Costa Rica

Welcome to Your Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica! 

Venue Contact Info:

Retreat Center

Name: Indigo Yoga Resort


Location: Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Flight Recommendations:  

To get to the Mal Pais / Santa Teresa area, you can either fly from San José to the Tambor airport, or you can drive from San José to Puntarenas and take the ferry to Paquera. From there, drive south through Tambor to Cóbano. From there you can drive to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, or Manzanillo, as well as Montezuma.

It’s another 20-30 minutes to Malpais from Cóbano. The total time from San Jose to Malpais is around 4-6 hours, mostly depending on how long you have to wait for the ferry in Puntarenas. Depending on the season, the ferry leaves every 2-3 hours. You can call 2661-2084 ext-4 to listen to a message that tells you the ferry schedule, but it’s only in Spanish.

Arrival Instructions:

By Car: 

If you should plan your journey by car, be prepared that – even though there have been a lot of improvements lately – the roads in are partly not tarred and famous for their potholes. It is strongly recommend a 4x4 so you can travel worry-free on the Costa Rican roads. Possible car rentals include Alamo and Budget. If you’d like us to help us with the bookings, feel free to contact Indigo Yoga Resort at or by phone at (+506) 2640 1007. Coming from San Jose, you take the Highway No. 1 / Interamericana and drive northwest for about 2 hours in the direction of Puntarenas. It is one of the bigger towns outside the Central Valley so you shouldn’t have any problems finding it.

From there you take a ferry to Paquera, which is situated on the Nicoya peninsula. In high season, there is a ferry leaving for Paquera about every two hours. Once you are on the ferry, you can enjoy the sun and scenery for about one hour and 15 minutes. Normally they also offer little snacks and drinks during the passage. The prices for the passage for the car and driver are about 8500 colones (about $ 17); for every additional person it costs about 810 colones ($ 1.40).

From Paquera it takes another 1.5 hours until you get to Mal Pais. To get to your destination, you take the road to Playa Tambor, but continue straight to Cobano. From Cobano you follow the road until you get to Playa El Carmen. On the right hand side you will see a big sign saying “Frank’s Place”. This is the intersection that divides Playas El Carmen and Santa Teresa in the north from Mal Pais in the south. To get to Indigo Yoga Resort, you take a left turn at this intersection and follow the road for a little more than 5 minutes until you see the Indigo Yoga Resort entrance and coffee shop on your left hand side.

By Plane:

There are two different airlines that offer their services within: Sansa and Nature Air. For timetables and prices you can go to their homepages or you can also contact Indigo Yoga Resort to help with your reservations. The flight takes about 25 minutes and we can arrange a taxi transfer to Indigo Yoga Resort for you from the airstrip at Playa Tambor.

By Shuttle: 

We also can arrange a shuttle transfer from San Jose or other destinations in Costa Rica. Please contact us directly to check in for prices and reservations.

By Public Transport:

In San Jose you will have to find the bus station of Puntarenas . Since the bus stations to the various destinations are located in different areas of the town, please ask for directions there. The bus to Puntarenas costs about 1800 colones (about $ 3.20) and you will be travelling for about 2.5 hours until you get to the bus station in Paquera. From there you take a taxi to the ferry port. The ferry costs about810 colones per person. Once in Paquera, you can arrange a taxi transfer to Mal Pais, which costs about $90 or take another bus to El Carmen.

From there you can catch a local taxi to Indigo Yoga Resort. Please regard the above mentioned prices only as a guidance and can always be subject to change.

Book Extra Days If Desired:

Please contact Indigo Yoga Resort for accommodations before and after training days. 

What to Bring/ Packing List:

  • Light weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants, Tall socks

  • Sandals

  • Bathing suit(s)

  • Shower, hand and beach towel & sarong (you are provided one towel for shower use only by Punta Mona but will need something for the beach)

  • Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc.

  • Band-aids and any desired medical supplies

  • All-natural bug repellent (All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)

  • Comfortable lightweight Yoga clothes, T-shirts and shorts

  • Rain gear

  • Headlamp and batteries

  • Yoga mat (They are provided but we recommend you bring your own)

  • Journal and extra notebook

  • Water bottle

  • Lighters for candles

  • Passport and extra copy (one for farm and one for adventures!)


  • Lavender and Tea Tree Oil are great essential oils to have

  • Snacks

  • All-natural sunscreen

  • All-natural candles and sage

  • Special stones or healing items for your Mesa

  • Plastic bags to keep clothes and electronics dry

  • Rechargeable batteries, charger, speaker

  • Musical instruments! Drums especially welcome!

  • Cameras / camera chargers

  • Travel mug 


Your Costa Rica visa will be given to you at immigration. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no required or recommended vaccinations for this part of Costa Rica.


The currency for Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).

1 CAD = 441.37 CRC

1 USD = 564.97 CRC

1 AUD = 433.84 CRC