Casa Mariposa is a family owned rustic guesthouse located
in the mountains with breathtaking views in San Gerardo de Rivas.

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The Hostel

We offer 7 comfortable rooms with orthopedic mattresses and cozy comforters, including a backpackers dormitorio. We offer a community kitchen (equipped with oil and spices) where you can cook your own meals (and save a little money by not eating out!) There is a small grocery next door, as well as a restaurant if you don't want to cook for yourself. You can relax in our 3 sitting areas: In the comfortable living area, down by the creek next to a rushing waterfall, or in the hammocks at the treetop-view mirador and gazebo, where highland species birdwatching is excellent. We have trails right out the back door!

Watch Logan Phillips' video of his time at the Casa Mariposa

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Rooms are locally priced.
Please note: we accept cash only (Costa Rica Colones or US dollars)
There is no bank or ATM in San Gerardo de Rivas




2017 season prices: (prices valid until Dec 14 2017)

Click on name to see photo of Rooms

Tucancillo                   Mielero
Private Room - 22,000 Colones (double) (For Single Travelers, we offer these rooms at a single rate during the low season, May - Oct for 15,000 Colones)

Mot Mot                  "Jungle Room"
- C 26,000 (double)- C 32,000 (triple)

Dormitory bed - C 8500
(All the above rooms have shared bathrooms with hot showers)

Colibri Room with Private Bath- C 32,000 (double)
Bambú Room with Private Bath- C 32,000 (double)

Kitchen use for guesthouse clients

Laundry Service

Private hot bath tub available

Hot showers


Free coffee and tea

Please note if you are arriving in a car, we charge 1000 colones per night for parking

One 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.

Going 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.

By bus:

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.

If 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 Cloudbridge hikes. It is also a great opportunity to see highland bird species and our wonderful little pueblo.
(Be aware there are no local taxis though it is worth asking at the porters office, 50 meters east of the church, if someone there would serve as a taxi).

If 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, Techito de Frank, across from MUSOC bus station offers bag storage service.
There is now a late bus at 8:00
pm but everything is closed by the time you arrive and you will have to walk the 1.2 km in the dark up to the hostel if you take this bus. (You will need a flashlight.) If you are arriving after 9:00 pm, you must pre-arrange with staff.

See this link for a great country wide bus schedule: Bus Schedule

Note San Gerardo bus times are currently as follows:

SI - SG 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)

SG - 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 Holidays)

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