Thermal Canyon & Springs is the main attraction and the inspiration for the design concepts of the place.
The centrepiece of the 600-acre private reserve is the Rio Perdido, which means “lost river”. This 150-foot, thermo-mineral gorge that draws energy from deep magma flows, will cast its spell on anyone that descends to its magical waters for the first time. It's a completely natural and inspiring setting, unlike any other place on the planet.
The hotel site is just north of the amazing convergence point. This means that two deep canyons flank it. One is a completely vertical gorge carrying cool waters with a peculiar white tint and the other is thermo-mineral Rio Perdido.
For guests to remain conscious of this magical setting they designed bungalows that would allow most elements to permeate through the unit’s four sides. The ever-present breezes, the crisp light, the sounds of the surrounding forest…these are elements that preserve while insuring comfort to the guests. More importantly, these are elements practically force peace upon guests!
Among the many techniques employed out of respect for the topography is the pylon architecture. The bungalows are suspended above the ground via 7 well grounded columns.
The 20 bungalows are distributed into 3 segments, according to the gradient lines. Access to the bungalows is served via elevated pathways that connect to general circulation pathways and hiking trails.
The different focal zones of the project can be accessed by foot, bicycle, or compact-electric cars that offer transport service. While said areas are not far from one another, it is up to the guests as to how they will move about.
Services: Breakfast a la Carte -included in rate-, Restaurant, Bar, Free parking and transfer to the hotel and main building, Laundry and ironing service, Tour & Concierge at front desk, Craft and convenience shop.
Recreation: Spa, Three thermo-mineral pools, Suspension bridge, Trail forest network, River Pools and hot springs, Lookout points, 10-mile Bike Park, Canyon Adventure and other tours, Flexible occupancy bungalow, Rooms for the handicapped.
Adventure and Wellness
We all have our own sense of adventure. Take a short walk from your bungalow and in minutes, you may spot unique species of mammals, reptiles, insects, and amphibians.
Thrill seekers can hop on a bike and access miles of world-class trails...or zip through the inside of our White Canyon on a carbon fiber line. There are over a dozen unique options and many more that our visitors creatively invent. Most importantly, there will always be something for EVERYONE.
While Costa Rica has dozens of “canopy tours,” with hundreds of zip-lines, here they have truly innovated with Canyon Adventure. Under the guidance of renowned adventure designers, here is created a sequence that will please and surprise. Inspiring Rio Blanco canyon is the main stage for the awesome cable-based adventure, which includes:
- 15 platforms: 6 of them are rock-based, 9 are suspended on the canyon walls
- A pendulum cable
- A 50ft “Tarzan swing”
- A 90ft challenge bridge
- 4 via ferratas* with lengths varying from 15 to over 30ft
- 5 zip lines with lengths varying from 260 to over 800ft
- Water station in the middle of the circuit
Yurro Waterfall: This is a short hike sums aproximately 1km, out and back. It is a relatively flat, yet attractive trail that takes you across the main hanging bridge. The destination is the top of a waterfall. Note that the Yurro's slate base may be dry from January to May, but it is always beautiful.
The Medicinal Spring: This hike is 2.5km, out and back. A relatively flat trail that takes you beyond the Yurro Waterfall, through the Miravalles dry forest and then to a denser and taller forest where the spring and streams are located. Old-time residents of the Montano and Santa Fe areas consider this water to have healing properties. It actually tastes a bit like Alka-Seltzer. Constant lab testing has produced interesting results. The water's peculiar taste is due to the high concentrations of diluted magnesium.
Mesa Norte - Panoramic Lookout: The total distance is 3.5km, out and back. The walk begins with a soft ascent through the woods, takes you to an uncovered trail and then to a steeper climb for the last 250m (800 feet), before you get to the small, flat mesa.
From the top, (coma) you can see all of the Guanacaste volcanoes, including the Miravalles, the Rincon de la Vieja, and the Tenorio. Because of the complete absence of artificial illumination, this is an amazing place to stargaze, to see the lit domes that mark the distant urban centers, and to appreciate 360 degrees of undisturbed nature under the moonlight.
Las Tumbas - Panoramic Lookout: The shorter version of this walk is 5km out and back with the option of an 8-10km loop for those desiring a more challenging hike. The views are comparable if not more impressive than those you can appreciate from Mesa Norte. The eroded volcanic rock formations in this area are amazing. It is strongly recommended that you request one of our well-trained guides and plan accordingly so as to not be caught in the dark.
The Bike Park at Rio Perdido: The permanently evolving MTB circuit attracts riders from far and abroad. Professionals have come for the day and opted for a second day's bout at the eclectic circuit, which offers solid rock segments, sand, raw earth…bridges, ramps, banks, and even a few downhills in the advanced circuit.
Of course, the more advanced segments can be foregone by amateur riders or those who simply want a swing-like ride without the rocky climbs and heart-stopping plunges. Riders can opt for different routes, ranging in distance from 8km to over 20km, without having to repeat singletrack segments.
While most MTB fanatics would not consider this to be "long-distance," very few riders seem to have the push to double-up for a consecutive second round. That is, riders finish the circuit and they generally opt for a rest in the hot springs.
For those not running a time-trial, the route offers amazing stops that include short treks to several panoramic lookouts, two waterfalls, a cave, the remains of a home that dates back to CR's colonial period, and a naturally carbonated water spring that was historically visited by locals who sought its medicinal qualities. Unlike most activities at Rio Perdido, the Bike Park is designed for a focused rider and is not recommended for beginners. Those visiting the BPRP for the first time may want to consider riding with one of the guides.
While riders with experience can enjoy the park on a self-guided ride, to see all of the sights and get the most out of the adventure, it is strongly recommended requesting a professional guide. Rio Perdido's experienced MTB guides can accompany you and enhance the experience for $25/hr (2-hr minimum). A guide can accompany from 1 to 5 riders. For larger guided groups, they can arrange for multiple guides.
Riding the trails after dark is prohibited unless the riders receive written permission from a Rio Perdido manager and there is at least one official Rio Perdido guide for every 5 riders. Guests whom desire to ride without a guide can set out to the park between 5am and 3:30pm.
White Water Tubing
Absorb the feel of the canyon from the most beloved means of river transportation, the inner-tube. At Rio Perdido, they employ modern equipment to safely take you through a magical place.
There are parts of the canyon where the rock walls narrow and daylight is scarce. Echoes grow louder and you really get a sense of where you are. If you remain quiet for a bit, you will find that you are not alone. All kinds of birds and monkeys…and, occasionally, some larger mammals, will announce their presence. Look for the hot water spouts along the eastern rock walls. White Water Tubing at Rio Perdido is awesome.
Please take note that this activity is not suitable for everyone. While a slow float will take you through most of the trajectory, there are several intense rapids along the way. There is always a chance of making contact with some of the exposed rocks, which can result in bruising and even minor cuts. This is more likely to occur in the dry season, when the current slows and the water level drops, as more rocks become exposed.
Children under the age of 12 may not participate in White Water Tubing. Participants must be at least 4’7” (140cm) tall and weigh between 80 and 220lbs (36-100kg).
Volcanic mud body-painting
Just south of the main Rio Perdido (thermal canyon) access is a special hot river pool designated specifically for the signature volcanic mud treatment. The mud must be requested at reception, in advance. Guests are given the mud in natural, carved recipients and also given brushes. The mud is to be applied by your partner, yourself, friends, or anyone else up for the task. It is recommended that you allow at least 10 minutes for the mud to properly dry prior to rinsing in the warm river. Please note that this particular, high-quality mud contains many natural compounds, including sulphur, which has a strong odor.
Activities Beyond Rio Perdido and The Reserve
Less than 20 miles from Rio Perdido is Guanacaste’s signature waterfall, which ironically, remains as unknown not only to visitors, but also to the locals.
It is an amazing place that may one day get its deserved attention. In the meantime, the locals can have it practically to themselves! The visit to Llanos de Cortes is recommended all year, but it is best from December to May.
Palo Verde National Park: These are THE classic Guanacaste wetlands, where you can appreciate fauna unique to this ecosystem on a floating tour through a vast network of channels that cut through the mangroves.
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