Hike to the summit of Cerro Chirripó

Hike to the summit of Cerro Chirripó

The highest point in Costa Rica is a good goal for hikers, who must walk several days before being rewarded with a fantastic view at the top.

In the centre of the country, in the Talamanca Range, the 3,820-metre-highCerro Chirripó dominates the national park, established in 1975 and stretching over 50,000 hectares, that bears its name. You gradually pass througha wide variety of landscapes (and therefore wildlife) during the ascent, which is long and quite hard. The vegetation slowly withers, the rocks and the cold creating an inhospitable environment for plant life.

After the effort, the summit looks a bit like the Andes Cordillera, and in good weather it offers an extraordinary view, not only of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, but also everything else that surrounds it: the nearby glacial lakes and the 60-metre-tall Los Crestones (unique rocky outcroppings), which look like the petrified fingers of giants, or, further, the volcanoes of the central chain, such as Irazu, Poas, and Turrialba.

Parque nacional Chirripó
Provincias de San José, Limón y Cartago

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