Costa Rica: North Pacific

North Pacific Hotels

Rio Perdido

You arrive through a meandering country road, surrounded by the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range and the Miravalles Dwarf Forest, a rare habitat within the Costa Rican tropical dry forest. Once within the 600-acre private reserve, you are drawn into a deep and beautiful canyon where a thermo-mineral river literally emanates from the steep rock walls. Here, where the canyon walls meet the rivers narrow edge, trees grow 10 times taller than those on the parched earth above.

Once you make your way over the welcome bridge, you are received by the Rio Perdido Team with an always freshly-made, completely natural beverage. At this point, visitors generally change into garb, specifically suited for the day’s chosen activities. So it all depends whether you will be soaking in the dozens of natural thermal pools along a mile of thermal river, or you will opt for a long therapeutic massage in our world-class spa…or you decide for true adventure on any of our adrenaline fueled activities. Most popular, perhaps, is our one-of-a-kind Aerial Canyoning, which gives you a birds eye view of the Rio Blanco Canyon, another amazing place that had been lost in time, until late last year (2012).

After a visit to the hot river springs, an authentic Guanacaste culinary experience awaits you at the restaurant. At the home base (where conscious architecture and construction has won Rio Perdido recognition and awards) you will find man-made pools that draw thermo-mineral well water of undeniable therapeutic grade. There is a private swim-up bar that serves anything from cocktails to fresh fruit drinks…there is a hanging bridge, panoramic lookouts with hanging platforms, and the start point for many more kilometers of hiking trails as well as the very respected Rio Perdido Bike Park. Many visitors spend days exploring the reserve. In addition to the canyons and the dwarf forest, the range is covered in gigantic tombstone-like volcanic rocks that tell of age-old erosive forces…and of cataclysmic eruptions that occurred thousands of years ago. It is a scene unlike anything you will see elsewhere in Costa Rica, or the world.


There are 20 bungalows on-site. Each bungalow features two twin beds or a king size bed, additional trundle twin bed, day sofa, reading lamp, coffee maker, mini bar, flat screen TV, multi-purpose desktop, cable television, hair dryer, shower, hot water, iron and ironing board, free wireless internet, air conditioning, telephone, smartphone or music player base, and a safe.

While the feel of each bungalow is distinct, all of them offer the same features and amenities. The 36m2 (400sq ft.) consist of a cozy but very comfortable bedroom + bathroom and an elevated terrace. The rooms have two mobile beds that are suspended on steel rails. This design allows them to be brought together so as to form a king-sized bed. One of these beds also has a trundle underneath, which is perfect for a third adult or a child. Additionally, there is also a day bed at the front corner, so, the room can accommodate a person traveling alone…honeymooners, parents with up to 2 children, and, in its max-cap, groups of 3 adults + a young child. Hence, the term “flexible occupancy”.

Continuing with the idea of a flexible space, opposite from the beds there is a multiuse element which serves as a mini bar / coffee station, a desk area, a multimedia area (further described, below), and a closet area.