Chirripó National Park

  • Chirripó National Park
     Chirripó National Park

Remote, wild and scenic, the Chirripó National Park is home to the highest mountain in Costa Rica, and second highest in Central America – Mt. Chirripó – which stands a towering 3,820 meters high. From the top on a clear day, you can see both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica. Trails throughout the 50,150-hectare (123,923 acres) park test the hiking abilities of the most adventurous. While no real technical climbing expertise is required to reach Mt. Chirripó’s summit, it is still a tough climb and test of endurance, keeping in mind the unpredictable weather you can encounter here. Often shrouded by clouds, Chirripó can be one of the coldest places in the country; the coldest temperature ever recorded in Costa Rica, -9° C, was here. The park’s rugged and fascinating landscape is comprised of primary rainforest and cloud forest up to about 2,740 meters, when it changes to windswept tropical alpine tundra. There is visual evidence that glaciers and volcanic activity carved out many of the U-shaped valleys, lakes and rock formations long ago. The most popular time to visit Chirripó is from December to May during dry season. Campsites are available at the Los Crestones summit base station, but must be reserved ahead of time. Trekkers must bring enough food and water, plus camping supplies, for their entire trip, which normally takes two to three days to complete. Porters are available for hire to bring your supplies to the base station. Much of the park’s terrain is unexplored, and it is not advisable to trek without a guide. Chirripó National Park only allows 60 visitors on the trail at one time, so reservations are imperative

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