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“Saved our Vacation! Thank you Rio Perdido.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido
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Day Trip from Guanacaste: Río Perdido Adventure
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Bagaces
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Salt Lake City
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“Saved our Vacation! Thank you Rio Perdido.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

We stayed two nights, and wish we could have stayed three or four. We travel a lot, and trips have their ups and downs. Rio Perdido was an up. In fact, you saved a trip that was heading downhill quickly. After four days in the rain, with flat tires and ridiculous GPS directions, and bad food in other locations, RIO PERDIDO SAVED OUR EXPERIENCE. A few specifics:

Very good rooms. Functional, with great design concept and high construction quality.
Very good food, with a good balance of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Happy, excellent staff. Everyone seemed to enjoy and take pride in their work. Cultivating that kind of culture is a huge accomplishment.
Loved the pools. Clean and chlorine free. That's another family-friendly benefit. Chlorinated pools are less healthy and result in lots of extra work for parents, who must wash their kids' hair every day.
Compelling natural landscape. Unique and beautiful.
Generally good roads and easy to follow signage.
Strong Wi-Fi signal all over the lodge and in the rooms.
Very high quality outdoor experiences. Can't say enough about this. This is what we will remember most. Great, great work.
An excellent general manager. Gustavo, you're doing great work. It's clear that you have the respect and attention of your staff.

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Definitely an experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

I went to this resort for a week and it was a great experience. The scenery, the rooms were an ideal tiny size, was great and the staff was very kind. However, there are things that could be improved.

-Thermal rivers are beautiful and definitely a recommended area to visit
-Activies available such as; canyon tubing, ziplining, bike park, hiking, massages, etc.
-Food was pretty good and not too expensive
-Rooms are the size to fit two, maybe three people confortably, so I would not recommend this being a trip for families. Just couples realistically
-Great view for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

-You have to be in pretty good shape for all the walking required at this resort. Unless you choose to be driven everywhere
-Speaking of, the drive from the airport is just unpleasant, long, curvy, and without a doubt bumpy
-There are bugs. Lots of them too. Make sure that you take tons of mosquito repellent. During dinner when most bugs are out, there are cicadas, moths, and water bugs that are flying around or dead on the ground
-The volcanic mud bath was pretty disappointing. I expected a location that I could actually lay or roll around in: instead there was a bucket of a sort with brushes to paint on the mud... the smell sticks for about two days as well
-Meals were ranging from $13-$20 plate/meal and the same menu was offered for lunch and dinner. However, breakfast is free; but only three options available

In all, the experience was nice and relaxing nonetheless. It's pretty pricey, but if you can do it, I'd recommend it. If you are a big nature person, this is the place to go. But if you are more of a city activity person, this isn't exactly the place to go.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank better1230
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RioPerdido, Conceptualizer & Co-founder at Rio Perdido, responded to this review, 28 June 2014
A warm hello to you from the south!

On behalf of the Rio Perdido team, we thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other tripadvisor readers.

We want you to know that we will always continue to make our amazing Rio Perdido even better. The dining experience is a part of that compromise. Based on your notes and those of other former guests, we will soon offer a new (and perfect) setting for breakfast. It is very likely that we will also add a few more options to this morning menu, which our guests tell us is very tasty but needs more variety.

Regarding the “bugs”:

Rio Perdido is virtually bug-free during its very long dry season. June’s rains give rise to the new generation of insects. If you are staying with us in june, you will see many types of bugs (among other fauna, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) and this will usually include mosquitoes. You are encouraged to bring insect repellent, however, if visitors forget, we now have some emergency bottles…and of course, our new store, which is still in development, will offer guests many useful items, as such.

As additional notes: the month of may can bring some may bugs and april is cicada season. Both of these guys usually appear on their own, without any other pesky creatures. They are harmless, though the cicadas can be quite loud. Most people seem to be OK with the coexistence, but others may need to chose darker areas to hang out (romantic dinners…)

The concept of Rio Perdido is to offer visitors a TRUE experience in nature within a confortable yet respectful man-made environment.

Regarding the drive to RP:

Of the 24km (15 miles) from the Panamerican Highway to our gate, 20.5km (13miles) are on perfect asphalt, through a very authentic, bucolic, and beautiful countryside. The final 3.5km (2 miles) of public roadway consists of bumpy gravel. We recommend that drivers keep it slow over these final 3.5km (less than 30kph) and that you simply consider it a short tour…enjoy the erosive rock formations and the Miravalles lowlands.

We could not bring ourselves to apply dark asphalt over the natural and unique white material of this country road. So what we do is that every 4 months or so we make a significant investment in roadway maintenance. This is part of our pledge to keep visitors safe. That being said, it is likely the 2 miles of bumps and the internal gravel roads will continue to be a part of the experience. We apologise for any discomfort that this may generate for our visitors.

Regards from CR!
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“Canopy tour & Spa- Great combination”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

The canopy tour over the river & through the jungle was amazing. Ricardo & Lorenzo made it enjoyable & instilled great confidence through the whole trip. The relaxing Thermal Pools completed the day in a perfect way. The manager Mario was a genuinely concerned host & wanted us to have the best time possible. I think we did! ---- Be aware that the road to get there is not for the faint of heart but well worth the effort.

Visited May 2014
Thank James P
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“Absolutely Gorgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Rio Perdido is the most amazing place to visit. It offers volcanic thermal waters, the most exciting canopy experience on the canyon of Rio Blanco, tubing, and a espectacular bike park.

We spent three days, two nights on their hotel. Beautiful and cozy rooms. Not pricely. Food and drink delicious and very reasonable.

Very recommended.

Visited May 2014
Thank Giancarlo M
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We took an excursion through our hotel to this resort for tubing and zip-lining- both were incredible. We were amazed at how beautiful it was, modern and very clean. The lunch they served- as part of our package was also delicious. We arrived- were greeted w/a freshly squeezed juice beverage and then changed into our swimming gear for tubing. The change rooms were clean and comfortable. Tubing was fun- but long. Make sure to bring lots of sunblock as the sun was hot and the tubing was slower than we thought- not like white water rafting. The scenery was lovely and we enjoyed every minute of it. If you can wear long sleeves as I found I scratched the inside of my arms quite a bit trying to paddle w/my arms to get going. The zip lining was the best part- 6 lines in total with a tarzan swing and wonky bridge to go through. It was one after the other though- then lunch which had us all very tired and hungry. I even brought my video camera along for the ride and it was great. Managed not to drop it along the way- but some folks did drop their sunglasses or lose their flip flops and hats- so make sure you bring runners- even if they get wet it's better- for tubing as well. After lunch we relaxed in the pools they had and enjoyed pool side service. The local beer is pretty good as well and they serve 3 kinds here. We loved it and would go back. Enjoy!

Visited April 2014
Thank SlinShady
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