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Casa Mariposa Hostel & Guesthouse

San Gerardo, Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica
Casa Mariposa Hostel & Guesthouse
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tolland, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I came upon this place after finishing a summit of Chirripo. We were both exhausted and literally caked in mud from head to toe. The good people at CM supplied a hose for cleanup and a room for the night. The following morning, I literally never wanted to leave the place. I'm normally a pretty antsy individual... More 

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Wien, Österreich
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7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Can't understand the positive reviews at all! We booked a double-room with shared bathroom and got the one next to the entrance. To be realistic, it's more a prisoncell than a room, extremely small. The blankets were smelly, when the lights went out there were roaches everywhere. Even worse, from the wooden roof some kind of insect-dirt (undefined) was falling... More 

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I spent several days at Casa Mariposa with Jill and John. I couldn't think of a better place to stay at while in Costa Rica. Their place is amazing! They are very kind and warm people who truly care about the visitors who stay with them. The atmosphere is amazing, and the surrounding area is second to none. I am... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I put together a quick trip to climb Cerro Chirripo with my son, when his school and my work schedules aligned to allow us to head to Costa Rica. John and Jill keep updated information on Park Passes and with the help of Jane Tyrell, who ordered the park passes and arranged for transportation from San Jose (888 434 0776... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Don't look for a place better than Casa Mariposa! Even if it's hard to get there, you will forget it once on top. The owners and their staff are so nice and helpful. It's the perfect place for relaxing before a hike to Chirripo or Cloud Bridge. The hostel is cosy and clean. I totally fell in love with this... More 

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Graz, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The place is lovely situated at the edge of the national park. The owners are very nice and helpful. There is a big kitchen and clean common bathrooms. The only thing to critizise is that the private rooms are a bit noisy because the walls are quite thin.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Casa Mariposa is in a great location in order to do the Chirripo trek. Be warned however, this is not an easy place to get to (and I personally think they could be more transparent about this on their website). If you are coming by bus then plan accordingly (if you can afford it and it fits with your itinerary,... More 

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John T, Owner at Casa Mariposa Hostel & Guesthouse, responded to this review

Dear Readers, Please note that the Chirripo permit policy has changed as of July 21, 2014. There are no longer walk-in tickets available, but there is a phone-in reservation system that works pretty well. It takes a bit of advanced planning but it saves everyone from the stress of queueing up for tickets. The prices for entrance and lodging have... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Totally worth the walk to find this beautiful home. Such a relaxing location they have made the most of the surroundings with private gardens and a shower with a view. The shared area is comfortable and friendly and the pets are adorable. I think it was great how people go there for peace and respect each other's peace. It was... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Located at the start of the Chirripo trail, this hostel makes for the ideal base camp before hiking up the mountain. Aesthetically, the lodge and rooms are really interesting and tuck into the mountain itself. Functionally, the hostel makes for a superb base camp by offering cold weather clothing like jackets, hats, and gloves (necessary), as well as a place... More 

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Littleton
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed at this hostel before and after hiking Mt. Chirripo. The staff was extremely friendly and had a ton of information to give about climbing the mountain. They also were kind enough to lend out hats and gloves for those ill equipped for the cold weather. The hostel itself was very clean and had a very rustic/natural feeling.... More 

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