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Chirripo National Park

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Address: San Gerardo de Rivas, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2742 5083
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What a hike

Costa Rica has something for everyone. Ecotourism has been perfected and for those who are up to a challenge then look no further than Cerro Chirripo. This just happens to be the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
Jason M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Costa Rica has something for everyone. Ecotourism has been perfected and for those who are up to a challenge then look no further than Cerro Chirripo. This just happens to be the highest mountain in Costa Rica and the only thing stopping you from sights of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is a small 12 mile hike. But... More 

1 Thank Jason M
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

5 stars for the park, 1 star for the park authority! The entrance fee is quite expensive and you have to book it on the worst website ever seen, especially on a mobile. According to the parks authority you have to book the refuge "base crestones" also on the website, which was simply not possible. After we called for 10... More 

2 Thank finges
San Jose, Costa Rica
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

After left San Gerardo de Rivas, at the bottom of the mpuntain, we walk for about seven hours to get the place to stay the night and the next morning go out at 2:30am to climb the highest summit in Costa Rica 3,820 mts (12,525ft.), the sourrounding area has a lot of other intesting places with a lot of quite... More 

3 Thank Marco_Montero
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Firstly, it is expensive. Lonely planet (approx 2 years old now) says $15 for 2 days in the park. This is no longer the case. It costs $18 per person per day in the park and you forced to stay in the hostel at the top for $40 per person per night. For reasons unexplained you are not allowed to... More 

1 Thank Mark Y
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

I live in Colorado, have traveled and hiked throughout the world, and I can safely say that this hike was not worth the trip. The cost to enter the park is expensive ($18 per day) and in order to complete admission you must pay an extra $7 dollars for a bank transfer via a Costa Rican bank. This is not... More 

5 Thank Ann L
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101 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

The national park itslef is stunning and unique (rating 5/5), but I feel like the people responsible for managing the national park and the lodge want to make your experience as bad as possible and make you spend as much money as possible. Reservation process is just ridiculous and makes you feel like a Kafka character. Two different offices. For... More 

5 Thank Miroslav K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

As a climber and hiker you always look at ways to minimize the upcoming long day but you can't minimize over 8 thousand feet of gain. So go in with the understanding that you will be heading uphill, sometimes very steeply, for hours and hours on end. This is not for the novice or out of shape. As usual, when... More 

8 Thank Tony S
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

The hike up to the top of Chirripo is long and challenging, but well worth it for those who are fit enough to tackle the challenge. The hike is steep, but climbers are rewarded with a lush jungle, beautiful views of the valleys, and fantastic views from the top (especially if you arrive for sunrise). I recommend a night at... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

We chose to hike up to Crestones base camp on day one (leaving at 5:30AM and arriving about 9 hours later). We then did NOT ascend during sunrise, though almost everyone else chose to do so and raved about it. Instead we set out around 7:30AM and summitted Chirripo and then completed the loop, ascending Cerro Terbi and hiking along... More 

3 Thank FR34
Costa Rica
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

Hiking Chirripó has been always a lifetime experience. The park itself is amazing for hiking lovers who don't dare on going deep inside the mountain for hours on steep hills. Wildlife is all around you, beautiful sounds everywhere, there is so much to observe! But getting on the hike is the easiest part, because the paperwork you have to do... More 

5 Thank Kembly B

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