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Local Excursions at The Sanctuary in Costa Rica
Cabo Blanco - Surf - Zip-lines - Waterfalls - Beach - Horseback

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Retreat & Teacher Training Center's convenient locale allows our guests to enjoy a number of community and adventure activities. Some are within walking distance and most are just a 15-25 minute taxi/shuttle/bus drive.

Explore Cabo Blanco National Park, ride horses on the beach, tour the forest canopy on zip-lines, rent mountain bikes, hike to secluded waterfalls, snorkel or surf, swim or beach comb, sunbathe, sea kayak, or shop for local artisans' arts and crafts.

Local excursions are self-guided or through independent local providers who are not affiliated with The Sanctuary. Times and prices are subject to change. All excursions are subject to cancellation depending on local weather conditions.

 

Cabo Blanco National Park

The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve was the first National Park to be established in Costa Rica. You can see hundreds of plant species, all kinds of wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas, anteaters and the long-tailed coati.

Recommendations: Closed-Toe or Hiking Shoes, Water Bottle, Hat, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, Camera, Binoculars

Self-Guided Hike Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

--Distance from our front gate at the beach road is approximately 2 miles
--Depart The Sanctuary at 9:50 am for the 10:15 am Local Mini-Bus to Cabo Blanco / Depart Cabo Blanco on the 1:15 pm Bus and you will arrive at The Sanctuary by 2:30 pm.

 

Surfing, Body Surfing, and Beachcombing 

Costa Rica is known as one of the world's premier surfing destinations. There are several good surfing spots very close to The Sanctuary. It is best to arrange boards to be delivered and picked up at your surfing spot. You can walk 5 minutes across the street of our front gate to the Rio Lajas break and also continue down the beach 15 minutes to the Los Cedros break. A 15 minute taxi ride will get you to the Montezuma breaks near Playa Grande and 30 minutes to Play Carmen/Mal Pais/St. Teresa.

Rio Lajas - high tide / south swell / right point break. On good days it runs a few hundred meters.

Los Cedros - high tide only lefty point break, best when there is a south swell but always fun.

Playa Grande - a mid/high tide spot with a consistent wave; best when there's a south swell.

Mal Pais-Playa Carmen-Santa Teresa areas are known for good constant surf and is only a 25-35 minute taxi/shuttle away.
 

Surfboard Rentals and Surfing Instruction

Montezuma has a surf shop with several surfboard and boogie board rental places. Mal Pais-Playa Carmen-Santa Teresa has an abundance of options.

The Sanctuary works with only the best surfing instructors who speak fluent english and are trained in open-water safety. We will be happy to coordinate surf excursions for you.

Recommendations: Water Bottle, Hat, Sunscreen

 

Beachcombing 

One of the most economical and rewarding excursions is a walk from The Sanctuary to where the river meets the sea. Once there you can swim in the estuary or start combing the beach for exotic seeds, shells and wood pieces. Take an occasional dip or float in the ocean to cool off then casually make your way back to plunge under our fresh waterfalls!

Recommendations: Water Bottle, Hat, Sunscreen 
No cost; 1000 Yds walk to the ocean approx. 25 minutes.

 

Horseback Riding on the Beach by Day or by Moonlight

El Pinto Expeditions offers daily and full moon night-ride horseback tours on Montezumas' beach/jungle trail to El Chorro Waterfalls. These are small owner/operators with six horses who are well-cared for as part of their family. The horses are well suited to trail riding and attention is given to match people with the right horse. Their speciality is beginner to intermediate level. Instructions are given in English on techniques for safety & comfort for both the rider & the horse. Larger groups are possible with advance notice.

Montezuma Horseback Full Moon Ride

Beach and Jungle Trail to El Chorro Waterfalls
--Water & Fruit provided by guide on excursion
--Day Trips can be easily arranged.
--The Moonlight Ride is dependent on the tides and moon **This excursion is only for the Dry Season.

Recommendations: Hiking Shoes, Long Pants 
Includes: Horses, Guide, Water, Fruit

 

Waterfall Zip-Line Canopy Tours 

The Zip-Line excursion in Montezuma consists of a series of 9 cables and 13 platforms that are suspended high above the forest floor. While zipping through the canopy you will see a number of plants and animals unique to Costa Rica, possibly including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas and much more. During the tour you will stop at the famous Montezuma waterfalls where you can take pictures and go for a swim or swing from a rope and jump into the deep pools carved by the cascading waters.

Recommendations: Hiking Shoes, Water Bottle, Swimsuit, Towel
Includes: Equipment, Instruction, Guides, Water

 

Tortuga Island Boat Trip, Snorkeling, & BBQ Lunch

This full-day excursion starts with a panga boat ride from the beach in Montezuma up the Nicoya Bay where you will view the beautiful coast line from the sea. You might see some whales and dolphins along the way. Once at Tortuga Island you will enjoy incredible snorkeling in the blue Pacific Ocean, followed by a very tasty BBQ lunch. Enjoy the white sand beach were you can play volleyball, sun tan, or just relax.

Includes: Soft Drinks and Beer, Transportation, Guide, Lunch, Snorkeling Equipment 
Recommendations: Swimsuit, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Towel
--Duration is 9 hours
--Depart The Sanctuary at 7:45 for 8:10 Taxi/Shuttle to arrive at 8:20 at the office to be ready for a 9:00am boat departure. The boat return to Montezuma is at 4:00 and the taxi return will have you at The Sanctuary by 5:00 pm.

 

Local Dining 

If your group is interested in foregoing one The Sanctuary’s exquisite dining experiences there are several options to choose from in Montezuma. Here are two recommendations:

Playa de Los Artistas 
By far one of the best restaurants here on the Rich Coast, here you will find “fine dining at the edge of the ocean.” Marked only by a small sign along the side of the road, Playa de Los Artistes is the ultimate in romantic and private, for couples or special groups. Dining adjacent to the sand, soft music plays, candlelights flicker, cool ocean breezes flow. Offering a menu that changes daily, the food is diverse as it is delicious, organic, natural, and fresh! While much of the entire menu features freshly caught fish, vegetarians are sure to find tasty choices.

Recommendations: Reservations highly recommended; cash only

Cocolores  
Cocolores ("Coconut Colors") Tucked back along the water's edge, Cocolores is a popular beach-front restaurant in Montezuma. Think...thatch ceiling... colorful lanterns hovering from above... homemade bread *always fresh*... napkins displayed, peeking out of conch shells. The food, the music, the decor, the waves rolling over and over just meters from your table make this lovely local place to dine.

Recommendations: Reservations highly recommended; cash only

 

Local Art and Artisans

Our neighboring town, Montezuma, boasts an artisan lined street set in a cozy cove in front of the Pacific Ocean. This is a great 10am-2pm excursion. You can get a fresh tropical juice, smoothie, ice cream, gelato, pizza and more while you shop for gifts for you and your loved ones.

Recommendations: Water Bottle, Hat
 

Local excursions are self-guided or through independent local providers and are not affiliated with The Sanctuary. Times and prices are subject to change. All excursions are subject to cancellation depending on local weather conditions for the season. When planning any off-premise local excursions, it is essential to calculate the following time and costs: 1. To & From 15 minute walk to our car park area 2. To & From transportation time and cost from our car park area to destination 3. Equipment rental costs if applicable 4. Guide services if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

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