El Descanso: Hotel & Restaurante de la Montana

El Descanso Hotel & Restaurant provides a wonderful base to plan and enjoy your trip to Chirripo National Park. The hotel will arrange all park excursion reservations for you.

descanso logoContact the hotel about four months in advance to be assured of your booking since the climb is very popular and visitor numbers are restricted in the Park El Descanso will provide you with accommodation, meals before, during and after your hike, park tickets and assistance as well as a guide if you require one.


The hotel has capacity for 25 people in two types of rooms:

  • Single rooms: with one or two beds, shared bathroom. Price: $15 per person.
  • Rooms with two and three beds, private bathroom. Price: $20 per person.
  • All the rooms have linens and hot water.

Booking Info

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact:


Email: hoteleldescanso@hotmail.com


Restaurant: open 5am – 9 pm

Typical Costa Rican dishes served including the famous gallo pinto and los casados, fresh trout from San Gerardo, pastas, soups, meat dishes, salads and local vegetables. Alternatively, light dishes are served that are suitable for preparing for your hike.

Other services:

• Internet access
• Sauna: $10 for 20 minutes for 1-6 people
• Camping available
• Camping equipment to rent:
Sleeping bags: 2,000 colones per night
Cooking stove: 3,000 colones per trip
• Free transportation to the Park entrance at 5 a.m.

Chirripo National Park Package:

Lodging: $15 or $20 (private bathroom)
Supper, breakfast and lunch at the hotel: $25
Total Meal package: (3 meals during your hike, lunch and supper the day before your ascent and breakfast the day after, sandwiches): $60
Chirripo National Park Admission: $10
Mt. Chirripo Lodging: $10

Tours offered:

If you’re not thinking about climbing Chirripó peak, we invite you to get to know San Gerardo de Rivas with our all-inclusive tour.
3 days and 2 nights.

First Day
12:00 pm: Check in
1:00 pm: Lunch.
2:30 pm: Tour to the hot springs
7:00 pm: Dinner.

Second Day
7:00 am: Breakfast.
8:00 am: Tour to Finca El Mirador, to view a coffee plantation and nearby virgin forest. After that, enjoy a short visit to El Pelicano handicrafts museum and visit the community of Los Angeles before returning to El Descanso again. (Picnic included)
1:00 pm: Lunch.
3:00 pm Tour to Jardines Secretos (1 hour approximately)
6:00 pm Dinner.

Third Day
6:00 am: Breakfast.
7:30 am: Horseback riding through Cloudbridge Reserve visiting spectacular waterfalls and virgin forest (Picnic included)
11:30 am: Lunch at Los Cocolisos (Trout Fishing)
1:00 pm: Check out.
Price: $ 190 per person (inc taxes)