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Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival

Packing, Frequently Asked Questions, What I Wish I Had Known, &
Everything Else That You Need to Know for Your First Time at Costa Rica’s Envision Music & Yoga Festival.

For some unexplainable feeling, I felt highly compelled to attend the Envision Music Festival. I had no one to go with. Without thinking about it too much, I booked a solo ticket to Costa Rica & bought my ticket for Envision.

It was my first festival & I had zero idea what to expect. I had many questions & I made several mistakes on my journey to Envision. Use my mistakes so that you can confidently Plan & Pack for Envision Music & Yoga Festival.

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Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… How to get to the Festival:

  • Fly into San Jose International Airport
    • I booked my flight with Spirit Airlines & I got a crazy deal. To see if Spirit flies from your airport, check them out here.
  • Envision Sponsored Shuttle
    • Take a shuttle between the airport and the festival for $60. Buy shuttle tickets here.
      • This is what I did & it was extremely expensive. Plan ahead & take the local bus there!
  • Car
    • Rent a car & car pool with other Envsion goers- find them here.
      • If you plan to head to the Uvita a few nights early, book your hostel ahead of time. The entire city gets booked in advanced.
  • Local Bus
    • Take a TRACOPA bus from San José to Paso Canoas and get off in Uvita, where they stop for a few minutes. This ride takes 4 hours. TRACOPA buses stopping in Uvita leave San Jose at 7:30 am, 10:15 am, 11 am, 12 noon, and 4:30 pm. Costs around $15. Buy your tickets early.
      • If you plan to head to the Uvita a few nights early, book your hostel ahead of time. The entire city gets booked in advanced.


Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… What to Pack:


Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… What to Not Pack:

  • A DSLR Camera. I waited forever in line to lock my camera in a safe & I never took it back out since the line was always crazy long.
  • Envision suggests bringing your own eating utensils. I chose to bring my own & I regretted it after washing my dishes for the first time. It was time-consuming & too tedious for saving a tiny bit of money. Definitely rent the utensils.
  • Leave the biodegradable body wash & shampoo behind. I never showered because the lines were too long & they were crazy expensive. ***Practice at your own risk.
  • Sleeping Bag. I thought that it would get somewhat cold at night. It doesn’t. You’re in the jungle. It was a large waste of space in my backpack.


Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… Food:

  • Expect to pay $8-12 for a meal if you’re buying from the Envision Festival.
  • You can also purchase food on the beach for much less.
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, & Gluten-Free options are all available.
  • During the middle to end of the festival, many vendors posted signs looking for help in exchange for a free meal at the festival. It’s not guaranteed this will happen, but it’s a possibility!


Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… The things I wasn’t prepared for:

  • You will not have access to WIFI or charging stations. I have Sprint Network & I was able to send my fiance a quick text (roaming) to let him know that I made it safely.
  • The intense sun & heat. I’d wake up in a pool of my own sweat, at 7 a.m., & I would have to evacuate my tent for how hot it was despite the early time.
  • Everyone is super sociable & down to have a great talk about life. If you’re going to the festival alone, do not worry, you’ll make friends.


Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… My Favorite Envision Memories

  • I had no idea what to expect from Envision. It took me out of my comfort zone a 110% and I wouldn’t have changed it a bit. The first night, while gathered around the fire, I felt okay to be dancing & singing while being completely alone. Even though I was surrounded by so many unfamiliar faces, I felt comfortable. Envision is a magical place. Using magic they bring these big ideas to life. I loved wandering around and taking it all in. I loved painting on murals and watching artists create stunning artwork. I danced the night away, and learned about agriculture; Envision has a lot to teach you.
  • I loved everything about the yoga. The yoga stages were beautiful & were always full of radiant energy that pulled you in class after class after class despite the intense humidity… Fun fact, I puked in my mouth during a class because it was that hot. The teaching styles of the incredible teachers were all unique. I loved flowing in a sea of loving & kind people. Living & breathing yoga for several days, all made blissful to be living the life that I was.


Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Does Envision rent yoga mats? Nope, bring your own.
  • Will there be internet? Nope. And there wont be charging stations either.
  • Are there water refill stations? Yupp! Bring a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated!
  • How will I receive my ticket? You will receive it in an email. Save the email to your phone & get your wristband at the gate.
  • Where will I keep my valuable stuff? For a fee you can place your belongings in a “locker.” You can pay a 1 time fee to keep your stuff locked up the entire festival or pay a slightly larger price to access your stuff whenever you’d like. Make sure you put all of your stuff in 1 bag to keep it together.
  • How do I get money? Costa Rica accepts the Costa Rica Colon & the U.S. Dollar. Upon landing, use the ATM or go to a bank and withdraw money- (instead of buying money from back home or using a currency exchange business.)

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Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival… Extra Tips:

  • Join the Facebook groups before a few weeks leading up to the event. They are immensely helpful in the planning process. They’re also good for setting up carpools & making friends before you go.
    Here are the 3 groups that I found: Group 1, Group 2, & Group 3
  • If there isn’t a yoga class happening, make a little bed on the yoga stages. It’s covered from the sun & allows you to get a nice breeze as you snooze away during the hottest time of the day.
  • Leave Envision. Explore the nearby waterfall. Before you enter into the park indulge in a HUGE & frigid fruit shake- they are delicious. The waterfall is a refreshing break from the heat & humidity. It’s a great way to people watch and meet people. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, it’s also where you can cliff jump & ride down the natural waterfall. Extra bonus: it’s actually quite cold there as it’s out of the sun & you’re in natural water! How to get to the waterfall? You can hitchhike with other Envision Goers like I did OR it is a few dollar cab ride to & from the festival.


Planning & Packing for Envision Music & Yoga Festival: If you want to go to Envision, just G O !

You’ll meet so many loving & kind people, take great yoga classes, & have a blast dancing your butt off! You can certainly do it alone & know that you don’t have to bring a lot.

I have been compiling your questions and answering them here.
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Jenna