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At 3821 m.a.s.l, Cerro Chirripo is Costa Rica's highest mountain! Find an experienced guide to show you up this stunning peak with Explore-share.com and book your next Hiking trip in Cerro Chirripo.

Cerro Chirripo is a beautiful mountain in Costa Rica, located in the Chirripo National Park. Its name translates to “land of eternal waters”, due to the many lakes and streams that surround it. With its stunning nature and wildlife, it’s a must-see. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips in Cerro Chirripo. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Hiking in Cerro Chirripo

What should I know about Hiking Cerro Chirripo?

As the tallest mountain of the country, Cerro Chirripo, set in the Cordillera Talamanca, stands out in the Costa Rican landscape. It is about 83kms away from San José, and is a unique vantage point from which to look over the island after reaching its summit. Furthermore, it also boasts a vibrant ecosystem and a variety of landscapes and terrains that range from lush rainforest to arid paramo. This means you will see amazing wildlife as you hike. On the way, you can stay overnight at the Chirripo mountain huts as you go up, and hopefully, enjoy a stunning sunrise from the peak. To access the mountain you will need to acquire a permit, and also prepare properly for a challenging hike. The best way to tackle this beautiful Costa Rican landmark is with an experienced local guide who can help you with logistics as well as point the way to the top!

Why should I choose Cerro Chirripo for my Hiking adventure?

Climb the highest mountain in Costa Rica

At 3821 m.a.s.l, Cerro Chirripo is the highest mountain of Costa Rica. Experienced climbers can tackle it in a day, but if you don't have experience, you can still head up this stunning mountain on a longer 3 to 5-day program. A good fitness level is a must.

Discover a unique ecosystem

The Chirripo ecosystem is unique, and as you climb to the summit you will go both through a rainforest and alpine tundra. Over 400 species of birds, more than 260 species of amphibians and reptiles, spider monkeys, tapirs, peccary, pumas, and jaguars inhabit this amazing place.

Enjoy breathtaking views on the way and from the top

Being the highest mountain in Costa Rica, once you get to the top of Cerro Chirripo you will catch amazing views of the island and, on a clear day, of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Cerro Chirripo?

Temperatures on Cerro Chirripo range between 4˚C–18˚C and can drop below zero at night. Furthermore, keep in mind that during rainy season from May to November, there are heavy rainfalls, specially in the afternoon.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Cerro Chirripo region?


What currency is accepted around Cerro Chirripo?

Costa Rican colón

How can I get to Cerro Chirripo?

Cerro Chirripo lies approximately 83kms away from San José. To get there, you will first have to get to San Isidro del General, and from there to San Gerardo de Rivas at the base of the park. Options to get there include driving yourself, taking a taxi in any of the stretches, or taking two buses.

What's the country code for the Cerro Chirripo region?


When is the best time to travel to Cerro Chirripo for Hiking?

December through April, as they are the driest months.

What people are saying about Hiking | Cerro Chirripo



From the very beginning we knew Armin could be trusted to: A. help us to the top of the tall Mountain safely B. help us enjoy the journey and C. Come back from our trip with wonderful memories and a lifetime of photos and stories. We hope to have Armin help us our next trips, he is really THAT GOOD. Thank you Armin!!! Rae and Stu



The Tour with Armin to the peaks of Uran and Chirripo was quite unique. A wonderful experience that I will never forget. The view from Uran and Chirripo was fantastic and made you forget all the efforts needed for the ascent. If you like the mountains and hiking, you will love it. Armin is a perfect tour guide. He has a lot of experience and many interesting stories. Armin was always there, when I needed help. The communication and organization was also really good. All in all, I can definitely recommend the tour with Armin.



This was by far the most strenuous trek I have ever attempted, but thanks to Armin’s leadership and encouragement I was able to rise to the challenge. Make no mistake, this one is hard - especially the 2nd day (12 hour hike from Paso de los Indios to Uran, Chirripo and ending at Crestones base camp). The day starts out in the dark and freezing cold and there are limited opportunities to replenish food and water. This is not a problem as long as you are prepared (read the itinerary closely and ask as many questions in advance as you need to understand what to expect). In spite of any technical difficulty and physical discomfort, I 100% recommend this hike. The scenery was breathtaking and the opportunity to hike in peace and solitude amongst the highest points of land was truly amazing. Thank you Armin and Explore-Share for making this happen.



Cerro chirripo is a great trek. Armin did a wonderful job organizing both the details of the trip and setting a very good pace. He also gave terrific service getting me to the next point in my trip. The accomodations both at the base at the pelican and the hut exceeded my expectations. The food at the pelican is amazing and features farm products from the property. If you have a chance at the pelican to sit with Wilson who has a great eye for spotting local birds Don't hesitate to book Armin for this trip or any other.



This whole experience was one of ease and adventure. Armin kept great communication through the booking/permit process. Once at the Hotel Pelicano, I was well taken care of. The accommodations were amazing and the food, delicious!! I feel extremely grateful for my guide, Wilson, who grew up and lives here. His knowledge of the area added a great value to my experience. He seems to have a passion for birds and continuously stopped to listen and identify the bird song and then educate me. I enjoyed this very much. I came to love the sound of the black-faced solitaire. Often, my head was down, watching my feet and if not for Wilson pointing things out I may have missed a lot. What an adventure! I highly recommend this trek!! Thank you so much Armin & Wilson❤️

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