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Be a volunteer with wildlife and practice yoga in Costa Rica. Wild Sun Jungle Resort is a unique and beautiful retreat center in Cabuya, Costa Rica. The 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. Be immersed in a yoga experience of a lifetime.
You can choose a deluxe room with air-conditioning for yourself 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 as well as fans are 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.
The campus offers four deluxe rooms with air conditioning. Each room has one queen-sized bed and a twin bed. All have their own private bathroom with hot water, a digital safe, a mini fridge as well as a porch with swing chairs and ocean view.
The campus also offers three economical shared rooms with a 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 have to share a living room, three showers and bathrooms as well as a changing room downstairs. The bathrooms have hot water.
Wild Sun Jungle Resort's yoga practice is great. They often have yoga teachers come and say that this was the best yoga retreat of their lives, both for yoga and for the experience. The recent successful releases include howler monkeys, coatis, kinkajous and anteaters. You will help in many capacities to support the goals.
Wild Sun Jungle Resort also aims to solve the root problems facing wildlife and to educate people on how to live harmoniously with the furry neighbors. Volunteering with wildlife is a rewarding but challenging for some. Duties may include (but are not limited to) food prep, enclosure design, enrichment building, raking monkey poop, gardening, photography, etc. To limit stress on the animals and the possibility of habituation, only those staying three weeks or longer may be trained to hand feed baby animals in the ICU.
Since Wild Sun Jungle Resort 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.
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, 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.
The amazing Randy prepares three meals a day. Wild Sun Jungle Resort 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 even break out a (bad) magic trick or two.
You can 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 where 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.
You may 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.
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.
Wild Sun Jungle Resort 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.
In 1963, the nearby Cabo Blanco became the first National Park in Costa Rica. Today it boasts 1,250 hectares of lush rainforest, dramatic coastline and countless species of animals as well as plants. Monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots and a slew of other exotic animals frolic through the forest and fly overhead.
You can 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.
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 headstones on the island. Some were created by local artists and are extremely creative. It's certainly worth a visit or two.
This uninhabited island off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula provides exquisite beauty and endless fun. You can 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, you may 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.
Costa Rica is also the top fishing destination in all of Central America. You can 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 as well as wahoo among others. Whatever you might 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.
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.
You may hike up the river for about an hour and head to the right when the river divides by equal tributaries. 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 tadpoles and other fun creatures but may not be suitable for swimming. But for hiking, always.
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.
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU).
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 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.
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.
There is a 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.
Shuttles from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), San Jose and Alajuela are around 50 USD and leave in the morning. For afternoon arrivals, consider flying in on Saturday and book a shuttle pack which includes a hotel, breakfast as well as a shuttle for around 85 USD. There are also shuttles from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) and the Liberia area.
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