Hiking Cerro Chirripó
Costa Rica is famous for tropical beaches, but this tiny country is also home to some of the tallest mountains in Central America. Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest peak, rises 12,533 feet above sea level and offers sweeping views of the surrounding Talamanca Mountains. Along the way, hikers pass through cloud forests and páramos—a unique ecosystem found only at high elevations in the New World tropics. From Chirripó’s summit, sweeping 360-degree views tumble down over graceful valleys and shimmering lakes. On clear days you can see both the Caribbean and the Pacific.
But hiking Chirripó is not for the faint of heart. Exceptionally strong hikers can summit and return in a single day, but most mortals spend two to three days hiking the steep mountain.