Review: Rio Perdido, Costa Rica


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Rio Perdido is located in the heart of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province, renowned for its diverse landscapes and natural beauty. Nestled within a 1,500-acre private reserve, the resort is positioned near the town of Bagaces, approximately an hour’s drive southeast of Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste. This area is known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes, rich biodiversity, and pristine wilderness, offering a stunning backdrop for the resort.

The property is set amidst a unique dwarf forest characterized by its compact and diverse plant life. This distinctive ecosystem is complemented by the nearby thermal gorge, a natural wonder cherished by the indigenous Cabecar tribes for its mystical qualities. The gorge features natural hot springs that wind through the property, creating a serene and rejuvenating environment.


Rio Perdido is a haven of well-being in the heart of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province, offering an authentic Costa Rican experience amid breathtaking natural beauty. Cooled by a constant breeze and surrounded by a unique dwarf forest, this enchanting resort embodies the essence of Costa Rica’s renowned PURA VIDA lifestyle.

Just an hour’s drive from Liberia, the hotel is set on a 1,500-acre reserve, once revered by the Cabecar tribes for its mystical thermal gorge. Thoughtfully designed to blend with its surroundings, Rio Perdido provides a luxurious retreat while preserving its pristine environment.

The location of Rio Perdido allows guests to easily access some of the region’s most remarkable natural attractions, including national parks, waterfalls, and wildlife reserves. The proximity to Liberia’s international airport makes it a convenient destination for international travelers, while the surrounding natural beauty and tranquility provide an ideal setting for both adventure and relaxation.

Style & Character

Rio Perdido in Costa Rica offers a harmonious blend of modern design and sustainable architecture, creating a tranquil sanctuary that seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings. The resort’s aesthetic features clean lines, natural materials like wood and stone, and open, airy spaces that facilitate a connection with the environment.

Emphasizing eco-friendly practices, Rio Perdido utilizes solar power, rainwater harvesting, and natural ventilation systems to minimize its environmental impact. The ambiance is serene and elegant, with an understated luxury that invites guests to unwind and immerse themselves in the lush landscape. Celebrating Costa Rican culture, the resort incorporates local art, textiles, and cuisine, offering an authentic and enriching experience amidst the breathtaking beauty of Guanacaste’s unique ecosystems.

Service & Facilities

Guests can immerse themselves in the wonders of nature with activities such as swimming in natural hot springs along a mile-long thermal gorge or exploring over 20 miles of hiking trails abundant with exotic flora and fauna. The resort offers zip-lining, mountain biking, and white-water tubing for thrill-seekers, while those seeking relaxation can unwind by the pool or indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments.


Accommodations at Rio Perdido blend modern comfort with sustainability, featuring 30 forest bungalows that provide a serene retreat amid Costa Rica’s stunning natural beauty. Each bungalow is thoughtfully equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and contemporary bathrooms, ensuring a comfortable and restful stay.

Food & Drink

Dining at Rio Perdido celebrates Costa Rica’s rich culinary heritage, where the chef-led team crafts seasonal, locally sourced cuisine that honors tradition while incorporating innovative accents. Guests can savor exquisite meals at the atmospheric open-air restaurant, which upholds sustainable food and beverage practices, ensuring a memorable dining experience. For a truly private and unforgettable occasion, guests can enjoy a special dinner under the starry sky on a Floating Platform situated nearly 50 meters above the river convergence.


At Rio Perdido, guests are invited to embrace adventure and relaxation, from exploring the reserve’s unique ecosystems to indulging in volcanic mud body painting and cliff-side yoga sessions. Whether in search of tranquility or excitement, Rio Perdido offers a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit.

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