Wellness Tourism Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an ideal place to improve your mental and physical condition, integrate healthy habits and activities into your lifestyle, free your soul and return as a new person.

We all know that stress and routine are affecting our mental and physical health, especially those who find it difficult to leave the city frequently. That is why Wellness Tourism has taken so much strength in recent years, giving travellers the option to improve their quality of life, their physical and mental health, relax, detoxify and enjoy a time of peace.

All of this together with good nutrition and exercise in harmony with nature make wellness the perfect experience for you.

In Costa Rica, you don’t have just contact with nature and wild animals, but you also interact with nice, friendly and guest-friendly people. From the first contact with a Ticos, you start learning how to be as happy as us. That’s not what I am saying, but all those travellers who visited the country and told us about their extraordinary experience and the beauty of the country and its people.

Trekking (easy hikes)


Imagine walking through nature, over the trails of a National Park during low season, listening to the wind in the leaves of the trees, the murmur of water flowing down between the rocks, breathing pure air, seeing some small animals face to face and take the most tranquillity and relaxation possible. Every time we have visited a National Park or a protected area of this country, we felt this connection with nature and it allowed us to forget about our problems for a moment. This is exactly what the trails of Costa Rica are: a unique experience of physical and mental wellness.

If you would like to enjoy a hike through the forest, you can write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Forest bath

forest bath

Immerse your 5 senses in the forest and start enjoying the benefits that this activity will bring to your being. First, I wasn’t sure what this activity is about until we started to do breathing exercises in a natural environment full of purified air, in contact with nature, the trees, the vegetation of the place, and other elements and exercises that make it to a natural, relaxing and wellness therapy.

Different studies have proved that it is an efficient treatment to reduce tension, anger, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. Anyway, from our point of view, we can add that it’s the most direct form to feel nature at its maximum. This is why we recommend detoxing your lungs and soul from the toxins that we absorb every day. Once you finish the tour, you will feel your lungs stronger and your mind balanced.

Earthing (barefoot walk on the earth or sand)

When you get sick due to your lifestyle, you have to start making changes. Earthing could be one of them. Recover your health!

earthing costa rica

Earthing or grounding consist of direct contact with the earth, stop being two separated elements and become just one (connect with earth).

It consists of a walk barefoot over the earth and letting the free electrons of our body and the planet (our body is an electrical conductor), so they can neutralize the free radicals that are protagonists in many inflammatory processes.

When we did this the first time, we thought it is a waste of time, but the results were impressive. You have to open your body and your mind in this exercise to see the positive results after every session. In addition, it has been shown that the practice of Earthing regulates cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and reduces blood viscosity. Mother Nature definitely knows how to heal us and in this little piece of land you can practice it, I'm sure it will help you as it helped me!

Spa (Splunch)


We all love a good massage and spa, and from time to time it is good to relax and enjoy, but next time you think about a spa session, think about “Splunch”. This is a new relaxation technique that gives incredible results since the benefits of a spa treatment are combined with healthy and nutritive food.

Splunch represents the perfect combination of splendour, exquisiteness and relaxation. I can assure you that you will feel important and spoiled, or at least that’s how I felt after this new wellness treatment. The spa session includes different services to choose from, such as sauna, hydrotherapy pools, Turkish baths, massages, or different body treatments or facials. And if we add now excellent and light food, it is the perfect experience.

If you want to experience this yourself, you can reserve it with us. Just contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will prepare and organize everything for you.


body wrap

Every day there are more wellness activities and spa treatments. It is the trend of health care and personal esthetic with natural treatments.

This is why we see in many spas of the country a technique called Body Wrap. This wellness procedure consists of wrapping your body in different elements like coffee, volcanic mud, tropical fruit and/or chocolate to hydrate your skin, tone your body, improve circulation, eliminate cellulite, detox your body, and move the fats, which can be eliminated naturally. When you finish each session, your skin feels smooth, soft, clean, and even with a few pounds less!

Remember to drink much water before and after you do the Body Wrap. This helps the removal of the toxins. It’s not recommended to drink caffeine, soft drinks, sugar, fried food, fat, or alcohol for at least 72 hours after the Body Wrap. When you follow these recommendations, you will get a better result out of the treatment.

Different hotels and spa clinics in the country offer this treatment, so just ask your favourite hotel for it. You can also help you find a hotel in Costa Rica that offers Body Wrap, just write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hydrotherapy (with thermal water)


Costa Rica is a privileged country with a high level of water resources, it is even one of the few countries in the world where you can drink the water directly from the unfiltered tap. Thanks to this precious liquid, you can also experience hydrotherapy for therapeutic and wellness purposes. It consists of treating your body with water baths at different temperatures for rehabilitation and relaxation.

Water temperature and pressure increase and decrease according to the person's need, improving blood pressure and circulation. In addition, herbs and aromas are mixed into the water to increase the properties of the treatment and improve its results.

It is very important that you know if you have any heart disease. Ask your doctor first if you can participate in a hydrotherapy treatment since there may be changes in blood pressure.

Healthy gastronomy

healthy food

“A healthy lifestyle is not complete without a menu that allows covering the nutritional requirements to have a healthy body and mind.”

The gastronomic offer of this country is as varied as the ingredients that compose it. A large amount of vegetables, legumes, tubers, and fruits with high levels of vitamins and minerals, thanks to the rich and fertile soil where it is grown, promotes a healthy and balanced diet.

The choice depends on the health conditions, limitations, allergies, or intolerance of each person. The key is to individualize the options, to ensure proper application of the diet.

If you are like me, who loves a good piece of meat, dairy or other animal derivatives, take into account that Costa Rica has long ago focused on the production of organic foods that are healthier, free of antibiotics, hormones, and synthetic substances

In the different regions of the country, they offer very varied dishes, even though they use the same ingredients. The nutrition and culinary arts have their very own history and legacy. For example, a dish prepared in Nicoya, Guanacaste, is different to the same one in San José (just 4 hours away), and this one is also different to the same one on the Caribbean coast. For this reason, I recommend trying the food in the area that you are visiting and adding a gastronomic experience on your wellness trip and delight your palate with rich, nutritious and varied options that this tropical paradise offers you.

If you want to know a little bit more about our gastronomy or reserve a cooking class, you can write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proof that the country is an ideal place to improve the quality of life is that it has one of the few “blue zones” where people live the longest on the planet. In a study conducted in 2004, it was determined that mortality among 90-year-old Costa Ricans is 10% lower in the Nicoya Peninsula, south of Guanacaste. The calcium-rich water in this area, healthy eating, living together as a family and living very “Pura Vida” are the secrets of having a long life.

Take advantage of your visit to, in addition to enjoying an unforgettable vacation, return home very relaxed, free of fatigue, stress and healthier than you left. There are still many more wellness activities you can do in the country. If you have one in mind and you do not know if you can do it, contact us and we will gladly help you orient yourself or if you want us to develop a customized program with a large number of possible wellness activities, we will gladly help you to pamper yourself during your vacation, the reality is that you deserve it!

Write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will gladly help you with whatever you need.

Greetings from paradise!

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    The trip was wonderful! Your help was invaluable and without your choices it would not have been so good! I am very very satisfied and very happy with the choices you made!

    Thank you very much for everything!

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    Hello dear Aline, many thanks to you for the great compilation and organization of the trip. We were able to spend eventful, interesting and wonderful days in Costa Rica and will keep them in good memory. A thank you also goes to the ARA Tours team, which was available 24/7 for problems and questions, which were solved and answered quickly and reliably. The punctuality of the transfers offered should also be emphasized. In summary, it was a wonderful holiday.

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    Hello dear Aline,
    Now we have arrived back at San Jose Airport after a great trip. Everything worked out great and the tour was just perfectly planned and organized. Thank you very much. We take a lot of positive memories with us.
    Best regards.

    Carina und Thomas
  • Yvonne Deiss

    The Costa Rica trip together with my family is already behind us - it was wonderful!!! Everything went smoothly from A to Z, we had a wonderful time, no incidents and wonderful experiences.
    We all enjoyed it very much; the nature is enormous, but also the warm-hearted people, the cleanliness, the food - we are very enthusiastic!
    At this point I would like to thank you very much for your support in the preparation, for all the bookings, clarifications and enquiries!!!
    We visited the waterfall in La Fortuna and had a great view of the Arenal. In Monteverde we did a Hanging Bridges and Zipline tour and in Nosara a surf course. In Finca Rosa Bianca we did the coffee tour, it was all great, fun and interesting 😊. All in all, we saw lots of animals, always ate well, enjoyed the beaches....even in rainy weather 😊. Often we were even glad that it was overcast, otherwise it would have been almost toouuu hot for us.
    So THANK YOU again so much for everything!!!!

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  • Christina

    Many thanks for the extensive support (before, during and after the trip) and the professional handling of our concerns. With your support we had a smooth and unforgettable vacation in Costa Rica! Our favorite hotels: Hotel Plaza Yara and the Poas Volcano Lodge - a dream!
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    Yay! I´m glad we are back on track. Thank you again for helping us with all these changes.
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  • Janka

    Hi Eli & ARA Team,
    We have spoken to the guest and they are super enthusiastic about their Costa Rica roundtrip! Everything was well organized, nice hotels, nice mix of activities & beach and they have big compliments for you guys!!
    Many thanks for all the good work!! The guest highly appreciate it!!
    They had lunch nearby in Ara Ambigua Lodge, and they loved this place. Friendly staff and good food!
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    Dear Priska
    Happily I write some words to you in English, so you can easily forward them also to Ara Tours, please. Thank you all, we spent a magic time in Costa Rica! Baumeler's and Ara Tours organisation and logistics were perfect, everything worked out even better than we expected. The tours were brilliant, we really enjoyed everything very very much!
    All the accomodation was absolutely wonderful... the setting, the quality, the food, with happy helpful friendly staff everywhere. It was a wonderful way to experience this beautiful country the way we did, on a private tour with personal guide and drivers. We saw and learnt sooo much - it would have been impossible to do so on our own.
    Especially we praise our brilliant guide Fernando Perez, we benefited so much from his truly wide knowledge and deep love for his Country which he passed on in lovely encouraging way. We even became friends and we will meet in Switzerland coming September! Also our driver Carlos Sandi was great, not only as a driver but also as a compagnion, animal spotter and photographer. Thank you!
    So.... now we just enjoy our last day...
    Sunny greetings, pura vida

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    Hello all
    Unfortunately, our wonderful trip is already over and everyday life has caught up with us again. We would like to thank you very much for everything. The trip was planned exactly according to our wishes and we have seen so many beautiful places.
    Thank you Stefanie!
    We have felt completely comfortable and top cared for by you. Via Whats App we got immediate answers to our questions, with the car everything worked out great. In all locations we were treated very warmly and nicely. It was just so indescribably beautiful, we will dream of the beautiful experiences for a long time. In any case, we will warmly recommend you and hope for a next time. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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    It was a wonderful trip you put together for us.
    Your excellent service, as well as the 24 hour support service from ARA Tours, was truly outstanding.
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    Hello Pedro, our time in CR is coming to an end and we wanted to say "thank you very much for organizing a phenomenal week". Everything has been well organized and we have seen many beauties of nature. Thanks!

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    Thanks Jenny for the clear answer. We will make an appointment via the link you gave us.
    Today we visited National Parc Cabo Blanco. What an amazing park, so quiet for tourists, so full of animals, really lovely and therefore together with Monte Verde, Cahuita and Corcovado the park today, Cabo Blanco, scores high in our ranking of most beautiful parks of CR.These parks give us reason, together with the Pura Vida in CR, to come back soon. We'll keep in contact.

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  • Dominik

    Good day Jennifer
    As we have already told Simone, the stay at Lapa Rios is extremely enriching, thanks to the well planned planting and the untouched environment we see a lot of animals. Contrary to the plans before the stay, we do not want to visit more animals in captivity at the end. We will have a look at the few hours before we leave.
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    - The route was super planned, first time to arrive at the beach and then from Monteverde with excursions inland etc. and at the end again beach - perfect!
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  • Marine & Bruno Serra

    We would like to thank you personally for this beautiful trip that you organised for us and for the follow-up that you did throughout the stay. A big thank you also to Jennifer d'Ara tours! Thank you again and have a great week!

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    We really appreciated your (almost) daily updates from Costa Rica on Covid and related issues. That was a highlight compared to other incoming agents worldwide! We thank you for your effort and wish you that you manage the coming time well and stay healthy.

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    Hello, we were on a round trip in Costa Rica from 27.11., which was booked through BigXtra and organised by them. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much. The tour was simply amazing! The support by Carlos was just great. We have done many trips before, but this one was an unforgettable experience thanks to Carlos. Carlos speaks very good German and was able to sensitively introduce us to Costa Rica, its incomparable nature and its great, friendly inhabitants. Pura Vida became for us a term for the attitude towards life in Costa Rica. Please say hello to Carlos from us and once again a huge thank you to him in the name of the whole group of 8. We wish him only the best for his future.

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    Wie just did a 4 week trip in Costa Rica which was organised from ARA tours and we really liked it - well done Ara Tours! We also had a guide - his name is Enrique. His German is really good and he knows a lot about Costa Rica and he showed us a lot of animals. We had a wonderful time with hime - thank you so much Enrique!

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    Many thanks and great praise to our tour guide Mauricio and our bus driver Adrian! We felt very comfortable during the 2 weeks in Costa Rica. The wide-ranging knowledge of Mauricio and the super driving skills of Adrian were particularly admirable. Thanks to the eagle eyes of both of them, we had the opportunity to observe a variety of animals in Costa Rica. Thank you for everything!

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  • Sabine Schumacher

    I can only recommend ARA Tours. Thanks again to Nicole for the great planning of the tour and the support. Our tour guide Peter Käser was simply incredible (a walking encyclopaedia) and always had an answer to all my questions about the flora and fauna and the history of CR. Our driver Julio carried my father on his hands, for which I am very grateful. CR is also worth a trip for wheelchair users at any time (with ARA Tours, of course).

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  • Familie Thieme

    We would like to thank you once again for organizing our trip [...] through the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Our special thanks go to our tour guide Enrique, who with his extensive knowledge of flora and fauna about his country brought it very close to us and made us want to come even a second time. We were very glad and happy to travel with him, as he was also very committed to our problems on site, in addition to his competent function as a tour guide.

    Familie Thieme
  • Familie Stalder

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sensational effort! I do not know such a competent tour guide as with you really from nowhere else... and we have already traveled a lot... 🙏🏻🍀

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  • Katja Stadelmann

    I wanted to thank you again for the great Costa Rica trip. We flew back home very happy and with many great impressions. A compliment for the super organisation. Everything worked out perfectly (except for the handover of the rental car, which was force majeure...). So thank you again and I have already recommended you to friends:-)!

    Katja Stadelmann
  • Conny Koch

    You and your team have organized a great trip and wonderful days for the guests in your beautiful country and I thank you very much for that!

    Conny Koch
  • Denise Steiger

    Thank you very much for your email and the tickets. We really appreciate how quickly and efficiently you deal with our requests each time!

    Denise Steiger
  • Philippe

    Hello Christine Thank you very much for this information. The support is super👍 many thanks Gruss

  • Marianne & Stefan Gräub

    Otherwise, the planned trip was a complete success. Everything went well and the visits you organised were all very interesting. The visits you organised were all very interesting and gave us a great insight into the respective topics. The fact that the Ticos are very friendly and always ready to help was fully confirmed.

    Marianne & Stefan Gräub

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