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San Gerardo de Rivas, Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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, 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

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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Saginaw, Michigan
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I had the best time at Casa Mariposa! I didn't want to leave!! Jill and John were extremely welcoming and very accommodating. Their home is stunning with all natural designs/decorations. The place feels like a log cabin hideaway up in the mountains. I slept in the dorm on the rock platform. It was the most unique/natural/ beautiful room I have... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I wish that I could say I enjoyed my time at Casa Mariposa. The owners have recently acquired a very badly behaved cat. The cat came into the dorm room at night, crawled on my bed, and made it nearly impossible to get a full night sleep. As someone with a cat allergy, it was extremely unpleasant. The cat was... More

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John T, Owner at Casa Mariposa, responded to this review

Dear Rebecca, We usually allow people’s comments to stand on their own without our intervention. But because readers might construe from your words that someone robbed you here, we will clarify some facts. Jill conducted an interview with you in which she asked for exact details regarding the missing items. You listed a total of 2 items as missing: 1.... More

Heredia, Costa Rica
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This place is amazing!!! First of all, the rocky-style dorm is beautiful, and the hostel is really clean. You can get to know hikers whom you can share your stories. One great thing is that they have sleeping bags and kitchennette for rent for you to hike the Chirripo. Also you can borrow sweaters and gloves in case you need... More

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Chilamate, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Originally I heard about Casa Mariposa from a friend. She told me it was a relaxed, cool place that would provide every bit of help I needed to climb Chirripo. When I arrived I found everything she said to be completely true. The time I stayed there was really enjoyable. As soon as I arrived I was welcomed with a... More

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Chilamate, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

My unforgettable experience with Casa Mariposa began before I even set foot in San Gerardo. I'm a first time hiker, and I was, to put it mildly, concerned about the hike to the highest mountain in Central America and the logistics involved in securing a highly coveted ticket. I called Casa Mariposa for more information. Jill, the co-owner, was incredibly... More

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Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It's no resort, but if you aren't a snooty nose tourist and understand the fact that you are 30 kms from any real town, you'll be fine. It has everything you "need". Maybe a bit over priced but you cannot get any closer to the Chirripo trail-head. The weather is cool enough (since you are in elevation) that you don't... More

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Address: San Gerardo de Rivas, Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > Chirripo National Park
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