The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Hot springs are more than just warm and relaxing pools. These areas have medical and healing properties due to their high mineral content.

A group of businessmen who want to develop this concept formed a commission to promote medical hydrology in San Carlos, taking advantage of the existing infrastructure such as hot spring water touristic centers and the natural conditions of the environment.

The plan is to create partnerships with the medical and business community to build medical centers and train professionals in the health industry, said Lorena Herrera, entrepreneur and chairman of the commission.

Gabriela Moreira, Baldi Hot Springs spokeswoman, said that people visit the hot springs to relax and heal their ailments. “This type of tourism has been growing as people acknowledge the benefits of thermal water,” she stated.

Project promoters in San Carlos began their movements two years ago, consulting with organizations like the American Association of Spas and the International Termal Tourism Fair (Termatalia). They also confirmed the need to train professionals in medical knowledge about the properties of water.

After structuring their ideas, they sought the support of the Chamber of Tourism of the Northern Zone (Catuzón), which authorized them to form the working committee.

“We believe that the San Carlos can become a health and well-being center for reference in Latin America”, voiced Manzi.

In his opinion, the area is already known as a hot springs center, and its future success depends on the ability to engage the medical and business community in developing medical and dental centers.

This will require strengthening the supply and quality of services, which involves increasing the complexity and professionalism of treatments that besides massages and visits to hot springs, include intensive programs, plans for welfare and relaxation at the corporate level, complementary therapies for recovery from surgery, accident rehabilitation, etc..

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica