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The Magic of Rio Perdido

Why That Feeling of Calm and Contentment Stays With You Long After You Return Home

After a week-long stay at Rio Perdido, many of you commonly report a feeling of peacefulness and calm — but so how, you can’t quite place exactly why that feeling lingers for so long.

The secret?  It is a concept we like to call Passive Wellness. Rio Perdido’s Passive Wellness

Gabriel Saragovia, founder of Rio Perdido, noticed a trend in travel: families on a mad-dash to check-off everything on their itinerary. On-the-go travelers filling up their social media feeds, but spending little time soaking up what they just experienced.  Solo travelers returning home satiated, but even more exhausted than when they left.

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1,500 acres!

We joyfully announce that Rio Perdido will grow significantly in 2023.

It was about 15 years ago when we found this AMAZING hot river, meandering through a wild, rocky canyon, in the heart of Guanacaste.  We immediately knew that we had to safeguard this precious place and commit to stewarding it forever.  And so, we acquired the first 230 acres of land, encompassing the one-of-a-kind “Lost River”.  Shortly after, in 2010, we acquired more property, for the sake of completely protecting the thermal canyon and the unique ecosystem that surrounds it.  We suddenly had 600 acres to care for.  

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How the Thermal Mineral Springs are Integrated into Every Aspect of Our Experience

From the moment you arrive at Rio Perdido, you’ll completely understand that water is the essence of this very special place. The Rio Perdido — which means “lost river” — is the heart of our now 1,500-acre private canyon reserve. Over thousands of years, the force of its waters had carved the 50 meters deep gorge through this landscape. 

The river’s geothermal waters originate from volcanic activity.  Hot water flows from the springs into the Rio Perdido, creating a completely natural, hot mineral river.  It is unlike any other place on the planet.

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