FAQ’s Costa Rica


What is the electrical currency/outlet at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort?

Should I pay for international cell phone service?
No. This can be very expensive, and most who travel to Bali use another much cheaper option: When you arrive in Bali, you may procure a Balinese Nokia Cell Phone, charger & sim card for around $30 US. All of the cab drivers in Bali text and will come pick you up at your behest. Having a phone is a nice way to have the Alchemy staff at your fingertips while you are enjoying free time in town.

If you’d like a little more freedom during your trip to wander on your own, this is an excellent option to consider. Your shuttle driver can help you to find & buy a phone upon arrival if you ask.

Is there internet access at the hotel?
Yes, there is wi-fi on the property.

Is Costa Rica Safe?
Yes, Costa Rica boosts a very low crime rate.

Can I drink the water?
No, do NOT drink from the tap.

What will the weather be like?

Hospitality: handshaking is customary for greetings (again, use only the right hand). A common method when greeting in passing is to press your palm to your friend’s palm in front of your chests, fingers point upwards.

I am sorry. Learn how to say "lo siento" (I am sorry).

Will I need to ‘dress’ for dinner?
The dress code is completely up to you. It is warm well into the evenings so dress for your comfort. There is no ‘dress code’ in this relaxed atmosphere. Normally you’ll find Silvia wearing a dress.

How do I book an optional excursion?
All excursions can be booked at any time during your stay through Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort front desk. If there is something that you know you absolutely MUST experience while in Costa Rica, it’s best to book early in the week to avoid disappointment.



What is the Costa Rican national currency?
The TBA.

Can I use my credit card in Costa Rica?
While many retailers do accept US credit cards, it is advisable to bring cash to change over into local currency.

Where can I change my money?
The best rate of exchange will be in town (NOT at the airport) and we can help you once you arrive.

How much spending money should I bring?
Your main expenses are covered with your investment. However, if you want to buy spa treatments or gifts or a surf lesson bring extra money.

Do I need to pay an exit tax?
Yes, the Departure Tax for Costa Rica is TBA. Keep that ready for when you leave.



Do I need a visa to visit Costa Rica?
Citizens of the US, Canada, and Panama require a passport whose expiration date is at least 6 months after your travel date and a return ticket. Identification such as a driver’s license or birth certificate are no longer valid for travel in Costa Rica. A valid passport allows Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American and European citizens to stay for up to 90 days.

Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Costa Rica. Before you go to Costa Rica, please make a copy of your passport. You can leave your original passport in the safety box in your room at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort.

Do I need any inoculations?
Generally speaking, traveling to foreign countries exposes you to new germs and diseases. All inoculations inquiries need to be directed to your physician for an accurate assessment of your individual need or preference.

What are some handy


1. gracias (thanks)
2. ser (to be)
3. a (to)
4. ir (to go)
5. estar (to be)
6. bueno (good)
7. de (of, from)
8. su (your, her, his, their)
9. hacer (to do, to make)
10. amigo (friend)
11. por favor (please)
12. no (no)
13. en (on, in)
14. haber (“to have” as an auxiliary verb)
15. tener (to have, to possess)
16. un, uno, una (a, one)
17. ahora (now)
18. y (and)
19. que, qué (that, what)
20. por (for, by)
21. amar (to love)
22. quién (who)
23. para (for, to)
24. venir (to come)
25. porque (because)
26. el, la, los, las (the)
27. antes (before)
28. más (more)
29. bien (“well” as an adverb)
30. aquí, allí (here, there)
31. querer (to want, to love)
32. hola (hello)
33. tú (you)
34. poder (to be able)
35. gustar (to be pleasing)
36. poner (to put)
37. casi (almost)
38. saber (to know)
39. como (like, as)
40. donde (where)
41. dar (to give)
42. pero (but)
43. se (itself, herself, himself, themselves)
44. mucho (much)
45. nuevo (new)
46. cuando (when)
47. chico, chica (boy, girl)
48. entender (to understand)
49. si (if)
50. o (or)

51. feliz (happy)
52. todo (all, every)
53. mismo (same)
54. muy (very)
55. nunca (never)
56. yo, me (I, me)
57. sí (yes)
58. grande (big, great)
59. deber (to owe, should)
60. usted (you)
61. bajo (low, under)
62. otro (other)
63. salir (to leave)
64. hora (hour; see also lesson on telling time)
65. desde (from)
66. ver (to see)
67. malo, mal (bad)
68. pensar (to think)
69. hasta (until)
70. tanto, tan (used in making comparisons)
71. entre (between, among)
72. durante (during)
73. llevar (to wear, to carry)
74. siempre (always)
75. empezar (to begin)
76. él, ella, ellos, ellas (he, she, they)
77. leer (to read)
78. cosa (thing)
79. sacar (to take out, to remove)
80. conocer (to know)
81. primero (first)
82. andar (to walk)
83. sobre (over, about)
84. echar (to throw)
85. sin (without)
86. decir (to say)
87. trabajar (to work)
88. nosotros (we, us)
89. también (also)
90. adiós (goodbye)
91. comer (to eat)
92. triste (sad)
93. país (country)
94. escuchar (to listen, to listen to)
95. hombre (man)
96. mujer (woman)
97. le (indirect-object pronoun)
98. creer (to believe, to think)
99. encontrar (to find)
100. beber (to drink)

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