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Hiking in Chirripo National Park: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Explore the best of Costa Rica’s mountains and lush tropical landscape on your next hiking trip.

The Chirripó National Park is a nature lover’s haven and a great place to hike. Home to the highest peak in Costa Rica, Cerro Chirripó Grande, many hiking trails and a wide range of plant life and wildlife, it’s a tropical paradise that should not be missed. 

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FAQs: Hiking in Chirripo National Park

What should I know about Hiking Chirripo National Park?

At 3,820 meters, hiking Cerro Chirripó Grande is a great challenge. The climb is normally done over two to three days, spending the nights in one of the mountain huts. You can also combine this hike with Cerro Uran, at 3,600 meters. Besides climbing the mountain you’ll find many hiking trails in the national park that allow you to explore the beautiful nature. There are also Natural Hot Springs within the park.

Why should I choose Chirripo National Park for my Hiking adventure?

Cerro Chirripó Grande

This is the largest peak in Costa Rica and Central America. Enjoy a couple of days of hiking. Then, from the top, you can get views of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean sea plus views of the surrounding mountains.

**Diverse wildlife **

The national park covers the largest ecological zone in Costa Rica. With this comes diverse wildlife. There are spider monkeys, jaguars, quetzals, goldfinches and more. Plus the different kinds of amazing birds and butterflies are magical.

Stunning scenery

The Chirripó National Park is home to fantastic glacier lakes, rugged rock formation, and varied vegetation. As you get higher into the mountains the scenery changes from tropical wet forest to subalpine wet forest.

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

Temperatures tend to be cool and damp year round.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Chirripo National Park region?


What currency is accepted around Chirripo National Park?

Costa Rican colón

How can I get to Chirripo National Park?

Fly to San Jose Airport then drive to the national park

What's the country code for the Chirripo National Park region?


When is the best time to travel to Chirripo National Park for Hiking?

The best time to visit is the dry season which lasts from January to April.

What people are saying about Hiking | Chirripo National Park



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.



We had an excellent time with on our tour with Armin, who is a great professional with extensive mountain experience. Thanks a lot for the great time, we really enjoyed a lot!!!



Overall fantastic trip. We actually went up Cerro Uran because Cerro Chirripo was fully booked during the Dec / Jan season. I appreciated that Armin made this suggestion to switch, so we were able to get a similar experience despite booking late (2-3 weeks in advance). His pre-departure instructions were pretty clear and comprehensive, so we had appropriate cold weather clothing. We could have used a little more clarity on the accommodations. The link says only 1 stay at the base camp shelter, but it actually also included the night before in Herradura. So I didn’t need to book the hotel at Pelicano the night before (but Pelicano gave us a 50% refund). I also would have appreciated if he let us know he would not be our guide. I liked our guide Veronika, but was surprised by it when we arrived. So ask in advance, if you care who your specific guide is. Veronika was lovely, was flexible on pace (so we ascended to the summit the first day to see the sunset, while all her precious groups waited until the next day to see the sunrise). Only thing to note is that her English is not strong, so we didn’t have much conversation and it wasn’t clear what the morning plan was (we would have liked to ascend again in the morning for sunrise but we ended up going straight down). The hike itself was beautiful, great weather and surprisingly comfortable shelter (porcelain toilet, thin mattresses, slippers to walk around the shelter with, shower but no hot water so we did not partake).



The Hotel El Pelícano is undoubtedly an excellent option for those who want to connect with nature, relax and of course climb the majestic Cerro Chirripó!! On 7/3/19, my husband and I stayed at the hotel since we would climb the Chirripó on 3/8/19. They were very friendly, even on the 8th at 3:45 a.m. we were left at the entrance of the park. As we did not manage to have breakfast at the hotel, we were offered to change breakfast for a snack that was packed and we took the walk! The next day we went down, they brought us to the park entrance and took us back to the hotel!! Where we stay again! It was a spectacular experience and even more in this beautiful hotel where you feel a connection with nature, birdsong and tranquility! The food was very good and the prices very accessible. I would definitely return to this beautiful place! We appreciate the treatment we got!

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