Costa Rica Faqs

What is the weather like?

The Pacific coast around Guanacaste, on the other hand is hot and dry, perfect for the many world-class beaches. Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 F to 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real summer or winter. It does however have a rainy season from May to November.

What to bring?

  • Passport
  • Yoga textbooks and asana manual
  • A sticky, non-slip yoga mat
  • Yoga Belt
  • Water bottle
  • Travel mug for hot drinks
  • Toiletries (feminine hygiene products) and towels (hand towel too)
  • Writing materials: lined paper, pens, etc.
  • Flashlight or headlamp (necessary)
  • Battery operated alarm clock and watch (You will need to carry a watch at all times as there are no bells)
  • Extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Layers of comfortable clothing (including WARM & COOL clothes regardless of season)
  • Comfortable clothes for daily yoga practice and meditation
  • Scarf/Wraps/shawls
  • Fleece jacket, down vest, sweaters (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
  • Long underwear, warm socks (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
  • A winter hat (toque) (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
  • Shorts, tank tops, swimsuit
  • A fun, out on the town, outfit
  • Personal comfort items i.e. supplements
  • Comfortable shoes for walking, and sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Light weight long sleeve shirt for protection from sun
  • During the last week of training each student will be presenting a half hour class. At that class you might want to have some music to play and a reading as part of the class set up. If you have some inspiring readings and music that you feel would be appropriate, please bring them. We have CD player or you can use your IPOD or MP3 player.

What kind of food is available?

Gallo pinto is a mixture of rice and black beans, sometimes served also with fried or scrambled eggs, plantain, and/or a meat. Casado. Also, rice and beans, but with a subtle difference. If gallo pinto is the typical breakfast dish of Costa Rica, then casado is the typical lunch dish of Costa Rica. Meals are low as $3 per meal.

What are the accommodations like at the training?

Please visit each training page to view photos of the accommodations. They can be found at the bottom of each page.

How do I get to the training?

 

There are lots of bus options and times; here’s all you need to know.

Direct Buses from San Jose to Puerto Viejo leave from Terminal Atlantico Norte. The station is a bit decrepit but the buses are large and modern.

Buses to/from San Jose to Puerto Viejo

There are many different bus terminals in San Jose. Direct buses for Puerto Viejo leave from the Terminal de Autobus Atlantico Norte located on Calle 12 between Avenidas 7 and 9 in Barrio Mexico in San Jose. This is a little confusing since Puerto Viejo is in the Atlantic coast South but the name wasn’t changed when the bus company serving Puerto Viejo moved there. If taking a taxi there to be completely clear you can ask for “parada del bus de Mepe, para Puerto Viejo Talamanca, antigua parada de bus de San Carlos”.

Caution: there are two towns called Puerto Viejo. You want Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (also known as Puerto Viejo de Limon). The bus company that comes here is Transportes Mepe.

Last time we checked, ticket prices were 5,270 colones (about $9.50 US) for this approximately 4.5 hour trip and the bus makes one 20 minute stop in Limon for bathrooms and something to eat. The trip to Cahuita from San Jose is about 4,535 colones (about $8.00 US) and takes 4 hours. Only the noon bus continues on to Cocles, Chiquita, Punta Uva and Manzanillo (the others turn around and continue to BriBri and Sixaola). So if you’re staying south of town either get the noon bus or take a taxi or local bus to your hotel. The schedule is below.

Is Costa Rica safe?

Costa Rica is as safe as it gets, they don’t even have a military.  Just make sure you have decent health insurance (in case you hadn’t planned on that yet). Wildlife shouldn’t be a problem. Adventure neither if you think of that as canopy ziplines, rafting, surfing. If adventure is visiting a place that’s not touristy where it’s hard to get around without any Spanish go north a country.