San Gerardo de Rivas
Some 22 km to the northeast of San Isidro, this village of 1.350 meters altitude, is the point of access for the Chirripó National Park. The climate is pleasant and you can go on excursions and bird watch around the village as well as in the park. To go up to the mountain or to visit the hot springs, entry is 2 US$; open from 07:00 a.m to 06:00 p.m, continue along the road to Herradura and walk 1 km to the north, from the forest post there is a sign that points to the right. If you follow this footpath for 1 km until you get to a house, the owner will charge you an entry fee to stay in the hot springs, and spend the night; the house has a few rooms and a small soda.
The Chirripó forest post is 1 km from the village, on the road to San Isidro. On passing this post the road forks, you will need to take a right turn to San Gerardo, if you take a turn to the left you will arrive at the village of Herradura, some 3 km away.
How to arrive and leave
The bus leaves from San Isidro at 5:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m and take two hours to get to San Gerardo de Rivas. Returning at 7:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m.
Head to the south of San Isidro via the Interamericana, and cross the Rio San Isidro to the extreme south of the city. Some 500 meters away you will need to cross the Rio Jilguero and look for a road on the left, 300 meters away. A small wooden sign with yellow letters will show you were you need to turn off. There is also a red sign that says Universidad Nacional. If you come from the south, there are two entrances to this road, easier to identify with the red signpost. The forest post is some 18 km along the same road and is asphalt up until Rivas, after Rivas it is a transitable gravel road.