The possibilities are endless for hiking in the vicinity of San Gerardo.
You have the choice of easy walks nearby to view the delightful Rio Chirripó where kingfishers dash and you can take a refreshing dip, slightly more demanding hikes through Cloudbridge Reserve to view the waterfalls, or the ultimate: Mt Chirripó itself – a two day climb with an overnight on the mountain. Visit here for more info on hiking Mt. Chirripo.
Some of the hotels can arrange local guided hikes for you, and everyone will help with suggestions of where to go and what you might see. Make sure to notify your lodging of where you are going, wear sturdy hiking boots – especially in the rainy season, and carry sunscreen, repellent, water and a basic first aid kit.
An English-speaking guide can be engaged who will help you get the most out of your hike.
You count the waterfalls, and watch out for the amazing vegetation as well as birds and bees! Start from Casa Amanzimtoti where you will find a map and well marked trails.
You will find an exhaustive link of the flora and fauna of the region at: www.cloudbridge.org This reserve has been developed to preserve and reforest an important gap in the cloud forest adjoining the Chirripó Pacifico River on the slopes of Mt. Chirripó.
Cloudbridge adjoins the primary forest of Chirripó National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For self-guided walks the trails are well marked and stops along the way provide information about the plants, trees, habitats and climate of this special zone. Cloudbridge offers superb guided tours, often with a specialist focus – please see the CLOUDBRIDGE WEBSITE for trail maps and contact them directly to arrange a guided tour. Bring binoculars and a camera!