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Rio Perdido

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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. 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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Breakfast Available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Wheelchair Access
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San Bernardo de Bagaces, Bagaces 50401 Costa Rica
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Liberia Airport38 km
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I have never been to a place like this. It seems like it was crafted by disney. After a bumpy drive you arrive at reception and it is so beautiful it is almost a mirage. We had a friendly check in with Carlos in a spot where we could enjoy the view. He did his best to
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From the moment we arrived at Rio Perdido, it was like stepping into paradise. From the grounds to the service to the activities to the food, we could not have asked for a better vacation. Check in: was very thorough and we were given maps and over views of all Rio Perdido had
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Response from Rio P, Founder at Rio Perdido
Responded 28 May 2018
Good evening "wnr701"! I want to begin by stating that, while many of us at RP consistently read reviews, social media, testimonials, and staff reports, few reports get elevated to the board of directors. This very complete description is one of those! Here goes: we actually debated in spreading the East Bungalows a bit further apart, but there were a couple of factors that influenced the decision to build them as they are. For one, topography and our compromise to minimize impact (trees, land movement, etc) do limit us. Also, If we were to double the buffer zones, the most remote rooms would be at least an additional 100 yards from the BASE (reception, main restaurant, etc). This could make RP a less walkable project, especially for families with younger children and people that simply cannot or do not want to walk too much. Anyways, it is a very important subject to us which is why we've increased the space between the soon-to-be-inaugurated Center Bungalows. So if added privacy is important, we will soon have other options... and by late 2019 we hope to be able to offer a few West Bungalow units... all in due time. Wet season: YES, over 90% of our mornings are clear and sunny, so it is best to be active early, and reserve the afternoons for the serious down time. Perfect! Our esteemed Marvin... properly reading our guests... respecting needs and fears: we usually get it right. sometimes we do not. We will work on it... I promise! Tubing duration: we have actually been working on a longer trajectory... for almost a year! The logistics behind this are much more complicated than it may seem. Food: so happy to read these words. We dedicate a lot of time and energy into devising menus that will please the vast majority of our guests. We love good food and we realize what an important part of the stay experience it represents. We will look into the burger quality... I just had a guest tell me that it was great, so apparantly, sometyhing went wrong with yours. Sorry about that! Dinner under the stars and rain: to be very direct, we feel very ashamed about this. it is not how we generally solve these things and we will do our work to insure that this does not happen again. Thanks so much for spending time with us at RP and for summing up your experience, for us and for other TA readers. Cheers! Gabriel
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Wow! Let me just start by saying I’m so impressed. I’ve been to Costa Rica 5 times and never knew about this place. It’s in the middle of the jungle on gorgeous grounds in the middle of 2 rivers. One is a thermal river. Can can walk directly from your room down to the thermal
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This is an extraordinary hotel for those appreciating nature and boutique service. The rooms are immerse in the forest, and are out of the ordinary. The restaurant and main facility has a gorgeous view, but the special thing is the spring water thermal river, truly wonderful.
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From when we first arrived and were greeted by Mario (who was beyond fantastic) it was clear the focus was 100% on us. They made us feel like a King and Queen and the answer to any request was always yes! From a fantastic Whitewater Canyon adventure tubing, to zip lining across
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Hello twinklebelle! We love massages too--! If you may take a moment to write us to our concierge, info, or reservations emails, we will be very glad to send you the spa menu as a pdf. TripAdvisor frowns upon sharing specific email addresses through their platform, but it's all very intuitive (the word above - at - domain, etc). FYI: Most of our massages (if not all of them) range between $50 and $100, depending on the specific treatment and its duration. The rates are comparably lower than those of spas at coastal hotels in our "category". We believe in value... and in the right to massages... as frequently as possible! Our in-house therapists are very good... we trust that you shall be pleased. Regards!
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Hello TUMUSA! This question is commonly asked. Indeed, you'll want no fewer than 3 evenings to get a gist of the property -- experience some of the natural attractions and some of the activities. Keep in mind that our two longest stays have exceeded 3 happy weeks here and it is common for guests to spend a week+. Simply: there are many things to see and do that don't appear on our website or on social networks. And, for those staying a bit longer, there are other beautiful and unexploited sights in the nearby area. TUMUSA: we actually used to prohibit 1-evening stays, in response to the recommendations of experienced industry professionals. We found that short-stay guests were rarely able to absorb the RP vibe... they generally "didn't get it" and that went against our promise as an "experience generating" destination. I hope that this is helpful! Cheers--
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Hi Helen, "Hermosa" is one of the more common names in CR; there are at least 3 beaches called Hermosa. One of these is in Guanacaste, one is not far from Santa Teresa (Cobano), and one is just south of Jaco (Central Pacific). From the northernmost Hermosa (the one in Guanacaste), it is a 2hr drive and it is not difficult. We work with a couple of very reliable transfer companies and we'd be happy to connect you with them. Please write us at our reservations, concierge, or info emails (all of them are at rioperdido ... TripAdvisor blocks the publication of email addresses). Of course there are many options out there, but please know that things vary... drivers, vehicle types, timeliness, etc. Please let me know if you need more info and I will try to answer asap, as I will be connected all afternoon. Regards!
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Hello there. Our TripAdvisor settings have always requested notifications, yet we only get notified about 50% of the time, so we check... but occasionally questions slip by. Sorry about that! This is why we ask that TA users get in touch with our concierge colleagues via email (TA does not allow us to post email addresses nor URLs). So, $60 is the minimum that any day guests would pay for adventures at Rio Perdido. Hotel guests will generally have access to special rates and / or specials. So, guests will generally pay about $40 per adult, per guided activity. Actually, the private guided hikes and bike tours are about $25/per hour, for groups of up to 6. We believe in offering our esteemed visitors a high quality experience at a fair cost; we believe in the concept of value. And actually, we urge guests to speak to our managers if ever they feel that a service at RP has not met their expectations or its cost is not amply justified. Again, I am sorry for the late response. Please let me know if there is anything else that I could try to shed light upon... and please, always feel free to contact us directly via email, phone, chat, etc. REGARDS!
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Dear Aradia, I've lived in Costa Rica for almost 2 decades and I've never gotten sick from drinking the water, yet, on my first trip to Mexico, many years ago, I fell quite ill within 3 days of arriving. I've had 1 or 2 similar experiences in other Latin American countries. CR does a great job of keeping its water clean. That being said, at Rio Perdido we source our own water from mineral wells. These are frequently tested by respected labs. The wells provide us with water that is consistently as close to perfect as you can get; better than most anything that you will drink in much of the US and Europe. At the kitchen and at our bars, we pass this already clean water through a filtration system, simply to further avoid any possibility of contamination. We'll be happy to speak to you & provide you with more info, at any time. Remember that our concierge is happy to assist future guests, even many months prior to arrival. Warm regards!
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"The Center Bungalow"
"Room 29 is supposed to be the best!!"
"All the rooms were wonderful"
"The newer bungalows have private outdoor showers which are so refreshing!"
"Choose the cabins closest to the river, rather than the ones on the other side of the road."
US$257 - US$428 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteBagaces
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