Hotel Rio Perdido is set in the lost valley below the Miravalles Volcano, an ancient canyon where hot water emanates from under boulders and gushes from the rocky outcrops. A rustic resort with the finer qualities of a modern facility, Rio Perdido offers comfortable accommodations and an unforgettable spa experience energized by the deep magma flows powering the “lost river” nearby.

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Given that it is hidden away from the main tourist route, most visitors stumble upon Rio Perdido because they decided to take the path less traveled. Whether a guest of the spa, the hotel, or both, everyone is greeted with a fruit beverage and a genuine welcome, as if they now share in the secret of this destination. The property’s 20 forest bungalows are situated on elevated hammock-furnished terraces and are most notable for the flexible occupancy for up to four individuals. Inside, hyper-contemporary designs come to life through clean lines, accents of canary and turquoise, and open bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling sand-blasted windows, ceramic showers, and polished concrete floors with inlaid recycled glass bottles and stone.

The hotel’s open-air restaurant offers authentic dining with a view. There is a rural know-how in the cuisine here, where fresh and simple ingredients are creatively mastered into delightful culinary combinations. For a more intimate experience, opt for a personally tailored dinner on the Floating Platform, 160 feet above the river convergence and below the evening sky.

At Rio Perdido, nature is just steps away from the bungalows. Named for the beautiful forest that virtually camouflages the river below, this vibrant land is home to various birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. There is a trail circuit and series of bridges connecting the hotel to the reserve, allowing guests with a sense of exploration to customize their own adventure each day. Hike along the thermal river to the nearby Yurro Waterfall, Medicinal Springs, and Las Tumbas, or consider more intense pastimes such as white water tubing, mountain biking, and canyoneering, guaranteed to increase any adrenaline level. The essential experiences here, however, are the rejuvenating activities fed by the region’s eight hot springs, the favorite being volcanic mud body painting, fun for adults and children alike.

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