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The Chirripo National Park protects
forested areas in
the southern Talamanca Mountain region, south of Tapanti National Park
Chirripo is the highest peak
in Costa Rica.
Chirripo National Park Costa Rica, take the Interamerican highway out
of San Jose to
Cartago, then continue to San Isidro de El General. From there, take
road that leads to San Gerardo de Rivas.
There is more
than 8,000' of
elevation change from the San Gerardo Station to the peak at Mount
Chirripo, Costa Rica.
Vegetation and climate conditions change with elevation, and
can be below freezing at certain times of the year.
No technical climbing
or mountaineering expertise is necessary to reach the peaks in the
but the steep trek is approximately a 30 mile round trip, and typically
for 3 days.
The mountains in this area are
covered in thick primary cloud and rainforest to about 9,000'
From there, the Paramo, or wet desert is the primary ground cover.
Park Facilities and Hours
is found in San Gerardo de Rivas, and is open for visitor attention
from 5am to 12pm.
Los Crestones Base camp is equipped
with bunk beds, a cooking area, and cold showers. Reservations are
Call 771-5116 in San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
The only other camping allowed in the Park is at the Indian Pass
Camping Area along the Uran Trail.
Mt. Chirripo 12,532'
Cerro Terbi 12,336'
Mt. Uran 11,811'
Crestones Base Camp 11,152'
San Gerardo Station 4,430'
National Parks of Costa Rica