zen places to relax

A list with peaceful destinations to recharge your energy for the New Year

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Templo Bahá'í de Sudamérica

Santiago, Chile

This temple has become a spot for contemplation in the Andes. The structure designed by the Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini doesn’t have icons or images. The proposal there is to appreciate the silence in a lovely scenery, framed by gigantic mountains and with a view of Santiago camouflaged on the horizon.

Diagonal Las Torres, 2000

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Maraú Peninsula

Bahia, Brazil

Applauding the sunset and immersing yourself in self-discovery. Near Salvador, the Maraú Peninsula is home to the community of Inkiri Piracanga. The destination offers a silent retreat, vegan food, and quick courses. A refreshing connection between people and nature.

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Arenal

Costa Rica

Costa Rica can be intense, full of adventures and adrenaline. But it’s also a temple for wellbeing. In the northwest of the country, near the Arenal Volcano, the warm waters of the local hot springs relieve stress and are also good for the skin. Spend a day at the Tabacón Hot Springs and feel refreshed.

Northwest of the center of La Fortuna de San Carlos, Km 13

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Tulum

Mexico

An archaeological heritage in the Riviera Maya, Tulum is famous for its ancient ruins. But it’s also home to luxury resorts, that have put it on the map for people looking to disconnect. Yoga in the morning, campfires at night, and meals with a view of the Caribbean Sea promise to replenish your body and soul.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Peru

Mystic by vocation, the region was like a mirror of the Milky Way for the Incas. It’s perfect to reconnect with Mother Earth, known as Pachamama by Andean peoples, on long trails through tall mountains and with nature in the background. The hikes lead to an active meditation, with several opportunities to reflect and get closer to the local ancestry.

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Elqui Valley

Chile

Far from big cities and with low levels of rainfall, the valley has become an ideal destination for astronomy lovers. Its geographic position makes it one of the best places in the world to observe the stars. That’s why it attracts people who are interested in such practices as yoga, reiki, and massage. Hotels with spas and healthy food provide the tools to experience total relaxation.

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Chapada dos Veadeiros

Goiás, Brazil

The National Park in Brazil’s central region is surprising for the expanse of canyons and waterfalls scattered throughout its territory. The starting point is the municipality of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, with its crystal mines, rivers, and spaces for alternative therapies.