Eco Tourism & Wellness
Costa Rica sets the standard when it comes to Ecological Tourism. The country has concentrated their efforts to promote and boost sustainable development, and has brought together and encouraged private and public sectors to consider all possible environmental benefits. The country has achieved international recognition for bringing awareness to the importance of the environment, related to commercial and productive activities, and has made itself one of the most popular destinations for ecotourism. Trends change very fast, so the Tourism industry must evolve and adapt too. One of the fastest growing tendencies as of late is centered on the idea of having a better quality of life through healthy habits and actions in all areas of life. It is this idea which has encouraged the development of Wellness Tourism, an alternative to tourism oriented towards the prevention of diseases (in body, mind and spirit) through tourist activities that contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Wellness trips have to be managed carefully, considering seriously the individual needs and interests of each person. Every body, soul and mind is different. To get the balance in an integrative way, we have to seek deeper into the personal life, because everyone has different life habits, stress resistance, and different ways of looking for happiness. Every activity in the wellness services has to be considerate of what the client wants, feels and need at that moment, and not what I think or what I like. They must be experiences that improve something in their life. Wellness travel means a chance to have experiences and use all your senses and feelings; go visit the forest to feel the peace, smell the grass, flowers or tress, listen the silence or the nature sounds, taste the wild fruits, hugs the trees and walk barefoot on the path to feel the connection with the Earth and finally see the whole picture for pleasant memories.
Wellness travel also means...
But Wellness travel also means that you are tasting the most exquisite food brought from the farm directly to the table, being shown a splendid presentation in the fanciest restaurant, and trying the most delicious dishes served in an organic plantain leaf combined with the healthiest fruit smoothie of the season.
It also means starting the day with an adrenaline adventure, sharing and helping in a local community or enjoying the beach in a hike or running through amazing waves. But the experience doesn't stop yet, swim through the relaxing and healthiest water at the marvelous hot springs to continue with a spa treatment, yoga session or just a mindfulness time.
Many scientific studies have shown the benefits from stress reduction, proper management of diet and physical activity, and even the benefits nature can offer. Thus, Costa Rica has made a significant commitment to a completely innovative approach called "Green Wellness." This type of tourism focuses on wellness products and services that sustainably manage the natural resources, and where the tourist can have real experiences that contribute to a person’s physical, mental and spiritual improvement of a person
Green Wellness combines four important elements: adventure activities that promote physical activity; relaxation services (meditation, yoga, massage, thermals, holistic treatments, etc...) that allow one to rest and lower stress levels; healthy, and authentic gastronomic delights for all preferences; and lastly, a culturally unique and inspiring experience from Costa Rica. These elements offer opportunities for entrepreneurship and, above all, for those who seek opportunities to disconnect from work, concerns, and noise, allowing for one to rediscover their inner peace. Green Wellness offers a balanced integration of activities and opportunities for tourists. However, it is not just an excellent solution for tourists, it has also become a source for new jobs and an effective way to stabilize the tourism season, benefiting greatly the host country. Green Wellness travel is the gratitude that you leave at the environment but also the footprint of that experience left in your live. Go through the adventure in the forest, find peace on the mountains, enjoy the local cuisine, or try some yoga or tai-chi exercises on the beach at sunset, and finally rest in the greatest hotel and call it your home away from home...