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Rio Perdido

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- Contemporary lodge with activities
- Secluded setting in private reserve
- Thermal river and natural hot springs
- Ziplining, hiking, yoga, mountain biking

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Rio Perdido is a very smart and stylish, eco-friendly hotel found just an hour outside of the city of Liberia in Costa Rica’s northerly reaches. This excellent, high-end offering is tucked away in an expansive and breathtakingly beautiful dwarf forest on its own private 600-acre reserve, thus offering plenty of peace and privacy. At the heart of the reserve is the thermal Rio Perdido after which the property is named and it’s a delight to swim and wallow in the warm waters here. There’s a wealth of activities to participate in from adventurous zip lining and mountain biking to relaxing yoga sessions, gentle walks and spa treatments.

The accommodation comprises 30 sleek and contemporary forest bungalows. All bungalows are spacious, with large windows admitting plenty of natural light and affording wonderful views of the surrounding plants and trees. The bungalows are set off the ground and are reached via a network of elevated walkways, though there are some which are more easily accessible for anyone with reduced mobility. All bungalows house a modern, en-suite bathroom, along with a private terrace area with a hammock, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. Meals feature an appetising selection of local specialities, with many international dishes available as well. Food is prepared freshly by the cooks, and many of the staff live locally.

The main attraction for many is Rio Perdido itself, a thermo-mineral gorge which stretches for some 45 metres and has no fewer than eight hot springs along its length, as well as dozens of pools that are suitable for bathing and swimming. For anyone looking to unwind, the spa treatments are divine and group yoga sessions are on offer. For those after something more fast-paced and exciting, there are plenty of options including zip lining tours through the canyon, exhilarating mountain bike rides (experienced riders only), hikes and white water tubing trips down the river. Beyond the reserve there’s plenty more to do. The towering Miravells Volcano is well worth a visit and provides hiking and horse riding opportunities. The little known Llanos del Cortés Waterfall is a well-kept secret and another must-see attraction, and the hotel conveniently runs a shuttle service so guests can easily access attractions outside of the reserve.

Children of all ages are welcome, although there are age restrictions for some activities. Given the rural nature of the property, the high walkways and unguarded pools, parents are reminded to keep youngsters under constant adult supervision.

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