Chirripó National Park, which boasts
the highest peak in Costa Rica at 3.820 meters above sea level,
is located near the town of San Isidro de General about 60 miles
southeast of San Jose. The main route into the park is located northeast
of the town of San Gerardo de Rivas.
The upper reaches of the park, often cold and
almost always cloaked in mist, contain the northernmost example
of the "paramo" life zone, which is typical of high-elevation
plains much farther south. The park also contains extensive areas
of lower montane and montane rain forest and offers excellent
opportunities for wildlife observation and nature photography.
Coyotes, jaguars, other felines, squirrels, rabbits, frogs, bird's
owls and quetzals are the most common species found.
Chirripó is also one of the few areas suitable
for technical rock climbing.