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7 Day Detox Holiday in Arenal, Alajuela
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Essence Arenal Hotel, 1 km al sur de El Castillo, junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo, 1230, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Wellness Detox Retreat Costa Rica

Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic and raw Costa Rican experience and get a taste of everything in a place, Essence Arenal. Give yourself a treat and join now! Please note this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico & Alejandro
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  • Yoga classes daily
  • Healing surrounding
  • Temazcal / sweat lodge
  • Full-body mud wrap session
  • 6 functional detox smoothies a day
  • Cacao tour and workshop
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Hot springs

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
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During this retreat, you will stay at Essence Arenal that is located in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano with 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land.

With breathtaking views, Essence Arenal takes pride in giving their guests an experience of a lifetime. From forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rainforest, enjoying mystical free hot springs, horseback riding, and canopy tours, there is a rich amount of nature activities to experience at Essence Arenal.


The itinerary will be independently developed according to the specific needs.

Included excursions

You will have a guided hike and harvest in the permaculture farm. a chocolate making workshop, and a transfer to the natural hot river springs .


Nico Botefur

Alejandro Camacho

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in the Republic of Costa Rica, a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Its name translates literally as ‘rich coast’, was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army in 1948.

Among Latin American countries, Costa Rica ranks fourth in terms of the 2007 Human Development Index. The country is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas, in terms of the 2019 Environmental Performance Index. In 2007, the government stated that they want the country to be the first country to become carbon neutral by 2021.

Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. While the country has only about 0.1 percent of the world’s landmass, it contains five percent of the world’s biodiversity. Around 25 percent of the country’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


Essence Arenal Hotel on-site restaurant is always there to satisfy your hunger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is open every day at 7 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, coffee or tea, fruit plate, and a plate of the day our farm to table restaurant offers gourmet and organic food and natural health smoothies

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Detox juices

Things to do (optional)


This canopy tour gives a stellar view of Lake Arenal, the volcano, and the lush rainforest. A silent gondola slowly conveys visitors up above the canopy, and at the top, you can either tram it back down or fly down the zip lines.


This canopy is closed by La Fortuna. It is one of the best values in the area with 12 zip lines, hot springs, crocodile pits, butterfly, frog exhibition areas, and hiking trails.

Canoa Tour

Canoa Tour specializes in canoes and river float trips lead by bilingual naturalist guides. Most tours are geared towards wildlife and bird watching throughout the northern Costa Rican area.

Eco Zoo

The Eco Zoo offers guided tours and hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations. The objective of these shows is to educate and to increase knowledge and awareness of these animals, their positive roles in nature, and the need to preserve them.

Transportation to Monteverde

  • Transportation from Essence Arenal to Monteverde or Santa Elena, as it is incredibly scenic, reasonably priced, and saves you half-day of travel.

Rafting Tour

These expeditions offer fun and professional whitewater rafting and kayaking on Rio Sarapiqui and Rio Balsa, rapids ranging from class I to class IV suited for all skill levels.


  • A guide will take you on a hike to an isolated area of the rainforest where you will rappel down to four waterfalls, the highest one is 70 meters tall.

Horseback Riding:

Horseback riding Tour is one of the best rides in the area. A guide will pick you up at Essence Arenal and take you up to the primary forest, and you will be able to bathe in a hidden waterfall and witness a spectacular view of Lake Arenal, volcano, and lush rainforest.

Spa treatments

The price includes everyday yoga, 3 enemas, one full-body mud wrap, a 60-minute massage, one temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) experience. The spa is located in a privileged zone of the jungle with a unique view to the Arenal volcano and lake, in the middle of a permaculture farm, where you will find edible plants like cacao, coffee, sugar cane, corn, many vegetables, and a unique selection of medicinal herbs among others.

The harvest is featured in the restaurant on-site with daily creative selections. Essence Arenal Wellness Center is committed to health and natural alternatives and fully respectful of the environment. Enjoy the jungle spa service, where guests will tour personalized and professional services such as lymphatic drainage.

What's included

  • 6 days 60-minute yoga class
  • 3 Enemas
  • 1 60-minute massage
  • 1 full-body mud wrap and temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) experience
  • 1 cacao tour and workshop
  • 6 nights private accommodation
  • 2 ionic foot detox
  • all meals or functional smoothies
  • Please noted this is not a group retreat

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other excursions / activities
  • Other spa treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arenal Airport (FON). This airport is located 20 minutes from La Fortuna. You would first need to book a regional flight to reach this airport from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You can take Nature Air or some other smaller flights that offers regional flights several times a week.

Alternatively, from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you can take private transportation with the driver to reach the hotel directly. This service is usually provided in an air-conditioned minivan that can pick you up at the airport or in any location in Costa Rica. Prices can vary according to the location and time of year that you plan to travel. If you are traveling from the San Jose area, including San Jose International Airport, this service will cost 140 USD for private shuttler

Arrival by bus

The main buses leave from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) bus station at 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. and arrive in La Fortuna.

Arrival by shuttle

The local El Castillo shuttles can take you from La Fortuna to the hotel. These shuttles leave from La Fortuna every day at 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. upon reservation and costs 10USD per person. The shuttle will be the cheapest option and will drop you off at the hotel.

Alternatively, you can also opt for shared shuttle transportation. The rates for this method of transportation range from 40 to 50 USD per person. These are one-way prices.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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