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Your Guide to Joining Us at El Lugar!


Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría (SJO) is located in Alajuela, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from downtown San Jose, Costa Rica.

Airport Hotels:
Arriving early, staying after class, or exploring San Jose? Two hotels near SJO airport to consider:

Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen
5 km from SJO Airport
approx. $250-300 USD/night

Hampton by Hilton San Jose Airport 
2 km from SJO Airport
approx $150 USD/night

The national currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón (CRC).
US dollars* are accepted in many places, and you may receive your change in colónes.

Check current exchange rates at Xe Currency Exchange currency converter.

ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted. Credit cards with “plus” option allow cash withdrawal.

For ease of payment, please let your credit card companies know where and when you will be traveling.

*You may have additional costs if you choose to pay in US Dollars

Generally, a visa is not required to visit Costa Rica. However, requirements and restrictions vary depending on your country of origin.  Details here.


For assistance in obtaining a visa Email Customer Service

We will require the following information:
Passport name
Passport number
Phone number
Class dates
Approximate travel dates

Costa Rica customs may ask for the physical address of your destination, here it is:

El Lugar Costa Rica Resort
Heredia, Sarapiqui, Puerto Viejo
Avenida El Lugar 41001
Costa Rica



The average temperature in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in September range from a high of 81°F (27°C) to a low of 72°F (22°C). Pleasantly warm with brief, sporadic rain showers.

Check the latest weather forecast here

What to Bring:

Note:  keep in mind that El Lugar remains under construction in some areas. 

  • Light layers, to accommodate for humidity and air conditioning
  • Hat, sunglasses, swimsuit, light rain jacket
  • Sunscreen, bug spray (eco friendly please), waterproof mascara
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Pants and boots/closed toe shoes for horse riding
  • Power Adaptor for Costa Rica is type A and B, 120v 60hz
  • Flashlight/Torch or phone app to light your way after dark
  • Snacks for your room
  • Sugary/Salty snacks to share with everyone
  • It is customary to tip the maid staff, cowboys and El Lugar staff while staying on-site.  We sugguest you bring cash for this purpose.



El Lugar Costa Rica Resort

Heredia, Sarapiqui, Puerto Viejo
Avenida El Lugar 41001
Costa Rica

(1.4 km southwest and 350 meters south of the Tigre school)

El Lugar Website


Getting to El-Lugar

Email reservation@el-lugar.com
include the following information: 

- Room type request (Single, Double, Other)
- Arrival & departure dates for your entire stay 
- Full name of anyone else rooming with you
- Include class name in subject line example: “Reservation for Access CF Training”.

Join our El Lugar travel telegram thread and connect with others attending.  

*If you have a roommate only one person requires to send email and add both names.

After requesting your reservation, El Lugar's concierge team will personally contact you to confirm room details and organize transportation to El Lugar from airport or your location.


Dining, Food & Beverages


The main restaurant “Desirable” will serve breakfast, lunch & dinner.

You will be able to choose a dining package that works for you upon arrival.



Excursions & Adventures

Horseback Riding - inquire at El Lugar Reception 
"Everything I ever learned, I learned from a horse." - Gary Douglas
Featuring Costaricense de Paso, the high-stepping Costa Rican saddle horse.
What can you receive from a horse that you haven't imagined is possible?
What can a horse show you about nature and wildlife if you ask them?

Spa Services - inquire at El Lugar Reception 
Indulge your body and senses by relaxing into El Lugar spa treatments.
Offering massage, facials and salon beauty care services dedicated to sensorial experiences and serenity. 

Additional on-site adventures include Nature Hikes and Birdwatching.

More Adventures - inquire at El Lugar Reception
River Rafting Tour    
Chocolate Tour       
Cable Car Tour
Cahuita National Park Tour       
Motorboat Tour 
Coffee Tour
Arenal Volcano Tour

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