Chirripó — Costa Rica
Hiking the tallest
mountain in Costa Rica — Parque Chirripó — the “Land
of Eternal Waters” is a magical experience. Each step towards the
summit will be an inner challenge — the mixture of nature, the
physical effort, and the sound of the birds will enable you to blend
the actual physical path with personal introspection.
You will experience the
“silence of sound” in every corner of this marvelous place
— in the mist of the Crestones, the Cerro Ventisquero, the Valle
de los Conejos, and the imposing Chirripó. The waters that nurture
the ground, the panorama of flowers, the nights filled with stars and
the moon will provide a wonderful background for contemplation and a
source of future nourishment and energy. After descending the mountain,
we will relax at Playa Dominical southern beach area.
Our 9 day trip includes airport pick up and departure,
two nights lodging in San Jose, one night lodging at the base of the mountain,
three nights lodging on the mountain, two nights lodging in Dominical, meals
(except for energy snacks on the mountain and food on your free day),
local transportation, porters to carry your pack up and down the mountain,
and an experienced trekking guide. It does not include airfare to and
from Costa Rica, optional activities, or personal expenditures.
Reduced rate packages are available for those already in Costa Rica
and not needing airport services or lodging in San Jose.
For the hiking trip, the
things that you will need to bring include: good hiking shoes (Gore-tex
are best), rain jacket and rain pants, fleece jacket, hat and good sunscreen,
sunglasses, hiking poles (recommended — available for rent if necessary),
sandals or shoes for inside the lodge, sleeping bag (available for rent), towel, personal
medicines, energy food (dried fruit, nuts, snacks, chocolate), windbreaker,
shorts and long pants, warm clothing for inside and outside, daypack,
flashlight with extra batteries, camera (200 film recommended). Pack
everything in plastic bags inside your daypack.
You will have porter service
to carry your luggage, We will provide the food that you will eat while
on the hike. You should personally assess your own ability to be active
outside for long periods of time. You should not have any heart condition
or other medical problem such as vertigo, shortness of breath or dizzy
spells that would interfere with this ability.
Hiking this mountain takes a lot of energy. You
need to be in good physical condition, but the desire to do so is a
primary motivation. To train for your hike, we advise at least one hour
daily for a few months before your trip and a hike of 3 to 4 hours every
two weeks during that time.