Excitement. Excursion. Enjoy.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Retreat & Yoga 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 drive.
Explore Cabo Blanco National Park, visit nearby beach towns of Montezuma or Santa Teresa, tour the forest canopy on zip-lines, rent mountain bikes or ATV's, hike to secluded waterfalls, snorkel or surf, swim or beach comb, sunbathe, SUP, or shop for local artisans' arts and crafts.
Local excursions are self-guided or through recommended 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.
Surfing, Body Surfing, and Beach-combing
Costa Rica is known as one of the world's premier surfing destinations. There are several good surfing spots very close to The Sanctuary. A 15 minute taxi ride will get you to the Montezuma breaks near Playa Grande and 30 minutes to Playa Carmen/Mal Pais/Santa Teresa where we are happy to arrange a lesson or board rental for you with top notch instructors. You can stroll down the hill to our local beach at Rio Lajas or walk another 10 minutes down the beach to Los Cedros and watch the surfers tear it up when the break is going off.
- 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 Montezuma - 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
Mal Pais-Playa Carmen-Santa Teresa has an abundance of options for surfing lessons and board rentals and has world class waves all year long. Montezuma is a little closer and has a surf shop with surfboard and boogie board rentals.
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, Rash Guard
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! Wake-up early to catch a spectacular sunrise over the ocean!
Recommendations: Water Bottle, Hat, Sunscreen
No cost: 1000 Yds walk to the ocean approx. 30 minutes.
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 some adorable 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
Includes: Equipment, Instruction, Guides, Water, Taxi
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, SUP or just relax.
- 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.
Recommendations: Swimsuit, Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, Towel, rash guard
Includes: Soft Drinks and Beer, Transportation, Guide, Lunch, Snorkeling Equipment
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.
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, 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 ("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, cash is small bills
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.
Sound Healing Gong Bath
This transcendent hour long experience includes guided pranayama to balance and ground, yoga nidra to relax and heal, an other worldly gong bath accompanied by Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks, and integration time in shavasana. Our 32” inch symphonic gong is one of only four of it’s kind on the planet. The optimal time to experience this amazing energetic infusion is sunset (5:30-6:30pm).
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Waterfall Wellness Ritual
The Waterfall Wellness Ritual is our quintessential Sanctuary experience for your group. This 2 hour empowering adventure right here on the property includes a full body cleansing and exfoliating treatment using indigenous fruits, flowers, oils and herbs, a guided river hike, meditation, waterfall plunge and healing abhyanga (self massage with jungle flower infused fresh-pressed coconut oil). This fun and unique ritual is designed to assist in the growth and transformation process that naturally happens while on retreat with us by cultivating clarity, intention, release, creativity and friendship.
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Recommendations: Swimsuit, River Shoes
Local River Hiking
Without leaving our amazing nature preserve, there are several rivers with hidden swimming holes and secluded spectacular waterfalls for you to explore. You can hike up river for 45 minutes to discover a magical lagoon or hike down stream for 30 minutes to the Rio Lajas estuary and rocky shore. The rivers change with the seasons, so whenever you visit there will be new surprises and natural delights for you.
Recommendations: Swimsuit, River Shoes, Sun Hat, Sunblock, Water Bottle
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