Rio PerdidoNorth West, Costa Rica
Driving through desert-like surroundings down a gravel road, one’s arrival at Rio Perdido is indeed an encounter with the ‘lost river’.
This stylish hotel was built to complement an existing thermal bath resort and adventure centre, and is dramatically positioned overlooking the confluence of two rivers – the hot waters of the small Rio Perdido and the larger Rio Blanco, which forges its way through an impressive canyon. With such a kaleidoscope of scenery, this is a wonderful encounter with nature far away from the stresses of the city.
With warm, friendly local staff and a spacious, stylish reception, bar and dining area, Rio Perdido is somewhere that is notably different and special from the first instance… and this impression only grows with time.
The 20 original bungalows sit deep in the forest near the main building and are decorated in a minimalist style with clean-cut interiors and offer all modern amenities, air conditioning and a private verandah with hammock. The 10 new bungalows which were completed in 2017 are quite different, with stained dark timber and dark colours contrasting with a more open outlook, and are significantly larger.
The hotel offers three different thermal swimming pools at differing temperatures, but you can also visit the thermal pools in the Rio Perdido itself. It is a surreal experience to enter a fast flowing river that is actually hot! Cake yourself in thermal mud and then relax in the fast flowing hot waters.
The adventure activities offered are a must and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Mountain biking, canyoning, rappelling, tubing, zip-lining and swinging like Tarzan across the canyon are just some of the ways you can get your heart racing whilst enjoying the beautiful natural landscape.