Rio Perdido

Perched high above 2 convergent river gorges, this lodge offers adventure, activity and nature in abundance, and accommodation in cosy, well-equipped casitas.


6km south of San Bernardo de Bagaces.

Accommodation Type


Accommodation Level
Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.
Price Guide

Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido is a striking example of modern architecture set in an equally stunning location. The main lodge, a construction of stone, steel and wood, is set high above 2 steep sided canyons and hot springs. Accommodation is in individual bungalows built on platforms that jut out from the hillside, and each has a terrace where you can sit and take in the views. 21st century comforts and conveniences such as air conditioning, cable TV, IDD phone, coffee maker, minibar, free Wi-Fi and modern bathroom have been incorporated in the design. Lodge amenities include a large restaurant, lounge, bar, sunbathing deck, swimming pool and a spa. Fill days with enchanting rainforest hikes, energetic mountain bike rides, thrilling water tubing and the outstanding canyon adventure with its adrenalin-rich mix of cables, swings, zip lines and climbing routes. After all that you’ll feel you have really earned the relaxing soak in the thermal springs!

Why go to Rio Perdido?

In this stunning setting, high above 2 converging canyons each carrying a river, you have access to a range of activities and adventures. You can immerse yourself in nature as you hike through the forest emerging at one of the many viewpoints to survey panoramic views, walk to a medicinal spring and marvel at wildlife. Test your nerve and stamina on the canyon adventure, ziplining, swinging and climbing you way round the course, brave the torrential waters as you ride an inflated inner tube, or saddle up and tackle the mountain bike course. Couple this with natural thermal springs in the smaller canyon, a wonderful spa, top notch accommodation and gorgeous food and you have all the ingredients you need for a great holiday.

Wildlife around Rio Perdido

You can see mammals, lizards and many birds, as being a canyon with thermal water and fresh water, various animals are drawn to the site, seeming to pose for your photo! Among those you can expect to see are howler monkeys, rabbits, squirrels, white-nosed coatis and some cats like the ocelot.

Rio Perdido Highlights

  • Enjoy great views from your terrace
  • Take on the amazing Canyon Adventure!
  • Swim in the thermal river and pools
  • Dine on the floating platform 50 metres above the rivers
  • Brave the ramps, bridges and hills of the MTB circuit
  • Go tubing in the river
  • Relax with a massage at the spa

Rio Perdido Location

Rio Perdido


  • 20 Casitas
  • Open all year round
  • Daily a la carte breakfast, car parking, services of concierge, entrances to the 3 thermal-mineral pools, river pools and hot springs, unlimited access to The Reserve with its hiking trails, suspension bridges and viewpoints, 16km mountain bike route are all included in your stay.
  • Children of all ages are welcome. Those aged between 0 and 3 can share a room with an adult at no extra charge, those aged from 4 to 11 pay a US$25 fee per night. Children aged 13 years and over pay full price. Maximum room occupancy is 2 adults, 1 child and 1 toddler or baby.


  • Restaurant with panoramic views of the gorge
  • Lounge and bar
  • Floating Platform for private dinners
  • Spa
  • 3 outdoor swimming pools
  • Sunbathing decks
  • Thermal river and 8 hot springs
  • Free internet access.


  • Canyon Adventure
  • Choice of walking trails
  • MTB (mountain bike) circuit
  • White water tubing
  • Swimming in the thermal river
  • Visit Llanos del Cortes Waterfalls
  • Go bird spotting in Palo Verde National Park
  • Massages at the spa

Rio Perdido Rooms

There are 20 casitas deluxe, 2 of which have been modified for people with disabilities*. All have 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed plus an additional bed that is kept beneath the main bed and can slide out and is ideal for a child. Room amenities include a coffee maker, minibar, flatscreen TV, sofa, hairdryer, IDD phone, safe, phone dock/music system base, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. An iron and ironing board can be provided on request. All rooms are en-suite with contemporary facilities. Rooms occupy about 36sqm and are set on elevated wooden decks, and all have terraces with chairs and a hammock.

*These 2 rooms fulfil the requirements laid out by Costa Rican law 7600 (equal opportunities for people with disabilities) and they also meet US hospitality standards. They don’t feel very different than the rest. Metal bars have been installed adjacent to the toilet and inside the shower. The toilet, the basin, and certain other elements have been installed at the optimal height to be accessed by a person in a wheelchair. They also have wider doorways and enhanced lighting.

Rana the frog likes this because…

“The lodge was built with minimum disruption to the environment and the wood used was sustainable and logged under licence. They removed farm animals from the area and ceased logging operations that used to take place. Almost all the staff is from the local area and the lodge supports local festivals and sporting events along with efforts to improve education, economic growth and protect the environment.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Costa Rica Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of latin America through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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