Blogs from San Gerardo de Rivas, Cartago, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


San Gerardo is the base for hiking Chirripo, at 3820m Costa Rica’s highest mountain, though that’s not the only reason we’ve come here. Our guidebook makes it sounds like a scenic small village nestled in the hills with a few good accommodation options, and while we’re here I’ll see if I can be tempted to climb the mountain The decision on Chirripo turns to be easy. J isn’t interested in the hike and I’m not keen to do this by myself as it is a fairly tough walk, but there aren’t any permits to stay in the park available for the next 4 days (a Dutch girl at our hostel gets the last one). It seems quite odd given this is low season and the village is all but deserted. Instead we find that there is ... read more

OK, so I guess we will have one more blog post before we go. This is about my (Steve's) trip to Cerro Chirripo - the tallest peak in Costa Rica. I and 2 of my friends here in Costa Rica (Kilon from North Carolina and John from England) decided to do the adventure together - without wives and children. The trip began with a 4-plus hour drive to the town of San Gerardo de Rivas. This included waiting for 30 minutes at a dead stop while road crews worked on cleaning up from landslides a few days earlier. The town is located in a green valley shadowed on all sides by steep hills, with the beautiful roaring Rio Chirripo running through it. Before dinner, we left 2 big backpacks loaded with sleeping bags, extra clothes, and ... read more
The first several miles are through cloud forests
Some of the asierros bringing gear down the trail
The scorched valley at Monte Sin Fe (Mountain without Faith)

Les francais, vous savez comment ca marche maintenant... Descendez et ca causera dans une langue que vous comprenez! -------------------- I got to San Isidro de El General on Sunday, and what a day to get there! San Isidro is the patron saint of farmers here, and he is celebrated in San Isidro (no need to explain why here!) for the whole week of May, 15th- which means that on Sunday, I was welcomed by horses, and lots of them! There was a fair going on, it was really great to see a real typical Costa Rican fiesta happening in front of my very eyes! I had however to invent a husband for myself for the occasion, as a Tico decided that he had a crush and proceeded to let me know that his heart hurt because ... read more
14k to walk... 14km a faire...
View of the mountain - les montagnes
Mountains again! Encore des montagnes!

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