Costa Rica is the perfect place for forest bathing

Costa Rica is the perfect place for forest bathing

May 21, 2018 1 By Shannon Farley

Go forest bathing in Costa Rica at Portasol Living on the Central Pacific Coast.

Visit the ultimate forest bathing spot in Costa Rica at Portasol Living. Lush rainforest, waterfalls, streams, and lots of wildlife will have you blissed-out on nature in no time.

In the land of sunshine and smiles, the sun-kissed beaches and rainforests of Costa Rica are popular with millions of vacationers from around the world, who all gush over the breathtaking nature.

Now, there is another compelling reason to visit Costa Rica – forest bathing.

The latest travel and wellness trend – which has actually been around for decades in Japan – is being promoted in Costa Rica.

The term “forest bathing” – or Shinrin-yoku – was coined in Japan in 1982 when it became part of the country’s national health program. The practice is ancient: spend time in forested areas to enhance your health, wellness, and happiness.

This is not a brisk, outdoor walk or other type of exercise. Rather, it is meant to be a mindful meditation while leisurely strolling through the forest and soaking up nature’s energy in order to relax and be centered. The idea is to listen to the sounds of the forest – not your iPhone, to touch the bark of trees, feel leaves, and smell the rich scents of nature.

Spending time in forests and pure nature is the antidote to stress and the key to your well-being.

Being outdoors has proven health benefits, but forest bathing is reported to be even more beneficial. The chemical compound phytoncide (wood essential oils), emitted by trees, is scientifically proven to boost the immune system, reduce stress, and even lower blood sugar.

“Forests are the original antidote to stress and stress-related illness. As humans, we have evolved in nature. It’s where we feel most comfortable. It has been scientifically proven that when we spend time in nature, our brain behaves differently. It affects how we feel and think, which has a direct impact on our immunity and healing powers,” states Healing Forest, an organization that promotes the healing powers of nature.

Cazuela Waterfall at Portasol Living in Costa Rica

Portasol Living features pristine Costa Rica nature like the Cazuela Waterfall.

Forest bathing in Costa Rica

Just a few hours’ flight from much of the United States, and now easily accessible to Europe and Canada via direct flights, Costa Rica has always been an attractive destination for nature lovers. The Central American nation offers close to 900 miles of coastline along two oceans, and more than 25% of its forests and territory are protected in national parks and reserves.

On Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast, a unique combination of coastal rainforest in a private reserve, waterfalls and streams create the perfect spot for forest bathing. It is easy to refresh your spirit here with an infusion of nature, quiet and beauty.

The Costa Rica eco-community of Portasol Living rests amid more than 1,300 acres of thick green, wild rainforest splashed with bright tropical flowers climbing up coastal mountain ridgelines. A crystal clear river borders one side of the development and natural springs and waterfalls pour in from all sides along a narrow valley. Beautiful, uncrowded tropical beaches and national parks are nearby. The sustainable community’s private nature reserve is filled with abundant wildlife.

Rainforest Vacation Bungalow at Portasol Living, Costa Rica

Rainforest Vacation Bungalow at Portasol Living in Costa Rica.

Portasol Living is both a place to live or own a vacation home, or to visit by renting one of their noteworthy vacation rentals. Trails lead all through the forest, to parks and waterfalls, making forest bathing as easy as stepping outside.

“Breathing in the pure oxygen-rich air of the rainforest helps people rejuvenate. This connection to nature is vital to our lives and our health,” said one of Portasol Living’s homeowners.

Come soak in the wonders of the rainforest and benefit your overall well-being for your body and soul with forest bathing in Costa Rica. Start planning your trip to Portasol Living today.