To get to the Yoga Farm make your way to Punta Banco. There are several ways to get there:
1. After flying into San Jose International Airport, you must first make your way to Golfito which you can do by either bus or domestic flight. [see side bar]
2. From Golfito, the easiest way to get to Punta Banco is by taking a taxi, which should cost about $85 one way. Ask for a taxi with 4 wheel drive (quatro por quatro), which is not absolutely necessary but will come in handy as they will be able to drive you up the hill right to the farm. Most of the taxi drivers are helpful, honest and reliable. We like to refer people to our taxista friend, Bismarc. He lives in the Pavones area and is in high demand, so you’d need to arrange a ride with him multiple days ahead of time. His number is +506 – 8533 – 2614. Whats App works great. He speaks a little bit of English. If he is busy, your next call should be to Felo. He’s based in Golfito, has a strong 4 x 4 vehicle, and again, is super honest and reliable and good company. Felo’s number is +506 – 8403 – 8960. Text in WhatsApp or call him directly. Otherwise, any official taxi driver in Golfito can help. They will be everywhere. See From Punta Banco to The Yoga Farm below.
Take the 3 pm bus (the bus can be picked up right in front of Hotel Golfito) from Golfito to Punta Banco, do not get off in Pavones; Punta Banco is the next town after Pavones.
For VERY IMPORTANT information for 2023 travelers and helpful tips for everyone arriving by bus, please see From Punta Banco to The Yoga Farm below.
Bus travelers from Panama:
-From Paso Canoas take the collective taxi to Laurel. Leave Paso Canoas by 2 pm.
-From Laurel take the bus to Comte.
-From Comte switch buses and take the bus headed to Punta Banco. Do not get off in Pavones, it’s the next town after Pavones.
You can also take a taxi from Paso Canoas right to the farm. Ask for a four wheel drive taxi as it will be able to take you right up the hill to the farm (approximate cost $70 for taxi).
From Punta Banco to The Yoga Farm:
When you get to Punta Banco go to the end of the road where you will see a a small hotel / hostel called Rancho Burica. From there take the road going up the hill to the left, go up this road until you get to the fork in the road, take the left fork and keep walking up the hill. The Yoga Farm is the first place you get to on the left side of the road after the gate. The walk is a good 15-minute hike up a steep hill.
**Important if you are getting in to Punta Banco on the late bus from the Golfito or the bus from Paso Canoas be prepared to start walking up the hill right away as it gets dark soon after the bus gets in. Be prepared and have a flashlight. Usually we will be in the kitchen, about 300m past the main driveway gate. If you do plan to arrive on the bus, please let us know so someone can wait for you in the main house before going to dinner. Follow the signs.
Also, for the rest of 2023, all folks arriving on the bus should be advised that they will need to walk or find transportation from the last stop which is currently 2 miles (roughly 3.5km) away. The municipal government has been slow about fixing the bridge there and thus the bus can currently not cross the Rio Nicaragua. Lightweight vehicles can pass without concern. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience. Taking a taxi here from Golfito or Rio Claro or the border, wherever you’re coming from, is much easier for that reason currently. However, should you still decide to take the bus, try to line up a ride with one of these trustworthy local taxistas ahead of time to get you from the bridge and up to the farm or at least to the bottom of the hill:
- Bismarc: +506-8533-2614
- Pedro: +506-8390-2164
- Patricio (cannot drive up the hill): +506-8424-2690
- Macho: +506-8986-7791
**Remember there are NO BANKS and NO bank machines around so bring enough cash for all your needs, US dollars and colones (the local currency) are widely accepted in Costa Rica.