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Zip Line Course at Rio Perdido Costa Rica

You’ve already read about my adventures in Nicaragua at Jicaro Island Eco-Lodge and Morgan’s Rock.  Today we continue the fun and head South to Costa Rica! While traveling with NAMU Travel Group and Costa Rican Vacations, we traveled across the border of Nicaragua and into Costa Rica on Day 4 of our tour to visit Rio Perdido, a luxury adventure spa in Guanacaste.  I had no idea of what to expect at the crossing but was so thankful to be traveling with an experienced guide and driver who did.

Welcome to Costa Rica

The drive was beautiful, traveling through more remote areas. The crossing turned out to be a pretty easy process taking a few hours to complete. Getting an early start was key to helping us move through quickly.

Once we arrived at Rio Perdido, I was stunned at what a fantastic place awaited hidden in a large reserve.  A bit modern architecture blended with traditional marks made it feel open yet cozy.

Rio Perdido Costa Rica Restaurant & Bar

Each private casita was equipped with all you need to feel comfortable, including air conditioning and a TV! They’re set up to accommodate 2 adults with up to 2 small children with a pull out bed and couch. I loved the decor! The room was designed to be both beautiful, clean and functional with plenty of storage space and desk. Stepping outside on to the private porch, I could lounge in one of two comfortable hammocks for an afternoon nap! 

Rio Perdido Casitas

Meals were very well prepared and presented beautifully in the large, open dining space. I loved sitting and enjoying the views of the treetops and listening to the sound of the rain as it passed through.

Open Air View from Rio Perdido Dining Room Costa Rica

Among the best features of this property is the on site activities. You don’t  have to travel far to jump into the natural hot river fed by springs, go zip lining, rafting, mountain biking, hiking or rock climbing. It’s all right there!

Natural Hot River at Rio Perdido Costa Rica

I had the chance to finally mark the zip lining in Costa Rica off my bucket list and it was more amazing than I imagined it would be. On a new ultra quiet carbon fiber line, you soar over the river in the canyon straight towards a waterfall! Once you reach the falls, you do a swing straight I front to another platform. Simply spectacular.

Zip Line Course at Rio Perdido Costa Rica

If you prefer to take a more spa like approach to your vacation, then you can experience the hot springs by soaking in one of the 3 pools that are fed by them, and then head to the spa for some pampering.

Warm Spring Fed Pools at Rio Perdido Costa Rica

Many packages are available to build the vacation you dream of and fit your budget. This resort is definitely on my personal list to visit again since my time there was so short. All the staff, the on site manager Gustavo and the co founder were all so friendly and took fantastic care of all our needs.

Day 5 would be taking us back to the Pacific Ocean to visit Villa Buena Onda in Playa del Coco.


Villa Buena Onda Costa Rica


Read more next week!

You can contact Costa Rican Vacations to help you make your plans to see it for yourself!

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother to 2 girls, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 17 chickens! Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for pairing food with travel and wine. She is Marketing Director at Crimson Vine Marketing, Social Media Specialist at Cougar Digital Marketing, and a Dental Hygienist in her spare time... but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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  1. Hollee Nadeau says:

    Probably a little late to ask but which hotel would you want to go back to if you could only pick one? We are going on March 27th and I was trying to pick between Villa Buena and Rio
    perdido. I did a google search and your article came up:)

    1. Sorry I missed your question earlier. I hope you enjoyed whichever property you chose. I loved them both for different reasons and would say try to do both!

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