FAQ

What style of yoga will be offered?

Slow Flow, Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga are offered.

What are the dates of the retreat?

February  16 -21, 2020

Are yoga mats provided?

Yes, the spacious open-air jungle shala has yoga mats, blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters.

Are excursions/activities offered?

Yes, there is something for everyone. Excursions are not pre-arranged and will be discussed on the night of arrival and the group will be given the opportunity to sign up for any or all activities they would like to experience. Participants pay for excursions directly to Carara Ocean View Hotel.

Credit cards are accepted at Carara Ocean View Hotel. For final payment, excursions not included in the retreat, and for massage or spa treatments, cash is preferred or PayPal (for a small fee) are the only methods of payment accepted at Carara Ocean View Hotel.

However, there are secure ATM’s near, if you do not want to travel with cash, and many local businesses accept credit cards.

What is the local exchange and exchange rate?

Costa Rica’s official currency is the Colon. The exchange rate averages between 570-600 colones to the US dollar. However, US dollars are generally accepted in most areas of Costa Rica. If you do spend US dollars, keep in mind that you will receive your change in colones. It is recommended that you bring denominations of $20 or less as higher denominations are often not accepted in local shops and markets. It is NOT recommended to change money at the airport.

Are credit cards accepted?

Credit cards are accepted at Carara Ocean View Hotel. For final payment, excursions not included in the retreat, and for massage or spa treatments, cash is preferred or PayPal (for a small fee) are the only methods of payment accepted at Mariposa Yoga Retreats. However, there are secure ATM’s near, if you do not want to travel with cash, and many local businesses accept credit cards.

What are the Visa and Passport Requirements?

Guests traveling from the USA and Canada (and many other countries) do not need a visa, but you will need to provide a return ticket or evidence of onward travel. Your passport must have at least 6 months validity remaining to enter the country.

How many people can attend the retreat?

Space is limited to 12 people.

What type of electrical power is used?

Costa Rica uses 120V, 60Hz, and the same for wall outlets. This is the same as the US, so guests from the US will not need adapters.

What type of clothing should I pack?

During the month of March, it is quite warm – degrees 32C or 90F with high humidity of 80%. Guests should bring clothes for active daytime, such as hiking sandals/shoes, yoga clothes, beachwear, swimwear, flip flops and casual wear such as; shorts, sundresses, tank tops, and anything made of light cotton material. The nights can be a bit chilly so pack a light sweater, or loose fitting long sleeve top and light pants are recommended. We also suggest bringing a mosquito repellent, a good high SPF covering and a water bottle.

What if I have special dietary needs?

The menu at Carara Ocean View Hotel was created with food sensitivities in mind. The kitchen staff are fully versed in many types of foods and special dietary needs and can accommodate any special request.

What if I have a disability?

Carara Ocean View Hotel has ground floor accommodations for guests with disabilities and Mariposa Yoga Retreats is all about the Uniqueness of YOU!

What is the skill level of yoga?

Any skill level is okay, beginner, intermediate or advanced. No experience needed.

Do I have to attend all yoga and meditation practices?

You only do what serves your body, mind, and spirit well.

I have a prosthetic right forearm. Is that okay?

Absolutely! The retreat ethos is The Uniqueness of YOU.

My Ayurvedic Dosha requires me to eat meat most days. Is that going to be a problem?

No, it will not be a problem because when you fill out your joining instructions you would mention that and we will then make sure meat is available for dinner.

Will alcoholic beverages be served?

Alcoholic beverages are served by Carara Ocean View Hotel and there are several locations where guests can purchase a wide variety of alcoholic beverages and alcohol can be stored in the mini refrigerator in the room.

Are there an helpful apps I should download?

We recommend downloading the free communication app, “WhatsApp”. It is very helpful for communicating with family, friends and other members of the group, through data and wifi.

Can I drink the water?

Carara Ocean View Hotel takes water very seriously. There is no need to buy plastic water bottles because you can fill your water bottle at the filter water station. All water from the property is born in the mountain and is safe to drink.

What’s your cancellation policy?

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is canceled more than 120 days before start date of the retreat.
  • The deposit will be refunded at 50% if the booking is canceled 90-120 days prior to the start date of the retreat.
  • The deposit will be refunded at 25% if the booking is canceled 60-90 days prior to the start date of the retreat.
  • The deposit will not be refunded if canceled less than 60 days prior to the start of the retreat.
  • There is no exception to the cancellation policy including weather, personal emergencies, flight cancellation or delays.
  • Mariposa Yoga Retreats suggest purchasing Travel Protection Insurance through your travel agent.