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country Costa Rica
duration 13 nights
money 3.323,43 (p.p. based on a double or triple room. Amount in US$ 3.675 money

14 days yoga and adventure in Costa Rica

Time for yoga, adventure and sun in October! Between the 12th and the 25th of October 2019 Edventure organizes an adventurous yoga trip to Costa Rica. During this group trip, you will explore the beauty of the country and but you will also have enough time to reflect and learn more about yourself. The varied program is a great mix of adventure, excitement, yoga and relaxation. This trip is accessible for both beginners and more advanced yogi.

The interactive map will give you more information about the destinations of the trip, by clicking on the small flags you will find the information. Below, you will find the complete day-by-day program with all details about the accommodations, activities and other detailed information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will help you out!

  • 12th till 25th October 2019
  • Group trip with max. 14 people
  • 2 tour guides and a driver
  • 13 nights at unique accommodations
  • Return flight from Amsterdam
  • Two yoga sessions a day
  • Almost all meals
  • Exciting activities

12th October - Welcome to Costa Rica!

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attribute Hotel
attribute Breakfast

12th October - Welcome to Costa Rica!

duration 1 night
attribute Hotel
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The trip starts at Schiphol Airport, where you will meet your travel companions and yoga instructor Mariel Slotman and travel to Costa Rica together.

At the airport of San Jose, Marlou Stoltenborg will be waiting for you upon arrival to welcome you. She will be your tour guide from Edventure and will make sure everything will be arranged during your trip. From the airport, it will take us about 40 minutes to get to our first hotel in the city center of San Jose. After a welcome-drink and a short briefing you will have time to rest and relax after your long flight.

13th October - Turrialba

duration 1 night
attribute Hostel
attribute All meals
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13th October - Turrialba

duration 1 night
attribute Hostel
attribute All meals

After your first real Costa Rican breakfast, including lots of fresh fruits, it’s time for a walk to explore the capital, San Jose. We will stroll around and end at the city park, where we will have our first yoga session.

Back at the hotel, you will have some time to refresh and pack your bags. From here, we will leave the city behind and we will continue towards Turrialba. We will stop for lunch at the office of Edventure before we drive further into the beautiful Costa Rican nature. We will stay at a simple, but comfortable and cosy accommodation with a stunning view over the Turrialba volcano. If you are lucky, you can spot the sloths from the yoga platform, like the one on the picture. In the evening, it’s time to learn some basic Spanish, that might be nice to use during the rest of the trip when we meet locals.

14th October - Rio Pacuare

duration 1 night
attribute Basic tent
attribute All meals
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14th October - Rio Pacuare

duration 1 night
attribute Basic tent
attribute All meals

Today will be an exciting day! We will go rafting on the Pacuare river. A real adventure and marked as a highlight of the trip by almost all previous travellers!

It’s a really nice and different experience to watch nature from the water. Going through the massive rocks in the valley, where birds, toucans and parrots will be looking at you while sitting in treetops. This is just absolutely great! You can take a swim the creek and enjoy your lunch along the banks of the river, which makes this excursion complete.

We will overnight in a tented camp along the river, right in the middle of the jungle. The accommodation is a back to basic, but it has a great vibe and a beautiful garden, where you can relax. You will sleep in one of the simple tents, without electricity, but all necessary facilities like clean toilets and showers are there.

The guides from the tented camp will definitely make sure we all have a great time, besides being excellent and certified raft guides, they are also entertainers and they can even cook a delicious meal for us. After a yoga session in the garden, we can enjoy our dinner (by candlelight, since there is no electricity) and find the way to your tent for a night in nature!

Rafting is suitable for almost everyone. In case you have any questions or would like to learn more, do not hesitate to contact us.

15th - 18th October - Manzanillo

duration 4 nights
attribute Jungle villa
attribute Breakfast

15th - 18th October - Manzanillo

duration 4 nights
attribute Jungle villa
attribute Breakfast

Wauw. Waking up by the songs of the birds in the middle of the jungle is an amazing start of the day. We will start the day with a yoga session before breakfast when the sun is not too warm yet. You will feel very awake and energized and ready for a new day!

After breakfast, we will explore the river again! Now you know the rhythm of the river and rafting does not have any secrets for you anymore. Because of this, you can enjoy the nature and the views even more and it will be a different experience from the day before. We will get back for lunch, after which we take our bags and continue to the Caribbean!

In the past, people from Jamaica used to live on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. They lived here because of the construction of the Atlantic Railway, which was built to transport coffee from San Jose to the harbour of Limon for export purposes. The Jamaican vibe is still present in this area. This is where you will get to know the real meaning of ‘Pura Vida’ during the coming days.

After all the excitement and activities, it is now time to relax a bit and enjoy the time at the beach. And what is better than having relaxing yoga sessions on the beach! You will have enough free time to discover the area, its stunning nature, the local Caribbean culture and the local food! Together we will go to Cahuita National Park for a hike and explore the beautiful underwater during a snorkelling trip.

19th & 20th October - Sarapiqui

duration 2 nights
attribute Farm
attribute All meals
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19th & 20th October - Sarapiqui

duration 2 nights
attribute Farm
attribute All meals

After our last yoga session on the beach, it is time to go to the next destination again. We leave the sandy beaches behind and continue to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. It is a little bit of a distance, but there will be enough to see along the way. On the way, we stop for lunch and a local cacao tour.

Sarapiqui is famous for its cacao, banana and pineapple plantations and is, therefore, the perfect place to learn everything about the history of chocolate. During the interactive tour, you will learn more about the process of chocolate making. Of course, you will also taste the local chocolate.

These two nights, we will stay at the local farm of the Gomez family. They run a typical Costa Rican ecological farm and started a bed and breakfast to give people the opportunity to experience life at a local farm. Farmer Don Rodolfo will guide us at his farm and will share his passion and knowledge with us. You will see he is very passionate about his own farm and really wants you to experience the best. Taste, smell and try the fresh products from the farm yourself and you will understand why he is so happy to share. The only thing we have to do at the farm is enjoying, relaxing and having yoga sessions in this unique setting.

21st, 22nd & 23rd October - Boca Tapada

duration 3 nights
attribute Lodge
attribute All meals
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21st, 22nd & 23rd October - Boca Tapada

duration 3 nights
attribute Lodge
attribute All meals

After the last morning yoga session at the farm, we say goodbye to the Gomez family and continue our way. After just a short drive we will have our first stop: it is time for a very exciting canopy tour through the treetops! Like a bird you will fly from tree to tree, you will get to know Costa Rica from a different perspective now!

After this adrenaline boost and unforgettable experience, we move on to Maquenque, a wildlife reservation in the north of Costa Rica. This area is most popular for its special inhabitant: the macaw. Besides, you will also find countless other bird species, monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, different frogs, wild cats and many others. This is definitely a great place for everyone who loves nature and wants to explore the hidden gems of the jungle.

The lodge where we stay these two days is owned by the Artavia family. They came to the area around the fifties when they started a dairy farm. However, in the ’90s they decided to change everything drastically and wanted to give their land back to nature, instead of continuing with the farm. They changed the farm into an amazing eco-lodge where nature is most important and key for further development.

The Artavias created a small paradise in Costa Rica and we will be the lucky ones to enjoy this stunning place and even practice yoga here! The special platform in the lagoon is probably one of the most spectacular places where you ever had a yoga session. Besides the yoga sessions, we will go for a hike through the rain forest and a boat tour towards the border of Nicaragua, during which you can be amazed by the beauty this place has to offer.

Of course, you will also have time to explore this place by yourself and to relax, read a book on your balcony, listen to the song of the birds while having a fresh juice… you will love it!

24th October - Alajuela

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attribute Hotel
attribute All meals
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24th October - Alajuela

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attribute Hotel
attribute All meals

Unfortunately, we have to leave paradise in Maquenque and slowly we leave nature behind while we drive through the pineapple fields and the green mountains back to the more civilized world again.

On the way to our last stop, we will make a stop in Sarchi, a village famous for its artisanal culture and the beautiful arts. This is the ideal place to buy some souvenirs to bring home. The last hotel is located only 15 minutes from the airport, but you do not have that feeling at all. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful nature and you will have time to relax and get some more sun at the swimming pool in the garden. A very nice way to end this memorable trip!

On the 25th of October, we will go to the airport, where Marlou will say goodbye and it is time to leave Costa Rica and travel back to the Netherlands.

Additional information

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Mariel Slotman, the owner of boerderijyoga.nl, will take care of all the yoga sessions during the trip. There will be two yoga sessions per day, but if you don’t want to do all, you are free to skip a session as well. Every class will be different. It varies from very relaxed and peaceful, to a bit more powerful and intense. Mariel will support you with your breathing techniques as well as the different poses, she will guide you one on one when you think you need this. The yoga sessions are of course a major part of this trip, but being in the middle of nature, in a unique setting and having the change to open your mind, will be as important!

All sessions are accessible for both beginners and the more advanced yogi. If you have any questions regarding the yoga, feel free to send Mariel an email.

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Tour guide

Your host during this trip is Marlou Stoltenborg from Edventure Travel. Marlou is a globetrotter from the Netherlands who, after a year of travelling through Central America, settled in Costa Rica in 2015.

She travels as much as possible in order to discover new and attractive destinations for our Edventure customers. She has lots of experiences in organising and guiding tours.

Marlou knows Costa Rica very well, is fluent in Spanish and she has personally been to all the accommodations. She will make sure you don’t have to worry about anything. The only thing you have to do is fully relax and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica and the inspiring yoga and meditation sessions.

Do you have any questions about the organization of the trip or is there anything Marlou could do for you? Feel free to contact her.

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Terms and conditions
For this trip, the following terms and conditions of Edventure do apply.
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Transport, vaccinations and visa

The international return flight in economy class (including airport taxes) between Amsterdam and San Jose are included.

All transportation and transfers during the trip are included. This will be private transport, with a private driver.

You do not need a visa to visit Costa Rica (if you do not have the Dutch nationality, please contact us to double check). We advise you to visit a travel health counsellor before, to make sure you have all the advised vaccinations. Also, we advise you to make sure you have a valid travel and cancellation insurance.

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Facilities

The accommodations vary from very basic (the tented camp in Rio Pacuare), to basic (hostel in Turrialba and the farm in Sarapiqui) to comfortable mid-range accommodations (hotels in San Jose, Manzanillo, Boca Tapada and Alajuela).

At the tented camp in Rio Pacuare and the hostel in Turrialba, you will have shared bathroom facilities. At the other accommodations, all rooms will have an en-suite bathroom.

At Rio Pacuare, Turriabla and in Manzanillo, the staff might ask you to help them to clean the tables after dinner or the dishes, which is also part of the experience.

Not all accommodations will have (optimal) wifi connections and/or phone network available,  especially in Rio Pacuare and Sarapiqui. In the case of emergency, there can always be communicated with the office of Edventure.

 

 

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Price

The price for this yoga trip is calculated based on:

  • Return flight in economy class between Amsterdam – San Jose
  • Double or triple rooms in small-scale accommodations with different comfort levels. Twin rooms are booked, but can be changed if you wish. A supplement will be applied for single use.
  • All meals are included, expect for lunch and dinner on the 16th and 17th of October. Water and juice are included for all meals. Additional drinks are for own expenses.
  • Two yoga sessions a day by Mariel Slotman.
  • The following activities: city walk in San Jose, Spanish lesson, 2x rafting, hike and snorkelling tour in Cahuita, an interactive cacao tour, a farm tour, canopy tour, guided hike and boat tour in Maquenque. Other activities are optional and for own expenses.

 

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