Where to Stay Closer to the Trail Head

If you’re climbing Mount Chirripó, you’ll want to spend the night as close to the trail head as possible. Several basic cabinas right in San Gerardo de Rivas charge between $15 and $30 per person. The best of these are El Descanso ((tel) 2742-5061; www.hoteleldescansocr.com), Casa Mariposa ((tel) 2742-5037; www.hotelcasamariposa.net), and Roca Dura ((tel) 2742-5071; www.hotelrocadura.com). If you’re looking for a little more comfort and a swimming pool, check out El Pelicano ((tel) 2742-5050; www.hotelpelicano.net), the Río Chirripó Lodge ((tel) 2742-5109; www.riochirripo.com), or the hotels listed below.

For good general information on the tiny village and its surrounding area, check out www.sangerardocostarica.com.

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A Luxury Hacienda

Set on an expansive piece of land on the outskirts of San Isidro, Hacienda Alta Gracia ★★ ((tel) 2105-3000; http://altagracia.aubergeresorts.com) is a collection of 50 individual casitas (little houses), three restaurants, a boutique spa, and an equestrian center. This very exclusive and expensive retreat features its own private airstrip accepting private flights, and offering ultralight flights around the region.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.