14 Days Wildlife Rescue and Yoga Retreat in Cabuya, Costa Rica

14 Days Wildlife Rescue and Yoga Retreat in Cabuya, Costa Rica

  • Wild Sun Jungle Resort, Del Super Chicho, Provincia de Puntarenas, Cabuya, 60111, Costa Rica

Volunteer with Wildlife and practice Yoga in Costa Rica

Wild Sun Jungle Resort is a unique and beautiful retreat center in Cabuya, Costa Rica. Two and a half acres are dedicated to you, boasting simple and deluxe accommodation, infinity pool, ocean view, fire pit, a lounge and an on-site restaurant. The other two and a half acres are dedicated to local wildlife as part of the Wild Sun Rescue Center.

Wild Sun rescues, rehabilitates and releases the wildlife of the Nicoya Peninsula. Recent successful releases include howler monkeys, coatis, kinkajous and anteaters. We also aim to solve the root problems facing wildlife and to educate people on how to live harmoniously with our furry neighbors. Volunteers help in many capacities to support our goals. This may include, but is not limited to, animal care, food prep, enclosure cleaning, animal enrichment, sign making, social media, gardening and fund raising.

Their yoga, meanwhile takes place in a beautiful outdoor, covered pavilion in the middle of the jungle. You'll often hear and see the very same species that you are taking care of mid asana. And the practice is great. They often have yoga teachers come and say this was the best yoga retreat of their lives, both for yoga and for the experience.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Private trails to waterfalls from campus
  • Wildlife rescue center full of exotic animals
  • Nature loving yogis to share the experience with
  • Choice of simple, shared or deluxe accommodation
  • Off the beaten path in a tranquil, jungle location
  • 3 professionally cooked meals a day
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 10 days with instruction
  • Spanish, 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 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.

Deluxe rooms

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.

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. The bathrooms have hot water.

Enjoy daily yoga classes as well as a minimum of 4 hours a day volunteering with Costa Rican wildlife. You will be taken for a guided waterfall hike or sightseeing tour and have a choice of zip line canopy tour or horseback riding to waterfalls along the beach.

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).

Or

Rio Lajas Excursion

RIo Lajas is a magical river located in Cabuya. It's a shallow river except for some natural jacuzzis and swimming pools with cascading water bringing fresh, clear cool water to wash all your worries away. This is also a hotspot for some incredible and exotice birds. Rio Lajas is only swimmable in the green and rainy season, so you better believe that we will take advantage when looks and feels like absolute paradise.

Plus choice of:

Horseback riding on beach to El Chorro waterfalls

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.

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.

Or

Zip line canopy tour

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.

  • Jessica Chea

    Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

    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 she moves through her 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.

  • Jonathan Carranza

    Jonathan, known as Rocky, has over three years teaching experience for surfing in and around Cabuya. Rocky is also known as a pro tree climber, and has been spotted cracking open coconuts with his elbow.Of course, that is where the name Rocky comes from. He is a champion boxer, kick boxer, and mixed martial artist.

Located in the beautiful and tranquil Cabuya, Costa Rica, Wild Sun Jungle Resort is founded on the principle of self-enhancement of the body, the mind, and the soul. Wild Sun's brand new campus is located on 5 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
  • Restaurant on site

The amazing Randy prepares 3 meals a day. We mostly serve chicken, fish, seafood, vegan and vegetarian meals but are flexible to meet most dietary needs when possible. But more than being a professional chef, Randy is part of the family. He's always up to practice your Spanish and me even break out a (bad) magic trick or two.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rio Lajas river / 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.

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.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes (90 minutes, M-F)
  • Fire show (most weeks)
  • Guided waterfall hike or sightseeing tour
  • Horseback riding on beach to El Chorro waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Wildlife 4 hours a day, 6 days a week
  • Zip line canopy tour
  • Travel Expenses are not included

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 Shuttle

Shuttles from SJO airport, San Jose and Alajuela are around $50 and leave in the morning. For afternoon arrivals, consider flying in on Saturday and booking a shuttle pack which includes hotel, breakfast and shuttle for around $85. There are also shuttles from LIR and the Liberia area.

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.

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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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