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The Chirripo National Park protects forested areas in the southern Talamanca Mountain region, south of Tapanti National Park. Mount Chirripo is the highest peak in Costa Rica. The landscape of Chirripo National Park is diverse and includes flat lands, oak forests, fern groves, swamps, cloud forests, lakes and peaks.

It is possible to ascend Mount Chirripo, as a trail leads to the summit. This trail is 16-km (10 mi) long and easy to follow. It does not require technical climbing ability but requires reasonable fitness. Visitors need advanced reservations to book the hostel. Temperatures can drop below 0°C (30°F) at night. It is recommend to bring appropriate gear for these conditions.

How to get there from Villas Rio Mar?

By Car

It takes around 1 hour and a half; we are located 66 kilometers from Chirripo National Park.

By Bus

There are buses leaving to San Isidro from Dominical at 6:30am and 7:00am and then you should take a taxi to get to the entrance of the park

There are buses leaving form San Isidro to Dominical at 7:00 am, 9:00am, 11:30am, and 3:30pm

What to bring: Hiking shoes sun block, insect repellent, binoculars, hat, cotton clothing, camera and plastic bags for your camera, rain wear, food, water, sleeping bag.


  • You must be fairly fit to attempt this climb. It is long, in sections steep, and the weather can change drastically between base and peak.
  • You can explore Chirripó in one day. However most people prefer to spend the night in the dormitory lodge two thirds of the way up, before making an ascent on the peak.
  • Have a suitable backpack and pack sensibly.

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