We’ve heard you! It’s difficult to reserve passes to enter and stay in Chirripo National Park. Thanks to the folks at Casa Mariposa we hope this clear 4-step instruction list will be of use:
1. OBTAIN PARK PERMIT RESERVATION BY PHONE (not in person!)
PARK ENTRANCE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED AND ARE MADE ONLY BY PHONE:
CALL MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 8AM-4PM AT 2742-5083
Callers may reserve tickets for up to 4 hikers. Name and I.D. number for each hiker is required. Permits are non-transferable. Availability is limited to 52 bed spaces per day.
Hikers will be issued:
BANK PAYMENT AMOUNT
PARK BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER.
*see fees and reservation schedule below
2. LODGING AND MEALS on the mountain are provided by a separate group.
Confirm your reservation and the cost for lodging at:
CHIRRIPO SERVICES (506) 2742-5097
3. PAY THE PARK & LODGING PERMIT AT BANCO NACIONAL WITHIN 3 WORKING DAYS.
BEST DONE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN SAN GERARDO AS THERE IS NO BANK HERE. PARK FEES MUST BE PAID AT ANY BANCO NACIONAL IN PERSON OR BY BANK TRANSFER FROM A COSTA RICAN BANK.
THE PARK OFFICE WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH OR CARD PAYMENT OR INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFERS.
THE CLOSEST BANK IS IN SAN ISIDRO DE EL GENERAL ( 1.5 hours from San Gerardo by bus).
SINAC (NATIONAL PARKS) account #100-01-000-041220-5
EMAIL YOUR PROOF OF PAYMENT TO
BE AWARE THAT THERE IS A SEPARATE PAYMENT FOR LODGING! LODGING FEES MUST BE PAID TO THE BANK ACCOUNT OF CHIRRIPO SERVICES AT BANCO NACIONAL. PAYMENT IN CASH AT THEIR OFFICE IS ONLY ACCEPTED IF YOUR HIKE IS WITHIN 3 DAYS OF RECEIVING YOUR RESERVATION CODE.
Camara de Desorrolladores de Turismo Rural Comunitario Chirripo Account# 100-01-010-007326-1
EMAIL your proof of payment to
NOTE: Pay the bank in cash to avoid added bank fees.
4. CHECK-IN ONE DAY PRIOR TO HIKING
EACH HIKER IS REQUIRED TO CHECK IN AT THE SAN GERARDO PARK OFFICE BEFORE 4:00PM ONE DAY PRIOR TO HIKING with proof of payment and ID THEN CHECK IN BEFORE 5PM with Chirripo Lodging Services located at the futbol field in San Gerardo.
COSTS AND SERVICES PROVIDED:
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE FOOD. Hikers may bring cold food but they may not cook. Food may also be purchased from the restaurant menu at Base Camp Crestones.
Park Day Pass (paid for each day in the park) Non-Central American resident USD: 18 per day
Lodging (paid for each night spent in the park) approximately 17, 625 Costa Rican Colones.
Includes pillow, sheet, sleeping bag or blanket.
EXAMPLE: an overnight stay at base camp Crestones will cost 2 day passes and one overnight lodging fee for an approximate cost of $70 non-resident and $50 for Central American residents. RESERVATION SCHEDULE (2 night maximum except for rainy season)
Hiking Dates Call to Reserve Between:
Dec 1 – Feb 28: Call between 1st Monday of October – Feb 28
March 1 – May31: Call between 1st Monday of January – May 31
June 1 – August 31: Call between 1st Monday of April – August 31
September 1 – November 30: Call between 1st Monday of July – November 30