San Gerardo de Rivas – Chirripó


The village is located next to the Rio Chirripo, with panoramic views of the Talamanca Mountain Range that impress the visitor for their elevation into the clouds. It is surrounded by the Mountain Chirripo, Mountain Uran, Mountain Ventisqueros and many more. 

The area is ideal for nature lovers and all the ones that enjoy exploring outdoors. The waterfalls, the cloudy forest with particular enormous trees, the variety of flowers and colorful birds will make you enjoy your stay.


  • Meals as Described
  • 3 Nights Lodging
  • Chosen Experience

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages

What to Bring?

  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Confortable Clothes

Day 1Arrival to San Gerardo

Today you will drive to the rural town of San Gerardo, the town at the base of the highest mountain in Costa Rica and the second in Central America: Chirripo. Even though, most of the travelers get here with the interest in hiking to the peak the community offers so much more.
Depending on your arrival time you may have the chance to enjoy the Gallery at the hotel.
Don Rafael Elizondo, was the visionary of this family which started his business showing up tourist all the wonders he makes by picking up pieces of wood from the river and creating amazing sculptures. You will find the Ecomoto, the Indian, the anaconda and more than 100 of his creations.
Included: entrance to the gallery, dinner & lodging

Day 2Cloud Bridge Reserve Hike

After breakfast you will hike at the Cloud bridge Private reserve. It is within 20 minutes from your hotel by car or a 1-hour hike.
This nature reserve stretches from 1550m to 2600m (5085-8530 ft) in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. Since 2002, 255 hectares (630 acres) of cattle pasture or cultivated land with a further 28 hectares (70 acres) of primary forest has been purchased by the reserve. Since its beginning, Cloud bridge has been dedicated to conservation and reforestation of the cloud forest.
The reserve offers many kilometers of hiking trails that range in difficulty from moderate to strenuous. Each trail has special qualities, including unique wildlife, waterfalls or mountain views. The reserve is open from sunrise to sunset, but the best hiking conditions are usually in the morning, when it is typically cooler and the skies are clear. You can choose from a moderate to a strenuous hike.
Included: Breakfast, lunch, Cloudbridge Reserve guided hike, dinner & lodging.

Day 3Cheese Factory & Orquid Garden

Today you will enjoy the local Cheese Factory and an Orquid Garden.

In Canaan, the nearest village, visitors will find one of Costa Rica’s pioneer businesses. Quesos Canaán is a small, family-run sustainable cheese company that produces types of matured cheese that are often hard to find in Costa Rica.

Wilberth Mata and his wife Kattia Hernández have been making cheese for the past nine years. Their expertise is a result of both coincidence and hard work. You will listen to the story first hand and understand the entire cycle to make this a sustainable farm.

After lunch, you will visit and enjoy the Rio Blanco Reserve, a garden of approximately 350 m2, that hosts around 700 species of orquids between natives and foreign, as Pleurothallis, Mcsdevallias, Dráculas, and Oncidium, you can find bromeleas, heliconias, and so much more.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, orquid garden, cheese factory, dinner & lodging.

Day 4Departure

After breakfast you can continue to your next destination.

Included: Breakfast

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