Rio Chirripo Lodge & Retreat

Dietary Restrictions on Vacation? No Problem at Rio Chirripo

Food is medicine. You are what you eat. We live in a day and age when the food choices we make on a daily basis matter to us. And for the health-conscious, clean eating traveler, you want to have healthy food options that fit your dietary restrictions and choices when you adventures to new countries like Costa Rica.

Here at Rio Chirripo Lodge, we believe that a healthy body is a wholly nourished body. For each person this could mean a different thing. Rio is committed to providing fully balanced nutritious and delicious meals for any and all dietary preferences with our locally sourced, fresh and organic ingredients. Our chefs combine ingredients to make a symphony of flavors to satisfy any diet and excite all of your taste buds.

We are proud to offer an artisan-inspired menu created with only organic and locally sourced ingredients from the surrounding area on Mt. Chirripo in Costa Rica. Even better, some of the food we serve will come directly from our beautiful on-site garden at Rio Chirripo Lodge. 

Many people these days follow a plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diet for various reasons. Whether it is for physical reasons such as intolerances or social issues like deforestation and a love for animals, these diets are gaining popularity, especially in the wellness community and lifestyles around the world. Becoming vegetarian or vegan can also help delay or reverse aging and certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. 

We love showcasing delectable ways to enjoy vegetables and plant-based at eating. Follow this delightful Rio Chirripo Lodge recipe at home and create your very own vegan culinary masterpiece for dinner tonight! If you close your eyes and imagine the jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in our open dining area viewing the magical rainforest sights & sounds.

One of our favorite soups is this Rio Chirripo Vegan Potato Leek Soup. It is very hearty and filling enough to make a light dinner, especially when paired with multigrain bread. 

Potato Leek Soup

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1tbsp coconut oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 sprig thyme
1 large leek
½ kilo of potatoes
½ cup wine
2 liters water
1 can coconut milk
Salt and pepper

Peel and cut the potatoes.
Cook in salt water until soft.
Fry the onions, garlic, and leek with thyme until soft.
Add wine and cook until reduced to half. 
Add potatoes and water.
Cook slowly for 30 minutes. 
Add coconut milk, salt, and pepper. 
Serve and enjoy.

Buen Provecho!

Following a gluten free diet is usually based in gluten intolerances like Celiac disease or gluten allergy. Some people also choose to follow a gluten free diet because they enjoy how it makes them feel – lighter and less weighed down by carbohydrates. Keto, short for Ketosis, is a diet based on a high-protein, low-carbohydrate intake that can help with certain medical conditions. Both of these diets avoid most grains – such as wheat – and therefore require bread substitutions. We recently hosted an amazing retreat group who followed the Keto diet and they raved about the cuisine at Rio Chirripo lodge during their event, saying it was some of the best Keto food they’d ever tasted!

This recipe is a delightful Keto dessert and super easy to make. Enjoy creating a Rio specialty in your own kitchen!

Macadamia Bars

4 oz of macadamia nuts
½ cup of coconut oil
40 drops of cane sugar
½ tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut

Thoroughly chop the macadamia nuts in a blender or chopper. 
Add coconut oil and shredded coconut to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Mix in the macadamia nuts and cane sugar.
Line 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
Pour batter in and refrigerate overnight.
Cut into pieces and serve.
For crunchier bars, store them in the freezer. 


The Rio Chirripo Lodge kitchen has a fully trained team ready to create and curate an incredible 3-meals a day for retreats, groups or on request for travelers staying on property. With extraordinarily fresh menu options ranging from fully vegan fare to fresh (local Costa Rica) fish tacos, the food at Rio is sure to delight and satisfy each and every guest’s desires. 

Whether you are coming to Rio Chirripo Lodge for a retreat, a private getaway, or an adventurous vacation – our delicious and nutritious menu will fuel you all day long. Give these recipes a try at home or come and visit us to taste them straight from the source very soon.

Book your next stay at Rio Chirripo Lodge today!


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