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This 7-day retreat will find you walking through the cacao forests of the Caribbean jungle, surfing the waves on one of Costa Rica's numerous beaches, and finding your center through yoga and massage at the area's premiere yoga studio. In addition, you will get to take part in a community service project to benefit the local population. Enjoy your retreat in gorgeous beaches, with exotic animals, and breathtaking natural habitats in the "happiest country in the world."
Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge is located in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica. It is an extraordinary sanctuary, with glorious tropical gardens full of beautiful plants and tremendous exotic wildlife found nowhere else, and surreal ocean views and breezes.
Cashew Hill has seven different cottages for you to choose from, each with kitchenettes, sleeping rooms, living areas, bathrooms, parking, and security. Cozy cottages, designed with comfort and harmony in mind, await you.
This retreat is for women only and available for beginners. Tu Camino Travel would love the opportunity to teach you in one of their two favorite locations. Both areas have beginner waves and for those of you who can shred, many of the beaches surrounding Puerto Viejo have intermediate and advanced waves as well.
Welcome to Costa Rica! On the first day of your tour, you will be picked up at the airport by Caribe Shuttle and driven to the small, beachside town of Puerto Viejo. After arriving in the early evening, you will get an opportunity to meet the rest of your tour group, enjoy some of Puerto Viejo's amazing, international cuisine and bond with your fellow travelers over dinner and drinks. Then it's early to bed for a good night's sleep after a long travel day!
Wake up to a beautiful Caribbean sunrise and enjoy a healthy, tropical breakfast and some inspiration / intention-setting time. On your first morning in Puerto Viejo, you will get a chance to enjoy the sunshine beginning with a brief beach yoga session followed by surf a surf lesson taught by one of Puerto's many world-class surf instructors. You are guaranteed to have a great time! For those of you who have experience surfing, take this time to go rip and enjoy the waves. Lunch to follow, where you will get an overview of the history of Puerto Viejo and of the tour's community projects, including the one that you and your group will be taking part in. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a yoga session (you just might spot a sloth at OM's outdoor studio), followed by dinner on your own.
Another healthy breakfast and meditation session to start the day followed by a volunteer session where you will assemble donation bags for an under-funded children's center in the community. Now, it's back to the beach to catch some waves or go for a swim. In the afternoon, enjoy some individual time browsing the town's local markets, basking in the sun, or observing howler monkeys on a walk through the jungle. Sunset yoga on the beach offers a relaxing way to end the day before heading out to happy hour and dinner.
Day four starts with another morning of karmic goodness. You will begin the day by taking our assembled donation bags to CEN-CINAI, the children's center, and get to know the special kids that the bags will benefit. After that, you will spend some time meeting the owners of other local businesses as you let them know of the planned beach-clean up in the upcoming days. From there, enjoy a picnic on the beach with music and hula hooping, followed by an afternoon of (depending on the ocean) paddle boarding or a fun surf session.
After breakfast and a delightful yoga session, you will embark on the 3-in-1 tour, starting with the Jaguar Rescue Center. See baby monkeys, exotic birds, and more at this well-respected animal refuge. After that, you will embark on a chocolate tour complete with a mountaintop chocolate tasting then a trip to the Bribri waterfalls. Upon your return, you will do some light prepping for the next day's beach cleanup followed by dinner on your own.
Leaving behind a positive footprint in the local community isn't just something Tu Camino Travel preaches, it's something they truly practice. On the sixth day of the tour, you will dedicate your morning (after a surf session) to a group beach cleanup with members of the local community to show your gratitude to the community and Mother Earth. After that cleanup, you will celebrate with fresh fruit and pipas with everyone who pitched in followed by lunch and free time. End the afternoon right with a relaxing massage or body treatment of your choice at Pure Jungle Spa.
Depending on your flight time, shuttles to San Jose will depart from the hotel at 07:00 or 13:00. Depart with tokens of Tu Camino Travel's gratitude and an opportunity to pen a guest blog post about your experience. Close your eyes, relax on your ride to the airport, and take an opportunity to reflect on all the magic of the Costa Rican pura vida!
This retreat offers you 3-in-1 tour which includes Jaguar Rescue Center tour, Caribbeans chocolate tour, and the Bribri waterfalls tour.
Puerto Viejo is a laid back village that moves to a reggae beat. The beaches are never crowded and offer lots of activities including surfing, snorkeling, biking, hiking, gourmet restaurants, wildlife, and friendly people, all of which will make this your favorite vacation spot (people often return once they have visited Puerto Viejo). Puerto Viejo is a fun, inexpensive place to spend a weekend, week, or month!
Delicious, healthy breakfasts and lunches will be provided daily. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Please at Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) as there will be an airport pickup for you. However, please arrive by 12 p.m. on day of travel.