We want to share who are the founders of Eco Wellness & Travel



Rebeca is a great professional in the field of communication such as advertising and design, with tourism knowledge.

 

She is a loving mother and wife, a lover of pets, especially cats, and is an enthusiast of the sea.

 

She shares her time between work, family, and her own interests and passions.

 

Rebeca is a graphic artist, always looking for the meaning and essence of the experiences that are created at EWT, she uses her empathy to mark the route in each of the programs we offer.

 

Within her virtues we can mention that she is a humble, honest, kind, grateful, responsible person, she is methodical and organized, and she has a lot of creativity and imagination.


Laura is passionate about life, she believes in karma and tries to help in whatever way she can, this is her IKIGAI. She is a dog lover, she is a wife, daughter, sister, and friend.

 

Her empathy makes her participate in multiple activities within which her passion for travel stands out, and for the promotion of well-being, sharing personal experiences and knowledge. She loves to learn and belongs to various groups where she can grow as a person, contribute, and support.

 

She tries to maintain a balanced lifestyle, between family, work, personal time, and passions. She is a sensitive, kind, respectful, honest, and transparent girl and extremely persistent.

 

She is a tourism professional, specializing in wellness tourism, with experience in product design and tourism planning, for more than 20 years. She continuously prepares herself to provide excellent customer service, with personalized details.

Our passion joins us. For that reason, in 2014 we started this challenge of putting our knowledge and experience to the service of travelers.

We believe that wellness experiences in Costa Rica can make positive changes. Let's build it together!

Each individual needs to create a mind-body-spirit balance to continue being productive in your personal & professional life. The secret is to restore this balance in a completely neutral environment, where you can find yourself and remember how important it is to have a good quality of life.

Nowadays, balance between the job, the family, the mental and physical health are having a priority for people. In this way, the wellness travel experiences give you a great opportunity to revitalize, restore, and renew your energy.

Eco Wellness as the leading wellness travel agency in Costa Rica, offers you experiences to achieve these goals.

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“One day can change your whole life"

All of us would like to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually.

Living well is almost the entire world’s shared dream.

As everything that is precious to us has been honored with a special day, why is it that we don’t have a special global day dedicated to the only thing which is really valuable to all of us, that is, living well? We can now answer this question by saying “it now exists”. This special day is called Global Wellness Day.

With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate Global Wellness Day on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day.

Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social project dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness.

The main aims of the day are:

  • To recognize the value of our lives
  • To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year
  • To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits
  • To make peace with ourselves
  • To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year

 

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well, and has now been accepted worldwide. Reflecting its 10 years of success, on June 12, 2021, Global Wellness Day was celebrated globally with a 12-Hour Free Livestream Celebration which started in New Zealand and ended in Los Angeles, once again drawing attention to the importance of “living well”. Furthermore, Global Wellness Day scored huge success across the globe with both physical and online activities such as 12-hours of complimentary virtual classes in Thailand, 5-hour livestream of wellness talks in Malaysia and Jamaica, hiking and dancing in Barbados, pilates and yoga in Hungary, BoxHIIT and Zumba in New Zealand, sound meditation and aromatherapy workshops in Puerto Rico and much more.

To get one step closer towards living well, let ourmanifesto be your starting point.

 

The manifesto

Do you want  to know more information and join? Check the websitehttps://www.globalwellnessday.org/costa-rica/

Costa Rica since 2015, is part of this amazing movement. Through the years the Global Wellness Day Ambassador of Costa Rica, Laura Barrantes Requeno has promoted this initiative around the country, building solid alliances with government institutions, companies, and people specially in the tourism sector.

Nowadays, Global Wellness Day Costa Rica is celebrated all over the country, thanks to the country's team support.

AtEco Wellness & Travel, GWD is an important celebration because it is part of our philosophy and reflects how we design our travel products, as a travel agency, for a real wellness experience in Costa Rica. 

Medical tourism + Wellness tourism = Health Tourism

Health tourism covers those types of tourism which have as a primary motivation, the contribution to physical, mental and/or spiritual health through medical and wellness based activities which increase the capacity of individuals to satisfy their own needs and function better as individuals in their environment and society.

Medical tourism is a type of tourism activity which involves the use of evidence-based medical healing resources and services (both invasive and non-invasive). This may include diagnosis, treatment, cure, prevention and rehabilitation.

Wellness tourism is a type of tourism activity which aims to improve and balance all of the main domains of human life including physical, mental, emotional, occupational, intellectual and spiritual. The primary motivation for the wellness tourist is to engage in preventive, proactive, lifestyle-enhancing activities such as fitness, healthy eating, relaxation, pampering and healing treatments

12 days / 11 nights

San José - San Ramón - Arenal - Potrero Beach

From US $ 2 299 per person
Minimum: 02 people traveling together

Costa Rica is a Wellness Natural Sanctuary;  with its pleasant tropical climate, its benefits thanks to the immense variety of ecosystems, its peaceful and beautiful landscapes, its friendly people, and a lifestyle of peace and respect that reflect the culture and essence of Pura Vida.

This program offers you activities that you can focus on tending to your body, mind, and soul, with the hopes of achieving a newly cultivated sense of mindfulness in daily life.

Welcome to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country with 51100 km2, where it finds 6.5% of the planet’s biodiversity. Home to a vast number of diverse ecosystems.

When you arrive at the International Airport, one of our representatives will be waiting to drive you to the hotel and deliver all the travel information.

Overnight in San José.

Wellness experience at the city (San José)

Breakfast at the hotel.

During the morning, the guide will pick you up at the hotel, to start a cultural walking tour of some iconic monuments in San José. Visit the National Theater, the Golden Museum, and learn as much as possible about the culture of the capital.

As part of the Costa Rica lifestyle, you will taste the typical flavors in a delicious lunch made with local ingredients in a local restaurant. After exploring the art of food, you will have the opportunity to finish this experience by enjoying a holistic activity.

Overnight in San José.
Breakfast & lunch included.

San José - San Ramón

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning you will move from the central valley to the mountains on the west side. You will stay for 2 days at the Cloud Forest of San Ramón, in a beautiful small lodge called Villa Blanca (private transfer).

One of the few places in Costa Rica where you can enjoy all the comforts of a boutique hotel while experiencing one of the most unique and endangered types of tropical forests in a private cloud forest reserve.

You will be ensconced by a beautifully appointed 19th-century re-creation of a mountain farm village. From the charming room, each one features vaulted cane ceilings, elegantly handcrafted furniture, and a variety of conveniences and amenities that include wood-burning fireplaces, private garden porches.

Once at the lodge, you will have time to enjoy the surroundings, we suggest you try a cup of coffee.


Overnight in San Ramón.  Breakfast included.

San Ramón

Breakfast at the hotel.
 
Today you will have an amazing cultural activity, where you will visit the farm to learn how to milk cows, pick up some eggs and learn how the lodge produces and collects its fresh products.

This tour of the property is a connection opportunity, where the biodiversity of flora and fauna of the cloud forest shows its essence.

After that, the guide will be waiting to take you a walk through the cloud forest for around 2 hours.

As a part of only 2.5 % of the Planets remaining cloud forests, this unique forest habitat continues to amaze the clients, hotel guests and students from around the world, as well as the qualified projects in the hotel’s José Miguel Alfaro Research Station, the only one of its kind operating within a hotel property in Costa Rica.

The rest of the day we recommend relaxing in the shared areas.

Overnight in San Ramón. Breakfast included.

San Ramón – Arenal

Breakfast at the hotel.

After lunch, in private transportation, you will be moving to the world’s famous Arenal Volcano area from the cloud forest.

After the check-in at the hotel, you will have time to change and continue to the gorgeous hot springs, as part of your wellness program.

These thermal waters are going to give you a ton of benefits for your health, such as improving blood circulation, hydrating the skin,
improving the immune response, and much more.

Overnight in Arenal. Breakfast included.

Morning: Forest connection (Arenal)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Another benefit that you will enjoy with this program is the forest connection when you visit the paths in a private natural reserve, on the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano. This hike is part of the wellness experience with nature, through slow walks outdoors as a healing practice to find inner peace. It encourages people to be present in the mind, body, and spirit.

Enjoys the sensation of being alive, obtains many benefits from the relationship between ourselves and the rest of the natural world. Invites people to experience the pleasures of nature through all their senses.

Evening: The taste of Costa Rica (Arenal)

Go back to the hotel for lunch. You will have time to rest a little bit and wait for the next cultural activity today.

The guide picks you up at the hotel around 17:00 hours to take you to a private property, where you will enjoy a cooking class.

You will learn about Costa Rican food and local agricultural products such as yucca, tiquisque, peach palm, sugarcane, and other interesting local foods.

Also, you could visit the garden and farm where the fresh cooking ingredients come from. You will get an understanding of the meaning of fresh and the concept “from the farm to the table”.

You will make your dinner and finally just TASTE!!!!

Overnight in Arenal. Breakfast & dinner included.

Arenal: coffee and chocolate tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today is the coffee and chocolate tour.  

Starting a tour on a farm is perfect for a morning. The place offers a trip of two of the most important export products of Costa Rica. You will be through the coffee plantation, here you will learn about the history and walk through the process from the coffee beans to the drink we all love.

After the chocolate tour starts, you will smell and taste diverse types of chocolate while your guide will tell you about the history.  Also, you will see how the plant goes from seed to pure ground cacao.

This activity could be scheduled in the morning or in the afternoon, at your convenience.

Overnight in Arenal. Breakfast included.

Arenal - Potrero Beach (Guanacaste)

Breakfast at the hotel.

During the morning you will travel from Arenal to Potrero in the North Pacific by shared transportation.

The different beaches in the area offer a variety of activities for those who want to spend their time in the sand and the sun.

Overnight in Potrero. Breakfast included.

Guanacaste (morning)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour  is ideal for you if you want to know some history about Guanacaste’s culture.

This park is the most important monument to the protection of the dry forest and freedom after independence. In 1856 “La Casona” is where the Costa Rican army composed of countrymen beat a group of filibusters that tried to conquer the whole Central American territory.

On this tour, you will have a chance to walk through the dry forest that contains 2% of the worldwide biodiversity at one of the trails where you can see monkeys, birds, deer, and many more animals. 

Guanacaste (afternoon)

After the visit to Santa Rosa Park,  the excursion continues to Liberia City, where you can still walk around the center of the town.

Historically, Liberia has been called “La Ciudad Blanca” because of its white adobe houses, white dirt roads, and its people who dressed all in white because of the extreme heat. You could buy some souvenirs in this city, meanwhile, we will show you the historic places.

Overnight in Potrero. Breakfast & lunch included.

Guanacaste

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning yoga class from 8:30 - 09:30 am at the hotel deck.

Today is a free day at leisure to explore the area or just to enjoy the hotel facilities.

Overnight in Potrero. Breakfast included.

Potrero Beach

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today is a free day at leisure to explore the area or just to enjoy the hotel facilities.

Overnight in Potrero.  Breakfast included.

Potrero Beach – Guanacaste Airport

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. The recommendation is to be at least 3 hours before departure of his flight home.

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San José - San Ramón - Arenal - Potrero Beach - Guanacaste

Wellness is multidimensional

Wellness is about more than just physical and mental health.

Most models of wellness include at least six dimensions (and sometimes up to 9 or 12):
 
At EcoWellness & Travel we have the knowledge and experience to prepare a specific program if you are a wellness traveler.

Nourishing a healthy body through exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc.

Engaging the world through learning, problem-solving, creativity, etc.

Searching for meaning and higher purpose in human existence.

Being aware of, accepting and expressing our feelings, and understanding the feelings of others.

Connecting and engaging with others and our communities in meaningful ways.

 

Is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure that promotes health and  personal satisfaction.

Fostering positive interrelationships between planetary health and human actions, choices and wellbeing.

Eco Wellness & Travel  is made up of a professional team, highly trained in the tourism, design, and wellness field. Our main goal is to provide you with personalized and excellent services, through a careful analysis of our products.

Nowadays, balance between the job, the family, and mental and physical health are a priority for people. In this way, the wellness travel experiences give you a great opportunity to revitalize, restore, and renew your energy.

 

All our programs and providers must meet at least one of the following wellness tourism criteria:

  1. Offer Wellness physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual activities.
  2. Work under the concept of fair trade.
  3. Promotes the use of local products.
  4. Encourage a well-being atmosphere inside the company.
  5. Be environmentally friendly. 

Our principles are based on the dimensions of well-being and follow the postulates of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We give you a select list of some of our highlight programs, created with passion and knowledge about the wellness tourism product in Costa Rica

 

Also, we offer tailor-made assistance to create your own transformational wellness experience around your personal interests and well-being goals.

Our services are perfect for singles, partners, families, friends, and groups.

Eco Wellness & Travel  as the leading wellness travel agency in Costa Rica, offers you experiences to achieve these goals.

Wellness is the pursuit of happiness and is the way to find our inner peace. It is an opportunity to grow as a person, share and inspire others. It's a way to find yourself. 

Wellness is a way to show the best of me. Wellness travel is our passion, our Ikigai, motivates us to be part of the change.

 

Wellness can be a lot and mean different things to each person. It is a somewhat abstract and subjective concept. For some it is a lifestyle, because they are habits that are carried out consciously to generate a benefit to health in an integral way and considering the dimensions of well-being, others may consider it as a fashion or a way to earn money, for others it may be not mean much. However, from the holistic perspective that we like to know and live it, it allows us to seek that balance within our lives.

For some it is a lifestyle, because they are habits that are carried out consciously to generate a benefit to health in an integral way and considering the wellness dimensions, others may consider it as a fashion or a way to earn money, for others it may be not mean much. However, from the holistic perspective that we like to know and live it, it allows us to seek that balance within our lives.

Wellness activities must be inclusive, accessible and affordable. Its purpose should be to share, believe, grow and inspire. These initiatives are carried out actively, maintaining options that balance our lives, promoting comprehensive health.

By trying to have a balanced life, we maintain habits at home that we want to respect when traveling, this being one of the main reasons when planning a vacation, when looking for destinations that can satisfy these needs, that meet the expectations that are generated. The quality of the offer becomes one of the highest points in the selection and recommendation of tourist services.

To meet the expectations mainly of clients motivated by trips of self-care, transformation, purpose, reconnection, peace and relaxation, actions are developed in Wellness tourism, such as the option shown in the top of tourist options in the world. This is tourism that transform you.

Costa Rica, with its magical nature, human warmth, variety in the tourist offer, presents hundreds of alternatives of the highest quality for people who travel through the country. In addition to providing many options that will help maintain or improve the health condition. Contact with nature in its various expressions generates benefits for the body, mind and spirit, allowing us to return home with more and better tools to maintain balance in our work.

When planning a wellness trip you must ensure that you are going to enjoy it, because a getaway can be the best opportunity to come back to yourself. For this reason, EcoWellness & Travel offer you all the support, inspiration, knowledge and experience of a highly professional team, to plan your trip and thus ensure that it is a beautiful experience. Our reason for being is to provide the best options taking into account every detail and interest in your vacation.

 

 

Wellness travel is our passion

Wellness are actions, situations, and expectations in a healthy sense, which helps to pursue happiness and is the way to find our inner peace. It is an opportunity to grow as a person, share and inspire others. It's a way to find myself.

Wellness is a way to show the best of me. Wellness travel is our passion, our Ikigai, and motivates us to be part of the change and motivate and inspire our clients to make changes or keep their habits through the travels.

Finding a balance allows us to enjoy the journey that we call life. Make changes if they have value for you.

Wellness is a modern word with ancient roots

The key tenets of wellness as both preventive and holistic can be traced back to ancient civilizations from the East (India, China) to the West (Greece, Rome). In 19th-century Europe and the United States, a variety of intellectual, religious and medical movements developed in parallel with conventional medicine.

With their focus on holistic and natural approaches, self-healing and preventive care, these movements have provided a firm foundation for wellness today.

Wellness-focused and holistic modalities have gained more visibility since the 1960s/1970s under the writings and thought leadership of an informal network of US physicians and thinkers (such as Halbert Dunn, Jack Travis, Don Ardell, Bill Hettler, and others). As these have evolved, proliferated, and gone mainstream, they have informed the healthy-living, self-help, self-care, fitness, nutrition, diet and spiritual practices that have become a flourishing wellness movement in the 21st century. (Global Wellness Institute)

The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness tourism as a travel associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing one’s wellbeing.

Wellness tourism brings the promise of combating unwellness embedded in today’s travel and turning it into an opportunity to maintain and improve our holistic health.


Nowadays, more people are understanding the consequences of drastic health affectation because of unhealthy habits such as sedentarism, burnout, chronic stress, and mental disbalance, among others, suffered during the last decade. In addition, the increase in population aging, the excessive costs of healthcare, and the effects of Covid19 bring us a new perspective of life with a new model of self-care through healthy habits, learning strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and more, allow us to find a balance at home and keep this wellbeing when we travel. We can get that across Wellness travel.


Wellness travel is based on two distinct kinds of journeys according to the traveler's motivations: 

A primary traveleris a person that seeks a destination and services to offer facilities associated with wellness living.

Asecondary traveler is a person interested in improving personal health and wellbeing during their vacation or holiday but is not looking for specific services, just taking advantage of what the destination offers.


At EcoWellness & Travel we have the knowledge and experience to prepare a specific program if you are a primary or secondary wellness traveler.

KEY DRIVERS OF WELLNESS

Wellness is a word that was not often spoken or seen in print just 10 years ago. Yet, in the last few years, it has become ubiquitous in consumer and trade media and has entered the vernacular all around the world. Within a relatively short span of time, wellness has emerged as a dominant lifestyle value, driving interest in fitness, healthy eating, self-care, mindfulness, stress reduction, wellness vacations, healthy aging, complementary medicine, holistic health, and other wellness practices. As consumer interest in all things related to wellness accelerates, wellness is becoming a selling point for all kinds of products and services—from food and vitamins to real estate and vacation packages, and from gym memberships and healthcare plans to meditation apps and DNA testing kits.

Wellness was estimated by the Global Wellness Institute to be a $4.5 trillion market in 2017. Its growth rate has consistently outpaced global GDP growth, posting positive gains even in years of global economic downturn. What accounts for the seemingly unstoppable growth of wellness and its proliferation throughout the economy? In recent decades, vast economic, technological, social, demographic, and environmental changes have transformed every aspect of our lives—our homes and communities, food, work, shopping, education, friendship, leisure, travel, etc.—with both positive and negative impacts on our health and wellbeing. The growth of wellness practices and businesses is fundamentally a consumer response to these developments, and this response is turning into a major societal and economic force.

Four macro forces are propelling consumer demand and the ongoing robust growth of the wellness economy

Source:https://globalwellnessinstitute.org/what-is-wellness/key-drivers-of-wellness/