Chirripo National Park

Chirripo National Park

Located 150 km to the south of San José, and 26 km to the north of San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón, on the mountain of the same name, with an extension of 50.150 hectares. Its main attraction is its diverse habitat: with high barren plains, oak forests, fern forests, cloud forests, marshes, glacier lakes with crystal waters, and it is the highest mountain at 3.820 meters above sea level and of the south of Central America. It is the main mountainous park of Costa Rica and one of the largest protected areas in the country.

 

Information

MINAE Ph (506) 2771-5116/ 2771-3155, fax (506) 2771-4836. It is very cold during the nights, and you will need to take a coat and a sleeping bag. The forest post, on the outskirts of San Gerardo de Rivas, is a good place to find out about the weather conditions and know how many people are in the park. You pay the entry to the park at the forest post, it is valid for two days 18 US$. You can also park you car close to the post, and store your equipment. The horses can be rented from a local association and the best idea is to take a local guide, the prices are 23 US$ a day for a guide and a carry horse.