Mount Chirripó is the name of the highest point in Costa Rica and it forms part of La Amistad International Park.
Located in an area between San Jose, Limon and Cartago, 3820 meters above sea level [12,530 feet] Mt. Chirripó is the best known as well as the highest mountain in the Cordillera de Talamanca (Talamanca Range), and one of the highest mountains in Central America.
Chirripó offers visitors landscapes unavailable in other parts of the country including glacial lakes.
It is the 38th peak of topographic prominence in the world, and among the 1500 highest mountains worldwide. The only way to get to the peak is to hike up the mountain: about 8 hours up and 5 hours down.
The temperature varies according to the season, coldest in summer, often under zero degrees; Chirripó is warmer in winter when it also rains a lot. But at this time you can see very different vegetation to that in summer, especially unique fungi.
To climb Chirripó we recommend visitors call the Parks Office (MINAE) at 2742 5083 and book your stay at the Park, or arrive the day before your trip to register in person. The office is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. to reserve your visit to enter the park the following morning.
300 meters from the Parks Office is the Office of Guides and Porters where you can arrange transportation for your backpack etc., if needed. Phone: 2742 5225.