People are always looking to reinvent the wheel, making classic ideas new and exciting.
Camping is no different. Simply grabbing a tent and sleeping bag to camp out under the stars is a thing of the past.
Now there’s a new way to camp—one that brings you through a “spiritual” experience.
The term “glamping” has taken the world by storm in recent years, showing rugged outdoorsmen that camping can be glamorous and accommodating.
But you may want to trade in the tent curtains for some breathable tunics instead, because now a “Temazcal-Inspired Sweat Ceremony” is one of the many newest travel trends to put on your itinerary.
And nowhere is it better experienced than at Kinkara, a resort in the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is best known for their Tarrazú coffee beans (some of the best in the world!), bananas, and breathtaking ocean views.
But now there’s another to add to the list.
Kinkara used to cater to only a select few guests who would book in private groups, but now the resort invites everyone to benefit from their one-of-a-kind amenities, beginning at only $190 per night.
David Comfort, co-founder of Kinkara, said in a statement, “We wanted to create an environment and experience that energizes the spirit. One that weaves exquisite cuisine around euphoric adventures and mindful relaxation to delight the senses,” reports Travel and Leisure.
In today’s busy world, our day-to-day activities overstimulate the senses, causing exhaustion and fatigue.
Taking a break from computer screens (but not until you are done reading this) and rush-hour traffic isn’t something just a group of neo-hippies would appreciate.
“To us, jubilation is the key to rejuvenation. We have seen that in our group guests and naturally wanted to extend it to as many travelers as possible.”
So how is this “jubilation” obtained?
The sweat ceremony is performed practically arm-in-arm with other guests gathered around hot volcanic rocks for “a curative ceremony of song and steam.”
Not sure if it’s a kumbaya playlist or not, but it’s hard to imagine any other song being echoed out in unison.
If steamy volcanic rocks aren’t your thing, they also offer a cacao ceremony in the resort’s communal temple.
It’s said that slowly eating cacao increases circulation, serotonin levels, and your heart rate, leaving you in a state of euphoria.
But try not to get too lost in the moment because the active ingredient in raw cacao, theobromine, can be dangerous in high amounts.
According Perfect Daily Grind, “Theobromine poisoning has been reported to cause heart failure, seizures, acute kidney damage and dehydration.”
As you would expect with any place that combines eastern religion and the philosophies of the 60s, the resort also offers yoga and meditation.
The breathtaking resort is set on 800 acres, so there are plenty of typical camping activities as well, like hiking and an iconic trip to a waterfall.
And no new-age campground would be complete without a tour of the resort’s sustainable farm.
The kitchen has an herb garden at their disposal, along with a 10,000-tree “food forest” from which the rotating menu is sourced.
Tuck in at night with next-level glamping accommodations in your tent such as handcrafted wooden furniture, solar-powered lamps, soft robes, and natural fiber jute carpets.
And although going digital-free is ideal for an enhanced spiritual experience, you do have the option to tap into the highspeed wi-fi and USB ports provided in your tent.
After your night of “roughing it,” wake up to a revitalizing rainfall shower, use the coconut oil soap provided, and dry off with your organic cotton towel.
And if all that relaxation and group singing is putting you to sleep, you can always slip away for an invigorating day of surfing about 30 miles away.
This Costa Rica vacation is just what the doctor ordered if you’re in need of a euphoric, get-in-touch-with-your-inner-spirit-animal kind of trip!
The sites will surely be beyond beautiful and this interesting experience will certainly give you plenty to talk about when you return to that 9-5.
Please let us know if you’ve ever been to a resort like this, or if you would recommend vacationing in Costa Rica!