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“Costa Rica Bucket List Event” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chirripo National Park

Chirripo National Park
San Gerardo de Rivas, Costa Rica
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Type: Mountains
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Costa Rica Bucket List Event”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I did this last September with two good friends and loved it. We hired a sherpa and donkey to carry our stuff up for us - no need to try and be a tough guy on this trip, it's such an opportunity it is best to enjoy it. We hiked up with just day packs with some extra clothes and snacks, and of course water. It's a beautiful hike as you go from below the clouds to the cloud forest to above the timber line. We made it up to base camp in about 7.5 hours, made a delicious meal, and then slept. Sleeping was really hard the first night due to the altitude, but we got over it. The next morning you get up early and climb to the peak of Chirripo, obviously best to do it to see the sun rise. It's absolutely stunning. After climbing to the summit you can hike all the way back down and leave, but we stayed the night to enjoy it. I'd definitely recommend buying small propane heaters to cook a warm meal, it will taste delicious after that hike!

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Nature at its best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I book a guided tour trough Rainforest adventures and it was superb! the amount of animals, the scenery and the proximity to the city is very convenient at this national park, next to Manuel Antonia was the best place i saw in the entire country!!!

Visited September 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“natrual beauty grate guide people wewr friendly food was really good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

the views was outstanding ,park was clean the paths were will maintained plenty to see .one could spend their entire day walking in the park

Visited September 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Natures Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I spent 2 months on the slopes of Chirripo while volunteering at the Cloudbridge Reserve. Although most of my time was spent on the Reserve we (my 12 year old son) did walk part of the Chirripo trail.

The trail is difficult and typically requires 2 days and a permit from the rangers station in San Gerardo de Rivas. If you are unsure of your fitness level I recommend you walk from San Gerardo to Cloudbridge (about 3 km/2.4mi) which is mostly uphill and similar in terrain to the Chirripo trails (that is dirt, mud, and loose rock). If you do that comfortably then tackle Chirripo. If not then I recommend spending time at Cloudbridge where there is plenty of wildlife (spider monkeys, quetzals, trogans, coati, etc) but the trails are more accessible.

Visited April 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Extreme but Definitely Worth It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Amazing hike, beautiful place, inspiring experience. Somewhat extreme but would definitely do it again!

Visited August 2013
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