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4-day Hiking tour in the Chirripo National Park in Costa Rica, from San Gerardo de Rivas

4-day Hiking tour in the Chirripo National Park in Costa Rica, from San Gerardo de Rivas | undefined

Go on a great hiking tour in the Chirripo National Park, reaching the summit of Mount Chirripo (3821m), Costa Rica's highest peak, and Mount Terbi (3760m), along an experienced local guide.


4 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec




* Enjoy a great 4-day hike in the Chirripo National Park

* Reach the summit of Mount Chirripo and Mount Terbi

* Spend 2 nighst in a refuge inside the park


Join us on this 4-day hiking, spending two nights in the Chirripo National Park and reaching the summit of Monte Chirripo (3821m), Costa Rica's highest mountain, and Monte Terbi (3760m).

Chirripó means “land of eternal waters”, due to the many lakes and streams that surround it. You will enjoy an unforgettable hike, surrounded by stunning nature and wildlife, and unique natural beauty.

We will start from San Gerardo de Rivas, staying at El Pelicano Hotel on the first night. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity of enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding scenery from your accommodation, swimming pool and hiking trails.

Next day, very early in the morning, we will transfer to the trailhead starting point, where our hike begins. We will spend the second night in the Chirripo National Park, at the Base Crestones refuge (El Paramo).

On the third day, a 5-kilometer hike will take us to Mount Chirripo’s, then  we will go back to Valle de los Conejos (Rabbit's Valley), with a 4-kilometer hike. From that point we will hike to Mount Terbi and back to Base Crestones.  Finally, on the fourth day, after breakfast we will hike down to San Gerardo de Rivas, and enjoy lunch at El Pelicano hotel.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to join us on this adventure. Just book your place and let us guide you to Mount Chirripó’s summit!

We also offer a 3-day hiking tour to Mount Chirripo. Check it out.


Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Services included at Hotel El Pelícano: 1 night accommodation in room with private bathroom. Meals: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch.

Transfer to trail head and back to hotel.


Tips before starting the Chirripó hike.

Bathrooms and towels after return from Chirripó hike.

Use of swimming pool. Bring swimwear.

The logistics for reservation and the payment of services in the park.

Storage of luggage in the Pelícano during hike.

Snack on the first day. //

Services included in Chirripó Park

Admission for 3 days.

Accommodation: 2 nights of lodging in El Páramo.

Food: 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches.

Linens: 1 sheet, 2 blankets and a pillow.


Day 1: Arrival at El Pelicano Hotel

Arrival at El Pelicano Mountain Hotel (Before 4 pm). During the afternoon you will be able to enjoy the wonderful views from our facilities, as well as enjoy the art collection with more than 200 pieces of art all created by our father. Enjoy hiking trails, swimming pools, the ping pong table and other fun activities.Dinner at our restaurant at 7:30pm.

Day 2: Chirripo National Park - hiking - El Paramo refuge (Base Crestones)

Breakfast at our restaurant and a snack to leave at 4:30am. Transportation to the trailhead and start of hike at 5:00am. Lunch will be served once everyone is registered and situated in their rooms of the Albergue Centro Ambientalista El Paramo also know as Base Crestones. Dinner at Base Crestones from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

Total distance in kilometers: 14.5 / Approximate duration of hike: 7 hours

Day 3: Base Crestones - Monte Chirripo summit - Monte Terbi- Base Crestones

Breakfast at Base Crestones from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm. Hike to Mount Chirripo  (5 km). Hike back to back to Rabbit Valley (+4 kilometers). Hike to the Mount Terbi  (+2.5 km) and los Crestones. Hike back to Base Crestones (+3.5 km). Dinner 6:00 – 7:00pm. 

Total distance in kilometers: 14 /Approximate duration of hike: 7 hours

Day 4: Base Crestones- San Gerardo de Rivas

Breakfast at Base Crestones from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm. Hike back down to San Gerardo de Rivas. Lunch at Hotel de Montaña el Pelicano from 11:30am to 2:00pm.

Total in kilometers: 14.5 //     Approximate time: 5 hours



More info

Fitness Level: This tour requires a high fitness level and it is not recommended for people who have medical problems or are not allowed to do exercise. For those who do not have medical restrictions or conditions, the key to success is having the right attitude and to approach the climb to the top as a challenge that can be overcomed if you put your mind into it. We can assure you that physical condition is not the only factor responsible for getting you to the top.

Meeting point

What people are saying about Albergue de montaña


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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