ARRIVAL TO MEXICO
What are the requirements to enter Mexico?
All visitors to Mexico (including U.S. citizens) traveling to or through the USA by air will need to hold a valid passport. US Citizens are no longer able to use their birth certificate or driver’s licence to enter the US by air from Mexico. If you are traveling to Mexico from another country we recommend checking on the requirements to enter Mexico from your country. Typically all that is required is a valid passport.
What airport should I fly into?
The airport you should fly into is located in Puerto Vallarta (Airport Code: PVR) (Airport Name: Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport). We recommend using one of the travel planning websites such as Kayak, Expedia or Orbitz to search for your flights. Sayulita is located approximately 24 miles (38 km) from the Puerto Vallarta airport. By car or taxi it will take approximately 1 Hour to drive to Sayulita. By bus it typically takes about 1.5 hours, but plan on 2 hours for scheduling purposes. The buses run from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. We recommend arriving during daylight hours so you are able to easily navigate your way to the hotel.
How do I arrive to Hotelito Los Suenos?
WHAT TO BRING
Do you have a list of recommended things to bring?
It is recommended to travel light and remember that you are traveling to a tropical area. Items that we recommend to bring during your trip are: yoga clothes, water bottle, sandals/water shoes/comfortable walking shoes, short-sleeve shirts (cotton or light synthetic), light fleece/sweatshirt (it can get chilly at night), pants (cotton or light synthetic), shorts, socks (1-2 pairs), undergarments, swimsuits, light raincoat or small umbrella, hat/bandana, notebook/pen, sunscreen, flashlight (or phone with light), binoculars, back/daypack, camera, toiletries. We promote natural clothing items (cotton), but synthetic clothing does dry better in the humid environments. Teacher Trainees bring a notebook or journal and if possible an ipod or mp3 player and associated chargers/batteries if you would like to use music during your class. Ipads, iphones, and other tablets are not allowed in Teacher Training classes for note taking. Note: All participants are required to wear a shirt or tank top during all the training classes.
How much cash should I bring?
Most local restaurants and stores will accept major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.), however some shops do not accept American Express, so we recommend having 1-2 of these options if you are planning on using your credit card for a majority of your meals, purchases, activities. Some of the activity companies will only accept cash. The local currency is the Mexican Peso. Other currencies are not accepted at any of the restaurants, stores, etc. We recommend exchanging some of your money at the airport ($50-$100) in case you do not have time to locate a currency exchange prior to the start of the training or if you plan on taking the local bus to arrive. There are currency exchanges in town where you can exchange your money and the exchange rates are much better than at the airport. The amount of money you should bring really depends on how much you plan to use cash, the number and type of activities you plan on doing and how much you plan to spend on meals/entertainment. Some approximate costs for meals, depending on the currency exchange rate and the type of restaurant you are eating at will be – Breakfast: $5-10; Lunch: $5-15 USD and Dinner: $10-20 USD. You will have time to go to a currency exchange during the training as well if you do not want to exchange all of your money at the airport. There are also ATMs in town, but the fees they charge to use them are pretty high, so it is most cost effective to use credit cards or bring enough cash to last you through the duration of the training.
What is the weather like in Mexico?
In this area of Mexico the weather is very tropical, located ~18 degrees north of the equator and hours of daylight do not change much throughout the year. Sunrise is anywhere from 5:40 am to 7:00 am and sunset is anywhere from 5:40 pm to 7:00 pm, depending on the season. Hemmed in by jungle covered mountains, gives this area of Mexico a sub-tropical climate with only two seasons, dry, fairly warm Winters (November to May) and hot, semi-humid wet Summers (June to October). Average temperatures in Winter are 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) and consist of sunny, dry days and cool evenings for perfect sleeping temperatures. Average temperatures in Summer are 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) and include high humidity and rainstorms generally in the late afternoon/evening, which cools the air down for the night.
FOOD AND LODGING
What are the accommodations at the Lodges?
Accommodations and amenities vary at each lodge. It is best to visit each lodge’s website individually to check on what is provided for you. Sheets, towels and bar or liquid body soap/shampoo are provided.
Is there internet/phone access at the Lodges?
Internet and phone services vary by location. At Hotelito de Los Suenos, there is free wifi throughout the hotel and in the rooms. There are no phones in the rooms but at the Front Desk, you can use the hotel phone to call FREE anywhere in Canada or the US. There is cell coverage in Sayulita. Check with your local provider about rates in Mexico. Also, depending on what cell phone carrier and country you are coming from many major cell companies like AT&T have plans that allow you to use your regular cell phone as you would in your country. Many companies in the U.S. and Canada allow usage in Mexico for free and you would be able to use your cell and data plans just like at home. It is best to contact your provider to see what coverage you will have while in Mexico and if there are any additional charges for using your phone there.
Can I drink the water?
It is recommended in Mexico to only drink bottled water. There are distilled water dispensers located throughout the hotel
What electric current is used in Mexico for electronics?
The current in Mexico is 110V , the same as Canada and the United States. If you are traveling from another country you will need the proper electric converters/adapters.
What food and beverages are available?
Meals are not included during the training at Hotelito Los Suenos. The hotel does have breakfast (omelettes, french toast and chilaquiles), yogurt, granola, smoothies, juices, coffee and tea between 8:30 am and 11:30 am. Prices are approximately $4 USD for breakfast, $3 USD for smoothies/juices and $1 USD for tea/coffee. There are many restaurants and grocery stores located within walking distance (5-10 minutes) where you can purchase food.
Is there laundry available?
Hotelito Los Suenos does not have a laundry service, however there are laundry shops within walking distance and they typically have your clothes available for pickup within 24 hours. The cost varies depending on the host lodge, but plan to spend approximately $5-10 (USD) per load depending on the location and how much clothes you want washed.
Are there any dangerous animals, reptiles or insects?
In this area of Mexico there are NO dangerous animals, reptiles or insects. The climate is very tropical, but you DON’T have to worry about snakes, scorpions, bullet ants, jaguars, pumas, etc. like you may have to in places like Costa Rica, Bali, etc.
Is theft a problem?
Hotelito Los Suenos is very secure and safe and has a gated entry and security. Outside of the hotel, in town and at the beach we encourage students not to carry valuables or large amounts of cash and to always keep an eye on your belongings at the beach as there is petty theft in the area, but it is not common.
ACTIVITIES AT THE LODGES
What tours and activities are available to the guests??
Hotelito Los Suenos has a small pool for cooling down, but most people go to the beach to swim and relax. The activities in the area are limitless. Some of the activities you can enjoy are:
- Surfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Hiking in the surrounding jungle (guided or on your own)
- Horseback Riding on the Beach
- Eco Tours
- Boat Tours
- Farmer’s Markets
- Cafes/Bars/Night Clubs
- And many more…
What other wellness activities are available?
There are many locations in Sayulita where you can receive massages, reflexology and other treatments. The hotel can help you schedule an appointment at one of the locations.
What are the yoga facilities?
Yoga spaces vary by location and are beautiful open air spaces where you will enjoy your training. Most of them have natural hardwood floors and some are screened in and some are open.
What equipment is available?
The host lodge/hotel has mats available to use during the training for free. The mats are a typical 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick ‘sticky’ mat. It is not necessary for you to bring other props (blocks, straps and blankets), but if there are certain props you require or like, please feel free to bring them.