Hurricane Otto hit the area of La Fortuna de Bagaces in Guanacaste. The weather phenomenon was relentless and destroyed everything that was on its way.
Tourist and emblematic places of the area, such as Thermomanía, Yoko Termales and Termal El Guayacán, were greatly affected. However, they now reopen their doors.
According to Prisicilla Solano, president of the Tourism Chamber of Guanacaste (CATURGUA), what is important is that they can now move on:
It is wonderful that these centers open their doors again.
They are different destinations from the beach and, as stressed by the leader, they represent the beauty of Guanacaste.
Thermomanía refused to close its doors and this week reopened its services. According to Giovanni Chaves, manager of the place, for almost 18 days they din’t stop working to enable the areas that survived the hurricane.
Yoko Termales Hotel was another recreation center that was damaged by mud and water.
Karla Arias, the owner’s granddaughter, explained that 50% of the facilities were damaged, but they’ve been working to open during regular, business hours.
Furthermore, in Termal El Guayacán, the hurricane not only caused material damage but also great pain.
Marco Alvarado, administrator of the place, indicated that in the wake of Otto, he lost two brothers, a nephew and an employee.
At the moment, Termales El Guayacán has capacity for 55 rooms, as well as a restaurant and five swimming pools that are in perfect conditions.
In spite of the bad experience, the three recreational centers maintained their staff thanks to savings they had, which also helped them to repair and clean the place. So now, the important thing is to return to work.