HIKING UP TO CERRO CHIRRIPO -
Costa Rica's HIGHEST Peak
WHAT TO KNOW•BRING WHEN HIKING TO CHIRRIPO MOUNTAIN
RANGER STATION (MINAE): (2-742-5083 or 2-200-5348)
HOURS: Daily from 6:30am-4pm. EXCEPT it is CLOSED for 2 weeks May 15 – 31st, PLUS - ALL of October for annual service maintenance.
LOCATION: San Gerardo de Rivas.
PRICE: Costa Rican Nationals: 4,000 colones per person
International visitors: $15 per person
- Only 40 visitors are allowed within the park at any one time.
- Only 10 spaces daily are available for people arriving withOUT reservations; the other 30 spaces are for people with reservations.
RESERVATIONS - In the dry season (December to May), you may need to make reservations up to 12 weeks in advance. Call (506) 2-742-5083 - BUT, they ONLY Speak S. They are ONLY accepted Monday-Friday and pre-paid via Banco Nacional (if you're not in Costa Rica when you reserve you'll have to wire it).
WHEN: Starting the first Monday in May for June 1st – November 30th.
Starting the first Monday in November for December 1st – May 15th.
DAY PASS: $10 daily fee, plus $15 a night for lodging at the station
- The nights are VERY, VERY cold. Some spots to sleep are only a platform...
BE SURE TO BRING THE FOLLOWING:
* Warm clothes - preferably layered clothing for varying temperatures and humidity.
* Rain Gear. A poncho is best.
* Sturdy hiking boots and walking stick(s).
* Warm sleeping bag - good to 0Â°C.
* Headlamp or Flashlight with spare batteries.
* A compass and map(s) (1:50,000 topographical survey (sections 3444 II San Isidro and 3544 III Durika)).
* Water. There is NO water supply for the first half of the hike.
* Food, including snacks. Dried bananas and peanuts are good energy boosters.
* Bag for litter/garbage.
* Wind/sun protection.
* Of course, a camera.
MORE INFO ON PREPARING TO HIKE
SouthernCostaRica.biz/San-Gerardo-PZ/cat-conservation-areas/Hiking-to-Chirripo-Useful-information/190 - This sites seems to be one of the MOST thorough!If you are a group, you could pay a guide. I know there is a couple with horses that take care of all your luggage and food (including hot meal preparation). At that altitude, a backpack seems pretty heavy... especially when you have many liters of water...
I've got a wonderful book entitled
"Plantas comunes del Parque Nacional Chirripo³"2003, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, 260 pages... Colored illustrations on every page (one plant per page).
(in Spanish AND English).
(in Spanish AND English).
TOURS TAKING YOU UP CHIRAPO:
Chirripo.com - Treks up Chirrapo to other parts of Costa Rica also)
(THANX for sharing this ANGEL!