We visited Costa Rica for the first time last year and we fell in love. The monkeys, waterfalls, culture, and lifestyle what’s not to like? When our friends asked us to go with them, we knew we had to make it happen.
This time we left EARLY on a Thursday morning and arrived in Liberia by noon. We took an Uber about 1 hour into the rain forest where we stayed at the Rio Perdido in a secluded town called Bagaces.
I took a vow to not use my phone the entire time (other than for taking photographs of course 😉) and Damion didn’t even bring his laptop. It was fantastic because we only had 4 days.
This resort is worth every penny. It is on the thermal river, over 20 miles of groomed hiking trails, three thermal pools, a swim up bar, ziplining, tubing, yoga, so many monkeys we lost count, suspension bridges and fantastic food. Each guest has their own private bungalow, and if you pay a little more, an outdoor private shower. We have stayed at many places throughout the years and this one has been my favorite!
Hike all morning relax by the pool all afternoon. That sounds like the perfect vacation to us!
The Rio Perdido has over 20 miles of private hiking trails. Most of them are well groomed but not all are marked. If you left it up to me, I would have easily gotten lost.
The terrain was moderate, thank God because it was HOT. Each day got up to 90 degrees, and this girl knows how to sweat. 🥵 I sweat so much that I had to take breaks at the end of our hikes to get myself together. Next time, I will have to bring my own camelback.
These bungalows were the less expensive option at the Rio Perdido, but nice and private. The front porch made a fantastic spot for sitting on the hammock reading a book making up for the absence of an outdoor shower. They are settled in the middle of the forest to watch the monkeys swing from tree to tree. It’s also a fabulous place to place a yoga mat for all the morning stretches.
I’m not normally a yogi, but when the opportunity arises in the rainforest I don’t pass it up.
To experience the trails you may have to cross a couple suspension bridges.
At the end of our hikes on our way back to our bungalow they would make me dizzy. 🤪
Monkeys are the squirrels of Costa Rica.
Just kidding! Monkeys are much more amazing than squirrels. At the Rio Perdido resort they were every where. They love eating the pink flowers so the resort plants them all over to help feed them.
The baby monkey was my favorite, but I’m glad I got this picture with this monkey friend.
We also saw an armadillo, swam with a toad, almost stepped on a praying mantis, and enjoyed the large iguanas. Experiencing the native animals while exploring is the best.
This clear blue thermal river had the best natural mud mask.
Not only was the river a natural hot spring, but it offered a free spa treatment. The guys were great sports enjoying the dirt on their skin.
We slipped around going up and down the river to enjoy the variety of temperatures. There was one point that it got extremely hot and I started to sweat.
The hiking trails next to the river were extremely fun too. We made it to the waterfall, but it was all dried up for the season. It was wondrous and magical to walk across the top.
The breakfast buffet was included with the stay. The omelettes were custom made with many options of toppings and a lush variety of fruit.
We thoroughly enjoyed the red sangria, paccha mama’s, and every option on the menu throughout the day.
The service was excellent from a few of the bartenders and servers. We experienced a few questionable servers giving us more time to catch up.
There was three pools. They all had different temperatures, and one had a swim up bar. There was fantastic seating within the pools. If one was too busy, just try a different one.
Normally this spot features a waterfall, but in January 2020 it was dry for the season. As you can see there are also many ziplines to give you an idea of how amazing it would be to trapeze across the river.
Along the trails we saw many areas for you to zipline from. Though we decided not to zipline due to limited timing at the resort we know it would be amazing.
In the midst of a Minnesota winter it’s hard not to gawk at the gorgeous vegetation at this place.