Puerto Vallarta Logistics and Travel Information
US citizens will need a passport for entry into Mexico. The passport must be valid for the length of your stay and have one blank page per stamp. A visa is only required if you are staying longer than 6 months.
Please make a copy or take a photo of your passport, and email it to yourself so you have one on file.
U.S. Embassy Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 305
06500 Mexico, D.F.
Emergency Telephone: 01-55-5080-2000, extension 0
When arriving in Mexico, you will fill out a Visitor’s Permit. At immigration they will take half of the form and give you the other half back. HOLD ON TO THIS HALF as you will need it to exit the country. If you do lose it, you can get another one at the airport upon departure and they will charge you about $40 USD.
FLIGHT INFORMATION AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION
You will fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) and we will set up a shuttle to the pier where we will take a local boat to the retreat center. Xinalani is boat access only - part of what makes it so special!
You will need to arrive on the 30th before 4pm at the Puerto Vallarta Airport in order to make the last boat to the retreat center. This is super important! We encourage all guest to schedule a flight that lands before 2pm so you can account for any delays that may occur. If you land later than 4pm, you will need to arrange your own transportation and may have to stay in Puerto Vallarta for a night (we don’t want you to miss any of the retreat)!
Check out is at 11am on June 3rd. Flights should be scheduled after 11am on the 3rd. We recommend flights that depart at 2pm or later so you can enjoy the last day!
IN CASE OF TROUBLES ON DAY OF TRAVEL
Should you have flight delays or other troubles on the day of travel, contact Kori Zornes as soon as possible.
Contact Number: Kori Zornes (702) 321-6769
The credit card on file will be charged for the final retreat balance. All payment is non-refundable. If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Ready For Your Trip
PACKING YOUR BAGS
We highly suggest you pack light and avoid bringing excess luggage. When choosing what clothes to pack, keep in mind that nylon or quick drying fabrics work very well. Keep valuables to an absolute minimum. Revamp Retreats is not responsible for any lost or stolen items including important paperwork such as passports. Think less is more! Some more packing tips below:
1. We recommend a sturdy bag that’s easy to push, pull or carry. Rolling clothes instead of folding can wonders in saving space as well.
2. Bring your daypack with you as your flight carry on. Keep your valuables in your daypack - example: passport, money, ticket, journal, etc. We recommend you pack one set of clothes in it should your suitcase get lost.
Boxing gloves and wraps (if you need help purchasing them, let us know!)
Workout outfits for warm weather
Shorts and loose fitting long pants
T-shirts and tank tops
Long sleeve cover up
Underwear and socks
Sandals and comfortable day shoes
Casual beachwear and daytime clothes
1 day pack (a small backpack you can carry with you when you go into town)
Toiletries (sunblock, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties, anti-bacterial spray etc. Think travel size and if possible biodegradable please!)
Writing journal, a good book and pens
Hat for sun protection
Any medications needed
1 light travel yoga mat or mat cover – completely optional as the retreat center has all yoga supplies!
Above all else, keep it light. Make it part of your yoga practice and be a minimalist in your packing please!
Your health and well-being is extremely important to us and hopefully to you, too! To stay healthy with all the travel, switching time zones, etc., it’s important to keep your immune system and your belly happy. Here are a few tips:
Probiotics (to regulate your immune system)
Activated Charcoal (if you get a stomach bug or need a quick, effective detox)
Magnesium (to sleep and relax)
Vitamin C (to boost immunity)
If you have food sensitivities, low blood sugar or love to snack, bring some healthy snacks with you such as nuts, beef jerky, dried fruit, granola, rice crackers, etc. - get creative!
For a wellness-focused and comfortable flying experience, check out our tips here!
Revamp Retreats does not cover the theft, loss, or damage of personal property and equipment of trip participants. We suggest you confirm with your insurance carrier that they would cover the costs if your items are stolen, lost, or damaged while on your trip. We also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip!
MONEY & TIPPING (GRATUITIES)
You will want to bring a small amount of money for personal items, snacks, tipping and souvenirs. You may want to exchange cash at the airport or pull money out of an ATM located in the airport. The currency of Mexico is the Peso and the exchange is about 19 Pesos to $1 US dollar.
Make sure you look up exchange rates during your stay and also check fees for Exchange Centers and ATMs.
It is customary to tip 10-20% of the total bill in Mexico.
EXCURSIONS AND MASSAGES
There will be opportunities to partake in excursions and massages during your retreat. There will also be free time to explore and swim with dolphins, hike and lay out by the pool!
ABOUT OUR RETREAT CENTER
Find true inspiration at Xinalani, an exclusive Yoga Retreat Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Xinalani offers an unparalleled retreat experience: authentic and magical, immersed in lush jungle surroundings with views of the emerald ocean. Xinalani Retreat is set amidst 10 acres of unspoiled jungle on the pristine shore of Banderas Bay.
Sleep in beautiful eco-chic accommodations, enjoy delicious and healthy Mexican food, and practice yoga in world-class open-air and heated yoga studios. Join us in paradise and nurture your wellbeing.
With six stunning yoga spaces, a temazcal (ancient sweat lodge), beach club, lounge bar, sand terrace, oceanfront spa, and a restaurant for yogis, Xinalani is a sanctuary of wellness and serenity.
LOCATION AND TIME ZONE OF PUERTO VALLARTA
Xinalani is located in Central America and is on Central Daylight Time (GMT-5). It is two hours ahead of PST and one hour behind EST.
As it would be traveling to any foreign country, one must remember to be safe and respectful of others customs and situations. If this is your first experience traveling abroad, please be aware in public places, and keep a close watch on your belongings. You really won’t want to bring any unnecessary valuables. Leave all at home that isn’t essential.
There are no vaccines required to enter Mexico, but there are some vaccines recommended by the CDC such as the Typhoid, Tetanus, and Hepatitis A. Vaccines should be a personal decision, and you can talk to your health care provider.
You should not drink tap water in Mexico. Clean water will be available on property. Please remember to bring a reusable water bottle!
INTERNET / TELEPHONE SERVICE
The retreat center has WiFi only in certain areas, but we encourage you to disconnect as much as possible. Rooms may not have WIFI connection.
Feel free to get any international plans if you would like to have calling/text/data during your trip.
The average high temperature in Puerto Vallarta during this time is mid to high 80s F and low of low to mid 70s F. The average is around high 70s to low 80s F.
We believe in eating delicious local and healthy meals on our retreats. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of local food. If there are any dietary restrictions please let us know ahead of time so we can inform the retreat center.
Last, but not least… here are some ways to be a Conscious Traveler:
Go with the flow: When traveling abroad things might not always go your way. Flights may be delayed, luggage lost, languages misunderstood. It is all part of the adventure, try your best to be okay with whatever comes up and embrace it as part of the journey. Practice patience and find humor in unexpected situations.
Respect the culture: Do some research to where you are going before you arrive. Respect the locals and their way of life (ALSO respect the animals and wildlife). It is also great to learn a few words before arriving: please, thank you, hello. It will be greatly appreciated by the locals.
Keep an open mind: There is so much to learn from others who live differently and do things differently than we do. Take the time to try new things and enjoy the local food and customs. Slow down, relax, and take it all in.
Have fun: This trip is for YOU to relax and unwind, to dive in deep, to get to know yourself better, and to connect with others. Notice what comes up for you during the retreat. It may feel emotional, exciting, difficult… whatever comes up, embrace it. The schedule will be full of activities but also know when you need to take time alone to reflect, read, nap, or just do nothing. We are here for you on this journey and our mission is to spark passion and inspiration for your path and life purpose. Let us know how we can support you.
We hope this fully prepares you for an exciting trip to come!