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Costa Rica Wellness Yoga Retreat

This small-group retreat is suited to those looking to fully relax and rejuvenate, while experiencing an authentic cultural experiences and nature at its best. 
Our program includes yoga classes twice daily to align mind and body, along with activities to experience Costa Rica’s traditions and impressive biodiversity. 

The Talamanca Mountain Range is the perfect place to unwind and immerse yourself in an unspoiled and inspiring tropical setting. The climate here is very comfortable; warm and sunny during the day and cool in the evening. Here, nestled by the Chirripó River amidst the lush tropical forest, is the family owned Rio Chirripó Lodge - a quaint 3-star boutique style hotel with rustic charm, beautifully appointed rooms and breathtaking views of the valley and the Chirripó Mountain. Amenities of the  lodge include a wonderful open-air lounge with a bar, stone fireplace and comfortable seating for evening gatherings, a fully equipped yoga room, and a restaurant serving delicious cuisine with  locally sourced organic produce (some of which are grown on the property itself).  The hotel also has many colourful gardens, a lovely pool and hot tub area with comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks, a spa room for treatments and massage and  a cedar hot tub by the flowing Chirripó River.  

Tour Highlights:

   • Multi-level yoga classes every morning and afternoon led by a certified yoga teacher while at the Lodge     (10 classes in total and of course completely optional)
   • Cloudbridge Nature Reserve guided wildlife walk
   • Ballena Marine National Park visit including a seafood lunch in Uvita village
   • San Gerardo Secret Gardens guided visit
   • Cannaan de Rivas Butterfly Dome visit
   • Coffee plantation guided visit, tasting and lunch
   • Sound Bathing Meditation experience
   • Interactive River Spa Treatment
   • Costa Rican cooking class led by the Lodge Chef

* Many other activities and sites can be visited near the Lodge including; hiking and birding tours, river rafting, the Arte Mia Gallery, visit of local food artisans, etc.  Your Tour Manager will be on site to suggest and assist. 

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart for San Jose. We arrive in the evening and transfer to La Riviera Hotel for the night.
This morning we head south to the Canton of Pérez Zeledon and the community of Canaan de Rivas. Our hotel, and home for the next 5 nights, is located here. After check-in and a lovely lunch, we will have an orientation tour of the lodge facilities, followed by some free time to unpack and unwind before our first sunset yoga class and delicious Welcome Dinner.
We start the day with an invigorating yoga class and hearty breakfast. Then we take a leisurely walk to the neighbouring community of San Gerardo de Rivas and the marvellous “Jardines Secretos” (Secret Gardens). These exquisite gardens represent several decades of lovingly tended plant collections. Here we enjoy a guided visit and meander along the many paths through delicate orchids, bromeliads, heliconias, and tropical trees. Benches are scattered throughout so that you can enjoy the spring-fed pools and abundant bird life. We return to the lodge for lunch and then join the Lodge House Chef for an entertaining Costa Rican cooking class. We conclude this day with our yoga class and another delicious dinner.
Following our yoga class and breakfast, we drive to the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, dedicated to the conservation and reforestation of the montane cloud forest habitat. We enjoy a guided tour and easy hike along the river trail past a huge waterfall, spotting birds and other wildlife, while learning about this special cloud forest and the reforestation work that has evolved over the last several decades. The afternoon is free to enjoy the lodge’s wonderful amenities until our yoga class. This evening we will gather by the burning fireplace and experience a Sound Bathing Meditation to the sound of musical instruments and crystal bowls - a relaxing meditation like no other!
We take an excursion to Ballena National Marine Park, one of the most unique reserves in Costa Rica. The reserve was named after the migrating humpback whales that frequent its waters most of the year. Visitors to the park and its pristine beaches may see the magnificent creatures and many other interesting animal species; colourful macaws, marine iguanas, dolphins, frigate birds, brown footed boobies, pelicans, sloths and the entertaining capuchin monkeys just to name a few. We will take some time here to explore this serene and peaceful place (and you may want to take a dip here too!) Afterwards, we will proceed to Uvita village for a lovely seafood lunch before returning to the lodge for our sunset yoga class.
After our morning practice, we take a short walk to Canaan de Rivas’ newest attraction, the beautiful Butterfly Dome - a true sanctuary full of flowers, fishponds, dragonflies, and a place to witness the mystical emergence of butterflies from their chrysalides. This afternoon at the lodge we will meet by the river for an Interactive Spa Treatment using local organic ingredients and the rejuvenating power of the Chirripó River. Then we enjoy our last sunset yoga followed by a scrumptious dinner - a memorable ending to our retreat.
After a last yoga class and a copious breakfast we depart for San José. Enroute we stop at an original working coffee plantation where we will have lunch and discover through a guided tour the secrets behind great coffee. Starting in the nursery, we will follow the growing cycle through to the harvest and selection of the finest beans. Learn how Costa Rica’s unique climate and diverse landscapes provide perfect growing conditions for gourmet coffee beans. We proceed afterwards to La Riviera Hotel for our last night and Farewell Dinner.
We bid a warm Adiós to Costa Rica and fly back home.
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