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“Bello lugar”
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Rio Perdido
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bagaces
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“Bello lugar”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This place is like no other I have ever visited... thermal pools, thermal river, mountain biking (one of the best trails I'll ever ride) canyoning and zip lining, river tubing, nature trails, beautiful bungalows, beautiful views right out of the visitor center... I would pick this place over the beach every single time. Being a local, prices are a little high for us; that's rhe reason I don't go there more often...

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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RioPerdido, Conceptualizer & Co-founder at Rio Perdido, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Hello Reinaldo:

Thanks so mucho for the flattering words. You really got it! We all love the beach…and all of the beaches in CR are so different/unique. But, there is truly nothing like what you can find in the “heartland” of our wonderful country. And, of all of the nooks and hidden treasures, well, Rio Perdido definitely stands out.

As you have probably noticed, we have put a lot of attention in the details. And this will be even more apparent as time passes. Reinaldo, the Rio Perdido concept meets the highest sustainability standards in development and operation. While we would certainly appreciate continued high CST scores and good “eco PR", we actually invest in keeping said standards high because it is our ethical duty as human beings and, specifically, because we are serious promoters of TRUE ecological tourism. This is one of many reasons why Rio Perdido has been and will continue to be a bit more costly to run.

That being said, we would love for our guests to always consider that we deliver a great experience for a very fair price. We have put a lot of effort into keeping it as such and not inflating rates as perhaps some other destinations may do once they get their names "out there".

We will always do our very best to be true to our visitors and, of course, to our pristine setting.

Warm regards from RP!
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

This place is in a tropical desert. It was completely unique from everything else we saw in Costa Rica. The architecture is very modern and hip. There is so much to do here you could spend a week! I was worried that they were going to work me on food prices because they are not close to a town. But I was wrong. The food was good and reasonable. We went tubing in a canyon and zip lining over the river. Both were very fun! The wife went for a massage. The family loved the spring fed warm swimming pools. We couldn't do the mountain biking, which I heard is excellent. But the highlight of this place was the thermal river. Nothing like I've ever done before. This place is both good for staying and taking a day trip from the coast (it's fairly close) for food and adventure. 1 or 2 nights here as a break from the coast is perfect. After all, Arenal is inactive, it just looks like a mountain. Why not skip it and come here for your action stuff, it is way closer to Liberia.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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RioPerdido, Conceptualizer & Co-founder at Rio Perdido, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Hello there Loco-wanderer. We like your user name. It seems to reflect how we stumbled upon this unique place…

Indeed, there is much to do at Rio Perdido. We have had many guests stay for 2 weeks. Actually, our record stay in our mere 7 months of operations was just over 3 weeks. This couple truly got to know Rio Perdido and also the surrounding area, which has so many truly unexploited treasures…waterfalls, petroglyphs, bubbling mud-pits, beautiful and untouched rivers…the country’s largest wind farms and geothermal energy generators…one of the world’s very few “tropical dwarf forests”, and so much interesting fauna. The adventurous couple actually spent a morning in a very authentic farm that is 10 minutes from our main gate. Now, our "farmer for a day" activity is open to all.

We agree with you: the hot river (Rio Perdido) is the property’s center-piece. This is why we’ve designed our bungalows and all of our activities around this special place, without affecting it negatively. What you feel in this river is probably very similar to what the Cabecar tribe members experienced a couple of centuries ago (there is proof of their presence…). We aim to keep it this way.

We'd like you to know that, so far, the project and the visitation have had no measurable impact over the rivers and the reserve. Satellite imagery confirms that there is significantly more tree coverage today than when we started to acquire the properties that make up the reserve, about 5 years ago. There is clearly more animal presence and activity, as well.

Regards from Rio Perdido!
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Williamstown, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

In the middle of no-where (or so it seemed), this hotel has charm, a wonderful natural setting, individual cabin type rooms, thermal pools, biking trails, awesome spa, great food and bars and here is where I zip lined for the very first time! I would go back any time!

Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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RioPerdido, Conceptualizer & Co-founder at Rio Perdido, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Hi Michele - thanks for the fantastic review.
So...a 5 hour flight from EWR to LIR and a 1 hour drive from LIR to our main gate.
"the middle of nowhere"...made very close, right!?

Come back soon! We'll always have new/amazing activities and we'll keep making more of the reserve's beautiful points accessible to all of our guests.

Cheers!
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

The design of the hotel: interior design, architecture and landscaping were perfect for the area. The building integrates with the surrounding and the landscaping uses plants that adapt to the climate zone. The interior design of the cabins were clean, functional, creative and offers comfort in the middle of the wilderness, which is a nice contrast. I'm glad the design was nothing cheesy or cheap, professionals were hired to do each part. I was very impressed by this!

I absolutely loved the thermal river, which was one of the main reasons why I booked this hotel. The pools in the river were created in a subtle almost natural-like way, which makes you feel immersed in nature and there is little or no intervention from man. The thermal pools by the reception were also very beautiful, but I prefer the river way more because it highlighted and celebrated nature's inherent beauty.

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful... had fun chatting with quite a few of them. The hotel stay was to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and they were very kind to bring him a postre with a candle, where the manager came and congratulated him. At night the hotel staff will drop you little sweets in your room while you are away. At first I was a bit bothered by this, but then realized it is a kind gesture for going the extra mile. Conversing with staff I learned that most people are from the area, which I think it is great Rio Perdido are employing people from Bagaces.

The drive from San Jose can be a bit long and tiring.. but it is so worth it!! On a second thought..... I just might be exhausted because I'm so relaxed....spending so many hours in the hot springs helped relaxed all those tense muscles!

Overall, this has been one of the best hotel's that I've been to in Costa Rica. I hope the sustainable approach and the intimate feel of the hotel does not get lost as the hotel starts growing in popularity. I am planning to go back with my boyfriend, where this hotel will be our base to recharge from the stresses of normal life.

Muchas gracias Mario por el postre cumpleanero,..Andres por facilitarnos con botellas de agua cuando ibamos a salir casi a medio dia por el bike trek con poca agua...y los demas que que nos atendieron en una forma tan especial.

Room Tip: Tubing in a rainy day is more exciting!!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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RioPerdido, Conceptualizer & Co-founder at Rio Perdido, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hi Meli:

This is a wonderful and very flattering review, from the very title itself! Thank you!!

We wanted to convey 2 things to you and to the fellow readers:

1. While the hotel is quite new, the product is a result of more than 5 years of intense work under strict and modern standards of comprehensive sustainability. We want people to know that this will not be compromised in favour of short-term profitability and such. Rio Perdido is a business and at some point we aim to be profitable (we’ll surely have to wait for a few years…), but we have a clear sense of priorities and we will not welch on these. To our colleagues in the CR tourism industry, it is clear that Rio Perdido is our “labour of love”.

2. Everyone seems to comment about the drive. We always make the trip in 3 hours or less from western San Jose (Escazu, Santa Ana, C.Colón, etc). A trip to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Malpais by ferry is a 6 hour schlep…Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla will usually take up to 5… So, all things considered, driving to Rio Perdido is a breeze!

On behalf of the whole RP team: our best regards!
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Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

We stayed one night in Rio Perdido and enjoyed it a lot!
The rooms are fancy, modern, clean and have a comfortable bed. The pools and the river are just perfect to relax. The dining room is nice as well and the food delicious. The staff was very friendly. Mario from the reception was a competent and humorous guy. Moreover, the hotel provides several activities (e.g. own hiking and biking trails) which we did no use since we left the next day. Thus, we would highly recommend this nice hotel!

Things to improve (but not really negative points): The hotel is not that easy to find, some hotel specific signates at the road would help. Furthermore, when we arrived, it was not clear for us that we should park our car at the entrance (no signages for parking area or reception).

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ellen V
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RioPerdido, Conceptualizer & Co-founder at Rio Perdido, responded to this review, June 28, 2014
Hi Ellen, thanks for writing a review.

Your positive notes, along with those of other reviewers are very flattering and they definitely inspire us to keep improving the whole guest experience.

You are one of at least 3 reviewers (and many other guests) that have commented on the signage deficit, within the reserve and also outside of its bounds. I want you and other readers to know that his tuesday we will initiate a special project (with a dedicated group of collaborators) that will resolve the signage issues by august 1st. It may not be apparent, but there are already more than 50 directional signs installed…we need at least 50 more to insure a very easy arrival for all guests and that will surely take us the bulk of july.

I want to take this opportunity to let readers know that there are about a dozen RP signs in the 24km (15 miles) from the Panamerican Highway to the entrance of the property. Keep an eye out for these brown signs with white writing and white activity icons.

Also, please note that if you have a smartphone and you can connect while in CR, the app called WAZE (free) will take you directly to our main gate, from any part of the country.

Ellen, we hope that you can come again soon and stay for longer so as to enjoy many more activities…and, more importantly, so that you can truly kick back and relax.

Regards!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

Rio Perdido more than exceeded our expectations. As we drove up the gravel road it was clear that we were getting away from it all. As we approached the open air lobby it became apparent that although we were geographically away from it all, we were in the middle of a luxurious, Eco friendly property. The staff was accommodating at all times. They will drive you back and forth from your individual "home" for your stay. There are 20 separate buildings so if privacy is a concern you can have it. The "rooms" are spacious and comfortable with well thought out furnishings and fixtures. The scenery is beyond explanation and the Mineral Hot Springs pools are gorgeous and relaxing. Such beauty.
We were concerned about only one restaurant and menu, but that wasn't an issue. Plenty of wonderful menu items. The chef is also very personable. The tilapia was very good as was the filet. The breakfasts were awesome.
As for the adventure activities, what can I say, awesome. The tubing was great. People of all activity levels will enjoy themselves. The guides are careful, but still let you have fun. The canopy tour-zip lines were adrenaline filled. I'm a fairly cautious person, but enjoy doing things that are truly fun and push me a little. The harnesses are very safe and you are never in danger of a fall. You will even be tethered while standing on the platforms. The most difficult part may have been climbing the "ladders" from one platform to another. Pure excitement and extreme beauty. We also did the Cow Milking tour. It was like going back in time. I was surprised how nostalgic I felt. We milked the cow, then wandered the farm and fed the other cows. Afterwards we fished in a small pond. It was like Mayberry in Costa Rica. The cheese was done being made so we went and had coffee, fresh, warm, thick, moist tortillas and the cheese made from the milk we had gathered.
Fernando was our guide on all the activities and he Rocked! Gustavo, the GM, is doing a phenomenal job running and developing this very unique property. He is always available for any reason and is quite knowledgeable. Anything we might be able to complain about is already in process of change or adjustment. For such a young property, the knowledge of its staff is very apparent. Great place for a family or friendly reunion. Activities for everyone or just lounging by the pool or in the pool at the swim up bar.
The area also has a lot to explore. The wind mills for energy are worth a visit as well as the volcano and the small town of Guayabo.
Fantastic place, felt like we were leaving family and friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Windsor, CO
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Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

The rio perdido is one of the most amazing places on earth. From zip lining to tubing to playing in the waterfalls to befriending the staff, it safe to say I wasn't ready to leave. The views are spectacular, the river is warm, and the nature-feel is unlike anything else.

  • Stayed June 2014
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RioPerdido, conceptualizer & Co-founder at Rio Perdido, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
R&R&R...

We feel that you have concisely and elegantly summed up what we are all about!

Thanks for submitting your review.

We hope that you can visit us again soon. Every few months, the RP experience will evolve...and we will consistently improve as a unique, world-class wellness destination.

Cheers.
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Property: Rio Perdido
Address: San Bernardo de Bagaces, Bagaces 50401, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Bagaces
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bagaces
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rio Perdido 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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LOCATION Rio Perdido is in Guanacaste, 60 minutes southeast of Liberia's international airport, near the base of the Miravalles Volcano. Regional attractions include Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Palo Verde National Park, among others. HOTEL AND PRIVATE RESERVE FEATURES The centerpiece of the 600-acre private reserve is a unique THERMAL RIVER that runs for over a mile along the base of a rocky gorge. Visitors access the hot river by descending stone stairwells and trails. There are a couple of dozen untouched river pools to swim in. The architecturally awarded restaurant has sweeping terraces that afford views of the canyons, volcanoes and the Miravalles dwarf forest. There is a full-service spa, a bar/lounge, and 3 hot mineral pools with floating sun decks and wet bar. There are 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. Breakfast, wireless internet and guest parking are complimentary. The staff can provide 24 hours concierge services, tour/ticket assistance and wedding services. ROOM AMENITIES The 20 air-conditioned bungalows at Rio Perdido have direct access to the hot river gorge. They include an elevated terrace with hammock and are equipped with minibars, safety box, Iphone/Ipod player /alarm clock, coffee/tea makers and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access. LCD televisions are equipped with HD cable channels. ... more   less 
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