Welcome to Bagaces, also known as Bagatzi!
If you still haven’t been to the Bagaces region, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, the towns around Volcán Miravalles, or Volcán Tenorio National Park, make sure that these breathtaking spots go on your list of destinations for 2022.
Why is it worth visiting? Here’s an overview.
The inactive Miravalles volcano is the highest peak of the Guanacaste mountain range, offering a wealth of geological features to discover.
You can enjoy paths full of nature, waterfalls, bubbling pools of volcanic clay, sky-blue rivers, relaxing hot springs, and activities including horseback riding, ziplining, rafting, tubing, and a tour of a local attraction, the Miravalles geothermal plant.
While we’re on the subject, here are some interesting facts about geothermal energy in Costa Rica. Our country has the third-largest amount of geothermal generation in the Americas and the twelfth worldwide, according to the ThinkGeoEnergy news portal.
The installed capacity of one megawatt (geothermal power is measured in watts, and a megawatt is a million watts) is enough to power some 1,000 Costa Rican homes.
Have we piqued your interest?
Well, read on and we’ll show you some places to stay when you decide to visit this part of the country.
Cabañas Las Hornillas:
These cabins are a family project, with members of the family continuing to run the accommodations. The area is considered to be a treasure containing a natural spa, geological attractions and active volcanic mud pits. The complex has pools with water from the hot springs as well as a restaurant, a campground and cabins. Visitors can enjoy hikes to see the active volcano, saunas, mud baths, hot springs, waterfall tours, a hanging bridge, hikes through the forest, a tractor tour, restaurant service, and much more.
Address: 400 m south and 3 km east of the Miravalles Geothermal Plant. Fortuna de Bagaces, Guanacaste.
Tel: 2100-1233 / WhatsApp: 8839-9769
Termales El Guayacán:
Located in La Fortuna de Bagaces, this facility is another option for lodgings and tours in the area. The family business began operations in this region of Guanacaste 16 years ago. You can savor the waters of 12 pools, nine of which are fed with water from hot springs and three with cold water. The cabins sleep 2-6, while villas on the property can accommodate up to 5 people.
One of the main attractions of the site is the volcanic mud pit, where visitors can use the gray volcanic mud to exfoliate. Other features include a traditional restaurant, a 250 m zipline, a barbecue area with tables and a multi-use events room for up to 60 people.
Tel: 88492812 / 26730349.
This incredible hotel is situated between the Miravalles and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes, and is the result of a family’s hard work over over 10 years. It began with the objective of showing visitors the region’s attractions, which many were unaware of.
The options here include lodgings, a restaurant and a refreshing pool. Nearby attractions also include tours in the Santa María and Las Pailas sectors of the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, a trip to Catarata la Cangreja, ziplining, night hikes, and the Miravalles Volcano.
Tel: 2206 4832 / 2206 4833
Río Perdido Hotel And Thermal River:
This little piece of heaven is located in La Fortuna de Bagaces. Designed to be in harmony with its environment, this hidden gemwas once a sacred place for the Cabécar people. One of its most prominent attractions is the natural hot springs. It also has a unique ziplining course that takes visitors through the canyon of the Río Blanco.
Some of the activities available here include tubing along the Río Branco, spectacular bungalows, hiking, mountain biking, yoga, restaurant, pools, hot springs, massage rooms, and all the adventures waiting in the canyon.
Tel: 2673 3600
Can you just see yourself in one of these places? Take the plunge and
Remember to keep taking care of one another by following all the recommendations from the Ministry of Health!
If you’re wondering about the name “Bagatzi”, the canton of Bagaces also bears this name in honor of the chief Bagatzi, who lived in the region during the Spanish colonial era in the 16th century. The Costa Rican author Carlos Gagini, in his book The Aboriginal Peoples of Costa Rica, mentions the word, whose name he defines as “Baga, reeds, tall grass; tzi, place.” (1917, p. 95), which translates as “Place of the Tall Grass”.