All our most frequently questions, answered!
WHERE IS DISCOVER YOUR ADVENTURE Costa Rica Retreat AND HOW DO/WHEN DO I GET THERE?
You will fly in/out of Juan Santamaria International Airport, also known as San Jose International Airport located in San Jose, Costa Rica. We recommend you to arrive into San Jose on August 31st, one day before the start of the adventure retreat. We have partnered with a local hotel in San Jose where we highly encourage you to stay the night of August 31st, one day before the start of your 7 days of epic, unforgettable and transformational adventures along the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.
You will arrive into San Jose, Costa Rica, August 31st, one day before the start of the retreat, which begins the afternoon of September 1st. You will take a personal taxi to one of our partnered accommodations located near the airport in San Jose.
The morning of September 1st, you have an option to take the American Wanderlove shuttle to Samasati (included in retreat cost) or take your own private transportation via shuttle, taxi or flight (not included in the retreat cost). We highly recommend you to take the American Wanderlove shuttle that will pick you up for departure around 8:00am on September 1st to be taken to Samasati Nature Resort. It is a beautiful and scenic 4-5 hour drive through mountains, jungles and the culture of the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.
Do I need to book my own flight to san jose, costa rica? What flights do I purchase?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. We suggest using Skyscanner or Google Flights to find the most cost effective options on flights. We encourage all participants to arrive into San Jose, and stay at one of our partnered accommodations, the evening of August 31st to ensure you can take the American Wanderlove shuttle, the morning of September 1st, to Samasati Nature Resort.
Where will we be be staying?
Samasati Yoga and Wellness Nature Retreat
Located 7km away from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
What is Included in the investment?
6 nights at the Rainforest Resort
All Local Organic Vegetarian Meals (3x/day)
Daily Yoga Journeys, Pranayama (breath-work), Kriya Yoga & Mediation
Zip-Lining through the rainforest
Kayaking/Stand Up Paddle Boarding Jungle River Exploration
Snorkeling in the Carribean Sea
Rainforest Nature Trek
Local Charity Day with Girls for Success & Peace Through Yoga Foundation
Private driver for group activities
2 Transformational Workshops
Transportation to Samasati Nature Resort
What’s not Included?
Taxis/drivers on your free time
Surf board rental and lessons
Additional Spa treatments ($10-$15)
Extra Nights (We can arrange for you!) ($20)
This is my first adventure retreat, is that okay?
American Wanderlove Adventure Retreats welcomes all levels, backgrounds and beliefs. We have had people as young as 21 years old and all the way to 63 years old. The diversity is what makes the retreat experience so special! We get to come together from all over the country and share ourselves. What better way to learn than from the people around you!? We tend to get a beautiful mix of people with adventurous spirits and open minds from all different backgrounds who are ready for more! Individuals just like you who are in a transitional phase in their life and they are ready to embrace the world of the unknown through adventure, travel, connection and nature!
How often will we practice yoga?
We will practice most days. We encourage participants to take part in as many classes/workshops/sessions as they can but also invite each participant to take care of themselves even if that means taking a break, time alone to reflect and go inward. All classes are encouraged AND optional.
Where is Samasati Nature resort and how do I get there?
Samasati Eco-Nature Resort Sanctuary was voted as one of the Top 5 Yoga and Wellness Retreats Centers by Travel + Leisure.
Samasati is located in the Southern Caribbean of Costa Rica on the first ridge of the Talamanca mountains in the dense and luscious rainforest surrounded by volcanoes, diverse wildlife and beautiful pristine beaches. The bustling and lively town of Puerto Viejo is a short 20 minute taxi ride away with stunning beaches, world class surf, Caribbean culture, restaurants and nightlife. The nearest white sand pristine beach is a 10 minute drive where you will relax and enjoy soaking up the Caribbean Costa Rica Vibes.
Samasati Nature Resort is a 4-5 hour beautiful and scenic drive, located near Puerto Viejo, from San Jose International Airport. We provide shuttle transportation that will be leaving at a designated time and spot that will take you to the retreat facility.
Do I need a visa?
US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country). US passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica. As a tourist US nationals cannot stay more than 90 days. For a stay longer than 90 days a residence permit must be established. More info here: http://www.costarica-embassy.org/index.php?q=node/72
Should I bring a yoga mat?
There will be yoga mats available, you are more than welcome to bring your own to guarantee quality you like.
What is the food like?
All breakfast, lunches and dinners will be provided a variety of fresh local fruits from the nearby farm and traditional Costa Rican meals. All meals provided by Samasati Nature Resort will be organic, local and vegetarian. If you have food allergies, preference we do our best to accommodate, depending on your requests there could be a small added fee.
What if I have to cancel?
We hope you don’t, but please see our terms for all of our policies:
Is there internet access on property? should i bring my laptop/ipad?
While we hope you’ll try and unplug and take the much needed time OFFLINE… yes, there is WiFi at the retreat facility and at most restaurants around the island.
It is totally your decision to bring electronics or leave them at home. We are not responsible or ANY loss or damage to ANY of your belongings. If you feel the need to bring your device(s) you will have the opportunity to utilize the free WiFi connection at the facility.
What do I do about cell phone service while in Costa rica?
Great question! If your phone is unlocked you can get a local SIM card to use during your time in Costa Rica. If your phone is not unlocked, many of our previous participants connected to WiFi at the villa, restaurants and spent most of their time disconnected.
What will the weather be like?
During the month of September and October, the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is the best time of the year to travel. It is prime time of year to experience the tropical sunny weather of Costa Rica with the temperatures in the high 80's/low 90's. If it does rain, the rain usually comes at night for a relaxing and therapuetic sleep in the rainforest.
I’m traveling alone, can I still sign up for the shared room?
Yes! We encourage you to sign up! In past Adventure Retreats this has been a great way for Fearless Adventurers from all over the world to meet, connect and build a life-long tribe! We’ll do a great job pairing you up with a roommate!
What kind of clothes should I pack?
As this time is Bali’s summer, the rains tend to be warm and humid, but a light jacket can be useful for evenings.
May through October is typically dry season and winter. Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Balinese do not wear shoes indoors. The villa offers laundry service for 15,000 Rupiah/kg ($1/2.2lbs) with 24 hour service, so you’re better off to pack light to leave room for the unlimited shopping in Ubud!
Although the Balinese are used to western tourists, they are still a modest culture, so walking down city streets with no shirt or in a bathing suit top is not in alignment with their culture. American Wanderlove will always stand for complete respect for the local culture. We are visitor to their holy land that they so graciously share with us. No shirt, swim wear it totally welcomed in all pool or beach areas.
Anytime visit a temple you MUST cover your shoulders, and knees or preferably wear a sarong that covers your knees. Uluwatu Temple requires the use of a sarong. We will have one you can borrow or most choose to purchase their own as a popular souvenir ($2-5) (they are beautiful and make great gifts!)
Even though Bali brings tropical weather all year long, make sure you pack one warm outfit- pants/jacket/gloves for our early volcano hike! Expect temps as low as 50 degrees at the top of the Volcano at 5am. It can get pretty cold!
Please see our personalized packing list to best prepare you for your Balinese experience. www.americanwanderlove.com/beflow-bali-packing-list
How do I exchange money?
Probably best to wait until you get to the airport in Denpasar. There are bureaus where you can exchange cash or travelers cheques, and ATMs are everywhere that take Visa and MasterCard. Visa is the most widely used. Few restaurants and shops take American Express. In fact, most of the restaurants & shop we will be visiting do not take card at all. You will be using cash/currency for most of your stay in Bali.
It’s helpful when you change if you can ask for some additional ‘small money’, bills in denominations of 1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000 Rupiah.
The exchange rate is approximately 15,000 Rupiah = $1.00 USD Basically, things cost a lot less in Bali!
A reminder: Tell your bank and credit card companies the dates that you will be in Bali or elsewhere, as they might cut off your funds for fraud protection if they are not notified of your abroad travels.
Travel tip: Using your debit card at the hundreds of ATMs on the island is often and less expensive and easier way to get cash. Call your bank ahead of time to ask what the international ATM fees are. Often times they are less than to exchange currency at a currency exchange center.
Is Bali safe?
YES! The Balinese people are among the most friendly in the world. As for safety in the streets, there is little violent crime, especially in Ubud. In beach areas one has to take precautions against pickpockets, just as most beach tourist spots in the world.
Are there any health concerns I need to be aware of?
It is recommended that you visit your doctor or practitioner, or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Bali is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this.
Please read more on the CDC Official Website
What if I need to see a doctor?
There are plenty of international medical clinics in Bali – especially in Ubud and Kuta (near Denpasar). If you have a minor illness or ailment, you will be just fine. These clinics usually do not accept health insurance, but they do not cost much. There are also many international clinics here that can provide standardized care if needed. Should you need specialized care in a dire emergency, you would need to be evacuated to Singapore. It is always wise to purchase travelers health insurance with evacuation coverage
Where can I purchase travel insurance?
Get a quote here for travel insurance. We highly recommend World Nomads as they are the leading company in travel insurance with the highest quality coverage and best rates!
What about sanitation?
Any hotel or home stay will have bottled or filtered water available, and 99% of restaurants on the island use bottled water for all cooking purposes. Nevertheless, it is advisable to drink and brush teeth with bottled water.
Will I need an adapter to use the outlets?
Bali utilizes the European plug (two round pins) and is at 230V. We recommend a universal adapter to charge your phone and other electronic devices. The outlets here in Bali are not compatible with US prongs. This can easily be found on Amazon or purchased in Bali on arrival at the local market.
When are final payments due?
Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, American Wanderlove reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email and we are happy to create a payment plan that feels good to you! We will send out multiple reminder emails to make your easy payments of the remaining balances through our easy to use online payment system.
How do i best prepare for BeFlow Bali? Do I need to start meditating ahead of time?
No! We encourage you to come as you are! We are ready to meet you exactly where you are at in your journey. The way to best prepare for BeFlow Bali is to begin putting thought and energy towards your BeFlow Bali experience by asking yourself...
What do I desire to gain from this experience?
What is my intention for BeFlow Bali Transformational Adventure Retreat?
Begin affirming, "I am going to Bali and I am open and ready to receive this transformation"
Always remember, an open heart and sense of Adventure will take you places you never thought possible!
What is the cancellation policy?
Adventures are to be experienced not returned
By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read in full and please note:
If you must cancel for any reason, your $400 deposit for international (outside the USA) Adventure Retreats is NON- REFUNDABLE*
Full refund (no deposit) will be given with at least 61 days of notice*
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to cancel with at least 61 days notice to receive a refund (minus $400 deposit)
Within 60 days of the date for the Adventure Retreat - no refund will be given
*no exceptions will be granted to the above policy.
Please note: We are sorry but injury and illness do not disqualify you from any of the above cancellation policies. We are UNABLE to transfer deposits or any payments from one year to the next.
In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of American Wanderlove (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups) we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds. American Wanderlove IS NOT to be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations. We encourage the participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.
American Wanderlove reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of American Wanderlove (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups) we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds. We require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.