About San Gerardo de Rivas
San Gerardo de Rivas is located 20 km east of San Isidro de General – the second largest city in San Jose Province – in south central Costa Rica.
Though similar to many other coffee-producing communities at high elevations, San Gerardo is unique in being the jumping-off point for hikers and nature lovers wishing to explore Mt Chirripó – the highest peak in Costa Rica, and the second highest in Central America. The main Park Office is located in San Gerardo where information is available and the mandatory bookings can be made for your climb.
The village is located in the uppermost reaches of the Rio Chirripo, with views of the Talamanca Mountain Range rising into the clouds on the continental divide. Surrounded by the peaks of Mt Chirripo, Mt Uran, and Mt Ventisqueros etc. The setting is ideal for nature lovers and those seeking to explore the outdoors. Waterfalls, cloud forest containing towering trees and exquisite flowers, birds of every color and variety are here to greet you.
San Gerardo can be reached by bus, taxi and car. Please click Directions for routes and buses. The journey from San Jose takes about 3.5 hours via Cartago and through the impressive Cerro de la Muerte.
Be sure to set out with enough daylight hours and drive defensively as this is a busy route with only one lane in each direction for the most part.
Accommodations can be made for a more personal experience with a local family Homestay or at one of the locally operated Hotels, Hostels or Guesthouses. Check your currency exchange rate at XE.
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