Where is the retreat? Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica
How do I get there? Fly into San Jose (Juan Santamaría International Airport) then take a small flight to Puerto Jimenez followed by a shared taxi to Boca Sombrero which is included on the first/last days of the retreat. Because of guest flight schedules, current taxis are scheduled for 9:00 am, 1:45 pm, 4:15 pm and 5:00pm to Boca Sombrero on Jan 15th. Please try to sync up your flights with these arrival times as best as possible.
In order to arrive at Boca Sombrero by the evening of January 15th, you’ll need to arrive at San Jose by around 12pm. The last flights to Puerto Jimenez are at 3-4pm. Please check to make sure your international flight aligns with your domestic flight before purchasing either!
We suggest booking your return flight from San Jose home for the late afternoon or evening to give you plenty of time to make the connection!
Sansa and Nature Air are the two airlines in Costa Rica with several flights daily to Puerto Jimenez. The flight is about 45 minutes, and costs approximately $90-130 each way. Both airlines (www.flysansa.com and www.natureair.com) sometimes have special offers on their websites (check for the “Loco” rate on Nature Air’s website). These cheap tickets must be booked online.
BAGGAGE There is a 27-pound baggage limit (including carry-ons) enforced on the “in-country” flight to/from Puerto Jimenez. Baggage over 15-25 pounds (depending on the rate of your fare) will incur a per pound surcharge. So pack light!
Transfer Included/Cost? Yes, but if you need a separate ride it is $30 for up to 3 people and $10 for every additional person.
Start Time: 5:00 pm on the first day.
End Time: After breakfast on the last day
What is Included?
6 nights accommodation at Boca Sombrero, Transportation to and from Puerto Jimenez, 1-2 classes yoga per day, 2 Group Surf Classes, 1 Waterfall hike in the Jungle, Excursion to Corcovado National Park, and all retreat meals (except 1 dinner in town).
Optional activities, tips, massage, and extra food and drink are not included.
Optional activities and costs (subject to updated pricing by venue)
Surf Lessons – $45 OR Board rental – $25 (3 lesson package $100)
Tree Climb – $75
Dolphin Watch and Boat Tour – $70 (plus taxi to Puerto Jimenez)
Kayaking – $45 (plus taxi to Puerto Jimenez)
Bird Watching – $30
Horseback Tour and Waterfall Rappel- $65
Massage and healing sessions
Massage – $65 one hour, $90 one and a half hours
Acupuncture – $80 one hour
Facials, Scrubs, and Body Wraps – $70 to $100
How active is this retreat?
This retreat is moderately active and presents as much adventure as you would like! It is well balanced with daily yoga and plenty of time to hang in hammocks and on the beach. Plus surfing lessons, hiking in the jungle, an active hike through Corcovado National Park, and plenty of optional activities including climbing a huge tree, kayaking, and more!
– Thatched Roof Tent (Single or Double)
– Shared room of 5 people (Single bed or two people in King bed or 1 person in King)
– Double room ( Shared King Bed or Single)
Room upgrades may be available for an additional cost, please contact us as soon as you know you are interested so that we can upgrade your room if there is availability.
What is the food like? All meals are included at Boca Sombrero. Meals will not be included if you decide to eat off site. All meals are designed to be healthy, delicious and inspiring using local ingredients and seasonal produce. Throughout the day coffee, tea, juice and fruit are available. Alcoholic Drinks are available at your own cost. The daily meal plan generally includes a selection of fruit, granola, and yogurt before the morning yoga class, a big brunch afterward, a light lunch, and a fabulous, buffet dinner (veg or non-veg).
Food & Dietary Restrictions: Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know your needs when you register.
Wi-fi/Cell Service/Electricity: Limited wifi at the lounge and in some areas on site
Weather: Warm with possible tropical rain
Currency/Cash/CC: We suggest that you bring U.S. dollars ($500 suggested). No checks or credit cards are accepted . You will need it to pay for activities, tips, one dinner/farmer’s market in town, and souvenirs.The ATM machine in the bank in Jimenez is NOT always reliable, and it also entails going to Jimenez, so cash is the way to go.
Visa & Vaccines: You must have a valid passport to enter Costa Rica (and it must not expire within 30 days of your arrival for U.S. citizens and 180 days for some other nationalities). You do not need a Visa if you are a U.S. citizen. Other nationalities should check with your consulate. You do not need any vaccinations. For information about any Zika concerns, please read here.
Language Spoken at Destination: English and Spanish
Travel Insurance Yes, YOGASCAPES requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.
Personalize… What should I pack? Here is our general retreat packing list and our tips on packing for flights. For this retreat in particular, don’t forget to pack:
Special Items to Pack (Pack lightly!): Good flashlight and extra batteries (LED is best), Shoes that can get wet (like all-terrain sandals or sneakers), Beach towel, Sunscreen, Bug repellant, Bathing suit, Cap or hat, Lightweight long pants and shirt and Yoga mat – We have some extra mats, blankets, straps and blocks.
Mat/Props provided? Yes, there are some. But you are always welcome to bring your own to guarantee quality and availability.
When are final payments due?
Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email.
How much Free Time will there be?
We think you should come away from our retreat feeling rested, not exhausted, so we build in plenty of free time during the week. Usually afternoons and late mornings are free unless there is a special excursion planned. Every other day we usually only have 1 yoga class so the afternoon evening time allows for optional activities or relaxation.
Is there a hospital nearby?
There is a good clinic, a good dentist, and full-service pharmacy in Puerto Jimenez. In the event of a medical emergency requiring evacuation to a major hospital, airplane service to San Jose from Puerto Jimenez is available 24 hours a day. The telephone number at Boca Sombrero is 011-506-8374-4482.
If I sign up alone, how do you organize roommates?
We’ll arrange roommates based on gender, age, region and interests.
How many people will be on this yoga retreat?
There are usually around 15-20 people on the trip.
Boca Sombrero: firstname.lastname@example.org. 245, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
YOGASCAPES Retreat Support (510) 629-9191
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.