ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA
What are the requirements to enter Costa Rica?
Citizens of the USA, Canada, and most western European nations are allowed 90 days stay with out a visa. Passports should be valid for 6 months beyond the date of entry into Costa Rica. For other countries and the most up to date information, visit the Embassy of Costa Rica website (www.costarica-embassy.org). All visitors must hold an onward or return ticket. In other words, before you arrive it is best to have a printed copy of your return flight that is scheduled within 90 days from your arrival. If you cannot provide this, you may be required to purchase a flight out of the country. In most cases a visa is not required for stays up to 90 days. It is required that you leave the country before this 90 days is over. Then you can re-enter the country after 72 hours. Note that when departing Costa Rica after the training, each departing passenger must pay a $26 departure tax at either San Jose or Liberia airport before exiting Costa Rica. It can be paid in cash in US dollars, Costa Rican Colones or with a credit card.
What airport should I fly into?
There are two options for international airports for your arrival into Costa Rica: Liberia International Airport (Airport Code: LIR) and San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria Airport – Airport Code: SJO). The Liberia Airport is much closer to Nosara than the San Jose Airport, therefore we recommend flying into Liberia to make your travel more convenient. The trip from Liberia to Nosara is only a two and a half hour drive while the trip from San Jose to Nosara can take from 4 to 6 hours and be more costly depending on how you choose to arrive. Flights into San Jose are typically less expensive than Liberia, so you can determine the best option for your convenience and budget.
How do I arrive to Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort?
All Teacher Training students attending the Unified Yoga Teacher Training will arrange their own transportation to and from Bodhi Tree Resort. Whether you choose to fly into Liberia (LIR) or San Jose (SJO), there are a variety of options available for your travel to Bodhi Tree Resort.
You can also take arrange your own transport via air through Nature Air or Sansa Air (Approx. $100 depending on your baggage weight. Note they may not allow bags on the plane if they are too heavy.) and then get a taxi at the Nosara airport to Bodhi Tree Resort. Other ground transport options would be to get a private taxi ($125 to $160) at the airport or take a local bus. Private taxi can be picked up when you arrive at the airport or you can arrange one (Nosara Taxi Cab or Gypsy Cab Nosara). Public bus is the most affordable way to travel throughout Costa Rica. We only recommend this option if you have traveled fairly extensively or speak Spanish. We recommend you write everything down so you can show bus/taxi drivers, etc. For Local Bus information you can visit TheBusSchedule.com to look at the schedule. Prices will be under $10 for this option. Buses from Liberia to Nicoya (not Nosara) leave from terminal Liberia begin at 4:30 am and run every 3o minutes until 8 pm. Note that there may be a stop in Nicoya where you will have to transfer yourself and your bag(s) to another bus that will take you from Nicoya to Nosara. The last bus from Nicoya to Nosara leaves at 5pm daily so whenever traveling by bus it is always best to get started in the morning or early afternoon to minimize problems and also to arrive during daylight hours so you can watch for signs. At all bus stations be very mindful of your bags and do not take your eyes off of them until they are secured inside the bus by the driver or his helper. When arriving in the Nosara area note that you will actually want to get off at the Playa Guiones stop, not in actual Nosara Town. First time travelers frequently make the mistake of riding the bus all the way to Nosara, only to find they must traverse around 4 miles to get back to Playa Guiones. State clearly to the driver that you wish to be informed when the bus reaches Playa Guiones or keep an eye out for the bus stop between Coconut Harry’s Surf Shop and Cafe de Paris Hotel. From here you can ask for directions to get to Bodhi Tree Resort.
San Jose Airport Arrival:
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?
Many 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 purchases, activities. Some of the activity companies will only accept cash. The local currency is the Costa Rican Colon. Other currencies are typically not accepted at any of the restaurants, stores, etc., however you may encounter some that do accept U.S. dollars. We recommend exchanging some of your money at the airport ($50-$100) in case you do not have time to locate a currency exchange or cash machine prior to the start of the training or if you plan on taking the local bus to arrive. 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. There are 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 Costa Rica?
Costa Rica’s weather is very tropical located 9 degrees north of the equator. Hours of daylight do not change much throughout the year. Sunrise is typically at about 6:00 am and sunset is typically at about 6:00 pm. They do not operate on Daylight Savings Time, so it is important to check the local time when you arrive. Costa Rica has two seasons, the dry season and the green (wet) season. This is all relative throughout the year, but typically the dry season is from November to April and the green season is from May to October. The temperature averages between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit (20-30 degrees Celsius) even when it is green season. The dry season is typically very warm and sunny with clear blue skies and temperatures can reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). The real rainy or wet months are in September and October. The other months of the green season (May to August) are when the beautiful nature of Costa Rica comes alive. The month of May can be quite wet, but in June to August rain is very moderate and you may expect a brief afternoon shower or night time rain. The rain showers from June to August are typically short and provide a cooling and nourishing change to the beautiful warm weather. The night time rain is great for sleeping too. San Jose can be somewhat cooler than the coastal areas so long pants and a sweater may be needed during the evening as it is at a higher elevation.
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 Bodhi Tree Resort there is wifi throughout the property, however you are in Costa Rica in the jungle so the wifi signal and reliability may not be the same as what you are accustomed to at home. Phones are available for use at Bodhi Tree and you will be responsible for all charges. Calling cards can be purchased for international calls.
Can I drink the water?
At Bodhi Tree Resort, water goes thru a filtration system of reverse osmosis so you are able to drink it. They also have coolers where the water is filtered once more. They try to be as eco-friend as possible and don’t sell any plastic bottles. It is recommended to bring a water bottle of your own to fill throughout the training, otherwise one can purchase one there.
What electric current is used in Mexico for electronics?
The current in Costa Rica 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. Some outlets do not have the third grounding prong so if you have devices with three prongs it is best to bring an adapter to convert to the two prong outlet.
What food and beverages are available?
Three meals a day are included in the daily cost of accommodation. Non-Vegetarian, Vegetarian and Vegan options are available and Bodhi Tree Resort does a great job at trying to adapt to the dietary needs of all guests. In the Registration Form you can note any allergies or dietary restrictions. Water, Tea and Coffee are also available throughout the day.
Is there laundry available?
Bodhi Tree Resort does have a laundry on-site. The cost is approximately $10.
Is theft a problem?
Bodhi Tree Resort is a private resort and has 24 Hour security on-site. 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??
Bodhi Tree Resort has a 25 meter salt water lap pool, juice bar, and
Spa, all with jungle and ocean views, although 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?
Bodhi Tree has an on-site spa with many treatments available, including many different types of massages, facials, reiki, physical therapy, cupping, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.
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.