful living sanctuary of over 400 bird species along with hundreds of beautiful insects and intelligent life all living in harmony.

Punta Uva Sea Kayak and Rainforest Hike

This tour begins with a drive to the southern end of the road into the most remote location in the area; this trip consists of a loop, paddling in and hiking out. After a safety briefing you will embark in a magical kayaking journey paralleling a coast full of cliffs, caves, and the most amazing rainforest. You will take a nice break at the beach to relax, swim, and enjoy some nicely presented fresh fruit and snacks before hiking to Punta Uva point; you will now learn some insights on the eco system of this wildlife refuge. You will then hike back to Punta Uva beach to take the bus back to your hotel.

Surfing lessons

The Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is the best place to learn to surf and a paradise for any surfer, with warm water, a mellow surf scene, and wide variety of waves nearby. With many different breaks in the area, you can find the best wave for your skill level whether its your first lesson or youre an old pro. There are waves for all levels, from Salsa Brava, the heaviest wave in Costa Rica, to the perfect beginner waves of Black Beach, just a minute walk from town, to the fast beach break at Cocles and the classic long boarding waves of Punta Uva, and many more.

The jungle adventure

From here you will head towards a river by crossing a hammock bridge where you start a hike in the river surrounded by spectacular landscapes. You will use canyoneering equipment in parts of the hike and will take your time to swim in the natural pools. At the end of this hike, you will do a rappel 18 meters down a waterfall. You will leave the river and hike through the primary forest to get to the next adventure, tree climbing. Using a harness you will climb 16 meters on a tree to get to a platform where you will start the canopy tour. You will enjoy fruits on one of the platforms. After that, you will do one of the most adrenaline pumping experiences, the Tarzan swing 16 meters above the ground. At the end, you will glide through a 300 meters cable flying like Superman. You will be served a box lunch, juice, and water in the resting area before starting the return trip.

Tortuguero one day

You will be picked you up from the Samasati base camp in a comfortable minivan, and then drive to the north of Limon city, to the Tortuguero canals. Once there, you will board a motorboat and begin your safari through the mangroves, looking for local wildlife, which is quite easy to spot along the canals. Youll see many birds, mammals like sloths and monkeys, reptiles like the emerald basiliskus lizard, and with a bit of luck, you can also see crocodiles or caimans. On the way back, you will visit a banana plantation, where you will learn about the packaging process and where you will get to know all about this delicious tropical fruit. If you are not interested in the banana plantation you skip this part of the tour and receive a discount.

White water rafting at Pacuare river

The Pacuare river is world famous for its beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. You will see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides. Wildlife is abundant; sloth, toucans, parrots, coatis, butterflies, and colorful frogs are common sights. Other inhabitants of this jungle like monkeys, jaguars, peccaries, and tapirs generally stay more hidden. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has many rapids that will make your adventure very interesting and fun. The 18-mile-one-day-run includes a total of 38 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many rapids in such a short stretch of water. Upon arrival at the river, you will get geared up with a life jacket, helmet ,and paddle and then briefed with a full safety orientation talk by expert guides. The first four miles consist of class two and three rapids, a great time to test your new river skills, gain confidence in your team, and have fun. After about 40 minutes you will enter the Pacuare river gorge, which is five miles long. After the gorge the river opens up to a five-mile stretch called Pacuares valley. The river becomes wide open, giving you the opportunity to rest a bit and watch the varied wildlife. The final three miles are filled with class three rapids that will carry you all the way to the end.

During your stay in Samasati Nature Retreat, you can enjoy a massage or a spa treatment for an extra fee upon request.

Chocolate - coffee body treatment

This mood-lifting experience begins with a Caribbean chocolate coffee scrub and light massage to exfoliate the skin. After your thorough exfoliation, you take a warm shower in your private outdoor rainforest room. Next, you are lathered and massaged with a decadent body mask of warm, melted chocolate and then wrapped within a light covering as the chocolate and oil refine your skin tone to a subtle softness. Next, you receive a head massage and an eye treatment with cool cucumber. After a final shower, the finale is a light massage with a velvety smooth and deeply nourishing cacao body butter. The cost is 110 minutes for 130 USD.

Heaven and earth - craniosacral and reflexology

This deeply profound treatment is for bringing heaven energy to the crown chakra and grounding earth energy to the feet. Craniosacral therapy adjusts the subtle rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it circulates around the brain and the spinal cord. Using a very light and sensitive touch, the therapist monitors the flow to determine where restrictions are located and gently releases them. This soothing therapy encourages optimal fluid movement throughout the body. The result is a deep sense of calm. Reflexology works with the reflexes and nerve endings in the feet, which correspond to every gland or organ of the body producing relaxation, pain reduction, cellular rejuvenation, and improved blood circulation. The cost is 120 USD for 90 minutes.

Rainforest massage

Design your custom massage using multiple modalities designed by you and your therapist to connect and deeply harmonize your body, mind, and spirit. Your therapist will talk with you to determine your needs and wishes and customize your session to focus on grounding, balancing, and chakra alignment. A delightfully light and refreshing rainforest massage gel is used. The cost is 95 USD for 60 minutes and 120 USD for 90 minutes.

Rainforest renewal

The rainforest renewal starts with a body scrub and light massage with local pineapple, mango, and brown sugar. Next, you take an outdoor shower in the private rainforest garden. After your refreshing shower, youll have a massage with rainforest gel, which is made of over 120 herbs, plants, and minerals. This refreshingly scented gel is then left on the body providing a wonderful refreshing finish to make the skin soft and healthy. The cost is 120 USD for 90 minutes.

Sunburn therapy

Heal your sun exposure with a light mask of cucumber, aloe, and lavender. This healing treatment is combined with the craniosacral massage and feet with reflexology while your skin baths in a healing mask. The cost for 90 minutes is 110 USD.

Thai yoga massage

A unique healing system also called Nuad Boran. The Thai yoga therapist was trained in Thailand and is an expert in guiding you through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the bodys energy lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and balances the body energetically. The cost for 60 minutes is 130 USD and 195 USD for 140 minutes.

  • 2 nights at the boutique Don Carlos Hotel
  • 5 night accommodations in Samasati Nature Retreat
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals at Samasati Nature Retreat
  • Coordination of all volunteer activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Optional dinner with a local family
  • Services of trip leader
  • Trip to Cahuita National Park
  • Visit the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in San Jose
  • Yoga sessions at Samasati
  • Zip lining adventure or horseback riding
  • Air fare to Costa Rica
  • Departure tax
  • Personal expenses like massages and alcoholic beverages
  • Tipping of guides, drivers, and staff at Samasati

Driving directions from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

  • From your starting point, get directions to the Guapiles, Limon Highway.
  • This is a road that winds up into the cloudy mountains of Braulio Carrillos National Park, before crossing the Santa Clara flatlands into Puerto Limon.
  • Once you get to Limon, please follow directions to Cahuita and Puerto Viejo.
  • Samasati is 30 miles South of Limn, in the same direction to Puerto Viejo at the Hone Creek village area.
  • About five miles after passing the Cahuita National Parks entrance, you will find a street in your right hand side, just between the Gas Station of Hone Creek and the supermarket Pali.
  • Samasatis entrances gate is about half mile inland from the main road.
  • Samasatis restaurant and accommodations are located one mile uphill from the entrance gate. There is a reception area at the entrance gate.
  • Here you will find out how to proceed with your four wheel drive vehicle, or where to park your car

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).

Distances

  • Cahuita, 4 miles
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) - 4 hours
  • Puerto Viejo, 4 miles
  • San Jose, 130 miles