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Home > Biodiversity > National Parks > Chirripó

Each of Costa Rica's many national parks has its own unique allure. But rising above all the others is a singular and mystical "Place of Eternal Waters", as described by the Chirrió park's indigenous name, "Chirripó".

Chirripó National Park is an enchanting and awe-inspiring expanse of rugged peaks and rock formations, vast valley and glacier lakes, a place that will touch the soul of anyone who braves the challenge of ascending its towering heights.

Chirripó Peak which is the highest in the Talamanca Mountain Range, reaches a height of 3 820 meters(12,530 ft.) and is the tallest mountain in the southern part of Central America. It was made a national park by Law No. 5 773 on the 19th of August of 1975, and it covers a range of 43 700 hectares. A park superintendent and a team of park ranges protect the park, care for the visitors and study the biology, geology and meteorological phenomena of the area. Chirripó has mountain cabins for hikers and several different trails which are kept up regularly.

The natural resources of this national park are extremely varied and insteresting. Chirripó has much to offer to all its visitors: paramos for the biologist, lakes of glacial origin for the genologist, an important system of waterways for the hydrologist, dramatic changes in temperature from day to night for the meteorologist, beautiful landscapes for every visitor and plenty of rocks to climb for the mountaineer.

You may be able to visit several places throughout the park in the same day if you are in excellent shape and weather is on your side. But you have to take it slow, and enjoy the mystical and breathtaking scenery that will linger in your memories long after the pain in your legs has faded.

Other prudent recommendations include using a sunscreen with at least 45 SPF, carry a canteen with drinking water at all the time(you can replenish your water supply at the Talari River), bring warm clothes and rain jacket, and food that is light, nutritious and easy to prepare. Gas stoves and cooking utensils can be rented at the base camp. Pack as little as possible because in the end, you will have to carry it all back down the mountain.

Advance reservations are required to enter Chirripó National Park ($12 per day includes park fees and rustic lodging at the base camp). To make reservations, call the park office at (506) 771-3155. The park service recommends making reservations at least three months in advance even earlier for trips during dry season, from December to March.


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