season prices: (prices valid until Dec 14 2017)
Kitchen use for guesthouse clients
Private hot bath tub available
Free coffee and tea
Please note if you are arriving in a car, we charge 1000 colones per night for parking
of the best maps for Costa Rica can be found at: Map
How to get here
By car: (4 wheel drive recommended) [See Map (pdf) ]
Be aware that drive times in Costa Rica are much slower than where you are from. You can expect your average speed to be no more that 45 kph (less than 30 mph). The time you can expect from the airport to San Isidro de el General is about 4.5 hours by way of the Cerro de La Muerte. This is a winding and often perilous hwy, so please do not be in a hurry.
south on the Inter-Americana from San Isidro del General, look
for the brown Chirripo Nat'l Park signs. Turn left at the traffic
light at the Maxi Pali (about a kilometer from downtown).
Continue to Rivas (10 km). Right before the pavement ends, turn
right, staying on the pavement (follow the sign to Chirripo
National Park) toward San Gerardo de Rivas (about 11 Km). In San
Gerardo, continue past the church. Continue straight at the
junction, crossing the Quebrada Chispa (Chispa Creek) and then
past the Talamanca Reserve Resort. Cross the Chirripó River
bridge, then continue up the steep hill for about 500 meters. We
are located just past the Uran hotel. We are the last hotel in
San Gerardo [ see Map],
the closest to the Chirripó trailhead. Total
drive time from San Isidro is one hour.
From San Jose to San Isidro de el General you can take either the MUSOC bus which has the most frequent buses (either every 30 minutes or every hour between 5:30 am and 5:30 pm), or Tracopa (which has less frequent service) The time is 3 hours. Be sure to take an early enough bus to make the connection from San Isidro to San Gerardo de Rivas.
San Gerardo de Rivas buses leave from the Mercado Central in San Isidro. The San Gerardo de Rivas bus leaves at 5:45 am, 8:30 am, 11:30 am, 2.30 pm, or 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday (9:30 am, 2:00 pm, or 6:00 pm on Sundays and Holidays). Time: 1.5 hours.
you plan to hike Chirripó, get off the bus at the park office
(located at the beginning of the village)
to present proof of payment and sign in. Otherwise, get off at
the last bus stop (at the soccer field). There is a grocery
located here if you need to stock up. From here the hike up
to the park entrance and Casa Mariposa is a beautiful walk
crossing the Chispa and Chirripo River bridges. The last 300
meters is steep and is a good preparation for Chirripo and
It is also a great opportunity to see highland bird
species and our wonderful little pueblo.
you can leave unneeded items in storage In San Jose or San Isidro
and bring only what you need for the mountains it will be easier
getting around. Rolling suitcases are not very useful here as
even the cars have trouble with our rocky roads. In San Isidro,
de Frank, across from MUSOC bus station offers bag storage
- SI 5:15am, 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00pm or 6:45 pm Monday
through Saturday (7:00 am, 11:30 pm, or 4:00 pm on Sundays and