The Chirripo National Park protects forested areas in the southern Talamanca Mountain region, south of Tapanti National Park. Mt Chirripo is the highest peak in Costa Rica at 12,532 ft. The mountains in this area are covered in thick primary cloud and rainforest to about 9,000′ elevation. From there, the Paramo, or wet desert is the primary ground cover.
There is more than 8,000 feet of elevation change from the San Gerardo Station to the peak at Mount Chirripo, Costa Rica. Vegetation and climate conditions change with elevation, and temperatures can be below freezing at certain times of the year.
No technical climbing or mountaineering expertise is necessary to reach the peaks in the Park, but the steep trek is approximately a 30 mile round trip, and typically planned for 3 days. The Ranger Station is found in San Gerardo de Rivas, and is open for visitor attention from 5am to 12pm. Los Crestones Base camp is equipped with bunk beds, a cooking area, and cold showers. The only other camping allowed in the Park is at the Indian Pass Camping Area along the Uran Trail.
• Area: 125,600 acres
• Location: 9.48°N, 83.48°W San Jose, Limon and Cartago Provinces
• Max. Elevation: 12,532′
• Precipitation: up to 150 inches
• Date of Creation: 30 August 1975